News:  Latest version of 4KidCal! mobile app cited as  “New and Noteworthy” on iTunes Store

News: Latest version of 4KidCal! mobile app cited as “New and Noteworthy” on iTunes Store



 

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ROSLYN HEIGHTS, NY—(1/24/13) –The latest version of 4KidCal!–a mobile calendar app created to help young children learn how to organize events, make plans for the days ahead and develop invaluable long term time management skills-–has been designated a “New and Noteworthy” Educational App on the Itunes store.

 

With new fun icons for the spring holidays, 4KidCal! is available for download on the App Store’s Education category for $1.99.  The new version is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (requires iOS 4.3 or later and 8.5 MB), has been updated for iOS 6, and is available globally. The app makes planning a colorful and highly intuitive experience, with simple task modules and effortless scheduling options providing youngsters with an avenue to adopt personal planning into their daily repertoire.

 

4KidCal! turns the mobile calendar app into a visually appealing educational experience simple enough for kids of any age to use. Scheduling is as easy as tapping on the date an event is to be scheduled, selecting one of the app’s many audio-enabled interactive reminder icons, and recording an audio memo with the “What, Where and When” to outline the planned event. Since the app is specifically built for children, it’s designed to help them jump in and start planning their schedules with little preparation.

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All users need to get started with 4KidCal! is a profile and an idea of what they want to do in the weeks ahead. The app provides youngsters with a single, easy-to-understand calendar interface surrounded by 28 colorful event-specific icons. These individualized icons include everything from an airplane to remind users of a family trip, to a soccer ball to remind them of a big game coming up, and many others specially designed to take children’s day-to-day activities into account.

 

“4KidCal! offers today’s tech savvy youngsters the perfect method to develop valuable time management skills they will need for success throughout their lives,” said Susan Westfried, co-founder of 4KidCal LLC and a veteran teacher-mentor, staff developer and math coach with the New York City Department of Education. “Banking on our experience in early childhood education, we specially designed 4KidCal! to appeal to children of all ages both visually and technically, helping them to jump right in and start planning out their months with little preparation.”

 

Since its initial launch last year, the app has received positive reviews from educational and parenting websites and blogs, including bestappsforkids.org, which called it “a wonderful, simple, and useful app for kids!” To view a demonstration video and learn more about the app, please visit www.4KidCal.com.

 

About 4KidCalBased in Roslyn Heights, N.Y., 4KidCal LLC is an innovative new mobile applications developer committed to designing mobile experiences geared to help tech-engaged youngsters get a head start on advancing valuable life skills. For more information, visit www.4kidcal.com. The developers can be reached at 4kidcal@gmail.com.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
The Jellybean Tunes App Report 64: Choose the Best Kids Apps of 2012

The Jellybean Tunes App Report 64: Choose the Best Kids Apps of 2012

Vote for your favorite apps, uncover Mayan mysteries, find out what it is like to be an aviator, and read all about the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins with brand new apps from our family-friendly app network.

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– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

 

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You Can Choose the Best Apps of 2012

Nominate or vote for your favorite app for the AppyMall’s Best Apps for 2012. Closes Jan. 31, so get your votes in now!

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In the Spotlight: Illustrator Paul Johnson of Penelope the Purple Pirate

Melissa Northway interviews Paul Johnson and gives a hint about Penelope’s next adventure.

Read the full interview

Penelope the Purple Pirate is Turning Two

“We appreciate all of the wonderful feedback over the past two years and always love to hear how much your children are enjoying reading about Penelope and her friends. We wanted to celebrate Penelope turning 2 this month with a Facebook Party where you all have a chance to pick up some great treasure – from promo codes to gift cards!”

