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Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Children’s Tech
The Year in Review &
2015 Trends
by Warr...
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
• We launched CTREX! at www.pickyteacher.com
• Narrowing...
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
We launched CTREX! at www.pickyteacher.com
• Narrowing “...
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
• Toca Boca is getting into the socks — it’s hard to
get...
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
• Amazing apps: Virtual manipulative
techniques employed...
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Looking forward….
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
2015 Influencing Factors May Be…
Economic exploitation o...
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
http://youtu.be/HiwoUec109o
“Quantifed-self”
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
“No one will buy it, except for insane parents”
Jenna Bu...
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Kids want power….
Never underestimate a kid .…
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Children’s Technology Review www.childrenstech.comSlide 17
Fire HD Kids $150
iPad Mini $250
Kindle Fire HD 7 inch
iPad
CTR...
Children’s Technology Review www.childrenstech.comSlide 18
CTR’s December Issue compared some leading tablets.
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Picture cropping
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Contextualized illustrations
are possible on the iPad Mi...
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
CONCLUSIONS ABOUT TABLETS
Screen size matters.
iPads are...
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
The ongoing search for
Today’s Rorschach Test
bat (53%), butterfly (29%)
An app is a
“cultural artifact”
It has ethnic and gender bias.
It has somebody’s idea of “best
practice.”
It has an intera...
“App”
“Enhanced”
“Flowable”
“Fixed Format”
“Transmedia”See:
http://conference.digitalbookworld.com/ehome/90839/196394/?&&
...
What is a “story?”
What is “digital?” “e?”
What is a “child?”
What is a “screen?”
These questions must be defined before y...
Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
Juror’s Commentary
http://youtu.be/bAHkW4SYaFU
• Two categories: “narrative driven
interactive media” and non-fiction.
• 258 entries, 38 countries
• 2013-14 copyright
• ...
• Clumsy: e.g., pages flip in the wrong
direction.
• Not responsive.
• I’ve seen this before. This design was
clearly infl...
Magic (Best Practice)
• Wow. Impeccable
craftsmanship!
• Interactive &
responsive — balloons
pop, eyes follow…
• “Accident...
“How not to make an ebook.”
At www.dustormagic.com/ebooks
Coming in the March 2015 Issue of CTR
Human anatomy
Ugly Duckling, The
TabTale. www.tabtale.com $2. Ages 3-7.
Snow White
Builds reading. G4M3 Studios. www.g4m3studios.com
$free. Ages 3-8.
Spanish Colors
Little Pim. www.littlepim.com $4.99. Ages 4-7.
Baby First Puzzle Farm Lite
Open Solutions. www.babykidszone.com
$free. Ages 2-up.
Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Night & Day Studios. www.nightanddaystudios.com $2.99.
Ages 2-up.
My Very Hungry Caterpillar
StoryToys. $3.99. Ages 2-7.
Pierre et le Loup (Peter and the Wolf)
Builds music, memory, the orchestra. Camera Lucida. www.cameralucida.fr $3.99. Ages...
Toca Pet Doctor
Builds causality,
timing, fine motor.
Toca Boca. $2.99.
Ages 2-6.
Double Double
Builds perspective, spatial relations. And Then Story Designers. www.and-then.us $.99. Ages 6-up.
War Horse, Egmont, Illuminations Television and Touch
Press. Touch Press. www.touchpress.com $13.99. Ages 9-
up.
Red Riding Hood
See also: Rounds, Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk
IMAG•N•O•TRON
Moonbot Studios.
www.moonbotstudios.com $0.99. Ages 3-up.
Endless Alphabet/Reader/Numbers
Originator, originatorkids.com
$free, Ages 3-6.
Oceanhouse Media. www.oceanhousemedia.com
$3.99. Ages 3-up.
Closing thoughts
Meet the boss
Learn from friends
See you in Bologna!
