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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."
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."
About the Highlights Retreat
The Fifth Annual Dust or Magic Highlights Retreat will talk place at the beautiful Highlights Foundation in Boyds Mills, PA, about 2 1/2 hours northwest of New York City, on Sunday October 22, ending Tuesday October 24, 2017.
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The objective for making this event is to build bridges between the people who MAKE STUFF (app designers), the people who USE STUFF (teachers and librarians), and the people who STUDY STUFF (policy people, writers, reviewers and researchers).
The Highlights Foundation is the perfect mixing bowl for this to happen. It’s like the “Camp David” for children’s literacy — a serene location where you get your own cozy writers cabin, amazing food and a setting free from distractions. It was on these grounds that first issue of Highlights Magazine was created.
We start with a global view — by studying the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award apps which will give us our baseline — or the “state of the app.”
After we review these top dozen in depth we start looking at the field from the four essential perspectives related to technology and literacy —
- PUBLISHERS (led by leading children’s app makers);
- REVIEWERS (from CTR and others);
- LITERACY THEORY (Katie Paciga from Columbia College and the Erikson Institute, who studied with William Teale et al);
- PRACTITIONERS (participants from various schools and libraries).
Together we dissect the latest apps, and together talk about what you need to know to “find the magic” this year. Examples include the winners, mentions and short list selections.
As with other Dust or Magic events, we use our lasers to critique each example to better refine our own definition of what works (the magic), and what doesn’t (the dust).
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Interactive designers who are responsible for making quality digital products.
- Publishers who want to keep a competitive edge.
- 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.
- Educators who want to leverage the power of the tablet to help support preschool and elementary level development.
- Children’s librarians who want to find out what’s new with the latest children’s book apps, and learn about best practice.
- ESL and Speech and Language Specialists who want to learn how to use tablets in day to day practice.
WHERE: The Highlights Foundation in Boyds Mills, PA. Transportation is provided to and from the Wilkes Barr International Airport in Scranton PA and New York Port Authority (departing at 2:30 PM on Sunday). If this is of interest to you, please let us know.
HERE’S A CONTENT PREVIEW: We’ll expand on the themes started last month in the Dust or Magic Masterclass in Bologna.
REGISTRATION: $1000 per seat which includes housing for 2 nights, all food, drinks and workshop materials. Group size is limited to 40 on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is handled by Highlights Foundation. Please use this form or all 877-288-3410
HOUSING: You’ll get your own private cabin but may have to share a room.
WHAT TO BRING
Dress is casual. Bring a tablet, your laptop, your favorite children’s book and a musical instrument.
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SUNDAY April 24
2:00 – 5:00 PM Arrive (informal) and check in to get your workshop materials.
5:00 Greetings, Welcome and Introductions.
MONDAY April 25
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 A literacy theory point of view. Katie Paciga from Columbia College and the Erikson Institute. A fresh look at the latest literacy apps from the point of view of old theory: e.g., whole language vs. phonics.
11:00 Daren Carstens — How a small USA publisher won a global award, twice. Suggestions about non-fiction digital materials, original illustrations and responsive design.
1:00 Application to education and learning settings (Gail Lovely)
Topics to include:
- Introducing apps to children for the first time
- Digital storytelling in large and small group settings
- Using a tablet in the classroom
- Using a tablet in the library
- Apps that use the camera
- Augmented reality apps
2:30 App critiques, with laser feedback.
3:00 A hardware point of view. Apple’s iOS vs. Android vs. PC vs. OSX vs. Game Console vs. Kindle — What are the affordances of each, and what does each bring to children’s literacy?
7:00 Informal exploration and discussion
TUESDAY APRIL 24
10:30 Writing and Encoding: Examples
- Apps to help with fine motor development
- Apps for verbal development
- Making movies and digital creativity experiences.
1:30 Evaluation and depart