Thursday, January 24th from 5-7pm PST on Facebook

Apps for Little Ones

2BME Aviator

2BME Aviator

by 2BME Studios

A trip to the Airport allows your child to discover what it’s like to be an Aviator. They can learn about aviation, different types of aircraft, and even take to the skies in our biplane or helicopter! Your child will be amazed by all the interactive objects, realistic sights and sounds there are to explore.

iPhone and iPad: $1.99

 

Your Game

Your Game

by MadFin Games

Your Game is a simple yet compelling collection of four games that allow you to quickly and easily customize the experience with your own recorded audio and pictures, making your child feel like it was crafted just for him or her whether you are by their side or off at work. There are four game modes with different challenges for your child to explore: memory cards game, outline matching game, jigsaw puzzle, and tracing objects.

iPhone and iPad: $0.99, Google Play: $0.99, Amazon: $0.99

 

Books

Learn languages with the fairytale “Little Red Riding Hood”

Learn languages with the fairytale “Little Red Riding Hood”

by FounDreams

This interactive book will help your child to learn foreign languages including English, German, French, and Russian. Children will get acquainted with the melody, scripts and sounds of different languages while reading. The application has been developed in cooperation with the DICA-lab of the University of Luxembourg, which conducts research on learning and development in
multilingual contexts. (Watch Video)

iPhone and iPad: $2.99

 

Funny Kids Poems 2

Funny Kids Poems 2

by We Are Interfaces AB

Long expected English version of Funny Kids Poems 2 has finally been released! Funny Kids Poems 2 is a second part of the interactive book for children up to 6 years old. Your child can improve reading skills in English and Russian with this book of twelve cute poems written by Marina Lindholm. The fun is in the familiar scenes and in exploring the interactive animations that bring the poems to life on each page.

iPhone and iPad: $0.99

 

Sleeping Beauty HD

Sleeping Beauty

by PicPocket Books

New major update to this classic fairy tale with beautiful, vibrant artwork and new layout. The beautiful illustrations in this classic rendition of Sleeping Beauty give this favorite fairy tale new creativity and style. Vibrant watercolors relate the timeless story of the princess who sleeps for one hundred years. From an emerald frog to the cascades of roses that twine their way through the story, the rich colors of these painted pages are bound to please!

iPad: $1.99

 

Just Going to the Dentist - Little Critter

Just Going to the Dentist – Little Critter

by Oceanhouse Media

Little Critter is off to the dentist’s office. He gets a thorough checkup and cleaning, complete with dental x-rays. When Dr. Ghum finds a cavity, Little Critter bravely gets a filling. The visit is painless and Little Critter’s good nature reassures young readers that going to the dentist is not that bad after all!

iPhone and iPad: $0.99

 

Five Little Monkeys Play Hide and Seek

Five Little Monkeys Play Hide and Seek

by Oceanhouse Media

Mama’s out dancing and Lulu is in charge of the Five Little Monkeys. It’s bedtime for the rambunctious monkeys, but they persuade Lulu to play hide-and-seek. “Just one game,” says Lulu. “Then it’s right off to bed. Your bedtime’s at eight. That’s what your mama said.” But there’s always time for one more game! Join the Five Little Monkeys as they find the perfect hiding place where even their babysitter can’t find them!

iPhone and iPad: $1.99

 

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins - Dr. Seuss

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – Dr. Seuss

by Oceanhouse Media

“And he took off his hat – and it didn’t do any good. Another hat sat on Bartholomew’s head.” In The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss spins a humorous tale of a young boy’s desperate attempt to remove his own hat to honor his King. If only the hat would obey Bartholomew’s wishes!!!

iPhone and iPad: $3.99

 

Games

Mega Bee

Mega Bee

by Mega-Prompt

Mega Bee is a fast-paced arcade game with several challenging levels. Users swipe the Busy Bee character around the screen to collect items, while attempting to avoid various hazards. Levels become progressively harder as Busy Bee works to save Princess Bee from Dragon Island. A hard mode option provides a greater challenge, making Mega Bee an entertaining and addictive game for users of all ages. (Watch Video)

iPhone: Free + In-App Purchases, iPad: $1.99 + In-App Purchases

 

