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PlayTales one year later

By Kate Shoaf
March 5, 2013

In March 2012, Joe Wikert posted an interview with a new bookstore app startup called PlayTales. Since then the app market has continued to grow, and PlayTales along with it.  My name is Kate Shoaf, PlayTales’ PR and communications manager, and I’d …

Visualization of the Week: Kids Count in Washington, D.C.

By Audrey Watters
March 9, 2012

This week's visualization, the result of a Data Without Borders Datadive, aggregates school performance, child care facilities and other factors relevant to child welfare in Washington, D.C.

Visualization of the Week: Kids Count in Washington, D.C.

Visualization of the Week: Kids Count in Washington, D.C.
By Audrey Watters
March 9, 2012

This week's visualization, the result of a Data Without Borders Datadive, aggregates school performance, child care facilities and other factors relevant to child welfare in Washington, D.C.

Where Do Digital & Printed Picture Books Come From - What's the Inspiration, the Process from Idea to Print to Digital

By William Stanek
January 9, 2012

Picture books are a misunderstood art and I want to take you behind the scenes to demystify the process by taking you from idea to print. When you're the creator, writer, and producer of an illustrated book some people think that you can sit down write, draw, revise, and poof! out comes a finished product in a few days or weeks. That's not so, the creative process for picture books and the work involved is substantial, and considerably different from traditional, non-illustrated books. To see exactly how, let's look at the creative process for one of my recent picture books: Pirates Stole My Booty.

The Watering Hole - First Robotics

The Watering Hole - First Robotics
By James Turner
January 30, 2011

It was a bizarre day when my son came home and informed me that his FRC team was now using Agile and SCRUM to manage their build. We try to shield our kids from the horrors of sex and drugs, but we let them participate in sprint retrospectives?!!

Writing Beyond Tech: Introducing Ripple Reader and Recorded "Bugville" Books

By William Stanek
May 28, 2010

Last fall, all 15 of the original Bugville Critters books were released in a special "e" format for the beta of the Ripple Reader. Just recently, the Ripple team officially launched their Reader. If you are a parent with young...

Protecting Children Online - Part II: Quick Tips

By Sarah Sorensen
April 19, 2010

Here is a list of things you can do to help protect your children online

Protecting Children Online - Part One

By Sarah Sorensen
April 15, 2010

We need to remove the idea that stuff online is "not real," or that it doesn't have consequences. We need to drill into them that they will be held accountable for what they do and say when they are online, just as they would be when they are at home or at school. Explain to them that they need to think before they post and they don't have a right to post whatever they want...

Online Dangers - Three Principles Every Parent Should Make Their Kids Follow

By Sarah Sorensen
March 25, 2010

One in five teenagers in the US have received an unwanted sexual solicitation online acorrding to the Crimes Against Children Research Center. The National Crime Prevention Council suggests that more than half of American teens are exposed to some sort of cyberbullying and the Kids Helpline found as many as 70% were harassed online. Our kids need to know how to protect themselves...

Writing Beyond Tech: Bugville Critters

By William Stanek
March 19, 2010

A fun follow up to my previous post about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my childrens picture books and a series called Bugville Critters. All 16 of my original Bugville Critters books have been published. The latest...

The Watering Hole - Keeping Your Priorities Straight

The Watering Hole - Keeping Your Priorities Straight
By James Turner
March 16, 2010

Virtual children will never be a replacement for the real thing. Not until they can leave empty pizza boxes on the kitchen table...


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