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Reading Superhero Flies!

Reading Superhero screenshot

 

Learn reading on the superhero lane! Join Elino and Bombo the villain as they struggle for wor(l)d dominance. Play and read as you go, enhancing contextual learning abilities and speed while completing challenging mini-games and tasks.

● Reading becomes fun in a superhero themed game
● Play 25 different fun mini-games
● Read single words and sentences
● Great for preschool, school and 2nd language
● Game Center achievements
● Can be played in short bursts (1-5 minutes)
● Learn a large vocabulary, in context!

About contextual learning theory:

● Both direct instruction and constructivist activities can be compatible and effective in the achievement of learning goals.

● Increasing one’s efforts results in more ability. This theory opposes the notion that one’s aptitude is unchangeable. Striving for learning goals motivates an individual to be engaged in activities with a commitment to learning

● Children learn the standards values, and knowledge of society by raising questions and accepting challenges to find solutions that are not immediately apparent. Other learning processes are explaining concepts, justifying their reasoning and seeking information. Therefore, learning is a social process which requires social and cultural factors to be considered during instructional planning. This social nature of learning also drives the determination of the learning goals.

● Knowledge and learning are situated in particular physical and social context. A range of settings may be used such as the home, the community, and the workplace, depending on the purpose of instruction and the intended learning goals.

● Knowledge may be viewed as distributed or stretched over the individual, other persons, and various artifacts such as physical and symbolic tools and not solely as a property of individuals. Thus, people, as an integral part of the learning process, must share knowledge and tasks.

 

The Christmas Conundrums: Should you release your app for the holiday season?

Every year, the holiday season is a great time for selling pretty much anything. As such, it also holds the potential for a massive increase in app sales. However, the situation is more complex. Christmas-targeted games and apps seem to flock the App Store, creating much competition.

What should you ask yourself when choosing a launch date:

1. Is your app Christmas-related?

If the answer is a definite yes, then the choice is clear. If the answer is not a definite yes, keep reading.

2. Can your app make it to review sites and ‘editor’s picks’ sections?

Your app needs to be interesting and appealing in order to make it into any Christmas shopping list. The top 10 lists are usually controlled by larger publishers so in order to get anywhere near the top 10 you have to deliver something extraordinary.

3. Is your app family-oriented?

Family-oriented apps have a better chance being downloaded as people gather together. In case you have nothing to talk about with the sister you meet only once a year, a good alternative to talking would be playing something together.

4. Would you buy your app during Christmas break?

Take yourself as an example – what do YOU like to do with your smart-phone or tablet during the holidays? Play games? if so, which games? What’s special about them? Does your app have what it takes?

5. Would your app actually do better if released after new year’s?

If your app is a killer business app, for example, maybe it will do better when people get back to their offices. If it’s a commuter’s paradise – hold your horses till the working people commute again.

We are hoping to see Cavernous being released for this coming Christmas 2010.  Stay tuned to hear if the decision was worthwhile.