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How Much Media for Preschoolers?

American-Academy of Pediatrics Shifts Media Recommendations for Young Children

In a marked shift from recommendations first adopted in 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics has lifted its recommendation discouraging all electronic media use in children under the age of 2.

The new recommendations for children's media use acknowledge that some media exposure can have educational value for children as young as 18 months, but it should be high-quality programming -- the AAP specifically referenced Sesame Street, and other PBS programming. The report encourages parents to watch programs with their children, rather than use television as a 'babysitter' for infants and toddlers. Families should still prioritize "unplugged" playtime for young children, the AAP said. For children <18 months, media use is still discouraged other than video-chatting.

The report also offers recommendations on the use of e-books.

Source: "Media and Young Minds" By: SAMUELS, CHRISTINA A. Education Week. 10/26/2016, Vol. 36 Issue 10, p 5-5. 1/8p.

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Our 2017 CE Winter/Spring Brochures are coming!

UArts 2017 Winter/Spring CE Brochure Cover

UArts 2017 Winter/Spring CE Brochure Cover

...And they're coming fast!

Our 2017 CE Winter/Spring Brochures will be hitting mailboxes in early December, and courses will be online and open for registration by mid-November! 

Classes officially begin the first week of February 2017, and can't wait to see you there! To join our CE mailing list, visit us here.

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Around Town

Circa 1995, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery

Circa 1995, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery






Deciding where to head on First Friday? Planning your next gallery hop? Each month, Continuing Education faculty member Adam Lovitz will curate a selection of new and current exhibitions and happenings each month.


Adam's Picks:


Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of The University of the Arts 
Circa 1995
Tristin Lowe, Virgil Marti, Michael Macfeat,
Eileen Neff, Stuart Netsky, and Jennie Shanker
Oct 17 - Nov 16

Locks Gallery
The Space Between Lines
Sol LeWitt, Ralph Humphrey, Thomas Chimes, Warren Rohrer, Sean Scully, Lee Ufan, Pat Steir
Oct 12 - Nov 17

Vox Populi
Trim Tab
Kelsey Halliday Johnson
Nov 4 - Dec 18

Kamihira (image below)
Sinead Cahill, Mariel Capanna, Micah Danges, Adam Lovitz, John Mitchell, Thomas Pontone
Nov 6 /  Noon to Sunset  / 2527 Frankford¬if_id=1476905398711337

To learn more about Adam,

    • Kamihira Presents:
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Student Profile: Magali Roman

Magali Roman, CE Student

Magali Roman, CE Student

CE Program Director Caitlin Perkins sat down with Continuing Education student Magali Roman about her experience in our Effective Writing for Digital Content course and how she was able to transfer that into her profession as copywriter and content manager at Rikumo.

What’s your profession?

I'm a copywriter and content manager at Rikumo, a Japanese home decor and lifestyle brand based in Philadelphia.  It's a small company so we all do a lot of different things, but I work in the marketing team to develop our voice and make sure our brand's story is communicated in the best possible way. I also run our blog and help plan monthly store events.

You took the Effective Writing for Digital Content this past summer, I was lucky enough to see your student presentation walking through the project where you focused on new pages for Rikumo's Miami store. Can you elaborate on your project?

Our assignment was to create a digital campaign of any kind, choosing a client and creating an digital identity for that brand (making a website, creating social media accounts, etc.). At the time Rikumo was looking to open a second store in Miami, so I thought it'd be a good chance to kill two birds with one stone and make a digital campaign I could eventually use at the office. For my final project I created a website for our second store, wrote a bunch of copy, and developed an ad campaign to promote our store opening. Even though Rikumo chose not to move forward with that project in the end, it was great practice for promoting a future store opening!

What were your takeaways from the class?

Honestly, I learned that writing copy is, like, 25% of digital copywriting. That's a big percentage of it, of course, but it's also developing content, event-planning, and a surprising amount of psychology. It's important to understand your customer's perspective and what they want to see from your company. The internet is open to pretty much everyone (as opposed to the people who have to physically visit a store), so when you're creating digital campaigns you're essentially shaping the personality and identity of your brand, which is so exciting!

Can you describe your favorite tip you learned?

Staying super realistic, putting yourself in the mindset of a reader, and trusting your instincts are the three things that ultimately differentiate a good writer from a mediocre one. I would constantly ask myself if I, as a consumer, would be convinced by what I was writing, and try to respond as honestly as possible. Readers are really smart, and the constant slew of clickbait we read through every day on Facebook and Buzzfeed has built this kind of filter within all of us. It's left us with short attention spans for anything that's not 100% clear and understandable within the first 140 characters. I'm a pretty opinionated person, so using myself as a filter was essential. If I wasn't convinced by something I wrote, I couldn't really expect anyone else to, right?

