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The Eighth Annual Children's New Media Design Institute
November 2-4, 2008 in Lambertville, New Jersey

Dates for next year are November 1-3 2009.
Missed '08? Have a look at the wiki.


"An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it."*

Dust or Magic 2008 Participants
2008 participants gather in the lobby of the Inn at Lambertville Station.

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What is Dust or Magic? A critique of best (magic) and the worst (dust) children's interactive design in the past year, along with presentations on current research and the most current thinking on the children's interactive media space.

When? November 2-4, 2008

Where? Lambertville, NJ, The Inn at Lambertville Station; approximately one hour from Newark Liberty International Airport.

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Who are the this year's speakers? Speakers are independent reviewers, product managers of noteworthy products, and researchers. These include Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy and creator of the new Time to Play Magazine (www.timetoplaymag.com), Claire Green, President, Parents' Choice Foundation; Jim Gray, Ed.D., Leapfrog, Ben Grimley and Jennifer Wells of PBS KIDS PLAY!, Lisa Guernsey, Author, Into the Minds of Babes; Mark William Hansen, The LEGO Group; Kathleen Kremer, Ph.D., Fisher-Price; Debra Lieberman, UC Santa Barbara and Health Games Research; Robin Raskin, Author, Blogger at Yahoo Tech, Scott Traylor, President, 360KID; Roger Wagner, President of Roger Wagner Publishing and creator of HyperStudio; Tanya Van Court, General Manager Noggin and Sr. VP, Parents and Preschool Digital, Nickelodeon & MTVN Kids and Family Group; plus remote presentations by Kimberly Rose of Viewpoints Research, Lane Merrifield and Club Penguin and Mitch Resnick from the Lifelong Learning Group at MIT. Sessions will be facilitated by Warren Buckleitner of Children's Technology Review and Daren Carstens of Carstens Studios.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
Dust or Magic events are designed to help individuals make better interactive media products.

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(in QuickTime) of highlights of the first Dust or Magic Institute or see some pictures (in QuickTime) of the last Dust or Magic Institute

 

PRIOR DUST OR MAGIC
ATTENDEES
INCLUDE

360KID
Apple Computer
Animusic
ARS Media
Astronomico di Padova
Baby Einstein
Carstens Studios
Columbia University
Course Crafters
Dana Shields Design
Delta Editora
Disney Interactive
Dolphin Inc
Drexel University
PREL
ETS (Educational Testing Service)
Encore Software
Evan-Moor Fablevision
Fisher-Price
Garage Games
Her Interactive
Highlights for Children
Hulabee Entertainment
ImaginEngine
Jersey Cow Software
Kinder Magic Software
Knowledge Adventure/VU Games
LeapFrog
Legacy Interactive
Mattel
Microsoft
Miss Maggie's Earth Adventures
NBC 10
Noodleworks
Riverdeep, The Learning Company
Scholastic
School Zone Interactive
Sesame Workshop
Sunburst
TERCworks
Terzio
The Markle Foundation
THQ
University of Denver
University of Maryland
USA Today (Education)
Viewpoints Research Institute Inc.
Vivendi Universal
VTech
OVERVIEW
Dust or Magic is an annual review of commerical children's technology products for school and consumer markets. The demonstration-intensive three day institute is designed for individuals who need to understand the latest technology and what it means for designing the next generation of products. Discussions are framed in the context of child development theory and play patterns.

Because participants stay at the same Inn, the event has a retreat-type of feel. Time provided to try out the latest products in both formal and informal settings. The agenda is planned around the products, and videos of children using products help ground the discussion. Throughout the session, there are more formal presentations by developers, reviewers and researchers on current topics.

Our goals for each participant:

Hands on time with the latest products along with discusssions of strengths and weaknesses.
• Introduce the fundamental principles of design as applied to current technology.
• Contribute to your personal ideas of "dust" or "magic."
• Share elements of successful design.
• Provide objective feedback on products in the works.
• Let you freely browse a library of current products.
• Illustrate opportunities in the current market.
• Network, make lasting friendships and try new ideas.
• Be able to identify the current "state-of-the-art" for game hardware, web design and smart toys.

A group discussion

2008 AGENDA
Day 1, Sunday

This is a draft agenda. We have not assigned the speaker slots or demos, and the order of events might change.