Warren Buckleitner - Children’s Tech: The Year in Review and Trends for 2015
Warren Buckleitner - Children’s Tech: The Year in Review and Trends for 2015
Warren Buckleitner - Children’s Tech: The Year in Review and Trends for 2015
Warren Buckleitner - Children’s Tech: The Year in Review and Trends for 2015
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Founder of Children’s Tech Review and host of the Dust or Magic Institute, Warren Buckleitner knows the ins and outs of children’s apps, ebooks, and digital games. Children’s Tech Review offers some of the best and highest quality ongoing trends reporting in the children's digital app space. Warren will explain what works and what’s next in children’s digital technology.

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Warren Buckleitner - Children’s Tech: The Year in Review and Trends for 2015

  1. 1. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech Children’s Tech The Year in Review & 2015 Trends by Warren Buckleitner Editor Children’s Technology Review @buckleit
  2. 2. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech • We launched CTREX! at www.pickyteacher.com • Narrowing “innovation gap” (iPad Air 2 is only marginally better than iPad Air). The same is true for apps. Greater quantity; less quality, with 136 Editor’s Choice seals (vs. 159 in 2013). • Android apps & devices are still disappointing. • $0 to $2.5 Billion in just 4 years = Minecraft’s amazing, magical story. • Maturing tech -> 3D printing & Oculus Rift 2 Looking back
  3. 3. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech We launched CTREX! at www.pickyteacher.com • Narrowing “innovation gap” (iPad Air 2 is only marginally better than iPad Air). The same is true for apps. Greater quantity; less quality, with 136 Editor’s Choice seals (vs. 159 in 2013). • Android apps & devices are still disappointing. • $0 to $2.5 Billion in just 4 years = Minecraft’s amazing, magical story. • Maturing tech -> 3D printing & Oculus Rift 2
  4. 4. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech • Toca Boca is getting into the socks — it’s hard to get ROI from $.99 app publishing. • A maturing field — there are more conferences, dissertations, books and scholarly activity around children’s digital media. • More “big box” brands in the app store; Disney’s Imagicademy, NickJr, PBS, Lumocity’s Lumikids. But still not leading in terms of innovation & quality.
  5. 5. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
  6. 6. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech • Amazing apps: Virtual manipulative techniques employed by Slice Fractions, Busy Shapes, Blek, Monument Valley, Off the Rails, Up to 100, Bubl Draw, Endless Numbers, to name a few …. • STEM; 14 coding apps plus builder kits • Smarter consoles: Disney’s Fantasia; PS4 • More console collectibles; amiibo • Better robots that actually do something; that might outlive their batteries; see Meccanoid
  7. 7. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech Looking forward….
  8. 8. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
  9. 9. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech 2015 Influencing Factors May Be… Economic exploitation of children (Looney Tunes Dash). Follow Apple. Mind blowing multi-touch design. Widening gap between tech elite and tech impoverished. We’ll see cultural assimilation of Moore’s Law. See the “quantifed-self” movement (Wolf et al).
  10. 10. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
  11. 11. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech http://youtu.be/HiwoUec109o “Quantifed-self”
  12. 12. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech “No one will buy it, except for insane parents” Jenna Buckleitner, 19
  13. 13. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech Kids want power…. Never underestimate a kid .…
  14. 14. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
  15. 15. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
  16. 16. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
  17. 17. Children’s Technology Review www.childrenstech.comSlide 17 Fire HD Kids $150 iPad Mini $250 Kindle Fire HD 7 inch iPad CTR’s December Issue compared same book on different devices.
  18. 18. Children’s Technology Review www.childrenstech.comSlide 18 CTR’s December Issue compared some leading tablets.
  19. 19. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech Picture cropping
  20. 20. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech Contextualized illustrations are possible on the iPad Mini Not on the 6 inch Fire HD
  21. 21. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech CONCLUSIONS ABOUT TABLETS Screen size matters. iPads are best for UI and content quality and quantity, but cost significantly more… contributing to economic divide. Old fashioned craftsmanship still counts when moving from paper to screens.
  22. 22. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech The ongoing search for
  23. 23. Today’s Rorschach Test
  24. 24. bat (53%), butterfly (29%)
  25. 25. An app is a “cultural artifact” It has ethnic and gender bias. It has somebody’s idea of “best practice.” It has an interaction style… human characteristics.
