Fall Institute 2013 Speakers

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    Sessions are created by designers, reviewers and researchers in the children’s interactive media space. Here’s who has confirmed so far. Note that this page will be updated throughout November.

    See also the 2013 Institute Agenda.

    Speakers for the 13th Annual Dust or Magic Institute on the Design of Children’s Interactive Media

    • Daren Carstens

      Daren Carstens 

      Daren Carstens founded Carstens Studios Inc., where he authors, designs, programs and develops educational products for children. He has worked in K-12 educational publishing for 20 years, and his work has received many awards including the prestigious international Bologna Children's Book Fair New Media Prize in the Best Educational Software category, 2010 & 2011 Parents' Choice Gold Awards - Parents' Choice Foundation, and 2010 & 2011 Editor's Choice Awards - Children's Technology Review. Daren combines the rare talent of a thorough understanding of learning processe...

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    • Warren Buckleitner

      Warren Buckleitner 

      Warren Buckleitner is an educational psychologist who reviews children's interactive media. He's been a preschool, elementary and college teacher in TCNJ's IMM program. He is the founding editor of Children's Technology Review (www.childrenstech.com). He speaks at education and library conferences, and contributes content books and publications, including a decade of children's tech coverage for the New York Times. He holds a degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University (Cum Laude), an MA in early childhood edu...

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    • Chris Crowell

      Chris Crowell 

      Chris Crowell is a Sr. Editor for Children's Technology Review, and is currently working in the Lakewood NJ school district as a teacher trainer.  Chris is a nationally recognized educator who has taught kindergarten for the past 18 years in Flemington, New Jersey...

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    • David Kleeman

      David Kleeman 

      Strategist, analyst, author and speaker — for more than a quarter-century, David Kleeman has led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, kid-friendly practices. Kleeman is Senior Vice President of Global Trends f...

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    • Chip Donohue

      Chip Donohue 

      Chip Donohue, PhD, is the Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education at Erikson Institute in Chicago, where he is leading the development of online Master's degree, certificate and continuing education programs. He is also the Director of the TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson.  Chip is a Senior Fellow of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College, where he co-chaired the working group that revised the 2012 NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childho...

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    • Robin Raskin

      Robin Raskin 

      Robin Raskin is a recovering journalist who now organizes conferences and events on what it means to be “living in digital times”.  An author, editor, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, and consultant, Raskin says she’s never met a media she doesn’t like. Raskin is the former Editor of PC Magazine and Editor in Chief of FamilyPC. She’s been a columnist for USA Today Online and Yahoo and has authored 6 books about parenting in the digital age. She works with Children's Technology Review to produce the KAPi awards ...

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    • Claire Green

      Claire Green

      Claire Green 

      Claire Green helms Parents’ Choice Foundation, best known for the Parents’ Choice Awards program. In commemoration of Parents’ Choice Foundation's 30th anniversary, Claire cofounded Sandbox Summit.® Clearly, all things connect to Dust or Magic; Robin Raskin made it possible for the inaugural Sandbox Summit® to be held at the 2008 CES; Scot Osterweil and MIT’s Education Arcade have hosted Sandbox Summit for the past five years. In September 2014, Claire resigned from Sandbox Summit to concentrate more fully on the PlayAbility Scale, nutrition labeling ...

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    • Caroline Hu Flexer

      Caroline Hu Flexor, Duck Duck Moose

      Caroline Hu Flexer 

      Caroline Hu Flexer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Duck Duck Moose, an award-winning creator of educational mobile apps for families. Founded in 2008, the company has created twenty-one top-selling titles from its first musically focused title, Wheels on the Bus, to its most recent educational platform, WonderBox. Duck Duck Moose has received 20 Parents’ Choice Awards, 17 Children’s Tech...

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    • Ann McCormick

      Ann McCormick 

      Ann H. McCormick, PhD founded and lead software design at the Learning Company for it’s first 16 products, including Rocky’s Boots and Reader Rabbit.With her team, she created a new category of software and a leading national brand. Ann gave invited presentations for the Special Office of the President (US), the LIbrary of Congress, Members of Parliament (UK), the Congress of the Latin Americas (Brazil), and spoke at telecommunications companies (Northern Telecom, Pacific Bell, ATT) advanced labs (IBM, Apple, HP) and for publishers and toy companies. She consulted to Apple Cla...

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    • Scott Traylor

      Scott Traylor 

      For the past 22 years Scott Traylor has defined the vision behind the Boston-based digital development and consulting firm known as 360KID. His youth-focused company specializes in product ideation, market testing, and product development as a service to companies interested in engaging kids through a variety of different m...

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    • Stephen Gass

      Stephen Gass

      Stephen Gass 

      Stephen Gass is the President of The Gass Company. From about the second grade on, Stephen Gass wanted to be a doctor. During college, his interest turned to education. After a few years teaching, the doctor calling returned. But, with just a dissertation to go to complete a PhD in child development, a job at Sesame Street released his inner “Geppetto.”  Stephen’s spent the last 30 years creating and marketing a wide range of children’s products, both traditional and digital, including toys, books, games and video for kids between the ...

