What we love…
interactive history lesson about the United States and a “country connection” which brings history to life in a fun and interactive format
What we’d love to see…
answers to the questions at the end of the book as well as displaying real pictures of the colony/state and the sister city to explain a little bit about what a sister city is
Fun educational app that will have kids learning without realizing it! Perfect for virtual summertime travel. Part history, part adventure and a whole lot of fun!
It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware by World of Liberty, LLC is an interactive universal storybook designed for iOS by Ogg Studios that takes different parts of the United States and explores how they connect to other parts of the country called “country connections” which helps to understand what America has in common with other countries with a focus on one specific state and one country at a time. This particular story features Delaware and the sister city of Kalmar, Sweden which is the sister city to Wilmington, Delaware. The storybook app designed for children aged seven to nine provides a history lesson in an interactive storybook app featuring animation, song, narration and features Liberty Lane (the primary character), her toy eagle Georgie, her toy plane Truman and her dog Ellie as they adventure around the world. The app features a “read to me”, “read to myself” and “autoplay” option which brings history to life in this new series. Liberty Lane helps to explain the tradition of Halloween in the United States and Georgie the Eagle helps to explain why pumpkins have faces for Halloween to scare away the creatures. The app also includes information about the state such as the state flag and location of the state as well as information about Sweden which includes the language and flag as well as location and information specific to each of the sister cities and the ties between the two. The author Amber Hood, is a professional voice over artist who is the voice for Dotty in Special Agent Oso and Susie Sunshine in Doc McStuffins.
The narration, songs and graphics are well done and engaging to the reader so much so that my kindergartener didn’t realize that he was learning at the same time! The story interweaves history from the country such as settlers going from Sweden to Wilmington Delaware and build Fort Christina and learning about it while exploring a castle in the story which ties into the pumpkins which are on display for Halloween. I especially liked the questions as the end of the story which ensure that your child understands what they have read which include “What is the biggest city in Delaware” to “What colors are Sweden’s flag”. This can prompt a question about where your ancestors come from. The app feels much more like an adventure instead of a history lesson and even customs specific to the United States that you might not of otherwise been aware of. I also liked how it introduces the concept of the United States being a “melting pot” to many other countries with different traditions and connections to other countries. The costumes worn in the story are also historically accurate as well, a nice touch.
In terms of improvements, it would be nice if the app included specific answers to the questions. The questions were displayed and read out loud but didn’t include any chance to find the answers or a page reference. I would also like to see a bit more interaction outside of the story which would allow for words to be re-read or during the state facts showing Delaware on a map and the relation to Sweden as well as more information about what a sister city is and that there are many of them across the United States.
Overall this is a fun educational book app that will engage children and help them learn the history of the United States and other countries without realizing it. It’s a perfect addition to your summertime adventures for virtual travel or as part of your homeschooling curriculum. I can’t wait to see what the next adventure brings for Liberty Lane and the country connection. The story is a bit long for younger kids. but can either be read in sections or used with children who are age 7 to about age 11 or so. There are no external links, in-app purchases or advertising contained within the app.
Code drop May 8
World Of Liberty “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware” – World of Liberty, LLC
World Of Liberty Adventure 1
by World of Liberty, LLC
Price: $0.99 USD
WORLD OF LIBERTY “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware” created by Amber Hood .
A fun and exciting interactive storybook adventure, about a little girl called Liberty Lane, her dog Ellie.
Eyefi Mobi Card and Eyefi Cloud Now Available At Best Buy
Eyefi’s Mobi 16GB WiFi Card and 1 Year Eyefi Cloud Membership Now Sold As a Package Deal in Over 900 Retail Locations
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 14, 2014 – Eyefi (www.eyefi.com), the global leader in digital camera connectivity, today announced it is offering Best Buy customers an exclusive bundle of the Eyefi Mobi 16GB with a 1 year membership to Eyefi Cloud service. Priced at $99.99, this bundle combines the #1 selling WiFi SD card* with Eyefi Cloud – a private, photo-centric cloud that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV. Now digital camera owners who value instant accessibility of their high quality photos, automatic organization and private photo sharing, will be able to find the digital camera connectivity solution at a trusted neighborhood retailer.
Following the April 17th launch of Eyefi Cloud, this exclusive bundle deal marks a number of firsts for the company, Best Buy, and the industry. Eyefi’s all-in-one solution acknowledges the evolving needs of consumers, allowing them to quickly and easily go from shooting photos on a high-quality camera to sharing photos on any mobile phone or tablet.
