2014 Speakers

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

    • Jason Krogh

      Jason Krogh 

      Jason Krogh is the founder and CEO of Sago Sago, a company dedicated to creating the best apps for young children. Jason has designed and developed interactive media for 15 years working with clients such as the National Geographic, Sprout, Disney Jr, Vancouver Olympics and the Toronto Public Library. Jason is also the founder of the Zimmer Twins, an online storytelling platform for kids. His most recent venture started after a particularly satisfying rant with Bjorn Jeffery of Toca Boca. In short, Sago Sago was born out a shared passion 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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    • 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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    • Kate Highfield

      Kate Highfield

      Kate Highfield 

      Kate Highfield is a teacher educator from the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. After teaching for over ten years, Kate now works with student teachers, children and educators. Kate’s PhD focused on the use of simple robotics in mathematics learning and examined the key role of metacognition in problem solving. Her current research and teaching explores the use of interactive technologies for learning and play, with a focus on how mobile and touch technology can be used as a tool to enhance learning. Kate has been recognised as an exemplary educator at...

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    • Keli Winters

      Keli Winters, Evan-Moor

      Keli Winters 

      Keli Winters is the Director of Production at Evan-Moor Educational Publishers. Keli has been with Evan-Moor for 10 years, working with a team of Editors and Designers toward achieving the goal of creating innovative K-6 supplemental teaching materials. She works closely with various departments to shape the technology vision for the Evan Moor including technology that is integrated with print products, standalone technology products, and Evan-Moor's internet presence.

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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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    • 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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    • Drew Davidson

      Drew Davidson 

      Drew Davidson is a professor, producer and player of interactive media. His background spans academic, industry and professional worlds and he is interested in stories across texts, comics, games and other media. He is the Director of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mell...

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    • Barbara Chamberlin

      Barbara Chamberlin 

      Barbara Chamberlin directs game development at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab.

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    • Kate Wilson

      Kate Wilson, Nosy Crow

      Kate Wilson 

      Kate Wilson is the founder and managing director of Nosy Crow, a four-year-old, multi-award-winning publisher of children's books and apps. She comes to app making with a background in children's publishing: before setting up Nosy Crow, she was the UK publisher of US books from Goodnight Moon to The Hunger Games and Judy Blume's Forever, as well as working on UK bestsellers like The Gruffalo and Horrible Histories. She's interested in children's literacy, in building businesses for the long term and in cake.

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    • Jesse Schell

      Jesse Schell 

      Jesse is the CEO of Schell Games, a team of one hundred people who strive to make the world’s greatest educational and transformational games, including Yale Medical's PlayForward: Elm City Stories, Water Bears VR, the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood games, and Happy Atoms. Schell Games also creates pure entertainment content, such as the award winning VR game, I Expect You to Die, and the comedy space game Orion Trail. Jesse also serves as Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon...

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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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    • Mark Schlichting

      Mark Schlichting

      Mark Schlichting 

      Mark Schlichting is a passionate promoter for play. He is also a pioneer of the multimedia industry, an expert in children’s interactive design, and is probably best known as the creator of Brøderbund’s Living Books CD-ROM series. In 2000 Mark founded NoodleWorks Interactive, a creative consulting and production company specializing in innovative design for children. In November 2011, NoodleWorks released its’ first iPad app, a word toy called Noodle Words. His ...

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    • Tinsley Galyean

      Tinsley Galyean 

      Tinsley Gaylean is the Director of The Global Literacy Project (globallit.org) and is a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab. He serves on the Steering Committee of The Dalai Lama Center For Ethics and Transformative Values. Tinsley's education has spanned both art and technology  -- long before it was ...

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    • Stephanie Gottwald

      Stephanie Gottwald 

      Stephanie Gottwald, Ph.D. is the Director of Content and Deployments of The Global Literacy Project (globallit.org). She is also the Assistant Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts Universtiy. Stephanie is a linguist specializing in the interaction between the acquisition of spoken and written languages. For the last 15 years, she has directed educational investigations into research-based solutions for struggling readers, including the development and longitudinal, NICHD-funded, effica...

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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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    • Lainey Franks

      Lainey Franks 

      Lainey Franks is the General Manager of the Breteau Foundation (breteaufoundation.org), a UK based non-profit started in 2013 by entrepreneur Sebastian Breteau to enhance the education of theworld’s underprivileged children with digital tools. Lainey has be...

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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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      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.