Time

Sunday Evening, Nov. 2
The Inn at Lambertville Station, NJ
Arrive and greeting

4:30 PM

Registration at the Inn, front lobby (Hors D'oeuvres will be served)

6:00 PM

Welcome Banquet at The Lambertville Station Restaurant.We'll walk over to the dinner together. Note that this is in a different building -- the old train station near the street-- and not in the Inn itself. Please notify us if you have any food allergies or any other special needs.

8:00 PM

Before there was PowerPoint and KidPix, most kids created presentations with HyperStudio. Meet Roger Wagner, a witness to the beginning of personal computing. After writing a book on assembly language for the Apple II, Roger started Roger Wagner Publishing, and witnessed a wild and crazy period in educational publishing. Come and hear his story. HyperStudio 5 is in production by Software MacKiev. Roger Wagner


Day 2, Monday

Time

The Inn at Lambertville Station: Riverside Room

8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM


10:30 AM

10:45
AM

Critics Panel -- The Dust and the Magic of '08 -- We've asked each critic to provide their own version of the Dust and Magic from the past year. Robin Raskin, Chris Byrne, Claire Green, Lisa Guernsey and Renye Rice.

Break

Presentation: Debra Leiberman --Using Interactive Games to Improve Health Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviors.

11:15 AM

Presentation by Tanya Van Court of Nickelodeon. When Dora meets the Wii, and the secret of MyNoggin.

12:00 PM

12:50
PM

Group Photo (in the lobby, optional)

Remote Conversation

1:00 PM

Presentation: Jim Gray, Leapfrog. Toy/Web Integration

1:30 PM



2:45 PM

Demonstrations: Using laser pointers, participants will evaluate products in development and offer objective judgments about their prospects for success.

Break

3:00 PM

Field TripMeet The Testers: We'll take a bus to Mediatech in Flemington, NJ, to meet a group of child testers, browse the Mediatech software archives, and view historical titles. While at Mediatech, the Classics Theater will be in operation, with demonstrations of Freddi Fish, Alphabonk Farm, the Living Books, Reader Rabbit and Kid Pix. We'll run some of these old titles, and remember why they were so good, with so little RAM, with expert commentary from some of the developers.

6:00 PM

Return to Lambertville for Dinner: On your own (informal groups). Cross the bridge to New Hope, PA.

Download the local restaurants list as a PDF

8:30 PM


9:00 PM



9:45 PM -- on

A Club Penguin Party hosted remotely by Lane Merrifield, via webcam.

LEGO Universe,
with Mark William Hansen, The LEGO Group; a first look at one vision of a mass collaborative building experience launching this fall.

Wine, technology and conversation

NOTE:

Don't pass up The Inn's early morning tea/coffee/warm muffin service, that comes complimentary with your room. You must hang the request on your doorknob before go to sleep.

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Day 3: Tuesday

Time

The Inn at Lambertville Station: Riverside Room

7:30 AM

8:00

Breakfast
 
The State of Children's Interactive Media by Warren Buckleitner, with help from Carly Shuler and Carla Engelbrecht Fisher of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. What will 2009 bring? What design trends should developers have on their screens? Besides Nintendo, who are the leaders in innovation right now?

9:00

 

9:45

Please Touch! -- How to create and publish a children's title for the iPhone. A Hands On Workshop by Daren Carstens, Mary Beth Janes of Apple Computer

Demos

10:10

Scott Traylor, 360KID: What's New in 2008; and 2009

10:30

10:45


11:15



11:45


Break

How We Made it:
A closer look at PBS KIDS PLAY with Ben Grimley and Jennifer Wells
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How We Made It: Dr. Kathleen Kremer from Fisher-Price will discuss how theory can drive the process, from start to finish.

Read any good books lately? Another Dust or Magic tradition: a literature review, hosted by Bob Wikenden of Jersey Cow Software with the latest reports from the MacArthur Foundation, KFF, the Cooney Center and others.
 

12:00

Final Review

12:15 PM

Lunch
1:30 PM
Airport Departures
(See Planning Your Trip for ground transportation information.)


"Well done. Thanks for the institute. Definitely a landmark conference." Carole Wacey, Markle Foundation

"Thank you for the really excellent workshop. It was perfect for my purposes -- getting my finger on the pulse of the children's software world." Warren Robinett, Cofounder, The Learning Company

 

clickstart"Thanks for putting on such a friendly/cozy and interesting institute. It has been so sorely missing in our industry."
Mark Schlichting, Noodleworks

PLANNING YOUR TRIP

If you have any questions, call MaryBeth at Children's Technology Review at 908-284-0404.