“Having a leading retailer like Best Buy put the Eyefi Cloud service ‘on its shelves’ is a thrilling opportunity,” says Matt DiMaria, chief executive officer of Eyefi. “This exclusive Eyefi bundle combines hardware, software and services and delivers real value for customers who want to connect their cameras to the cloud.”
When used together, Eyefi Mobi and Eyefi Cloud provide camera quality and mobile convenience with the power of the cloud for the more than 500 million digital camera owners. Until recently, digital camera owners had to manually transfer photos to see them on their smartphone or tablet. With Eyefi, the highest quality images are as accessible as photos captured using a smartphone and can be shared and enjoyed on the preferred viewing device.
The exclusive bundle, available online and at Best Buy stores, is priced at $99.99 and includes an Eyefi Mobi 16Gb WiFi SD card, mobile apps, and a 1 year membership to Eyefi Cloud with unlimited photos. For more information, see: http://www.bestbuy.com
At eyefi we are passionate about photography. We build products and services that help photographers experience the beauty and clarity of life’s moments anytime, anywhere. We are dedicated to creating products and services that enable consumers to enjoy a secure, magical experience beginning the moment they take a picture and extending to anywhere they wish those images to go. Our pioneering, patented, technology and products provide the only way to get high quality pictures from any digital camera to any Internet enabled display device, instantly. Eyefi products have transferred over 1 billion images from digital cameras to the Internet, mobile devices and PCs.
Eyefi’s headquarters is in Mountain View, California and our products are available throughout the world. Our investors include NTT Docomo, Opus Capital, Shasta Ventures and TransLink Capital. Eyefi was founded in 2005.
For more information about eyefi, please visit www.eyefi.com.
* USA Unit Sales (NPD 2013)
Overall, this is a great communication system for bike riders, it works really well, is simple to use, can be used handsfree, it is a great safety aid for parents riding with children and to be able to easily chat whilst riding is fun too!
Cardo Systems Inc. is well known for its Bluetooth® communication systems for motorcycles and other head protection helmets. It has been producing the scala rider® line for 10 years and was a pioneer in this category. The Cardo BK-I line was introduced in 2012 as its first Bluetooth® communication system designed especially for cyclists. Originally available only to professional cycling teams the BK-1 line is now available for sale to the general public. The Cardo BK-1 Duo is a pair of Cardo BK-1’s that come already paired. I tested the system out on bike rides with my family.
I was very impressed with the packaging of the Cardo BK-I Duo, it comes in a nice hard-sided travel case with individual spots for all the parts, making it very easy to keep it organized when not in use. It comes with it’s own charger and it is a good idea to fully charge before the first use. Once it is charged, set up is pretty straight forward though it takes a few minutes, so it’s a good idea to do it ahead of time, rather than when your child is waiting to go for a ride!
I must admit when I first heard of the BK-1 I thought it would be useful with my 10 year-old, but that I wouldn’t be able to use it with my 6 year-old twins who have just mastered riding a bike without training wheels. I was wrong!! It is really simple to use and can be voice activated so even very young children can use it, and they don’t need to take their hands off the handlebars at all!
We live near the coast and have a beautiful coastal bike trail so my daughter and I decided to test out the BK-1 on a mother-daughter ride. My daughter is only 6 and hadn’t ridden the trail before, so I was a little nervous about the many places it crosses the road. The BK-1 performed beautifully – I could easily tell her when obstacles were coming up that she needed to slow down or stop for, and I could gently remind her which side of the path she should be on when we met oncoming pedestrians or cyclists. Activating it was easy – if I spoke loudly it would switch on the headset and then I could speak at a normal volume and she could hear me clearly. Not being used to wearing a microphone she did knock it out of position part-way through the ride, but even with the microphone positioned away from her mouth I could still hear her clearly.
BK-1 Duo Cycling Communication System from Cardo in action
My daughter thought it was fun to be able to talk to me throughout the ride, and it gave me a lot of peace of mind to be able to give her safety instructions without having to ride alongside and shout. It was very clear and easy to hear, even when there was wind and traffic noise. It was also great for discussing where and when we wanted to take breaks, though we had so much fun on the ride that we cycled almost 9 miles!
The BK-1 connects to your smartphone (or GPS) via Bluetooth, I also tested it out on other occasions listening to music from my iPhone, and receiving calls, and it worked very well for those too.
