Friday, March 15, 2013

Kids Maker Movement

©2012 TEDx
I just stumbled across this archive of the TEDx Kids @ Brussels, which took place back in June 2011, and is entirely focused on the theme of "Maker Kids"!! I vaguely remember someone mentioning this to me before, but it's the first chance I've had to really go through it and explore its contents. Lots of great resource material here for my project and courses. I'd heard of some of these initiatives and organizations before, of course (e.g. Tinkering School), but it's always interesting to see how they get boiled down (i.e. idealized) and TED-ified for these events. Also, very happy to have been introduced to a number of groups/project I hadn't heard of yet, including Sugar Labs and Layr.

Of particular interest is the fact that the event then spawned a kids-only follow up event in 2012 (FrakenKids), which was "ONLY for kids, no parents program, no speakers, no auditorium - just kids doing cool stuff."Very awesome concept - I wonder how it turned out!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Sesame Workshop Coming to TIFF Kids

©2013 TIFF

Yay yay yay. It's official! As TIFF announced in this morning, two of my favourite names in kids' media -- who also just so happen to be two organizations doing the most to promote high quality, diverse, inclusive, compelling and entertaining kids' content across platforms -- are teaming up for this year's TIFF Kids International Film Festival!!!! That's right - Sesame Workshop will be joining forces with TIFF Kids next month, contributing to this year's event by participating in various facets of the festival's public and industry programming. Here are some of the details from Kidscreen's coverage of the announcement (or check out the TIFF press releases here and here).

On April 20 and 21, meet-and-greets with Sesame Street mascots Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby will take place throughout the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a free screening of Elmo’s Alphabet Challenge will be held on April 20, and Additional Sesame activities for kids include a free, hands-on make-a-film workshop, a Sesame Street app showcase in the digiPlay Space Appcade...

For you industry types, people from Sesame will also be participating an invite-only pitch fest (where candidates will be given a unique opportunity to pitch Sesame Workshop producers for the chance to make a short film for the show....i.e. Sesame Street, and will give a Master Class on "Inspiring the Global Child" for industry attendees. 

Also....I finally get to meet Cookie Monster!!!! And Abby Cadabby. Huzzah!

Also, also - the rest of this year's programs look amazing. In particular, I highly recommend the digiPlaySpace, which debuted last year and included an amazing array of installations, games, maker and DIY media activities, and a ton of LEGO. This year, the digiPlaySpace will feature an app area for families to chill out and play together between screenings. I was on the advisory committee that selected the featured apps, and the line-up is truly awesome and notably diverse (in terms of ages, play styles, etc.). 

See you there!