How does writing for web differs from writing for print, based on your experience in the class?

I think you have a lot fewer chances to get someone's attention on the internet. When people read print, most of the time they're making a commitment to finish reading the paragraph. In the internet there are ten open tabs that are all vying for your attention. This means that you have to be 10 times more careful with how you fragment and craft a sentence, because everyone's too rushed to read anything too carefully. A single word can make a huge difference on intriguing or confusing a reader. Make your copy as short, clear, and un-frilly as possible. Avoid adverbs.  And avoid the temptation to write clickbait, which is cheap and just makes people angry in the long run.

What surprised you about this course content?

I was dreading the ad writing assignments, because I have a few friends who work in advertising and coming up with a brilliant ad with less than 10 words always seemed like a super stressful thing to do. But once I tried my hand at it, I ended up coming up with a lot more ideas than I thought I would. I think this class was great at unlocking potential I never knew I had, because it gave me the chance to try assignments I just hadn't had the chance to try before. I majored in English and History, so my background before my current job was mainly academic. I think it's just a matter of getting a project and seeing what you can do, and getting the feedback you need to incorporate those lessons into your day job. It's also really nice to use the classroom as a test-run for any ideas you have before suggesting them at work.

Do you have any Social Media handles that you would like us to link to, or share?

I run our Twitter account, which is @rikumojapanOur creative team runs the instagram account, which i'll sometimes contribute a few stories to: @rikumo

I feel like my LinkedIn is kind of lame but here it is!

If you would like to learn more about Rikumo or read more by Magali you can visit the Rikumo online store ( She also runs the store’s blog, Rikumo Journal ( where they talk about Japanese culture, design, craft history, anything that's inspiring us behind the scenes. You can visit Rikumo, their concept store at 1216 Walnut (between 12th and 13th st.)

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The Scoop

Photo Credit: David Kappler

Photo Credit: David Kappler

Congratulations to UArts faculty Rosey Hay for the rave reviews of REV Theatre Company's DEATH IS A CABARET OL’ CHUM: A GRAVEYARD CABARET.

Rosey teaches the Continuing Education Acting Lab course. Check out some of the great reviews from her production down below - the DC Metro named it a 'Best of the Fringe' this year!

REV Theater - YouTube video promo:

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In the Spotlight

Michael Aronovitz, Writer + Instructor

Michael Aronovitz, Writer + Instructor

In the Spotlight with Michael Aronovitz

Short stories are adventures, especially when we write them ourselves. In order to create tales that mystify, enrich, enliven, and entertain, we have constructed a village of artists that workshop ideas and techniques in a class that is interactive and ultimately engaging. As the instructor, I have been given the opportunity to showcase some of the wonderful and diverse stories that have been developed in the given five week sessions we have enjoyed here at the University of the Arts over the last year. The component of this that brings me the most pride is the polish of the given stories, achieved in such a short time span through what is an obvious love of writing and a clear classroom community focus on detail and aesthetics. In other words, we helped each other write some awesome stories!

Here are a selection of short stories submitted by my students from the Writing the Short Story course this past summer. Click the red title to open a PDF version of the story to read.

Muddy Knees by Chris Porter, 2016
A strange inside view of the homeless through a lens of biting poetic irony.

The Sisters by Rachel Brody, 2016
A potent sense of familiarity as we are brought into a familial relationship rich with deep sensitivity and razor-edged truth.

Wring by Edwin Haigh, 2016
A fierce, atmospheric and timeless sense of disequilibrium and a new definition of "monster" and "other."

Saying Yes by Samantha Andreacchi, 2016
A psychological journey through which relationships between the elderly and their caregivers are redefined. Brilliant and harsh. Raw and illuminating.

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Digging into Student Thinking

New Technology Captures the Learning Process

Standardized tests are a staple in classrooms across the country, but they don't give teachers much information to improve student learning strategies. That's changing.

"It's one thing to know the answer to a question, but it's another to pull together information about the process a student goes through to get to that answer," said Peggy G. Carr, acting commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

The upcoming NAEP in math, reading, and writing (grades 4 + 8) uses new technology to target 'process data'- or traces a student leaves as s/he progresses through an assessment- to give teachers a better picture of how to support learning.

Process data include: 1) what a student does, 2) in what order does s/he do it, 3) how long it takes to do it.

Within a few years, researchers believe computer-based assessments will be designed to include eye-tracking, clickstream, and keystroke programs (to capture typing patterns/pauses), among other tools.

