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New Super Exciting Feature, and nice to meet you:)

November 2, 2009

Hey there!

My name is Elena and I’m Shidonni’s toy designer. From now on I’ll be updating you on our new and wonderful feature “Shidonni One-of-a-kind“.

As you all know,  Shidonni is creative game for kids aged 5-12, where they draw their own characters, and then play with them in the virtual world of fun, games and all sorts of activities.

But imagine, how great would it be, if your virtual friend could become a real one? Now it can!

With an amazing new feature you can turn your character into a big, lovely, cuddly, soft, real plush toy!

Now we can create for you a custom-made toy made from your drawing ! Place an order, and soon you will be playing with your one-of-a-kind cuddly toy.

Let me show you one of my favorite transformations – from a drawing to a toy.

Tell me what you think about it, I love to get feedback.

Elena

custom-made toy! www.shidonni.com

Halloween in Shidonni

October 12, 2009

Halloween Shidonni

Hi Everyone

We began our Halloween festivals with a new background and homepage. Look for more activities as the day approaches .

What would you like to see and play in Shidonni this Halloween ?

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 !

Spanish version and new games

July 19, 2009

Hi Everyone, Hola niños,

Boy o boy – loads of news from us today

Spanish1. We are happy to announce our support for Spanish ! You can now play Shidonni in Spanish by choosing the flag  in our home page.

chairs2. A new game to win ! Chairs Concert
Follow the pattern of lights and sounds in this new challenging game!

It’s fun, single and multi player. Let’s see who has the best memory !

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3. Shidonni Pro clinic
Wow! Check out the new clinic!
Be your pets’ doctor, give them a full check up and keep them healthy and happy! Pro users have it all the time but we will offer to to everyone once in a while. clinic

Notice the new menu button with the doctor’s case.

Your animal will be checked and we will tell you what you need to do to make them better.

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4. A super- spaceship!
Want to send pets to your friends in a glowing super cool spaceship?
Add 3 friends and upgrade your spaceship!

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5. New music for your worlds and New pets voices
Win more cool music and voices for your pets and worlds !
Make your pet talk in a grumpy monster voice, or sing in beautiful piano voice…
Surprising voices are waiting for you now in the gifts stars!

6. PrimaryGames Users – we have a new TV for you !

Shidonni TV will not feature animals that were sent only from PrimaryGames.

Log to Primarygames and click on Shidonni.

You will see a new TV planet :

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Click it, Choose one your pets (you can choose only pets with passports)

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Click on the “send to TV” button.

If you animals is chosen you’ll be able to see it in the Primarygames Homepage TV in exactly 24 hours !!

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Let us know what you think !!

Awards and press love

July 15, 2009

Hi everyone,

We are excited to update that we were chosen as one of the top 10 Israeli internet startups in Israel at the TWS event. We were chosen out of 70 startups by an amazing set of judges who reviewed us. Techcrunch wrote about Shidonni, as well as Ezra from 1938Media (who is giving away 1 month Shidonni Pro subscriptions). Following the win , Virtual world news had a QA session with Guy.

At the event Nir was showing what we do to many visitors and even had a kid to show and play

Guy presented Shidonni to the panel and had to answer a lot of questions.

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We always enjoy the real time feedback and we always like to hear from you about your ideas and suggestions. Thank you everyone for the love and support we get.

See you in our next event !

guy

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A guide to use Shidonni

May 17, 2009

digitalmaverick created  a great guide for the Shidonni user interface. Here is the slideshow. Share this and enjoy !

What do users say ?

March 31, 2009

Hi Everyone,

As you may have seen, we got loads of new things to show you. 

User Joey Gilles sums it up best:

Just the other day a new game came out along with a new feature

1. the feature is you can now send books 

2.the new game is were you have to match colors to make them go away

and just keep your Eyes peeled for more surprises soon

 

Yes. We are upgrading the book, so you can share it with Friends. There are new moves and behaviours to the animals and it is becoming a cool place to create more great activities with your animals and worlds.

The “bubble” game is nothing less than addictive. You’ll get the rules quickly and we are sure you’ll have hours of fun setting lines of colors together.

Have Fun !

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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