I-Gami Geometrical Genius For Family Fun

My kids received some pretty good gifts this holiday season, one of which was an item that my Mom and I found at a consignment shop. I assumed the boys would like it but I never guessed that they would love it. I-Gami Geometrical Genius has been sitting, open on my table for weeks now and is our go to entertainment when waiting for dinner, lunch or to go to school.

iGami Geometrical Genius

I-Gami is such a simple, yet unique, toy to play with. You see, it’s a lot of different shapes and allows you to become a geometrical genius. I have fun creating snowflake looking doodads and the kids beg me to make boxes for them too. I also created this cute little guy ….

A toy to educate and create with kids

Okay so maybe I have a bit more fun with I-Gami than the kids at times, but hey it brings us together and if something unites us as a family, then it’s certainly a great product. This product was found at a consignement shop for around $3, but they have other versions of I-Gami that I found on Amazon.com such as the 350 piece flowers kit or the 600 piece shark kit.

iGami Cheap Fun

In all honesty, this is the perfect family gift to allow children and their parents to use their imagination while also learning about geometry. I think this I-Gami is a win-win product!

How To Use Technology For Back to School Preparations

Technology is an Education Equalizer

Few parents are able to afford sending their children to elite private schools costing upwards of $14,000 per year. However most can afford the technology necessary to level the playing field. Armed with a tablet and some great apps, your child can obtain the best education possible and have access to well-presented multimedia textbooks, tutorial software, note taking and organizational apps. Every day people are creating multitudes of new apps. Most are low cost and many are even free. Access to these technology tools will make education fun and allow your child to pursue almost any avenue of interest. From music composition to pre-calculus, you will almost always find an app that will enhance your child’s education. Apps can also keep your child safe throughout the day.

Back to School Shopping on iPad

Back to School Shopping can be so hectic when you go to an actual store, so why bother? Use your iPad to order from anywhere. With a good iPad case you can do your back to school shopping from almost anywhere you desire. Maroo offers a variety of iPad cases that are convenient for both parents and children. They conveniently unfold to support your iPad while using patented SG Bumper technology to prodect against drops and accidents.

If your child does not yet have an iPad, you might want to think about getting her one. Apple calls the iPad the device that is changing the classroom. The Apple iPad starts at $399.

One of the most inexpensive tablets is the Kindle Fire for only $199. While it is not as sophisticated as the iPad, it can definitely help with school. Students get access to the Web, free and pay for books, Android apps and built in text to speech. While text to speech is a great way to study while on the go or engaging in other activities such as household chores, it can also help those with reading difficulties either due to vision problems or dyslexia. The ability to multitask using text to speech may add many hours of potential study to a student’s day.

iPhones can be used for running many applications. One of the top 10 applications mentioned by Time is Evernote. It allows you to organize and associate notes, photos and voice memos. You can also search them, tag them and synchronize them with the Web. This is an excellent application for keeping notes available all the time.

Android phones also do far more than communicate. Providing access to the Internet, eBooks and thousands of apps including the popular Evernote, they are an admirable assistant for any student.

Using Phone Apps to Track and Communicate with Your Child

GPS Tracking Pro will work on any Android phone. You can locate friends and family anytime. It even has a check in feature that sends an alert when your child is in trouble. Users give GPS Tracking Pro a five star rating.

The Norton Safety Minder is a cool app for nosey parents. When downloaded on your child’s Android phone or Kindle, you can snoop on the websites your child visits, read her texts and see which apps she installs.

Kids Place Android Parental Control is an app that allows parents to restrict their child’s access. An app launcher limits access to applications a child can run, while a child lock protects personal data and can limit operations that cost money such as phone calls and texts.

A recent article in KSAT News discusses a potentially lifesaving app for teenagers. Texting while driving increases the chance of a crash 23 times! Most parents want to prevent their teens from doing this and with tXtBlocker they can. For $6.99 a month a parent will be alerted whenever their teen is texting while driving.