  "I've studied many of the same child development theories that you presented and have tried to implement as much as possible. What I found most valuable were the video clips you played, showing those theories at work." Rob Barrett, Sr. Designer, Disney Interactive

 

 

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TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Arrival: Newark Liberty International Airport is the closest airport to Lambertville, NJ. Please keep in mind that you will need to arrive early enough to allow yourself plenty of time for travel to Lambertville (at least a one and a half-hour drive). Registration in Lambertville for Dust or Magic begins at 4:30 PM; check-in time for The Inn at Lambertville Station begins at 2:00 PM (hotel information below).


Departure: Please check out of the hotel first thing on Tuesday morning, with your bags ready to go. The front desk will secure your bags until you are ready to depart for home. The formal checkout time is 11:00 AM. To allow enough travel time to the airport, plan your flight to leave after 4:30 PM. (Plan to arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport at least 1 hour prior to your flight time; 2 hours for International.) See below for ground transporation information.

Ground Transportation: As part of your conference fee, we provide ground transportation to and/or from Newark Liberty International Airport. In order for us to guarantee your ride to and/or from the airport, we need your travel plans 2 weeks prior to the conference. We will make every effort to accommodate your travel arrangements provided we have this information NO LATER THAN Thursday, October 16, 2008. We cannot guarantee that last-minute change requests will be accomodated, (this includes any change requests to the ground transportation schedule the day of departure from Lambertville).

From Newark to Lambertville: If you would like us to provide ground transportation arrangements to and/or from Newark, please contact MaryBeth Griffith (908-284-0404) as soon as possible; or you can take the Trans-Bridge Bus (908-730-6552--tickets with receipt will be reimbursed). MaryBeth will notify you by email with final transportation instructions a few days prior to the conference.

The Trans-Bridge bus line is the fastest and easiest way to get to Lambertville. Plan to arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport no later than 12:15 PM Sunday (for the late bus, see below). After you pick up your baggage, go to the Trans Bridge/Olympia Trails ticket counter located in the claim area of Terminal A, B or C. Purchase a ticket on the Trans-Bridge Bus. Ask for directions to the pickup gate. The bus will drop you approximately two blocks from the Lambertville Station parking lot, at the Sunoco station. Walk toward the river, along Bridge Street. The Inn is the last building on the left before the bridge to PA. There are two bus options to Lambertville on Sunday: 10:45 AM (depart Newark Liberty) 12:40 PM (arrive Lambertville); or 3:15 PM (depart Newark) 4:45 PM (arrive Lambertville).

From Lambertville to Newark: If you are planning on returning to Newark Liberty International Airport via the Trans-Bridge Bus, please contact MaryBeth Griffith (908-284-0404) in advance.

There are two bus options to Newark on Tuesday: 1:55 PM (depart Lambertville/Sunoco) 3:15 PM (arrive Newark); or 5:50 PM (departs Lambertville/Sunoco) 7:10 PM (arrive Newark). Each bus continues to NYC/Port Authority, arriving about 30 minutes after the Newark Liberty Airport stop.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS
The Dust or Magic Institute is held at The Inn at Lambertville Station. We have blocked the entire Inn (45 rooms--see below) for Dust or Magic participants/speakers. In order to guarantee your room, please make your reservation with The Inn (609-397-8461) by October 25. (Rooms are on a first come, first serve basis.) After that date, we cannot guarantee you will be able to make room reservations at The Inn. However, they will be happy to help you find comparable accommodations nearby. The Inn at Lambertville room rates for Dust or Magic are as follows: $115/night (standard room, one queen bed); $120/night (deluxe room, a larger room, some have two queen beds); $150/night (suite, one king bed). You must identify yourself as a Dust or Magic participant in order to get these rates. (Note: The Dust or Magic rate does not apply for a Saturday night stay.) Lodging is additional, and not included in the registration fee.

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TRAVEL TIPS
You can view detailed maps to The Inn at Lambertville Station (11 Bridge Street Lambertville, NJ, 08530; 609-397-8461) with Google Maps, MapQuest or Expedia. Here's the view from a satellite. Note that if you plan to arrive on Saturday, rates can be significantly higher ($100 or so). If the Inn is full, try this list of local inns, B&Bs and hotel. If you choose to stay in New York City the night before, you can catch the Trans-Bridge bus directly to Lambertville, which leaves from Gate 10 or 12 (these can change) of the New York Port Authority terminal. The bus will drop you about 4 blocks from the hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter at Port Authority.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Google Maps, MapQuest or Expedia
From New York City: (approximately 90 minutes) Holland or Lincoln Tunnel to NJ Turnpike South to Exit 14. I-78 West to I-287 South, to Route 202 South (Flemington Exit) in Somerville (careful, don't get off too early. Watch for signs to Flemington). Take the last exit before the toll bridge into PA (Rt. 29) turn LEFT to downtown Lambertville. Watch for BRIDGE street. The Lambertville Station is 11 Bridge, located just before the bridge into PA.