In a forthcoming study of NAEP writing, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) found differences in how boys and girls approached essay questions. Girls edited more (e.g., word choice, cutting + pasting), and took fewer pauses to plan the next sentence . In a separate study, ETS found that students with a history of performing poorly on reading tests did better when prompted to write a summary of a reading passage before answering multiple-choice questions on the content.

These data will help teachers identify the root of the issue: did the student encounter structural problems? Misunderstand the question? Become distracted by irrelevant information?

Thoughts about technology and the learning process?  Tweet us at @UArts_PIE_MEd and include our hashtag: #uartsinnovate

See our full course catalog HERE for more details.

Ready to register? Online at or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.

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The Classroom in the Digital Age

Making Learning Customized

Our Ed Tech curriculum empowers K-12 teachers to optimize technology in today's classroom.

  • Leadership in Educational Technology
    Have you ever been approached as a tech resource in the classroom? Have you ever been asked to deliver a tech training? Do you see yourself as a potential tech lead at your school? You will leave this course with the ability to design and deliver technology direction and optimize digital learning environments within the classroom and to your school or District.
    InstructorJoseph Bires
  • Blended + Flipped Learning: What is it All About?
    Explore multiple ways to comfortably and appropriately balance classroom time and at-home time with blended and flipped models. We will experiment with flipped practices using free classroom resources. Learn how to flip learning in any environment, even with limited online access and/or limited devices. 
    InstructorScott Duggan
  • Using BYOD as Mindtools
    Does your school or District have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, but you'd like to know more about how to implement within your own classroom? Immerse yourself in collaborative lesson designs using a multitude of devices that students bring to explore in class.
    InstructorJoseph Bires

See our full course catalog HERE for more details.

Ready to register? Online at or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.

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Faculty Spotlight: Matt Duvall

Matt Duvall PIE Faculty

Matt Duvall PIE Faculty

Matt Duval knows the impact of technology. 

Matt Duvall is a curriculum designer, teacher, and doctoral candidate, whose dissertation is on the impact of technology on academic literacy practices. Matt's work focuses on STEM education, with an emphasis on the 'T' (technology). He has designed secondary ed curriculum, and has been a high school teacher in both public and private schools.  He is also an application developer and a software developer.  Matt holds a PA Business/ Computers certification (K-12) and an English certification (7-12) . He holds teaching positions at Drexel and at Gratz College. Matt has presented at national conferences and has published both academic and popular fiction writing.

Matt teaches in our MEd in Educational Technology Program.  Matt's courses ETEC 602 Differentiated Instruction Using Educational Technology and ETEC 603 Ethics in Educational Technology. Check out the abstracts to his upcoming publications.  Congratulations, Matt!  

Duvall, N., & Duvall, M. (2016). Writing, social technology, and creativity: Analyzing how technology can influence student creativity in writing. Paper to be presented at the 2016 International Conference on Urban Education, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Duvall, N., & Duvall, M. (2016). Developing customized software for classroom interventions. Poster to be presented at the 2016 NERA Annual Conference, Connecticut.

Duvall, M. (2016). Repurposing commercial technology for classroom use: A case study using Goodreads. Paper to be presented at the 2016 NERA Annual Conference, Connecticut.
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Introducing our PIE/MEd Course Catalogue!

PIE/MEd Course Catalogue, 2016 - 2017

PIE/MEd Course Catalogue, 2016 - 2017

PIE/MEd Course Catalogue, 2016 - 2017 

Check out our comprehensive catalogue of all the courses offered in our PIE + MEd programs. This list covers courses in a diverse array of matriculated and non-matriculated courses in The Arts, Educational Technology, Inclusion + Literacy. 

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Faculty Spotlight: Hinda Schuman

Hinda Schuman, CE Instructor

Hinda Schuman, CE Instructor

Hinda Schuman, photographer and UArts Continuing Education Faculty, is participating in the Philadelphia Open Studio Tour this weekend. She will be sharing new work including documentary story telling and still life images.

No Need to RSVP— her studio will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. She looks forward to sharing what she has been working on and as an opportunity for many to see her new studio along with the great work being done by the other artists in the area.

Studio Location:

3510 Scotts Lane

Building 32 Studio #101

Philadelphia PA 19129


Free parking, studio is located on several bus routes; studio is a 15 min walk from East Falls Regional Rail Stop.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, a program of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, is the largest tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region and one of the premier open studio tour events in the country.

2016 POST Schedule:

October 8 & 9: Studios West of Broad Street open to the public

October 22 & 23: Studios East of Broad Street open to the public

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Calligraphy and Watercolor Workshop Courses - This Fall!