Top Learning Apps

Motion Math HD (iPad. $2.99) is a game where players are asked to place decimals, percentages and fractions on a number line using iPad’s gyroscope. To make the number land correctly the iPad must be tilted either right or left. As levels progress the game becomes more challenging. Upper elementary grade students acquire an intuitive feel for numbers regardless of form.

Grammar App by TaptoLearn (iPad. $0.99) is a popular app store download. It is presented as an interactive book. Your child reads and then takes a quick test to evaluate her understanding. There are numerous easy tutorials helping your child learn all the basics of grammar, punctuation and how to write sentences correctly. With over 200 tutorials, practice exercises and video tutorials a student of any age who regularly uses Grammar App is bound to become an expert.

Google Play currently has 600,000 Apps and the iTunes store has half a million. With the rapidly growing, continuous and inexpensive availability of tablet, iPhone and Android software, there is no doubt that our children will have abundant and ever-growing opportunities to have fuller learning experiences aided by technology.

Not So Wordless Wednesday: The Joys of Summer Collages using Picasa 3

I love playing around with Picasa 3, that is the program I use to create my blog headers, which by the way look above, it’s been changed! Do you likes?

Below are some collages I had fun making over the weekend in celebration for the spectacular Summer so far …

What pictures would you use to sum up some of your Joys of Summer thus far in a picture collage format?

Selloby iPhone App Free App

Are you looking for a quicker way to sell, buy or rent? No more waiting for email and taking slow time loading up on sites. You may now sit back and sell or buy items right from your iPhone. Selloby is a website and mobile application for buying, selling, renting, job and personal postings. It is light, easygoing, fun and friendly. Just check out the video tutorial below for more details.

Another great option for this app is to suggest places, great prices and more through this Selloby! With almost everyone owning a smartphone these days it’s important to have apps like this to make life a tad bit more simple. I know for me, I am always looking for the most efficient way to buy, sell and work from my smartphone so I can have more free time to be out enjoying the last month of Summer vacation before school starts!

With Selloby being an instant action, whether you go to their website or download the free iPhone app, you will feel satisfied in knowing everything is happening in real life, no wait time!

CLOSED Heidi Part II for iPad Review and Giveaway #win #giveaway @justkidsapps

Today I am prepared to giveaway FOUR codes to FOUR lucky people who leave a comment below about wanting this book app, Heidi Part II for iPad. I personally wish I had an iPad to review this, but I don’t have one .. yet!

Here are some important points:

  • The “Heidi Part II” for bothiPad and iPhone, these are separate apps, hasn’t been released on the App Store, but you can check out Part I here.
  • The second part comes a logic continue for the first part and the 2-d part story focuses on the titular Heidi, and the challenges she’s faced with after being taken from her quiet mountain home to the streets of Frankfurt by her Aunt Dete.
  • The Part II will be available for an introductory price of 1.99 (iPad) / .99 (iPhone) until June 30th, after that the developer will raise it to 3.99 / 2.99. Part I will be available for 0.99 (iPad and iPhone version) during that time.
  • Check out the video of this app on YouTube.

I know that all of my friends who have an iPad are always on the look out for a fantastic app for their children to have fun with and reading is certainly a great way to have fun on the iPad as well as encourage your children’s reading skills. Although you may look at this and think “this isn’t a brand I am familiar with” and teeter about downloading or entering to win a free copy I will admit that sometimes it is great to step outside of the box and take a chance on an app you haven’t heard of, sometimes you will be shocked what happens. This could open your world to a whole new brand of apps, @justkidsapps.

Enter to Win – FOUR WINNERS

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on July 2, 2011

Winner chosen by Random.org and announced live on site as well as emailed directly.

One winner per blog, so you may enter at other blogs who may be hosting this but can only win ONE CODE per person.

How to Enter:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post.
  • Follow @brandyellen and @justkidsapps on Twitter. Leave a comment below with your Twitter username.
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Good luck and Have fun!

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