  26. 26. “App” “Enhanced” “Flowable” “Fixed Format” “Transmedia”See: http://conference.digitalbookworld.com/ehome/90839/196394/?&& Words from the categories from this year’s Digital Book Awards include…
  27. 27. What is a “story?” What is “digital?” “e?” What is a “child?” What is a “screen?” These questions must be defined before you can have a productive conversation about a digital product:
  28. 28. Children’s Technology Review • www.childrenstech.com • @childtech
  29. 29. Juror’s Commentary http://youtu.be/bAHkW4SYaFU
  30. 30. • Two categories: “narrative driven interactive media” and non-fiction. • 258 entries, 38 countries • 2013-14 copyright • Any publisher, any country, no fee • Any platform • 4 Jurors, 1 vote each • Deadline for 2014 was February 1 Deadline for 2015 is February 1, 2015
  31. 31. • Clumsy: e.g., pages flip in the wrong direction. • Not responsive. • I’ve seen this before. This design was clearly influenced by Toca Boca. • Instructions are confusing and unnecessary. • Loads slowly. • Background music loops, over and over and over again. No mute. • Crashed. • Starts with a wordy introduction. • Contains ethnic stereotypes. • Evil. This is a “free” catalog designed to tease children, and trick them into an additional sale. • Age gate is easier than the first activity. • Feels like a template, with sprinkled hotspots • Not reversible. • Asks you to rate the app before you play it. • Pages get turned accidentally. • Lots of beautiful looking art that just sits there. • Not much content for the price. • Yet another page-flipper. • Clunky mechanics get in the way of the narrative. • Horrible narration. • Ending makes no sense. • Who made this? The author/illustrator/publisher are not clearly identified. Dust (Bad Practice)
  32. 32. Magic (Best Practice) • Wow. Impeccable craftsmanship! • Interactive & responsive — balloons pop, eyes follow… • “Accidental success” • Print & animation supports narration • “Embedded reinforcements.” • Reversible • MUC (Minimum User Competency) is below the intended task • Developmentally appropriate • Attention to detail • Works on smaller, older screens • A real orchestra!
  33. 33. “How not to make an ebook.” At www.dustormagic.com/ebooks Coming in the March 2015 Issue of CTR
  34. 34. Human anatomy
  35. 35. Ugly Duckling, The TabTale. www.tabtale.com $2. Ages 3-7.
  36. 36. Snow White Builds reading. G4M3 Studios. www.g4m3studios.com $free. Ages 3-8.
  37. 37. Spanish Colors Little Pim. www.littlepim.com $4.99. Ages 4-7.
  38. 38. Baby First Puzzle Farm Lite Open Solutions. www.babykidszone.com $free. Ages 2-up.
  39. 39. Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar Night & Day Studios. www.nightanddaystudios.com $2.99. Ages 2-up.
  40. 40. My Very Hungry Caterpillar StoryToys. $3.99. Ages 2-7.
  41. 41. Pierre et le Loup (Peter and the Wolf) Builds music, memory, the orchestra. Camera Lucida. www.cameralucida.fr $3.99. Ages 4-10.
  42. 42. Toca Pet Doctor Builds causality, timing, fine motor. Toca Boca. $2.99. Ages 2-6.
  43. 43. Double Double Builds perspective, spatial relations. And Then Story Designers. www.and-then.us $.99. Ages 6-up.
  44. 44. War Horse, Egmont, Illuminations Television and Touch Press. Touch Press. www.touchpress.com $13.99. Ages 9- up.
  45. 45. Red Riding Hood See also: Rounds, Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk
  46. 46. IMAG•N•O•TRON Moonbot Studios. www.moonbotstudios.com $0.99. Ages 3-up.
  47. 47. Endless Alphabet/Reader/Numbers Originator, originatorkids.com $free, Ages 3-6.
  48. 48. Oceanhouse Media. www.oceanhousemedia.com $3.99. Ages 3-up.
  49. 49. Closing thoughts
  50. 50. Meet the boss
  51. 51. Learn from friends See you in Bologna!

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