Express yourself.


Join watercolor painter Leanne Grimes for our Watercolor Workshop: Observational + Still Life Painting course to learn about the tips, tools, and secrets for successful watercolor painting. Explore approaches to painting still life set ups, color selection, painting wet into wet, glazing and washes, and more. Be sure to check out our full Faculty Spotlight interview with Leanne here!

Also coming up next month is Calligraphy, taught by guest lecturer Ron Little! This beginner's course in the beautiful italic hand will emphasize the correct making of all lower case letters and numerals as determined by its principal tool: the broad-edge pen. The course will stress traditional techniques as well as developing good work habits.

Be sure to check out some of our exciting offerings by visiting us here for a full list of Fall 2016 CE courses and information about our certificate programs. Call us at 215-717-6006 with questions or to register over the phone!

    • Leanne Grimes - Succulent Garden at the Commune
    • Ron Little - Book Plates, Works on Paper
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Submit Your Projects!

Share your work!

Would you like to share your projects including artwork or writing with students from your UARTS Continuing Education course? We are soliciting content by current students to be featured in Creative Consumption our monthly student newsletter. These submissions can be creative writing, digital projects, photography, videos of classroom performances, or artwork.

Please email submissions to  with “Creative Consumption” in the subject line. Submissions due by the 15th of the month.

Images should be sent as JPG files and make sure to include credit information (name, title, medium, year.) Writing submissions should be sent as Word or Google document attachments. 

Getting Social?

Share your content!

Did you know the Continuing Education Department has their own dedicated social media channels? You can find us on the following channels:

Twitter: @UArtsCE

Facebook: Continuing Education at the University of the Arts


We encourage students to share their creative journey during the Winter/Spring 2018 semester at UArts Continuing Education by tagging all media shared on their various social media channels with #UArtsCE.

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Submit your content!

Would you like to share your projects including artwork or writing with students from your UArts Continuing Education course?

We are soliciting content to be featured in the monthly Creative Consumption student newsletter. Please email submissions to  with “Creative Consumption” in the subject line. Submissions due by the 15th of the month. Images should be sent as JPEG images.

Make sure to include credit information (name, title, medium, year).

Share your content!

Did you know the Continuing Education Department has their own dedicated social media channels? You can find us on the following channels:

Twitter: @UArtsCE

Facebook: Continuing Education at the University of the Arts


We encourage students to share their creative journey during the Fall 2016 semester at UArts Continuing Education by tagging all media shared on their various social media channels with #UArtsCE.

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Around Town

Adam Lovitz, CE Instructor

Adam Lovitz, CE Instructor






Deciding where to head on First Friday? Planning your next gallery hop? Each month, Continuing Education faculty member Adam Lovitz will curate a selection of new and current exhibitions and happenings each month.


Adam's Picks:

Fleisher-Ollman Gallery
New Geometries
Sept 15 - Nov 12

Savery Gallery
Sept 15 - Oct 28
Curated by Marc Blumthal, artists working in new media, photography, poetry, sculpture and sound.

Institute of Contemporary Art
The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now
Up thru March 19

“This should be really interesting for UARTS students--a show rooted in music and experimental art making!” - Lovitz

University City Arts League
'Baked Goods'
Opening Reception: Friday October 21st

Oct 7 - Nov 20

To learn more about Adam,


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A Defining Moment for Collaborative PD

How Would You Design Collaborative PD?

Teachers who embrace new technologies recognize that professional development is optimized through collaboration with other educators.  Modern collaborative learning--through blogs, Twitter chats, badges, Slack channels, other interactive platforms-- is not easily achieved through traditional professional development practices. Professional development in the digital age is participatory, flush with idea- and resource-exchanges. If you were to re-frame 'traditional' PD practices, what would it look like?
Questions to get you going:
  • How would it help advance specific curriculum requirements and standards?
  • How would it trigger additional professional learning opportunities?
  • How would it help students?
  • How would it contribute to connections with other educators?
Join us for our First Monday Chat for an organically organized, inquiry-based conversation among educators around specific issues in educational technology, arts education, and inclusion. #uartsinnovate

Next Chat: Monday, October 3rd, 7-9pm for our PIE + MEd Faculty Twitter Chat on Teacher Collaboration at #uartsinnovate

See our full course catalog HERE for more details.

Ready to register? Online at or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.

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The Art of Food Writing

Hungry Pigeon

Hungry Pigeon

Lose yourself in the art of food writing with Andrea Calabretta!

