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TED 2011 - The Birth of a Word

My absolute favorite talk from this year’s TED Conference was given by MIT researcher Deb Roy, and I’m thrilled it’s just been posted!

Roy wanted to understand how children learn language in order to build robots than learn in the same way – and what better test subject than his newborn son!? To [...]

It’s all fun and games… until someone learns something.

Last week I attended the Sandbox Summit, a conference that explores how technology affects the way kids play, learn, and connect.  Fittingly, the Summit was hosted at MIT University with the support of the school’s esteemed Media Lab and the Education Arcade.  An incredibly diverse group of individuals came together to share their expertise, [...]

Exploring the Future of Fun at the Sandbox Summit!

I am thrilled to be attending the upcoming Sandbox Summit next week at MIT!  Now in its third year, this conference brings together innovators in children’s media, books, toys, virtual worlds, and education to explore the impact that emerging media platforms  have on how children play!

Below is a great [...]

5 Rules For Evaluating So-Called Educational Toys

The following post is by Wendy Smolen.  Wendy is a regular guest blogger at Toy Whimsy and co-founder of Sandbox Summit®, a series of conferences that explore the synergy between play and technology.

The ABC’s of Educational Toys

It’s almost unavoidable. Every toy in your toddler’s playroom, from cell phone-shaped rattles to push toys to stacking blocks [...]