NEW WEB SERIES TEACHES KIDS COMPUTER SAVVY THEY DONâ€™T LEARN IN SCHOOL
Thirteen-year-old web wizard, Hailey, makes technology cool
TORONTO, March 25, 2009 â€” Story2.OH and giraffesoft introduce Hailey Hacks, a series of web videos starring Toronto grade 6 student, Marlee Maslove. Hailey (Maslove) is the Hermione Grainger of web wizardry showing 8-13 year olds all kinds of cool things they can do with their computers.
â€œKids have these very powerful machines at their fingertips,â€ says series creator Jill Golick, â€œbut no oneâ€™s teaching them the incredible scope of what they can do with them.â€ The mandate of the series is to broaden tweensâ€™ use of the computer beyond games, Google and YouTube to include the wider world of blogs, widgets, RSS feeds, social bookmarks and the amazing tools that exist on the web for creating, collaborating and communicating.
â€œComputers will become increasingly important in every aspect of kids lives â€“ for entertainment, communication, work, everything.Â Yet thereâ€™s virtually no computer instruction in the classroom before grade 9,â€ says Golick.
By that time, many girls have already turned off maths and science and as anyone who has ever attended a geek event knows, women in technology are few and far between.Â Hailey presents an alternate view of technology for young girls, making it relevant, fun and cool.
Recently web series are springing up on an almost daily basis, but very few are aimed at the preteen demographic even though the age group has clearly embraced online video entertainment.Â Hailey Hacks fill the gap, bringing kids multiplatform entertainment.Â Not only can they can watch the videos, they read Haileyâ€™s blog, share lolcats with her onÂ Icanhascheezburger, subscribe to her YouTube channel and Twitter feed and exchange twitter-length videos with her on 12seconds.Â She even has a fan page on Facebook
The Hailey Hacks videos are available in two length. The shorter versions are available at no cost across the web on YouTube and other popular video sharing sites. The full versions are available for DRM-free download at a cost of $2 per episode at www.haileyhacks.com.
While some adults may have a knee jerk reaction to the word â€œhackâ€ in the series title, Hailey points out, hacks donâ€™t deserve their bad reputations.Â A hack isnâ€™t about breaking or wreck ingthings. Rather, hacks are elegant but simple, solutions using technology. (Wikipedia defines a hack as â€œa clever or quick fix.â€)
Outline of scheduled video episodes:
Hailey Hacks April Fools: Hailey demonstrates some favourite low- and hi-tech April Fools tricks, including the famous Desk Top Hack in which the desk top is replaced with a photo. (This drives parents crazy as they try to figure out why nothing works when they click on it.)
Hailey Hacks lolcats: Hailey helps viewers master www.icanhascheezburger.com.
Hailey Hacks Wish Lists: Hailey shows you how to create and share wish lists so everyone knows exactly what to buy you for your next birthday.
In future episodes, Hailey shows viewers how to make a wiki, customize Google maps for school projects, use online tools to throw a party, use privacy settings on social networks, share bookmarks, collaborate using Google docs and how to set up your own blog.
About the Story2.OH and giraffesoft:
Story2.OH is a Toronto-based digital drama production company, which specializes in cross-platform innovation and in telling stories through social media. giraffesoft is a boutique web app development shop based in Montreal, Qc.
Hailey Hacks creator, Jill Golick, and star, Marlee Maslove, are available for interviews.