Smish is a new digital tool that allows people to manage and enjoy the apps they use on their iPhones,
Androids, and Blackberries on their computers plus a bunch more designed
specifically for the PC, netbooks and tablets.
Team Smish has put together a great video, that does a much better job than me, describing the Smishosphere.
Smish also announced that its software development kit (SDK) will soon
be released publicly so third-party developers will be able to migrate
mobile apps and create more apps specifically for the desktop.
I'm happy to see that the Smish team is based here in Orange County. Our local tech scene doesn't get as much press as our Silicon Valley peeps, so it's refreshing to see Smish getting some high profile attention and buzz.
You can connect with Smish on Twitter and on Facebook. I highly
recommend you at least visit their Facebook page and check out the
awesome Smish'd animals. All in all I'm pretty excited to take Smish for
a spin and even more excited about the ways that Smish can be used in an educational setting.
Remember textbooks? Yeah. Forget about textbooks. Students at Seton Hill University are all getting iPads and access to all their textbooks on the iBook store. I’d say it’s one of the biggest changes in pedagogy since the move from the one-room schoolhouse.
Check out Seton Hill’s website. It states, in no uncertain terms, that
“Beginning in the fall of 2010, all first year undergraduate students at
Seton Hill will receive a 13″ MacBook laptop and an iPad.”
imagine? I remember I was about to go to Clarkson University in New York
back in 1993 because they were giving out laptops. But a MacBook and an
iPad? That’s like getting a pony and a unicorn.
Saving the Google Students: For the Google generation, closing school libraries could be disastrous. Not teaching kids how to sift through sources is like
sending them into the world without knowing how to read. [LA Times]
10 Reasons Students Are Tuning Teachers Out: You’re teaching to a generation of students that can access more
information more quickly than any other generation. Don’t tell students
that you don’t want to figure out how to use the internet or that you
don’t answer email. You’re putting yourself into a category you don’t
want to be in. [GYJoe]
US Census Bureau Adds Mapping App to Facebook: In an effort to reach out to young people, the U.S. Census Bureau is launching a huge nationwide campaign
incorporating social media, broadcast media and print to encourage
people to fill out their census forms this year. [Inside Facebook]
Marketing to Kids | A Time for Playing by the Rules:Whether it’s Quiksilver, Monster Energy Drinks or ESPN X Games, the look and feel of the typical action sports-related website is young, edgy, authentic. Action sports marketers need to be
aware, however, of the panoply of laws that regulate marketing to kids,
including the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). [GroupY]
Quote O' The Week: “I hate being thought of as a product. I am not a doll, and people
want to treat me that way. I’m older now. I have an opinion. I have my
own taste.”- Miley Cyrus on why
being a Disney pop princess is so difficult. [Gossip Girl][Barking Robot]
Blogging, academia, and
the new public intellectual: John Holbo admits he and his fellow pioneers have lost the “revolutionary
fervor” of blogging’s early days. “I’m fortunate to be at the top of the
food chain, to have these bully pulpits where I can stand up and know
thousands of people will hear me,” he says. “But we all thought blogging
was going to transform academic life, and that didn’t really happen.” [Cal Alumni Association]
Linguist Urges Kids to Embrace Twitter: Language is forever changing -- and forms such as tweets and text
messages are no less valid than any textbook version, says the linguist
David Crystal, whose latest book encourages children to engage with the
possibilities of their lingua franca. [The Independent]
More People Are Watching TV While Surfing the Web: This is some decent news for the TV industry, since the fear is that Internet time is eating into boob tube viewing. Overall, TV viewing is up 1%, year over year, according to the report. [Business Insider]
This podcast is a must listen for anyone working in the education, youth
media, marketing or strategy space. These are the trends that will
impact your ability to effectively connect with youth on various levels.
Plus it's a great opportunity to hear from some of the leading voices
in the youth media space.
The user-generated content phenomenon prevalent on social networks
and web sites like MySpace, Second Life, and YouTube hasn't yet
trickled down to kids, but that isn’t because they aren't craving
From designing clothes and objects, capturing gameplay on video,
to designing games inside of virtual worlds, kids and tweens yearn
for self-expression and creation the web makes possible – and in
many cases are being handed the tools to create.
Primarily, it is concerns of security, safety and COPPA
compliance that toy creators going online and virtual world creators
must address. This session will look at how virtual world companies
and brands can harness the power of user-generated content --
giving kids as much freedom as possible without putting them at
Digital Hollywood has evolved into the definitive technology and brand / advertising conference for the digital era during the past 15 years.
Held bi-annually in the Los Angeles area, Digital Hollywood has become a fixture on everyone’s annual conference schedule in the entertainment industry. The Digital Hollywood Content Summit is the latest addition to the program.
Some additions this
time around include a Filmmakers Lounge for all four days
which means we own our space for the entire conference. There will be a hospitality area that can be used for recruitment and
presentations and some sponsors are very interested to utilize this
space for monitors.
The average Canadian now spends more
time on the Internet than watching television, according to a new survey
from Ipsos Reid, a shift in digital habits that reflects the increasing
prevalence of computers in our lives.