History

Mayan Mysteries

Mayan Mysteries

by Dig-It! Games

Put your puzzle skills to the test as you travel through history and uncover the adventure of Mayan Mysteries! Explore the mysterious world of the ancient Maya and learn about its remarkable civilization. Includes over 12 hours of game play, specifically designed for children grades 5-9 and detailed factual information about the Maya contributed by world-renowned Maya expert Robert J. Sharer. (Watch Video)

iPad: $9.99

 

Literacy

Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics for iPhone

Montessori Letter Sounds – Phonics for iPhone

by Les Trois Elles Interactive

The Award Winning Montessori Letter Sounds is now available in an iPhone only version. Only $1.99 for this very comprehensive phonics app should mean every parent should have it on their iPhone! (Watch Video)

iPhone: $1.99

 

Math

Multiplication & Times Tables : Invasion Of The Moon Monkeys - Lite

Multiplication & Times Tables: Invasion Of the Moon Monkeys Lite

by eduGAME

Test your multiplication and times tables skills to the limit as you battle to save the world in a thrilling arcade style invasion adventure you just won’t want to stop playing! The Moon Monkeys are multiplying, it’s time to turn the tables! With this Lite version play the full game with limited times tables before you pay! As featured by Apple as an ‘Editors Choice: All time Favourite’ and an Apple Staff Favourite in the US, UK and Canada (Full Game)!

iPhone and iPad: Free + $1.99 In-App Purchase

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
Child-Proof the iPad with the Speck iGuy case available from Mobile Fun – News

Child-Proof the iPad with the Speck iGuy case available from Mobile Fun – News

[prweb] Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of mobile phone and tablet accessories have sourced the Speck iGuy iPad case: the perfect case for child-proofing the iPad.

As more and more educational apps become available on the iPad, the greater of a learning tool it becomes for children. Therefore the iPad needs child-proofing to prevent any accidental damage from bumps and drops, which is where the Speck iGuy case steps in.

Manufactured from a strong foam style material, the iGuy iPad 4 case looks like a character with its arms and legs, making it a great companion for children when using the iPad. It’s huggable too and thanks to the foam design can be dropped, squeezed and knocked over without causing any damage to the precious and expensive iPad.

The arms and legs of the Speck iGuy allow the iPad to be carried easily by children and also mean that it can be stood up, which is great for when videos and media is being streamed through the device. The ability to stand the iPad up which in the iPad 4 cover also means that children don’t need to holding it at all times and can sit more comfortably when media is being streamed.

Ensuring that all the features and ports of the iPad can be fully accessed whilst using the iGuy, the cover includes the cut-outs for charger, camera headphone port, meaning that other iPad 4 accessories can still be used with the iGuy case. The iGuy does come with a cover for the camera lens, just to add that extra layer of protection to the lens and to prevent it from becoming scratched.

Allowing parents to leave children with the iPad without fear of it being broken, the Speck iGuy case is available from Mobile Fun now.

The Australian iMum Amanda is a married mother of three young boys from North Queensland and has a background in Business Administration and Information Technology. An Apple enthusiast since 2005, Amanda was donned the nickname ‘The iMum’ due to her growing addiction to their products and her many, many apps. She now owns an iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, 27″ iMac, 13″ Macbook Air and two Apple TV’s.
 123 Kids Fun GAMES 1.0 for Mac – 7 Different Learning Games in 1 App – News

123 Kids Fun GAMES 1.0 for Mac – 7 Different Learning Games in 1 App – News



[prMac.com] Warsaw, Poland – RosMedia today is pleased to announce the release of 123 Kids Fun GAMES 1.0 for Mac. One of the largest kid’s apps available, it features 6 interactive animated games in the following categories: Alphabet, Numbers, Sounds & Words, Shapes, Animals, and Break Balloons. Each of the first 4 categories includes both Learning and Playing modes. Filled with countless hours of fun and educational value.

Really seven games in one, 123 Kids Fun GAMES is a “Best Of” collection taken from RosMedia’s more than 100 App Store and 10 Mac App Store listings. The company’s humorous and engaging illustrations and animations have made it a leader in kid’s games internationally. Interactive, talking characters include cartoon cats, mice, ducks, monkeys, frogs, bears, dogs, and more. All aspects of learning and gameplay take place outdoors in nature, and the process of gaining valuable skills is as effortless and enjoyable as noticing the billowy clouds or fields of sunflowers.