From Philadelphia: (approximately 50 minutes) I-95 North to New Hope Exit 31. Left at stop sign onto Taylorsville Road. Go 5 miles, through 2 stop lights. At stop sign, go left onto Route 32 North for 4 miles. Find your way to the downtown. The Inn at Lambertville Station is on the left just before the bridge.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

*The quote that inspired the title of this institute comes from Bob Hughes’ book Dust or Magic: Secrets of Successful Multimedia Design (Addison Wesley). www.dustormagic.net . The quote comes from Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

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ABOUT THE DUST OR MAGIC INSTITUTE (by Warren Buckleitner)
This event was inspired from the annual Bologna New Media Prize juror "summits" that were held from 1997 - 2002. Imagine seven technology editors from around the world, each with strong ideas about his or her own set of favorite products -- holed-up for a weekend in a single room with over 400 new products to demonstrate. Our goal was to choose seven winners with some attempted degree of accuracy. It was hard work and the debate was intense. We each left Bologna with an expanded practical knowledge of the "state of the art," and we were also able to hear the opinions of other reviewers, with completely different cultural and personal views.

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The first Dust or Magic Institute was designed to recapture this atmosphere, by bringing recent products, in working condition, into a place where they could be freely and critically demonstrated by people who are passionate about the potential of interactive media for children.

ABOUT THE NAME
In Spring of 2001, plans for the first institute were underway. Aleen Stein, then of Scholastic/Organa, had given me a copy of a book by Bob Hughes called Dust or Magic: Secrets of Successful Multimedia Design. Bob's title was inspired from a quote from Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), as follows: "an idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it." I asked Bob if I could use the title of his book for the type of event I was thinking about and Bob's reply was 'Matsuo wouldn't mind.' So in the spirit of international cooperation, open source thinking and the desire to make better digital environments for children, we share the Dust or Magic name. You can learn more about Bob's thinking on interface design at http://www.dustormagic.net

PHOTOGRAPHS & INFORMATION DISCLOSURE
A photographer may be present during the sessions and it is possible that a section of the dialog may be recorded, used in a podcast, or you may show up in somebody's blog. If you wish to have the use of your photograph or voice restricted in any way or do not want your opinions on public record, please notify us in advance. It is perfectly OK (and common) for individuals, for whatever reason, NOT to have their voice recorded or their photograph taken. You may have also noted a rather unique group picture that has become a bit of a tradition. Your participation in this photo is also optional.

INTERNET ACCESS
The Inn has a wireless Internet. However, if you have a site to demonstrate, it is smart to bring an archived copy on a flash drive or your own computer.

WHAT TO BRING
1. Literature to share (optional). If you wish to have material available for distribution at the conference, please send 70 copies at least 10 days prior to the Institute to DUST OR MAGIC, c/o Chris Grabowich, CTR, 120 Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822. Note that participants will be given a three-ring binder, so we recommend drilling copies of papers if possible for easy storage.
2. A computer (optional). There will be a large library of products for testing, as well as a video projector and sound system for large group demonstrations. In addition, there will be laptops and demonstration stations available for your use. If you take a laptop or any other hardware to your room, please let us know.
3. A Nintendo DS, Leapster, V.Smile and/or PSP. We'll have many of the latest titles available, for those interested in portable gaming.

4. A product to demonstrate (optional). There will be both formal and informal opportunities for the demonstration of one product or project that could be classified as “magic”, with feedback opportunities from the group. The demonstrations must be scheduled in advance. You are given eight minutes to show a product (your own, or someone elses) after which you have the option to receive feedback from the group. Part of this feedback is a rating.

ATTIRE (Current weather in Lambertville)
Dress is casual (slacks, sweaters or whatever is appropriate to the season).

SPEAKERS

Dust or Magic speakers bring in-depth knowledge on the latest products. Note that I (Warren) took the liberty of modifying these bios.

