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ikids_Summer 2014 2 /contents /editorial 5 8 11 14 W hen flipping through this edition of iKids, I can't help but think of the clas- sic children's book Something from Nothing, which tells the old tale of a young boy and his grandfather who keep creating mean- ingful objects from one original blanket. The book couldn't be less digital, but its themes are highly reminiscent of what's happening in the interactive space, wherein kids, content makers and startups are being more resourceful than ever before. There's Disney, which is making huge strides with Maker Studios. The US$500 million-plus acquisition of the multi-channel network is emblematic of traditional media putting its stamp of approval on YouTube- made content. And Nick and The Hub are two major kidsnets that are raiding the creative vaults of YouTube for upcoming series, as explored in "Nouveau Networks" (p. 5). Meanwhile, this issue's Gear section is squarely focused on the ongoing Maker Movement and technology's essential role within it. Tech expert Robin Raskin breaks down some of the most cutting-edge toys that are enabling kids to master the art of hands-on play. This sense of creative entrepreneurism is mapped out—quite literally—in our feature, "Breaking new ground" (p. 14), where Boston- based developer Scott Traylor chronicles the movement of ideas and funds to three seemingly unlikely communities in North America. (I hear Kidsburgh is lovely this time of year). Migrations of their own are happening over at iKids, as I am about to embark on maternity leave. New to the editorial team is Daniela Fisher, who will be heralding the iKids Weekly newsletter, while former iKids editor Jeremy Dickson will be back in the driver's seat for the duration of my leave. Cheers, Wendy Goldman Getzler Editor, iKids Let's make appeal Web In the name of more eyeballs—and choices—traditional networks are turning to YouTube for their next big hits Mobile Consolidation is inevitible in a booming children's app market; How London-based Made in Me is stepping into the digital comic book world Gear Physical play has never looked so tech-friendly New York and San Francisco have long been home to kid-friendly startups, but a recent reading of the children's digital landscape points to vibrant hubs in Pittsburgh, Boulder and Kelowna, BC Feature: BreakinG neW GrounD

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