Food Writing
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30PM, September 27-November 1
Instructor: Andrea Calabretta

The art of food writing requires not only a keen interest in and knowledge about food but also an ability to translate your experiences and bring them alive for the reader-through evocative language that appeals to the five senses. Whether you write about producing, preparing, or partaking of food, this course will show you how to make mouths water as you inform, educate, or persuade. We will discuss the full spectrum of food writing-restaurant reviews, food blogs, magazine articles, personal essays, recipe-centered pieces, social and cultural commentary, food history, destination pieces-and try your hand at a variety of forms. Creative brainstorming, hands-on writing exercises, group writing critiques, and close analysis of readings by some of America's best food writers will comprise the main activities of the workshop. This course culminates in an exclusive tasting dinner at local hotspot Hungry Pigeon. Chef Scott Schroeder will be on hand to offer commentary and a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant life.

Register now - only three spaces left!

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Faculty Spotlight: Deb Broderick

Debora Broderick is motivated by educational philosophy.


CE Program Director Caitlin Perkins recently sat down with Teaching Artist Certificate instructor Deb Broderick. Check it out! 


Expertise/Occupation: Teacher Education; using the arts as a method of inquiry in teacher education; I have an EdD in Reading/Writing/Literacy

What motivates you to want to teach in adult education?

I have been working with teaching artists for over 10 years in various high school classrooms. It is exciting to now be working with these adult students at UArts. It gives me an additional perspective on the multiple roles of the teaching artist.


As part of my own research, I am involved in ABER--Arts-Based Educational Research--a research field and methodology that challenges traditional research methodologies and pushes the boundaries of what counts as credible research. ABER scholars argue that the arts open spaces for divergent understandings of teaching and learning. For this reason, UARTS is a perfect fit for me.

What is your favorite subject to teach?

Philosophy & Educational Philosophy (using the arts to understand philosophy)

What’s the most important principle you teach in the Foundations of Learning Theory course?

We all have a philosophy or worldview that we operate from―the goal is to be able to articulate that philosophy in order to develop an intentional teaching practice.

What often surprises students about the your course?

That educational philosophy can be tied so closely to issues relevant in the arts.

If someone wanted to read more of your research and writing, where would they go?

I am published here.

I also have an article in Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, which highlights my work with high school students on a literary arts magazine.

You can follow Deb Broderick on Twitter @debbroderick or on LinkedIn.

    • Visual Teaching Philosophy - Student Work
    • Deb Broderick - Fragments, Distillation
    • Deb Broderick - Fragments, I Don't
    • Deb Broderick - Fragments
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'The Love of the Arts' with CE Student Denise Portner!

Denise Portner

Denise Portner

Featuring CE Student Denise Portner!

In celebration of the “Maker’s Moment,” the milestone of the University’s 140th anniversary, a 140th Anniversary journal was created that will feature blog posts by a variety of members of the UArts community – President David Yager,  alumni and others – offering their thoughts, memories and experiences of UArts.

Check out this excellent post featuring Continuing Education student Denise Portner!

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Faculty Spotlight: Michael Estok

User centered design is a hot topic.

Read more about how UX Designer Michael Estok, who is teaching Usability + User Experiencebrings these ideas into the UArts Continuing Education classroom.

What motivates you to want to teach in adult education?

Technology has opened doors for me to a career that didn’t exist when I went to college; I’d like to help more people walk through those doors.

UARTS is a school that has a strength in design, can you talk about the intersection of design and user experience?

Design helps to solve problems in new and innovative ways. By learning how to approach things from a design perspective, we can contribute to making the world a better, more interesting place.

You are teaching Usability and User Experience, perhaps one of the hottest topics  in the digital world today. What makes this an exciting area for students to explore?

You can help solve real problems and create products that people use everyday. It’s not hyperbole that what you make can touch millions of people’s lives. There is also a huge need for people who can look at problems, collect and analyze information, then create solutions in pretty much every industry.

What’s the most important principle you teach in the Usability and User experience course?

Understanding user centered design is not about pushing pixels. It’s about addressing people’s needs and creating solutions to help them.

What often surprises students about the designing with usability and user experience in mind? or alternatively, where do they stumble?

Showing your work early and often. When designing it’s tempting to hold off sharing your work until you feel it’s complete and polished, but more you share with stakeholders and your audience the better your final product will be.

Do you have a website where potential students can see how you approach these ideas?

You can follow Michael here

Check out some sample student work from past sessions of this course down below! Also - did you see our post about local design firm P’unk Ave? They designed a new Appalachian Trail app built with user centered design in mind! You can read the full article here.

    • Indego - Student Work, Image 2
    • Indego - Student Work, Image 3
    • Indego - Student Work, Image 4
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