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22nd December 2011

New Version of Minifono Candy Toy Phone Now Available

mini fono candyToto Publishing Studios, a children’s app development company based in Richmond, has announced Candy Toy Phone 1.0, the improved version of their popular educational App for the children. This app can be used by all iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users. The new version of the app named Minifono Candy Toy Phone is now available in the App Store for iOS mobile devices. This improved version has as many as three toy phones in one, with a free version that offers one phone. Read the rest of this entry »

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15th December 2011

Glass Puppy Launches Magic Keyhole – World

glass puppyLong car trips with kids just got a whole lot less stressful. Magic Keyhole – WORLD is the first in a series of educational apps for children from Glass Puppy Inc. available for iPadMac and PC. Versions for Kindle Fire and Android tablets will be released on December 19th. Designed for pre-readers, young learner, and early readers, it combines the best qualities of classic kids’ books with the latest interactive technologies, and can be enjoyed independently or with the support of parents or teachers. Best of all, kids love it. Read the rest of this entry »

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9th December 2011

New Releases for iOS and Android From TBA Digital

tba digitalTBA Digital has released a wide selection of sports trivia games for mobile iOS and Android devices as well as iHockey Manager for iPad, which turns your iPad into a play board. Each trivia game is loaded with challenging multiple-choice questions that test your knowledge of leaders, jersey numbers, draft history, major award-winners and team firsts as well as player facts and figures. The easy-to-use interface features slick graphics, realistic sound effects and an instantly updated scoreboard that tracks your progress throughout the game. Read the rest of this entry »

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8th December 2011

Spark Your Child’s Imagination This Holiday Season

spark your imaginationA kids’ game created by B.C. moms to kick-start imagination and get families talking is getting scooped up by families with travel plans for the holidays. Spark Story Starters, sold in 60 locations across Canada from Vancouver Island to Quebec,  is getting accolades for entertaining and connecting families during long car rides and airplane trips. Read the rest of this entry »

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6th December 2011

Virtual Human Body App for iPad Now Available

Montreal’s QA International has announced that its latest educational product, the Virtual Human Body iPad App is now available for  $9.99 from the App Store. People of all ages will enjoy fingertip navigation through the 10 systems and structures of the human body, with lifelike imagery. The user-friendly interface of the app lets you explore and learn about the anatomy of the human body through a professional-grade virtual model and anatomical dictionary. Read the rest of this entry »

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25th October 2011

GoVenture Any Business Simulation Software Launched

MediaSpark CEO Mathew Georghiou made a series of announcements late last week about the company’s mediasparkGoVenture Any Business educational simulation, which has already received a Gold Omni Award with a perfect 10.0 judging score.  Unlike other business simulations, Any Business allows teachers and corporate trainers to create highly-customized, online, head-to-head, multiplayer business simulations for any product in any industry and in any market.  Simulations can be designed to model current events, historical successes and failures, or to target specific challenges and learning outcomes. Read the rest of this entry »

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20th October 2011

TVO Launches Five New Educational Apps For Kids

TVOTVO has launched five new educational apps for the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet from TVOKids. Offering parents a safe, educational alternative in gaming, TVO’s apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook support a wide range tvo kidsof learning objectives from the Ontario school curriculum including: math, science, reading and writing. All TVOKids content is developed using TVO’s Educational Blueprint, a rigorous process which ensures a quality educational experience, and is tested in classrooms with teachers, students and TVO’s on-staff educational expert. Read the rest of this entry »

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20th October 2011

Pirates Teach Kids About Privacy

Media Awareness Network MNETMedia Awareness Network (MNet) has launched Privacy Pirates, a new interactive resource to teach children about online privacy and how to distinguish between public and private information when playing on the Internet. The game was unveiled today by MNet’s Director of Education Matthew Johnson at the Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation Conference in Charlottetown. Read the rest of this entry »

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2nd September 2011

Cackleberries For Kids

Cackleberries, the latest online virtual world introducing children to the future of education is now open for familes to explore. This living community, full of fun learning and adventure, is the brainchild of entrepreneur Eronne Foster, a passionate mother cared so much about the future of children’s education and the promotion of a safe online environment to learn in that she assembled a team of educationalists, British Columbia’s finest animators and game developers to develop an imaginative world rich in learning and packed with entertainment.

