“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
-- Ignacio Estrada

Thursday, September 29, 2011

An exciting APPy weekend!

There are some great things happening in "app-land" this weekend. There will be discussions about apps. There will be app "sales". There will be app "giveaways". There will be a chance to learn about app developers and the reviewers that keep them on there toes. There will be a chance learn about a great community of people who are working together towards a common goal.


The first event is a regular Friday event with a twist. Moms With Apps, who offer app specials every Friday, will be doing a "virtual conference" of sorts via facebook. I think is a great way for parents and educators to have a voice in what they like in an app, what they do not like, and what apps they would like to see in the future. As a teacher, I know that I would have an opinion in each of those areas. For more information, check out Teaching All Students blog for a vlog from one of founders of Moms With Apps. I enjoyed the video because it was great to put a name with the face of the person who sends out the weekly emails!

More details on App Friday blog post on Sept. 30th at http://momswithapps.com/ .

Another event taking place with weekend will be the 3rd APP Party sponsored by A4CWSN.

This APP Party will consist of code giveaways, names of iPad recipients from the 50 iPads campaign, and iPad case giveaways. App sales will also be offered by several developers. (I have listed a few at the end of this post.) Some developers are donating a portion of their app sales back to the A4CWSN iPad campaign. If you have not done so already, you will need to stop by and join the group or groups! A4CWSN facebook group , A4CWSN - Australia facebook page ,  A4CWSN - Canada facebook page Best of all is that you can join in with other parents, teachers, care givers of individuals with special needs and become a part of the supportive community that it has developed into over the past couple months.

I hope to be stopping in to say "hi" at both places if my schedule permits. If you stop by, please say Hi from Melanie and Good Luck on the giveaways.

Here are just a few of the developers or companies supporting the A4CWSN App Party: 
Mobile Education Store - excellent apps to develop language and vocabulary
Loud Crow Interactive, Inc. - awesome interactive books, books by Sandra Boynton

Busy Bee Preschool - developers of the great preschool app Zoo Train

PicPocket Books - interactive books

Ruckus Media  - amazing book apps, highly recommend Chuck and Friends and Spot the Dot, newest app My Little Pony!

From A4CWSN facebook page: 
Dr. Brown's Apps will be participating in the A4cwsn 3rd FB App Party on 9/30 thru 10/3! 50% of the proceeds from our app sales this weekend go towards helping children with special needs. Our Colors app will be $5 and all our other apps and packs will be only $2 each! 
KidSpring is proud to be part of the A4cwsn 3rd FB App Party on 9/30 thru 10/3! Proceeds from our app sales this weekend go towards helping children with special needs. All KidSpring apps will be discounted at least 50% this weekend!  
Dash & Ditto's Playground is on sale this weekend in support of the big app party for children w/special needs. Our 50% off Sale starts tonight at 9pm PT. 
Splash Math is all up and ready for A4cwsn, A4cwsn - Canada & A4cwsn - Australia's App Party. Let's have a blast this weekend with Gary & Team. 
Tizio Publishing Is everyone ready for the A4cwsn, A4cwsn - Australia, A4cwsn - Canada App Party? idevbooks
iDevBooks I hope that everybody is getting ready for the App Party that will be the biggest of its kind ever.. until the next A4cwsn App Party comes along. I feel priviledged to be among all the great and generous developers and I'm very happy for the 50 special children who will get an iPad after the party. I'm also happy to tell that $1 for each paid iDevBooks (http://idevbooks.com/) app will be donated to the 50 iPads campaign. In addition to that 6 iDevBooks apps will be free during the App Party. I have also given 70 codes that Gary will be giving away during the party.