We welcome your ideas for next year

 

 

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"I've been corresponding with several participants already and all have had nothing but positive feedback about their own experience...the location, the participants, the curriculum, the staff." Scott Mowry, Design Director, Highlights for Children

DUST OR MAGIC SPEAKERS -- 2008

Christopher Byrne, President Byrne Communications, Inc. aka The Toy Guy. Chris is one of the leading experts on toys and play. Over the past 27 years (and he's not even old), he has served in a variety of positions with toy companies covering marketing, media, operations and product development. In 1988, he formed New York-based Byrne Communications, where he has served as a researcher, analyst and consultant to a variety of Fortune 100 companies. He is widely quoted in the media and appears regularly on national television commenting on toys. Besides his own web sites (The Toy Guy and new online Time to Play Magazine (www.timetoplaymag.com) he writes for trade publications including Toys & Family Entertainment and Royalties. Currently thetoyguy.com attracts millions of visitors annually. Chris will help us critique the crop of 2008 technology toys on hand at this year's Institute.

Jim Gray, Ed.D. is head of the LeapFrog Lab where he oversees all user experience and product development research. He is responsible for ensuring that LeapFrog products maximize children’s engagement, fun, and learning. Jim has a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Michigan State University. He was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Innovative Learning Technologies, and Instructor of Interactive Media Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has contributed to dozens of publications and published studies and has been a driving force behind LeapFrog's new learning path.

Claire Green is the President of Parents' Choice Foundation, the oldest not-for-profit organization dedicated to the evaluation of children's books, videos, toys, computers software, videos, television and magazines. Parents' Choice was founded in 1978 by Claire's mother, Diana Huss Green. Fewer than 15% of the products submitted to Parents' Choice Awards Program receive a commendation in one of six award categories. Claire is a long-time participant of Dust or Magic, and has a deep conviction for empowering children, with all forms of media. She'll be in the Reviewer's panel on Monday morning, to lend her view on this year's toys and software throughtout the event.

Benjamin Grimley is the Senior Director of PBS Interactive Businesses. He founded and leads PBS' new Interactive Businesses group, including licensing, product development, and online distribution. In March 2008, his team launched PBS KIDS PLAY! for ages 3-6 in collaboration with PBS content providers including HIT Entertainment, National Geographic, The Jim Henson Company and Universal Studios. Previously, as Vice President of Business Development for Exent Technologies, Ben built Internet distribution channels for interactive publishers such as Atari, Microsoft Game
Studios, Riverdeep, Scholastic, Take-Two and Ubisoft. Ben holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Mark William Hansen is the Director of Business Development for the LEGO Group, and is the project lead for LEGO Universe, a new social construction site coming early 2009. He was the original architect of LEGO Factory, an experience that that bridges virtual design with real world construction allowing anyone to design custom LEGO models online which can then be ordered as a set for assembly "offline." Hansen spent 3 years researching Mass Customization and Agile Systems at Aalborg University and served twelve years in the United States Navy. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters of Engineering from Aalborg University.

Kathleen Kremer, Ph.D. is the Manager of Child Research at Fisher-Price. She oversees product research and testing for the Learning, Preschool, and Creative Activities Divisions.  She advises these teams on child development, education, interface design, and game play and provides creative input. Products she has worked on include the Smart Cycle, the KidTough Digital Camera and FP3 Player, Digital Arts and Crafts Studio, Easy Link Internet Launch Pad, Pixter and Computer Cool School. Prior to joining Fisher-Price, Kathleen was a Development Scientist at Educational Testing Service.  She also has worked on various product evaluations for media organizations such as Nickelodeon, WGBH, and Sesame Workshop and has published book chapters and journal articles on education and child development.  She holds an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.

Debra Lieberman, Ph.D., is a communication researcher and lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also directs the Health Games Research national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to advance the design and effectiveness of digital interactive games used to improve health. Debra's research focuses on processes of learning and behavior change with interactive media, with special interests in interactive games, health media, and children's media. Debra has published widely and she consults for health organizations, education agencies, and media and technology companies to help design and evaluate interactive media for entertainment, learning, and health. Debra's talk this year will be called Using Interactive Games to Improve Health Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviors.