The system consists several parts. A cradle attaches to your bicycle helmet using velcro straps that go through the ventilation holes, and the main BK-1 snaps into place on the cradle. The audio kit has 2 speakers that sit inside your helmet – these are kept in place with adhesive backed velcro strips (included) that you place inside your helmet, as they are tiny speakers rather than headphones you can still hear traffic noise – which is important for safety when bike riding. The right audio kit also has a flexible mic attached. The left speaker is optional – so with my daughter I only had her use the right speaker, with mic, I used both speakers for myself.
Overall, this is a great communication system for bike riders, it works really well, is simple to use, can be used handsfree. It is a great safety aid for parents riding with children, and it’s fun to be able to easily chat whilst riding. The only downside is the cost, it adds up quickly if you have more than 2 family members using it.
Available from Cardo online store and bike stores RRP BK-1 (single cyclist) $209, Bk-1 Duo (2 paired units) $389
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.
Thanks to iTherapy we have 3 promo codes to give away for Inner Voice AAC app
You can read all about Inner Voice in this Developer Interview with Lois Jean Brady, SLP – one of the app’s developers:
Thank you for participating our interview. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a speech pathologist, assistive technology specialist, certified autism specialist, author (Apps for Autism) and producer of Autism TodayTV. I work with students of every age and ability. I am also a registered Pet Partner Team and have a potbelly pig named Buttercup that provides “low tech” motivation for all; students, parents and staff.
Matthew Guggemos (co-developer) is also a speech pathologist who specializes in autism and assistive technology. He received the Mensa Education & Research Foundation Intellectual Benefit to Society Award for his patent of InnerVoice.
How did the idea for your app come about?
My co-creator, Matthew Guggemos and I work with students and attend parent meetings/IEPs on a daily basis. We noted two areas fundamental areas of need in communication apps. 1. Engagement – Parents and educators report that they cannot seem to get their child/student interested in their AAC app. 2. Cost – Many parents and school districts simply cannot afford the high price tag of AAC apps.
To solve the problem of engagement we partnered with MotionPortrait who creates 3D animated avatars from photos. Their motto is to “Surprise and Amaze!” We call this approach Edutainment.
Edutainment — teaching through a medium that both educates and entertains, iTherapy and MotionPortrait’s system emphasizes engagement and joint attention. At the same time, InnerVoice incorporates speech-pathologist-designed, evidence-based practices that improve speech, language, communication, and social skills. Recent research articles have postulated that education, entertainment, and video self-modeling can provide tremendous benefits for individuals with autism.
And how long was the process from the original idea to the release of the app?
The idea has been “stewing” in my mind for a while, however the entire process took approximately 9 months.
Matthew and I have been doing clinical trials to ensure the most effective, easy to use AAC app on the market.
Did you hire a developer or do it yourself?
InnerVoice is the product of a partnership between iTherapy and MotionPortrain. iTherapy provided the clinical trials and ensured that evidence based, best practices were adhered to in developing InnerVoice. MotionPortrait brought provided the best photo-based 3D avatars and synchronized mouth movements on the market today.
What has been the hardest obstacle you have had to overcome in the development process?
Keeping track of details. Every detail is important and makes the end product effective and user friendly. Writing the User Manual was also quite a challenge.
Have you had much support during the development process (from family, peers, Apple Inc.)?
We have been blessed with incredible family support! On those long nights when we find ourselves tapping at the keyboard, mumbling to the ceiling our families have jumped-in to help out in any way possible.
What are your plans for the future? Will you be developing any more apps?
Initially I told myself, “Never Again!” Now, I can’t wait to make more. The whole process is exciting and overwhelming and somehow addicting.
What sort of feedback has your app been receiving so far?
We spent many, many clinical hours with students from every age and ability and knew InnerVoice would engage and motivate students to communicate as-well-as teach language skills. We were relieved to hear others with the same outcomes.
And finally, what advice would you give to anyone considering creating their own app?
Do it!! Be prepared for a roller coaster. Also, know that the real work begins after the app is developed. Developing is only 1/2 the job, marketing is equally important.
Thank you so much for talking with us today and sharing a bit about your company. We really appreciated the chance to get to know you!
This app is normally $19.99 but is 50% off for May for our event.
InnerVoice: augmentative alternative communication – MotionPortrait, Inc.
Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 342.69 MB
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