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    • Jens Peter de Pedro

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      Jens Peter de Pedro 

      Jens Peter de Pedro (aka Jens or JP)  is CEO at Little Frogs, a children’s interactive media consultancy. He is also Experience Director at Monkimun, makers of Lingokids. Jens was part of the founding team at Toca Boca, where he was Creative Lead - Strategy and Operations. He has worked for organizations such as Swedish Television, WGBH and The United Nations. Jens is a founding member of the Alliance for Self Directed Education, fighting for the civil right of all children to learn without coercion. He has a Mast...

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    • Theodore Gray

      Theodore Gray 

      Theodore Gray joined Stephen Wolfram in the creation of Mathematica in 1987, designing an interface that matched the dynamic flexibility of the language, and making possible the creation of millions of computationally interactive documents. He is a Contributing Editor at Popular Science magazine, and authored its Gray Matter column from 2003 to 2013, collected in two volumes, Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home–But Probably Shouldn’t, and Mad Science 2: Experiments You Can Do at Home–But STILL Probably Shouldn’t. In 2009 he published the coffee tabl...

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    • Richard Gottlieb

      Richard Gottlieb 

      Richard Gottlieb (Monday morning critic's panel and lunch on Monday) is a well-known toy industry commentator and CEO of “Global Toy Experts,” a consultancy and resource for the toy industry. He is the publisher of Global Toy News, an industry resource for news, trends and analysis of the business of play. He's the Founder of the World Congress of Play, a conference designed to bring the all the play industries together in one place at one time. Richa...

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    • Benjamin Heuston

      Benjamin Heuston 

      Edward Benjamin Hull Heuston has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and English from Swarthmore College and a master’s and doctorate in Psychology from Brigham Young University. He is  president and chief operating officer of Waterford Institute (www.waterford.org), a nonprofit dedicated to providing every child with the finest educati...

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    • Chris Byrne

      Chris Byrne 

      Chris Byrne has "toy sense," and he's always willing to share his ideas, which is why it's great when we can get him to Dust or Magic. And this is his busy season. Despite seeming like a kid, Chris has a 30-plus-year career in the toy industry. Currently, he is a partner in aNb Media, LLC and content director for TimetoPlayMag.com.  During his career, he has held a variety of positions with toy companies covering marketing, media, operations, product development and creative. In 1988, he formed New York-based Byrne Communications and ...

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    • Marc Prensky

      Marc Prensky 

      Ya know, it's always nice to have a visionary around. We always love having Mark Prensky drop in to share what's new -- he was at the first ever AppCamp at Asilomar, and comes to the Fall Institute whenever he can. Here's his bio (as of September 2013). Marc Prensky, coiner of the terms “Digital Native and “Digital Immigrants, is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, innovator and visionary on edu...

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      Sanj KharbandaVP Digital Strategy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      "Unique, inspiring, eye-opening. I would recommend anyone involved in the interactive space for kids to attend at least one. Thank you to everyone for sharing and being an inspiration."

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      Roby JohnCEO, TapToLearn, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      "Thanks for a great first Dust or Magic. Made it totally worth flying all the way in from Mumbai."

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      Valerie ConnellVP Product & Market Strategy, The Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic 2010

      "Top Notch conference with A-list attendees - a pleasure to be included with the best of the best!"

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      Kate WilsonFounder & Managing Director, Nosy Crow, Dust or Magic 2011

      "Relevant, invigorating and mind expanding: a great event. Warren's energetic, warm and informal style of communication and facilitation is key."

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      Krista MarksDust or Magic 2011

      "The best part is the inspiration that comes from being with a group of like minded, passionate, talented humans."

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      Jens Peter de PedroPlay Designer, Toca Boca, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      "If you are in Children's Interactive Media it's like coming to Church. You got to go for spiritual reasons. And it's only once a year!"

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      Scott TraylorPresident, 360KID, DM '13 Institute

      "Dust or Magic Fall is a must attend event to help increase chances of making successful children's new media products."

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      Charity GerbrandtCreative Lead, Disney Club Penguin, DM Institute '13

      "So great to share with like-minded people in a low pressure, no drama environment. Great size, space and leadership."

    • Kimberley SorensonThe Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic Highlights Foundation 2015

      "A wonderful opportunity to get down and dirty with a lot of different voices in a protected space. Inspiring + energizing on all conceivable levels -- many many thanks."

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      Jayne ClarePresident, Teachers With Apps, Dust or Magic Highlights 2015

      "Leaving with a wealth of new knowledge, friends, ideas and inspiration!"

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      Erin ReillyCreative Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC, Dust or Magic eBook Retreat 2013

      "This was just the retreat I needed to learn and to be inspired by others." 

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      Scott TraylorPresident, 360KID, DM 2002-2010

      "Come for toys, stay for friendship; leave with knowledge."

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      Jesper LodahlCEO, SmartTots, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      "Great crowd, great minds, great learning experience."

    • Hans WagnerOwner, Computer Explorers, Dust or Magic 2014

      "Just soaked in all of it. Great environment!"

    • Megan SmithSenior Designer, Interactive Media, Highlights for Children, Dust or Magic 2014

      "Warren and Daren really made everyone feel relevant and comfortable. Perfect balance of healthy criticism and ideas for growth."

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      Aleen SteinCEO, Organa, Dust or Magic 2014

      "Even though I'm not making apps right now, exciting and relevant to my life."

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      Lorraine AkemannMoms With Apps

      While there is no shortage of conferences on kids and tech, Dust or Magic stands out in the crowd. This might be because attendees are required to leave their egos at home, or cast them into the ocean until the sessions are finished.