Last year I was able to be part of a family who were the recipients of an iPad for their special needs child through a program that donated 50 iPads in 50 States in 50 Days. It was an eye-opening experience as I was able to see firsthand how much these devices can help children, especially children on the spectrum. We have gathered some developers to help put one of these devices into the hands of a family - just in time for the holidays! There are 8 developers who have sponsored the iPad Mini and Domeo Products has donated cases for all of the giveaway winners (we have four giveaways total going on til the end of December!). Plus Disney and PBS Kids will donate some codes to their popular apps and all the developers participating have also generously donated codes. I love to see when good folk come together to help others.
We couldn’t have done this without the help of the following developers and friends. So please stop by their websites and Facebook Pages to say hello and thanks! And good luck to you mates.
WHEN: Both start November 13th and ends December 11th at midnight. Winner will be announced at our December 12th Facebook Party.
WHO: The following developers have sponsored this giveaway:
DEVELOPERS: SoGaBee; Mobile Education Store; SpeakInMotion; iStoryTime; kidEbook; MacCheeky Books; Super Harry & Other Tales; Bish Bash Books; Speech Pups LLC; Ellie’s Games; “Brush of Truth” by Story Bayou, Inc.; AbiTalk Apps; Let’s Go Chipper; PicPocket Books; ELFISHKI; and Ink Robin
SOGABEE is based in Orange County, California and have produced and continue to produce fun and educational apps such as: Sight Words Hangman; Sight Words and Spelling with Pixopop and now their newest app Math Facts Fun. SoGaBee was created by Marcel, a full-time software developer by day and part-time app developer in the evenings and on the weekends. SoGaBee was created while Marcel was sitting in the doctor’s office with his daughter. At that time she was wanting to practice her “sight words” and Marcel did not have them on him. At that moment the thought came to him “why not make an app for sight words” so they would always be available. At first SoGaBee’s prototype was being developed by and for an android device as that was what Marcel had at the time. While he was waiting on his brother for graphics and music, Marcel took that time to explore iOS development. It took Marcel three months from start to finish on SoGaBee’s first app and two months on the android version. Teachers and parents enjoy SoGaBee’s apps as they turn boring and mundane tasks for students and kids learning into something that is fun and makes it enjoyable so they want to do it.
MOBILE EDUCATION STORE is based in Salem, Oregon and are dedicated to providing cost effective educational tools for parents of elementary aged children. Their products take advantage of the mobile visual and touch mediums that are now available to the masses. By engaging the visual, audio and tactile senses, their products help children learn faster and retain what they learn with more ease. Titles of their apps include the following: SentenceBuilder, SentenceBuilder for iPad, QuestionBuilder, QuestionBuilder for iPad, StoryBuilder, StoryBuilder for iPad, LanguageBuilder, LanguageBuilder for iPhone, ConversationBuilder, ConversationBuilder for iPhone.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/MobileEducationStore
SPEAKINMOTION is based in Arlington, Virgina and was founded to bring VAST to a larger population of speech-impaired individuals and speech professionals. VAST is an innovative application of video technology to facilitate and improve communication abilities for speech-impaired individuals. Following close-up video of mouth movements allows these individuals to speak full sentences. The simultaneous combination of visual, auditory and, in some cases, written cues, allows these individuals to readily produce speech. They currently offer the following VAST product apps available for iPhone/iPod Touch and the iPad: VASTtx – Key Words and VASTtx – Therapy Samples; VAST Autism 1 – Core (also avaible in Spanish); and VAST Songs 1 – Intro.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/SpeakinMotion
iSTORYTIME is based in Santa Barbara, California and produces wholesome entertainment for kids when you’re on the go. iStoryTime was dreamed up by fathers who are committed to their families and love to have fun, especially with technology. Driven by a passion to share books with their own children, they wanted to make it possible to always have a book to read with your little ones. They have an eclectic library of children’s books from a variety of authors and artists including: “Biscuit” series; “Madagascar” Movie Storybook Collection; “The Smurfs” series; “Ben 10” series; “Megamind”; and even “Shrek Forever After” to just name a few.
kidEBook is based out of Tel Aviv, Israel and their legendary apps for kids are here to give your children the best educational, fun experience of a touch-screen devices. kidEbook presents original and classic interactive books for children made in PPS format with adaptation to the touch screen technology. The books are developed for children aged 1-6 with eye-catching illustrations that are simple, yet educational. kidEbook offers classic and original interactive story tales with educative games. kidEbook offers you and your children a chance to take part in active reading processes and games, based on modern technology. Titles of their interactive story books available for the iPad include: Rabbit and Turtle; Little Red Riding Hood; Panda Panda; Circus; Cars; and Professions. kidEbook has currently started to offer some of their interactive story books on GooglePlay and they are working hard to to have all others available soon..