Robin Raskin is a highly respected speaker, author, conference planner and blogger at YahooTech. Robin has been writing about raising kids in a digital world for nearly 30 years. The former editor of PC Magazine, and Editor-in-Chief of FamilyPC, she is the author of seven books on kids, including The Parents' Guide to College Life (Random House, 2006) and consults on new media strategies for The Princeton Review. Robin is a long-time speaker at Dust or Magic. You can learn more about Robin at www.robinraskin.com

Scott Traylor, Chief KID and Founder, 360KID a kid-focused content and technology company dedicated to creating a love for learning through products that educate as well as entertain. 360KID provides turnkey development services to the broadcast, cable, textbook, and toy industries. Scott started his business over 16 years ago. His company has emerged as a recognized leader in the development of fun and engaging learning products. His clients include Sesame Workshop, LeapFrog, Discovery Channel, Hasbro, Highlights for Children, PBSkids, and many others. 360KID is a multi-award winning and three-time Emmy nominated company.  Scott is continually reading, analyzing, and synthesizing research covering all aspects of kids and learning including new technologies, gaming, and different consumer-based delivery systems. He's fascinated by electronic learning aids and technology instruction that is non-PC based. Scott believes nothing is impossible and so he pushes to make big dreams a reality, especially when it benefits children. See Scott's 2006 Dust or Magic presentation here (on YouTube). You can see other presentations at http://dustormagic.wikispaces.com

Tanya Van Court is the General Manager Noggin and Sr. Vice President of Parents and Preschool Digital, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. She oversees strategy and operations, as well as creative and editorial content for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group preschool and parents online businesses. Van Court assumed this position in the fall of 2006 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of Nick Jr.com (Playtime and Nick Jr. Parents), broadband offerings Nick Jr. Video and Nick Jr. Parents TV, NOGGIN.com, GoCityKids.com and the community site ParentsConnect.com. She is a graduate of Stanford University, where she received both her bachelors and masters degrees in Industrial Engineering. 

Roger Wagner is the creator of HyperStudio -- the number one selling educational software product in the world during the early '90s. Roger was a witness to the beginning of personal computing, writing the first book on assembly language programming for the Apple II which included the the first published description of how to make a computer do bi-directional scrolling text. He was a magazine columnist prior to starting Roger Wagner Publishing, and he's experienced the garage-startup, building a company with market leadership, the thrills and trauma of selling a company, and the aftermath of brand mismanagement.  Join us for an after-dinner conversation with one of the first software developers in the age of personal computers, as he talks about the past, present and future of interactive publishing for schools.

Jennifer Wells is the Associate Director for PBS Interactive Businesses. A former student of Sandra Calvert, Jennifer leads interactive content development for PBS KIDS PLAY! Past projects include creating content for Bear in the Big Blue House, Curious George, Fisher-Price, Highlights Magazine, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Reading Rainbow, Schoolhouse Rock and many others. She holds an MA from Georgetown
University.

Institute Facilitators: Warren Buckleitner of Children's Technology Review and Daren Carstens of Carstens Studios.

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We've posted some prior presentations from Dust or Magic at http://dustormagic.wikispaces.com

 

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

Call
800-993-9499
between 9:30 and 5:00 PM EST

 "This was a new field for me. This event made me think of all the content possibility we have to offer. It was such an education in what is happening, working and not working in the field today. I enjoyed it immensely. I was impressed by CTR's dedication to quality product development." Joy Evans, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers

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TUITION:
Tuition is $1480 for one person, $990 for two or more, or $395 for the prior speaker rate (for last year's speakers -- please call to make these arrangements), which includes all meals but Monday night, transportation to and from Newark airport (if needed) and workshop materials. Lodging is additional, and not included in the registration fee. (Please see Planning Your Trip and make lodging arrangements directly with The Inn at Lambertville Station). In order to insure the quality of discussion, group size is limited to 60. Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the order in which the tuition payment is received. No more than five participants from one company are permitted, and other restrictions may apply. To register by phone, call 800-993-9499 between 9:30am and 3:00pm EST. To register online, click here.

Seats available: 0 as of 10/30/2008. (please call). We occasionally get cancellations at the last minute. If you'd like to add your name to a standby list, please give us a call.

AVAILABILITY:
Call 800-993-9499 or 908-284-0404 from 9:30am - 3:00pm EST. You can register online with a VISA, Mastercard or American Express. Your credit card will not be charged until your space is confirmed. We limit the group size for quality reasons. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on when tuition is received.

CANCELLATIONS:
Tuition is 100% refundable up to October 1, 50% refundable from October 1 to October 18, and non-refundable after October 19. Your Inn room can be canceled up to 48 hours prior to the start of the event (please contact the Inn directly). In the event that the Institute is postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, you will have the option to receive a tuition refund or to keep your seat for the next proposed date.

The dates for Next Year (2009) are Nov. 1-3


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