Highlights Digital Storytellers Retreat

  • The Fifth Dust or Magic Highlights Digital Storytellers Retreat will take place October 22-24.

    This 3-day, 3D retreat will once again review the dust and the magic of the latest children’s digital products, with an emphasis on how the latest technologies and techniques can be levered for language, literacy, and digital storytelling.

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    Who should attend:

    • Authors who want to take a print based book and successfully move it to a screen.
    • Illustrators who want to learn how to illustrate for interactive design.
    • Children’s librarians who want to find out what’s new with the latest children’s book apps, and learn about best practice.
    • Educators who want to leverage the power of the tablet to help support early learning development.
    • Interactive designers who are responsible for making quality digital products.
    • Publishers who want to keep a competitive edge.
    • ESL and Speech and Language Specialists who want to learn how to use tablets in day to day practice.

    Built from the ground up around current products and the latest research, our agenda will be a “stone soup” of stories, knowledge, apps and research over the three days. The broad category of children’s literacy in the digital age will be approached from four points of view: Reviewers, Publishers, Practitioners (teachers and librarians) and Researchers.

    LESSONS FROM THE BOLOGNA CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR: Once again the winners and finalists of the Bologna Ragazzi Digital Awards will be demonstrated and discussed.  Our all-inclusive price means we provide:Transportation from the airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless Internet access.

    Dates: Sunday, October 22 until Tuesday October 24 after lunch.

    Location: Highlights Foundation, Boyds Mills, PA (about 3 hours from New York City).

    Cost: $1000 (includes housing, food and a van ride to/from New York or Scranton PA). Small publisher or student rates available.

    Register: Space is strictly limited to 40; seats and cottages are assigned on a first-come, first served basis. Call 877-288-3410 or use this online form.

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    And finally – this is a 100% independent event built from the ground up around current products and the latest research. There are no commercial agendas, sponsors or business connections. The Highlights Foundation is an independent non-profit run by Kent Brown.

    Questions?

    Call 877-288-3410  for more information.

    Celebrate the fall colors, and excellence in interactive design.

    Want to learn more: Here’s an article in Children’s Technology Review on Children’s Digital Storytelling.

  • 2017 Events

    Bologna Masterclass • Apr. 2, Bologna, Italy • Register
    AppCamp • Jun. 2-4, Asilomar, CA • Register
    Highlights Retreat • Oct. 22-24, Boyds Mills, PA • Register
    Institute • Nov. 5-7, Lambertville, NJ • Register

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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.