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/KidEbook
MACCHEEKY: A ROYAL PEST! SERIES BOOKS is part of PicPocket Books vast majority of authors. Anita Reynolds MacArthur who still has her day job currently resideds in Montreal, Canada and is the author of the award-winning series featuring Prince Hayden MacCheeky. Simply put? Prince Hayden is a royal little pest! In book #1 “A Royal Little Pest” Prince Hayden MacCheeky is a real little prince who learns that playing with his royal siblings is way more fun than imitating and irritating them. In book #2 “A Royal Little Pest: Mine!” Prince Hayden MacCheeky is a real little prince who learns that a little royal sharing leads to a lot of royal fun for everyone. Both hardcover books are available in digital interactive format on iTunes as apps for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Both storybook apps offer a cute story and wonderful illustrations! MacCheeky’s interactive storybook apps promote early learning and help children develop reading skills offering relevant animations and feature professional voice recordings by morning radio host and popular Toronto media figure Erin Davis. Both storybook apps were illustrated by Karen Roy.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/MacCheeky
SUPER HARRY & OTHER TALES is part of PicPocket Books vast majority of authors. Nina Lim is the author of “Super Harry’s Rotten Luck” and is based out of Perth, Western Australia. When Nin created “Super Harry’s Rotten Luck” as an interactive book app she realized how much magic and learning was possible with devices such as an iPad. Nina turned her dream of writing into reality after having children and even started her own publishing company, Bright Button Publishing in order to bring fun and interactive books and apps to kids. Nina is currently working on “Henrietta is Hungry” for iOS devices and it is currently available in print form from Amazon.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/SuperHarrysRottenLuck
BISH BASH BOOKS is based in New York and helps children live happily ever after, one story at a time, hooked on the simple pleasure of reading. Bish Bash believes that every child should be given the opportunity to enjoy in the pleasure of reading. Each new children’s eBook from Bish Bash Books provides an original kid friendly, parent approved reading experience. Bish Bash Books blend unique stories, bold colorful illustrations, read along narration and music that engage, educate and entertain. Bish Bash Books has an interesting start to how they came to be and we encourage you to visit their website to learn more. It’s time to have some fun reading!
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/BishBashBooks
PENELOPE THE PURPLE PIRATE is based in Irvine, California and was created by award winning children’s author, Melissa Northway. Melissa’s goal as a mom and educator, is to teach children that they can be whoever they want to be. Melissa’s company, Polka Dots Publishing, supports organizations that empowers girls to have choices, such as www.thegirleffect.com. In a culture of pink and princesses, it is nice to offer girls a role model who embraces adventure-taking, while promoting respect and kindness towards others. Melissa currently has two interactive storybooks available on iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad: “Penelope the Purple Pirate”; and “Gerry the Giraffe”. Melissa has several other titles that are available in print from Amazon.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penelope-the-Purple-Pirate/184530521575620
DANDELION MOMS is based in Irvine, California and was created by award winning children’s author, Melissa Northway. Melissa wanted to create a website that embraced all women to show that they all women are beautiful, strong and resilient. Melissa’s journey started six years ago after the birth of her daughter. It was then that Melissa was inspired to write children’s picture books. Melissa joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to find out how to make her dream of publishing a book come true. The journey was long and tons of work, but in January 2011, her first storybook app, “Penelope the Purple Pirate”, was released through her company Polka Dots Publishing (yes, Melissa started a publishing company to make it happen) and PicPocket Books. Melissa shares her story as often as she can because she didn’t listen to the naysayers who said the way she was going about getting her story published wasn’t the way it was done. Melissa is a big proponent of carving your own path and going after your dreams. Melissa’s biggest hope is that you are inspired by the women who write about their journey on dandelion moms and she encourages all to share theirs as well!
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/DandelionMoms
POLKA DOTS PUBLISHING is based in Irvine, California and was started by award winning children’s author, Melissa Northway. Polka Dots Publishing, Inc. was founded in December of 2010. Melissa’s goal was to create interactive and educational children’s storybook apps and books utilizing digital technology. Polka Dots Publishing’s first storybook app, “Penelope the Purple Pirate”, was released by PicPocket Books January 2011 and has gone on to be a Top 25 iTunes book app as well as chosen as a Top 10 Must-Have eBook by lilsugar of Popsugar.com and a Top 10 Educational iPad App by Digital Storytime with over 10,000 downloads. Together with PicPocket Books, Polka Dots Publishing will be releasing two new storybook apps and books this fall including “Penelope the Purple Pardner”, and “Clarence and the Traveling Circus”. Melissa’s most current release through Polka Dots Publishing, Inc. and PicPocket Books: “Gerry the Giraffe” has already received numerous top reviews and a 5 Star Rating from Readers Favorite. Polka Dots Publishing, Inc.’s services now include consulting for new and established authors and developers looking to maximize social media platforms. From concept to creation, they can provide you with expert advice and strategies to make sure your app or book gets noticed. Part of Polka Dots Publishing, Inc.’s promotion package includes Facebook Parties that place your product in front of an engaged audience. You can read more about what Polka Dots Publishing, Inc. offers to promote your business or product in the Consulting section on Melissa’s website.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Polka-Dots-Publishing/401732829896180?ref=ts&fref=ts
DOMEO PRODUCTS is a new company that makes iPad cases. Domeo Products has provided us with a case for each of our [four] giveaway winners! Domeo Products iPad Mini Cases come in four wonderful colors to choose from.