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Top Ranked iPad App in the business category!

Our “Embracing Change” app made it to #2 yesterday and holds the position today. We gifted it to the world for Valentine’s day.

top ranked ipad app

So take advantage of a very cool, top ranked iPad app, created with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite that you will help you embrace change whenever you need it.

Please note: This app was replaced in early 2018

This app had a great 6-year run since it’s launch in 2012. Nonetheless, we’ve been focused on creating great universal web experiences and have launched other resources to take the app’s place.

We’ve recently launched a brand new site with both free and paid in-depth training courses on creating positive change, at home, at work, and in your communities. So please visit our new site at positivechange.training:

 

A telling story on PBS Newshour on October 25 about the impacts of media on young children, and of special interest,  the impact of mobile devices – smartphones and iPads – on very young children. How are they engaging, is it good or bad, and is the take-up equal?

The news report was based on a study in the USA by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families.  Some of the findings include:

Key Trends

Exposure to computers and mobile devices:

  • 2-4 year olds: 12% use a computer daily
  • 0-8 year olds: 50%  have access to a mobile device

App gap – digital divide

  • Lower income families: 14% have downloaded apps
  • Higher income families: 47%  have downloaded apps

#1 category of iPhone apps now is for preschoolers. Read more

App Advice Review of Wild Dolphins iPad AppThrilled with AppAdvice’s coverage of our Wild Dolphins app!

If you took your family out to see Dolphin Tale in theaters this weekend, or if you are simply interested in the wonderful world of marine mammals, you have to check out Wild Dolphins for iPad. It’s a new educational app by Polymash, our latest AppAdvice Daily podcast sponsor, that tells the story behind Winter, a dolphin who gets caught in a crab trap near Florida, and her miraculous recovery.

We are loving the awesome review Tyler Tschida wrote on AppAdvice! And we appreciate picking up the true theme and purpose of the app, which is to help protect dolphins in the wild.

But Wild Dolphins isn’t just about Winter. The app also features stories about how the team at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute saved the lives of other dolphins like Rio, Mono, and Hiho.


In this interview, Mimi Cross, author of the recently released Crankamacallit iPad app, talks about her experience in creating an interactive children’s story in this new medium.

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  • The interview was designed in an appreciative inquiry format,and conducted by Robyn Stratton.
  • Music by Mimi Cross and Kevin Salem
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    Please note we’ve just posted the Crankamacallit Demo Reel

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    An interactive children’s story about building an imaginary vehicle, “The Crankamacallit” is filled with stunning interactive animation and surprising sounds.

    Using playful, rhythmic language and rhyme “The Crankamacallit” draws the user into the fantastic 3D world of an inventor’s workshop.

    A great iPad app for kids, who  love all the unpredictable moving parts of “The Crankamacallit”. In an adventurous tale for the picture book crowd, 3-8 year olds (and their parents!) will be mesmerized by the step-by-step process of the Crankamacallit’s creation and become active participants in the story by using the many interactive features, making unexpected discoveries, exploring 360-degree panoramas, using the hidden drawing tool and more.

    Part poem, part story, this rhythmic 3D fantasy was written by Mimi Cross, animated by Juergen Berkessel and narrated by acclaimed singer songwriter Robert Burke Warren, aka “Uncle Rock”.Listeners will laugh out loud at the nuances of Warren’s performance.

    Features

    • Unique 3D artwork and unusual illustrations
    • Music and mechanical sounds
    • Animation and video
    • 360 degree panoramas
    • 3D interactive rotational objects
    • Pan and zoom chart
    • A hidden picture scratch off scene
    • Drawing widget
    • “Secret” hotspots

    Come visit our gallery to get a taste, check out the developing posts, and watch out for a number of related announcements in the coming days.

    Today I will build you a Crankamacallit

    With pieces and parts from my carpenter’s kit.

    With buttons and levers and yes, of course—CRANKS!

    With switches and gears and an old baseball mitt.