This survey, its author says, marks a closing of the gap between a
younger generation that has always spent a significant amount of their
leisure time on computers and an older generation that used to rely on
Canadians now spend more than 18 hours a week online,
compared to just under 17 hours watching television.
This presentation, compiled by Kristen Purcell, from the Pew Internet Project provides a really great breakdown of the findings from their series of reports that explored the behaviors, values and opinions of the
teens and twenty-somethings that make up the Millennial Generation.
This slideshare presentation focuses on how teens connect to the Internet, how they share content and also looks at the rate of mobile web access and usage among teens and young adults.
The goal of the award is to recognize a teacher who has overcome
these challenges and is inspiring to both students and other educators. This year Ypulse is asking applicants to upload a 60-second video tip or
advice they would like to share with other educators related to
integrating technology into the classroom.
Fisher-Price App Aims for Moms on Facebook: Targeting the many moms online, Mattel’s Fisher-Price is launching a Facebook app
Thursday that allows mothers to be more selective in choosing which of
their friends can see photos of their children. Mothers who go online, particularly the influential group of “mommy
bloggers,” present an important market for toy makers. [WSJ]
Android TV! | Google, Intel & Sony Join Forces: This trend is potentially much more disruptive than the introduction of
3D displays. Now a secret joint effort by Google, Intel and Sony to enter this
field in partnership has been revealed. It will bring Google’s Android
operating system and Chrome browser to TVs and set top boxes.
The technology has the potential to be disruptive to traditional
TV by making the full range of Internet content available on
television. [Collaborative Creativity]
What's TV's Next Business Model: It's hard to find TV content today that does not contain Web site
addresses, Twitter mentions, and text-based messages throughout. It's
accepted that even with these "light" reference points, as it stands now
TV's long-term prospects pale in comparison to those of the Internet,
mostly because TV content still has no direct-response mechanism.
Blending Internet elements into TV content makes for a seamless
experience - and, in my opinion, is tomorrow's preferred business model. Related:Business Exchange > "Social Television"[MediaPost][Business Weekly]
US Children get Playboy, not Bugs Bunny in Cable Mix-up: Young viewers of children's television programs in North Carolina got a
glimpse of something far more risque than their favorite cartoons, when a
cable glitch broadcast two hours of the Playboy channel. (Oooops!) [Yahoo! News]
Entertainment Convergence in the UK Digital Home: The UK is
still at a relatively early stage of convergence when it comes to
digital entertainment such as TV shows, films, short-form video, games,
music and social networking. But momentum is building. [eMarketer]
where the Internet penetration rate is approximately 6.8 percent,
furthering Web access can create learning opportunities for local
entrepreneurs and support the United Nations’ Millennium Development
Goals to end poverty by 2015.[WWW Foundation]
SXSW Video Interview Roundup: SXSW 2010 was a gathering of innovative companies, forward thinking people,
and interactive influencers. While I didn’t have a chance to talk to all
15,000 attendees, I was able to speak to a few choice companies that
have progressive products in the social media and technology realm. [Edelman]
India's Rural Cell Movement: Just last month, nearly 20 million new mobile accounts were opened.
That’s more than double the people than have high speed Internet in the
entire country. Even in slums where people live on less than $2 a day,
everyone has a phone. If “Slumdog Millionaire” was more accurate, Jamal
wouldn’t have had to go on TV to find Latika. He could have just called
her, or worst case, called a few friends until he found her number. [TechCrunch][Yahoo! Movies]
Content Strategy is Much More than Web Copywriting: Where there should be content strategy and SEO strategy, we're often on
projects where we're focused much more on target audience personas,
design standards and project management charts, instead of content. The
web writer is then brought in, given the creative brief, the wireframe
and two weeks to "crank out the content." [Ignite Social Media]
The Justin Bieber Guide for Old People: Bad news, Old Person: No matter how much you try to avoid it, you will
have to eventually interact with someone to whom Justin Bieber
(BEE-BURR) is the sun around which their little life revolves. So we
present this Justin Bieber Guide for Old People to help you avoid
embarrassing yourself in front of your offspring, students, or patrons
of your candy shop. [Gawker]
Flemish Digital Youthwork Practices: On the 8th and 9th of February 2010, Steunpunt Jeugd, Flemish
knowledge and expertise center on youth, youthwork and youth policy,
organized a big congress (JET)
centered around youth, youth work and youth policy. One of these sessions is labeled "the 'e' in youthwork" that collected e-practices in Flemish youthwork. [Youth Work Online]
In this edition of StudentSpeak, high
school seniors George and James report back on their social networking
furloughs (both tried to avoid social media for at least a week) and sum
up the lessons they learned from the experience.
first time I kind of freaked out was on Valentine's Day," said James,
explaining that he usually uses the public platform to wish his
girlfriend a Happy Valentine's Day. But the day turned out OK: The
couple hung out and went to dinner.
George said he felt somewhat
detached from the world when he stopped visiting blogs and social
networks that keep him informed about culture, music and fashion. Social
media, he added, is a "gateway that keeps you current." via Spotlight on Digital Media & Learning