“Information technology provides us with opportunities to make learning material more visual, interactive, and accessible,” Eronne says. “We encourage children to learn through creativity, playful thinking, social integration and computer skills. Cackleberries is designed to allow young children between the ages of 3 and 7 to play and learn. It’s not just about reading and math, but embodies life skills, social practices and cultural integration.”

Cackleberries, named after an Australian word for “egg,” reside in a live, ever changing, exciting virtual world. Aside from the wondrous characters and structures illustrated by Vancouver artist Ken Rolston, many unique features contribute to this learning environment.

“We have strived to make the learning seamless” says Eronne, “in the reading skills component, for example, it is the word bar that helps children learn. It brings together both visual and audio cues. Multimedia learning is enhanced with this combination of visual and auditory stimuli, and the beauty is that children are fast tracked into learning outcomes without even realizing they are learning. ”Eronne Foster

A highlight of Cackleberries experience is the safety aspect. Using Adobe AIR, developers of Cackleberries are able to build and deploy rich web applications and content directly to the desktop. They have developed a proprietary “Cackleberries Desktop Safety Icon.” The safety icon takes your child into the online world of Cackleberries with no access to the wider internet and no one on the internet has access to your children. The wondrous characters children interact with are carefully crafted computer generated avatars that deliver the fun and education.

“While many parents have recognized the advantage of online supplemented early education, there is nevertheless a fear of allowing children unrestricted access to the internet,” says Eronne. “At Cackleberries we are passionate about providing the safest online environment for your children to play, explore, and learn in. We take early childhood education and online safety very seriously, and consult with some of the top experts.”

“It’s important that parents are able to engage and help direct their children’s play and learning outcomes,” continued Eronne. “We are building a growing resource centre with current information on parenting, early childhood education and child safety. To this end the Cackleberries team has developed Club C for grownups. Club C is for anyone who has a child in their life – parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers.”

In Cackleberries world children develop their own avatars, which are engagingly interactive and kick start the child’s creativity. Children participate in a growing, living world, with houses, streets and communities that evolve around them. The creators imagined a place for children where everyone is accepted, differences are never feared and innocence still exists.

“We are always developing exciting new learning delivery methods which encompass a wide skill set,” enthuses Eronne.  “As borders open between nations, ethnic diversity has become part of the mosaic of life. Cackleberries teaches acceptance, understanding and caring; and shows our young audience how to celebrate, not fear differences.”

 

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24th August 2011

IUGO Launches Animal Academy

IUGOIUGO is pleased to announce the launch of its next mobile social title, Animal Academy, a time/resource-management game that lets you build and customize your school for adorable animal teachers and students.animal academy

“We wanted to create a fun experience for all ages,” states IUGO’s CEO Hong-Yee Wong.  “Animal Academy is very easy to pick up, and the friendly and intuitive activities will keep you delighted for hours.”  The game launches with 20 cheery classroom themes and 23 endearing animal characters, with more being added with regular updates.

Animal Academy Description

  • Customize your school – Build classrooms that will delight the students of Animal Academy. Reading, writing and arithmetic are the basics, but this ultra-fun school can also teach subjects such as paleontology, robotics, fashion and football to name but a few.
  • Attract adorable animals – Each new classroom unlocks a new animal species! Cats, dogs, penguins, foxes, robo-mice and more.
  • Play with friends – Pitch your students up against rival schools in friendly competitions or help out by supervising a friend’s classroom! Playing with friends earns you daily in-game rewards.
  • Play the role of Principal – Build and maintain the greatest school in the land. The students at Animal Academy have been known to reward beloved Principals with heart-felt, home-made gifts.
  • Expect tons of future content – IUGO is committed to keeping Animal Academy fresh with frequent and continuous updates. Check back often for new classrooms, animal species, game features and more.

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The iPhone and iPad enhanced game is available now in the Apple Appstore and is today’s free download thanks to @FreeAppADay. Animal Academy is rated 4+ and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 3.0 or later.

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