Planet Preschool BlogJosh Selig, Little Airplane president and veteran producer, invites input on preschool TV from around the globe. Join the conversation.
Out of the Sandbox BlogToy and kids media expert Wendy Smolen looks at the new, best, brightest (and worst) products of play and technology. Join the conversation.
Kids Got Game BlogGame designers Carla Engelbrecht Fisher, Ed.D and Anne Richards dish on what it takes to make engaging, developmentally appropriate interactive experiences for kids and preschoolers. Join the conversation.
Hey, Digital Geek!Digital media expert Lianne Stewart helps kids content creators navigate and evaluate the maze of emerging platforms. You can ask her anything.
Bridging The GapPlayCollective's PlayVangelist David Kleeman (and colleagues) seek ways to connect two communities that love children and media: content creators and academic researchers. Join the conversation.
I got an email from an old college friend yesterday. He’s in a happy marriage, he does fulfilling work…he wrote, “I love this miracle of life and the chance to frolic through it for awhile; but at the other end, I wrestle with the utter pointlessness and futility of it all. After all, if the sun is going to burn out, if all this is only temporary, what difference does it make what I do?” If he did not live in Japan, I would have punched him.
The rapid nature of technology innovation is a mashup of Moore’s Law with a marketplace ever-hungry for the newest gadget. But what effect is this having on kids and families? David Kleeman ponders this tech time-crunch and what it means for children’s media.
I sometimes get requests from the alumni office at Sarah Lawrence to speak to some poor soul who wants to get into the kids’ TV business. I typically ignore these requests but, sometimes, during a moment of weakness, I’ll agree to an “informational interview” and schedule it for three months down the road hoping it will somehow never arrive. But, inevitably, the half-hour call will pop up on my schedule like a spotted purple mushroom that I am required to eat.
During Sandbox Summit at MIT last month, PlayScience released a study that revealed some surprising findings about parents’ perceptions regarding their children’s play platforms. Wendy Smolen asks Dr. Alison Bryant, co-CEO of PlayScience, to explain some of the study’s implications and why developers need to rethink platform strategies.
Wendy Smolen looks at a new initiative between Lego, The Lego Foundation and UNICEF to create an early learning and children’s rights partnership that uses the power of play as a focus point. A brilliant, yet natural pairing, Smolen shares what the industry can learn from the early learning endeavor.