Archive for the ‘education’ Category

Shidonni is used in Pike County computer lab

December 9, 2009

We just got a heart-warming letter from Angela Nix, a technology teacher from Pike County Primary School . She shared with us her excitement about using Shidonni with her second and first classes.

See the wonderfull slideshow she created of her class learning with Shidonni

http://www.pike.k12.ga.us/webpages/anix/pictures.cfm?newSlideID=23043

Our teachers dashboard and lesson plans for any teachers are avaliable free at: http://www2.shidonni.com/s/shidonniteacher.htm

Enjoy !

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Shidonni Staying True To Safety Values With Ikeepsafe Partnership

October 4, 2009

iKeepSafe Online - Internet Safety CoalitionShidonni and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition partner to promote cyber safety for kids and offer lesson plans to teachers during cyber security awareness month

Shidonni, the award winning browser-based virtual world that provides a safe and creative Web environment for children, has partnered with the Internet Keep Safe Coalition to promote cyber safety for kids.

Thanks to this partnership an iKeepSafe custom version of Shidonni has been created at http://www2.shidonni.com/ikeepsafe/. It is supported with lesson plans and worksheets that are free for schools, and also provides class management tools and guidance for teachers.

“True to our values, we are delighted to extend support for safer online experiences for children around the world,” said Ido Mazursky, Shidonni’s CEO. “Next to our ongoing goals of providing creative fun to children everywhere, partnering with iKeepSafe and Faux Paw is a critical step in Shidonni’s commitment to the Internet safety of children.”

iKeepSafe President Marsali Hancock echoed those sentiments.

“The best time to educate youth is when they are young and just learning to participate in online communities,” Hancock said. “We are excited about our partnership with Shidonni because children not only learn how to create and participate in the virtual world, but they also learn how to be ethical, responsible and reliant cyber citizens.”

About Shidonni (www.Shidonni.com)

Shidonni offers a unique experience to children by allowing them to draw and play with the virtual pets they create. Shidonni was founded in 2008 by Nachshon Peled and Mazursky, the former CEO of Toys’R’Us Israel. Shidonni is backed by a group of UK investors and to date has raised $1.5 million.

About the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (www.iKeepSafe.org)

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors, first spouses or attorneys general from all 50 states, the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, the NEA, National PTA and corporate sponsors, dedicated to keeping children safe online. The Coalition provides parent tutorials and educational resources, including the Faux Paw the Techno Cattm Internet safety series of books and animated films for children. Coalition materials are distributed throughout the United States with pilot programs launching this year in China, India and Australia.

Shidonni wins GOLD at Parents’ Choice Award

September 15, 2009

Gold Award

Gold Award

We are thrilled to announce we just received the Gold Award from the Parents Choice Foundations.

The full review can be found here:  http://www.parents-choice.org/product…

Here is a quote:
As a parent, and a designer, I not only enjoyed watching my 4-year-old exploring his artistic talents, but I too found myself having fun making animals and artwork and playing some of the games.

We will continue to develop Shidonni based on creativity values and highest standards to provide creative fun for kids everywhere.

Thank you for playing Shidonni !

Shidonni releases a white paper on the empowerment of children’s creativity

March 19, 2009

Hi,

We just released today a new white paper on the empowerment of children’s creativity in virtual worlds and games.

The white paper, aimed at parents and educators, addresses questions that interest anyone who is working in the field of children’s education, such as, “can fun and engaging games contribute to a child’s mental and creative growth?”

If you would like to download a copy of the white paper, please visit:
http://www2.shidonni.com/s/pages/shidonni_whitepaper_final.pdf 

We will keep the link on the right side of our blog links for a while. 

We will be happy to get your comments.

Read the full PR here :

http://www.free-press-release.com/news/200903/1237478263.html

Classroom ideas

March 18, 2009

Hi everyone,

Over the past few weeks we had a number of users send us ideas on using Shidonni in schools.

Here is a list of these ideas and we would be happy to continue and add to it your ideas – please send them in.

In the future we will create an entire section of these ideas – so keep them flowing in.

Kelly Irish:

  • The learner will contribute a sentence to a Shared Writing about the experience to create a class book…using the book creation feature on Shidonni
  • TLW independently draw a picture, illustrating an element of the common experience with the picture and sentence must represent the same concept..On Shidonni have students draw and animal and think of all the things he can do? Dogs run. Birds Fly.
  • TLW share the published story with an audience outside the classroom, save, email or screen capture your movie to share with others.
  • TLW, after listening to a selected story, discuss the setting in detail and collaboratively illustrate the setting.
  • TLW listen to a story and discuss the characters through actions, words, and pictures in the story. Add a character to the setting.

Kelly Tenkely:

  • create a Shidonni world with all of the planets (in correct order of course)  Then create aliens and spaceships to fly through their outer space.

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A few words on imaginary friends

December 7, 2008

We just found these few words about imaginary friends at School Family dot com. It is a short piece that captures the essence of how kids play in Shidonni and we wanted to share it with you.

Check the original at https://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/4628-imaginary-friends-comfort-children-develop-creativity

Almost always, imaginary friends are good for children. Your child probably makes up lots of stories about his “friend.” This sharpens his mind. And it helps him be creative. Creativity helps with writing, the arts, solving problems and many other skills.

Story telling with Shidonni

October 27, 2008

The amazing Kelly Irish from Michigen is teaching 1st and 2nd graders the art of story telling. She started using Shidonni and edited with the 6th graders the following movie:

We really got excited about it and wanted to share this work with all of you.

You can check more of what Kelly is doing at http://computerkiddoswiki.pbwiki.com/Animation-Make+a+short+movie and here http://maculspace.ning.com/profile/KelleyIrish