In the Alphabet category, kids see an object, read the text, and hear it aloud, “‘A’ is for Apple.” Touch the “A” and the name of the letter is heard. Touch the word “Apple” and it is pronounced to hear. Touch the big red apple, and a friendly worm appears from inside, as he is heard munching. Through all 26 letters, kids can touch & hear the names of all the letters and sample words that begin with that letter. Alphabet games let kids test their skills by dragging objects onto the appropriate letter or popping the right balloon, so that the lion can catch the correct object in his letter labeled basket.

Just as kids learn the name and sound of letters in the Alphabet category, in the Number category, they practice the name and sound of numerals from 1 to 10. Players repeatedly count groups of identical objects, establishing the relationship between number and quantity. Players can count candles on a cake in any order; each time they touch a candle its number is heard aloud and its flame is blown out. A wonderful toy train animation lets kids fill train cars with the correct number of objects.

A playful tabby with a megaphone announces the picture and matching word, with knowledge of more than 100 examples. Touch the picture and hear the duck quack; move backward or forward through the list by touching an arrow. The Sounds & Words game includes the same objects that have been introduced, allowing young students to practice selecting the “Xylophone” from a group of two other familiar objects.

Perhaps most challenging of all is the Shapes category, where kids are introduced to such terms as Rectangle, Rhombus, Arrow, Clover, Star, and Circle. Shapes only become visible after users play connect-the-dots, which creates the shape outlined. The special effects are eye-catching, and characters display a personality of their own, complete with facial expression and sound. In the Shapes game, players choose the right shape from a group of three different objects that are examples of the shape.

In a lighter vein, the Animals game lets kids scroll through the front, middle, and back of many different animals seen in profile. Match the correct three sections and win. Finally, The Break Balloons game challenges players to break balloons before they float off-screen.

Feature Highlights:
* 6 different games and 4 different learning modules in a single app
* Discover the relationship between sounds/letters, sounds/words, words/objects, numbers/words, and numerals/counting
* Carefree fun with no time limits or penalties
* No ads or in-app purchases
* The joy of play and the joy of learning effectively combined

“123 Kids Fun GAMES is one of the largest apps on the Mac App Store capable of teaching the fundamentals of the English language to the youngest of children,” stated Martin Baldowski of RosMedia. “Learn Alphabet, Numbers, Animals, Sounds and Words. Have fun with awesome Educational Games. Play and enjoy simple colorful activities!”

Requirements:
* OS X 10.8 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 64.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
123 Kids Fun GAMES 1.0 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education category. Review copies are available on request.

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Based in Warsaw, Poland, RosMedia was co-founded by Robert Smalcerz and Martin Baldowski in 2003. During the company’s first 5 years, they were one of the largest distributor of movies for kids in Poland. They participated in Film Festivals and Fairs (e.g., MIPCOM Cannes, WCM Prague, DISCOP Budapest). RosMedia produced CDs and DVDs. Now CD and DVD distribution is a small part of their activity. In 2008, they entered the app development market. They love sports, and have sponsored the Polish National Basketball team, a Polish Speedway Rider, and their own junior basketball team. Their app development team includes 5 graphic designers and 7 Xcode programmers. Most of their apps are for kids, but they also make apps for/with Polish Scientific Publishers PWN/ Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN S.A. They are the major and most renowned Central European publisher of scientific, educational, and professional titles. Copyright (C) 2003-2013 RosMedia. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

The Australian iMum Amanda is a married mother of three young boys from North Queensland and has a background in Business Administration and Information Technology. An Apple enthusiast since 2005, Amanda was donned the nickname ‘The iMum’ due to her growing addiction to their products and her many, many apps. She now owns an iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, 27″ iMac, 13″ Macbook Air and two Apple TV’s.

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