Penelope’s Mini iPad Holiday Giveaway

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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 … [Read more...]

Guest Post by Pavel Mamaev of Elfishki


This week we have a guest post by Pavel Mamaev of Elka Palka Production, LLC., based out of Los Angeles, California.  They have created such apps as Elfishki and The Giant Cake and Elfishki and The Unwelcome Guest.  Mr. Mamaev writes about why he decided to get into the business of developing apps and what other developers should be focusing on when creating new storybook apps.  “Books just can’t beat iPads,” my 7-years-old son Gabriel told me. “Who wants a plain old book when there are iPad games, anyway?” It is really difficult to explain to a 2nd grader why he has to read books. For interesting stories? Here they are, in cartoons on TV. For information? Well, kids of that age are smart enough to reply with “I can use the Internet for that, Dad.”  But how do you explain to a 2nd grader that without regular practice of his reading skills he would never become a full-fledged … [Read more...]