A stay-at-home mom with a ten year old autistic son contacted us recently about our newly released app for the iPad, The Truly Great Noodle. She wished to remain anonymous, so we will call her Tess. Tess told us about a group on Facebook called A4cwsn (Apps for Children with Special Needs) who use apps for their autistic and special needs children and help raise money to purchase iPads for those who cannot afford it. Tess’s comments prompted us to look into the benefits of e-books and tablet computing for children with autism. Although the information is relatively limited at this point, we quickly realized that this has become a hot topic.
It’s that time of year again. Many schools are already back in session. Our local schools start right after Labor Day, and I can feel the last days of summer closing in on us. So in the back-to-school spirit, here are my favorite recommendations for book apps with a lot of educational value (from our database of over 250 reviews):
Click on any image to see full review, synopsis, price & more, with links to iTunes. All titles are iOS iPad or Universal Apps. http://digital-storytime.com/wp
LifeGoesStrongIs Nook Color a (Cheap) iPad Substitute?LifeGoesStrongAt $249, it's half the price of the entry-level iPad. But is Nook Color a viable alternative to a full-fledged – and full-price – tablet?
What defines a healthy balance of technology in our children’s lives? Often when the topic of kids and technology comes up, technology takes center stage. We sometimes become so consumed with the latest gizmo that we forget that our goal is simple – to raise healthy, well-adjusted kids. I’d like to shift from the usual technology-centric perspective and start this “kids & technology” article with that simple goal in mind: Kids First.
Defining “Healthy Kid” - All families have unique needs based on family size, socio-economic status, geography, support structure, health, etc. Despite our differences, I think certain common principles apply in most circumstances. I would hope, for example, that ...
“The FTC’s COPPA Rule requires parental notice and consent before collecting children’s personal information online, whether through a website or a mobile app,” said Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “Companies must give parents the opportunity to make smart choices when it comes to their children’s sharing of information on smart phones.”
The FTC’s complaint charged that W3 Innovations, LLC, doing business as Broken Thumbs Apps, and company president and owner Justin Maples, develop and distribute mobile apps for the iPhone and iPod touch that allow users to play games and share information online. According to the FTC, several of the apps, including the Emily’s Girl World, Emily’s Dress Up, Emily’s Dress Up & Shop, and Emily’s Runway High Fashion, were directed to children and were listed in the Games-Kids section of Apple, Inc.’s App Store.
Based on Doors, a popular lift-the-flap print book, Roxie's Doors makes the digital transition so beautifully, it's hard to believe it wasn't originally designed for the iPad. There are over "50 flaps to lift & explore", bringing new discoveries on every page. The illustrations are delightful and so detailed that you notice something new with every re-reading.
To celebrate the end of summer and Back-to-School we are collaborating with Carisa of Digital Storytime (http://digital-storytime.com) and Siva of Technology (Spl) Education (http://techinspecialed.com) to facilitate a Back-to-School App Specials Promotion/SALE this weekend (8/12 - 8/15/2011)!
To participate, be sure to follow the hashtag #B2SAppSpecials on Twitter.
App Developers: If you would like to participate in #B2SAppSpecials, you can still add your app(s) using our Developer Participation Form (http://bit.ly/qw9b4v).
Storytelling continues to gain popularity as an educational activity as it stimulates a deep thinking process, it provides opportunities for reflection and it enhances and enriches the learning experience for our students. Storytelling is a very powerful way of communicating with our peers and portrays to others who we are and what our own stories are. It also provides an opportunity to connect with a group by creating a shared experience. This is vital in any community but more so in an educational setting where we are nurturing and fostering creativity.
So here are a number of apps that provide the tools for students to participate in the long and rich history of storytelling. Just because it is in a digital format does not make it any less rich to either the audience or within the medium ...
The iPad's popularity is on a relentless upward trajectory and will continue to dominate the market through the rest of this year, according to IHS-iSuppli. Read this blog post by Brooke Crothers on Nanotech - The Circuits Blog.
One positive story in a week of terrible economic news: BookStats, a new annual statistical survey of raw sales revenue and unit data provided by (New Stats: Book Publishing Is Growing; E-Book Revs and Sales Up Over 1000%
Sam Berman is the founder of Grids Interactive, a kids book app development company responsible for such apps as The Truly Great Noodle (pictured left) and the soon-to-be-released Monsters In My Room, shared his thoughts ...
In addition to the big Pottermore push, the upcoming holiday season is seen as another breakthrough for ebooks. Last year’s was big, and this year we’ll see an Amazon tablet and a new Kindle, not to mention the new Nook and Kobo readers. And anecdotal evidence (I overheard two guys talking at Target last night) suggests that this back-to-school season is driving e-reader sales for college kids. Early next year there will be a lot more people reading ebooks, and lots of them will be readers of YA and MG.
Great news, considering there aren’t that many now. Currently adult fiction genres such as romance and thriller are leading the ebook pack. Not many kids have regular access to e-readers right now, and those who do are often not in a position to buy the books. Look for that to change in a few short months.
What are your thoughts on the Potter ebooks and the Many Upcoming Things to Purchase?
Census: Parents Reading More With Their ChildrenEducation Week News11 from the US Census Bureau's most recent Survey of Income and Program Participation, several indicators show American children are spending more time with their parents, from...
UK e-book buyers are expecting heavier discounting on digital titles than their counterparts across the Atlantic, a new survey has found.
The survey, undertaken in April by consultants Simon-Kucher and Partners among 250 book buyers from the US, UK and Germany, concluded an e-book without additional features should cost around 65% to 70% of the print price, though admitted there was "no simple formula" in hitting the pricing sweet spot.
The survey also found current e-book users spend more on books than book buyers in general. According to the survey, 48% of book buyers in the US used e-books as well as audio and print, 45% in the UK, but just 15% in Germany.
Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. We continue to build momentum for the back-to-school season with more apps to arm your iDevices ...
... Back To School Promotions All Weekend! Follow the #B2SAppSpecials hashtag on Twitter. What’s that? Go to http://www.twitter.com, and in the “search” box, type in #B2SAppSpecials. There, you will see a dynamic conversation of people tweeting their specials throughout the weekend. If you are not the tweeting type, Carisa from Digital Storytime will be keeping her DEAL PAGE updated with the latest: http://digital-storytime.com/sale.php.
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