Awards and press love

July 15, 2009 by

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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New version is up

June 15, 2009 by

treasure_islandHi everyone !
I am happy to say we have a new version.
This version includes:

  1. A new treasure island multiplayer game http://www.screencast.com/t/C8LzKigAUAW
  2. Voices for animals – they can now talk !
    http://www.screencast.com/t/ptENIM2ie
  3. A new birthday party
    http://www.screencast.com/t/WwPBeuD9hP
  4. And a surprise Friday event… You’ll have to log in to check it out.

We also added new gifts and interface upgrades.
We are upgrading our teachers’ dashboard as well at http://www2.shidonni.com/s/shidonniteacher.htm – more news on that in the near future.

Be creative ! See you in Shidonni today.

A new version coming your way

June 11, 2009 by

Boy o boy we have lots of surprises for you in Shidonni. We are gearing for a new version after a hectic few weeks. Both our RD leader and our co founder and CTO had their first babies over the last few week (did you read our Shidonni twitter account?)   . Congratulations ! . I am not sure when they have managed to get the new features ready for….. (tadadada) next week !

Sometime over the next week we will issue new games, new activities and a special surprise which you’ll be able to see only on Fridays (can you guess what it is ?)

We are preparing some cool activities for your summer break. Shidonni is all about creativity and imagination so some cool events and drawing companions are on the way. We would love to know what games you’d like to see and what activities you want in.

A guide to use Shidonni

May 17, 2009 by

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

Bath, Awards and New Things to do !

April 21, 2009 by

Hi

We were busy bringing you cool new things :

newmenu 

First notice there is a new menu : The missions moved the the left and there are new awards !

awards

You get awards as you play in Shidonni. The more you play, care for your pets, communicate with buddies and create, the more awards you will get. Try to collect them all !

The animal menu is changed as well :

charmenu 

Do you notice something new ? That’s right ! the duck ! It leads to a new a bath that lets you clean your animals ! Here is how it looks:

bath

Remember to Shampoo, soap and dry your animals before sending them back to the world. And do not forget to the play with the duck as well.

There are loads of other new things in Shidonni. Can you find them all ?

Have fun creating !

What do users say ?

March 31, 2009 by

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 by

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 by

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.

send us more through this blog or to our to our mail box

GameIS award and reviews

March 18, 2009 by

Hi everyone,

The last three weeks were incredibly busy, the good way.

We got our first award ! the most promising game startup in Israel 🙂 Here is the award :

gameis award

We were also picked as one of the 10 most promising start ups in Israel. Now we need to live up to expectations..

In addition loads of blogs mention us – with some of them we are running a “giveaway” for free Shidonni Pro accounts, so make sure to follow on these write ups !

Here are some of the review we got:

We also added new features (like the book) which we should write about separately next week. ..

Thank you all !

Please help us make Shidonni better

February 22, 2009 by

we want your feedback

Hi everyone

 

Please help us make Shidonni better by filling out this set of questions.  We appreciate your thoughts and feedback !

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=cElSYUlncHdkdXJyUlFoQ0d5RGJDTnc6MA..