I was nine, it was winter, Norton Juster was speaking to me, and I found myself conducting the sky. My first post – no, plea – is an attempt to remind parents, teachers, siblings, whomever, to stop taking their children’s level of understanding for granted, and put a book like Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth in their hands.
A novel often deemed “too complex” for the mouldable minds that make up its major readers (children ages 8-10), Juster’s story of Milo and his tollbooth-to-conscientiousness continually accomplishes one of the greatest feats a children’s book can: instead of erring on the side of simplistic, it challenges its readers to learn beyond the pages.
From the Director’s Chair
Welcome to the punctuation-free-we-recognize-the-only-constant-with-youth-media-is-change, kidsmediacentre.
A world where new media becomes old media very quickly.
The kidsmediacentre, has been a gleam in Dean Nate Howowitz’s eye for many years. As the only post-secondary institution teaching children’s media production in Canada, it makes sense that teaching and learning about kids and media happen not just with our current crop of college students, but with the industry at large. Our goal is to engage any children’s content producer who has a stake in children’s media, technology and entertainment in the process of “continuing ed” as we study and explore kids’ media futures.
New Innovation Facility for Industry
Toronto, May 18, 2010 – Toronto could soon be the newest and most important hub for children’s entertainment production in the world. Centennial College is launching its Centre for Children’s Entertainment and Media in support of the growing, multi-billion-dollar children’s entertainment industry.
Designed to respond to the changing buyers’ market, the new centre will be academic-based, cross-platform and industry-driven, with an emphasis on research and innovation. Industry players will have a new resource for creating content, finding new applications for existing content, and working with teams of students who will be the next leaders in children’s media.
Media offers a world of entertainment and learning possibilities for children and youth. The kidsmediacentre explores kids' media futures and is committed to supporting cross-platform content producers in Canada to ensure the kids' media industry is vibrant, indigenous and committed to the healthy growth of children.