eBook Retreat 2014 Faculty

  • This year’s (2014) eBook retreat will bring you in touch with expert researchers, designers and reviewers who will help you get smart, fast. Here are the confirmed speakers; check back for updates

    • 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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    • 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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    • Jeremy Brueck

      Jeremy Brueck 

      Jeremy Brueck serves as associate director of the Center for Literacy at The University of Akron where he provides strategic direction and coordination of services in the design of professional development for pre-K-12 teachers across Ohio. Prior to that, he spent 5 years as a curriculum & technology specialist in Green Local Schools with a focus on designing standards-based integrated ...

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    • Chris Rettstatt

      Chris Rettstatt 

      Chris Rettstatt is Director of Children’s Digital Content at Highlights for Children. He is a published children’s book author (The Sky Village, Candlewick Press) and has 10+ years creating multi-platform entertainment for children with partners ranging from Simon & Schuster to Nickelodeon to BBC Worldwide. He currently oversees d...

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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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    • Junko Yokota

      Junko Yokota 

      Dr. Junko Yokota is Professor Emeritus of Reading and Language at National College of Education, National Louis University (Chicago) and Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books. She was an elementary classroom teacher and school librarian for the first ten years of her career. Her research focuses on visual narratives in picture books, digital literature for children, multicultural and international literature, and literacy instruction through quality literature. Her publications include five editions of a coauthored college textbook, Children’s Books in C...

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    • Carolyn Handler Miller

      Carolyn Handler Miller 

      Carolyn Handler Miller is the author of DIGITAL STORYTELLING,  3rd Editon, which comes out this spring.  In the early 1990s, she became fascinated with the idea of writing interactive scripts, and managed to get hired on one of the first commercial CD-ROMs ever produced, Virtual Biopark, which actually started out as a laser disc project.  She’s worked on many new media titles as a writer, writer/designer, or consultant; including...

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    • Michel Kripalani

      Michel Kripalani 

      Michel Kripalani is President / CEO of Oceanhouse Media, a leading developer and publisher of apps for the mobile market. He is a serial entrepreneur, having founded three successful ventures over the past 25 years. He lives and breathes entrepreneurship and will serve as the President of Entrepreneurs Organization - San Diego for the 2015-2016 year. Oceanhouse Media is Michel's third start-up. The company has licensing relationships in place with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Hay House Publishers, Zondervan (HarperCollins), Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Chronicle Books and many others. T...

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    • William Teale

      William Teale 

      William Teale is Professor of Education, University Scholar, and Director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Author of over one hundred publications, his work has focused on early literacy learning, the intersection of technology and literacy education, and children’s literature. He has written for numerous scholarly books and for journals such as Educational Researcher, Research in the Teaching of English, Children’s Literature in E...

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    • Bill Doyle

      Bill Doyle 

      Bill Doyle is cofounder of Crab Hill Press, developer of three interactive iPad storybooks: “Don’t Open Before Christmas,” “My Dad Drives a Roller Coaster Car,” and the award-winning “Nash Smasher!” Bill has been writing for decades: MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Film School; editor of Kid City (aka Electric Co.) at Sesame Workshop; editor...

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    • Emmet O'Neill

      Emmet O’Neill 

      Emmet O'Neill is the Chief Product Officer for StoryToys. He is responsible for all aspects of product development, from concept through to final delivery. In StoryToys he has produced apps for many leading entertainment companies including Eric Carle Studio, Saban, Warner Bros/DC, Sesame Workshop and Disney. With a career in digital product design that spans almost 20 years, Emmet has worked across a broad spectrum of industries including publishing, advertising and film /TV....

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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 TTPM.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 is a researcher, an...

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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.