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Dust or Magic Retreat: Language, Literacy and Storytelling with Children’s Digital Media | April 24 – April 26, 2016

Join us to review the “dust” and the “magic” of the latest children’s digital products, with an emphasis on language, literacy, and digital storytelling.

Workshops and/or demos of the latest apps will be given by Warren Buckleitner, Gail Lovely and Daren Carstens. Special guest presenters will be Kate Wilson CEO of Nosy Crow; Dr. Katie Paciga from Columbia College and the Erikson Institute; and Dr. Michael H. Levine and Lisa Guernsey; authors of recently published book Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens.

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: Warren, Gail and others will share what they’ve seen as reviewers, and publishers like Kate Wilson and Daren Carstens will share the latest technology. Also, the winners and finalists of the Bologna Ragazzi Digital Awards will be demonstrated and discussed. Michael Levine and Lisa Guernsey will provide their 30,000 ft. point of view of growing readers in the age of screens, and Dr. Katie Paciga (who has studied with William Teale) will provide an overview of literacy theory in a digital context.

Our all-inclusive price means we provide:Transportation from the airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless Internet access.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats fill fast, so visit the Dust or Magic website to register now!

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