Zorbit’s Math Endorsement

09.17.13

Sometimes it’s hard for bloggers to know what to do when we fall in love with a product, app or locale that isn’t an exact match for the things we talk about every day but is still something we want to share with our readers. Recently I had that conundrum with Zorbits Math.

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You see I’m moving away from blogging every day and concentrating on blogger outreach for brands like Zorbit’s, Shopetti, Brighter and Sprint. In fact I’ve even launched a little site for my new business.

Here’s where things get sticky. After playing with Zorbit’s Math (pre-launch) I knew that I was looking at a great application. One of the things I did in my 30’s was go back to school and get a Master’s Degree in Education. It didn’t serve me well career-wise because I quickly found that the only children I am interested in educating are my own. However, I do have this body of knowledge that’s helped me teach my own children essential reading and math skills, it’s helped me find good schools for them and guide extracurricular activities as well. When my kids were learning math our go to games involved matching, pairing, colors, drawing, manipulatives and a few games on PBS Kids or possibly something I’d found on Yahooligans. That otherwise not-very-useful Master’s Degree drew me to Zorbit’s as it was (is) clear to me that this is a game which is rich in teaching.

Since my kids are more Algebra than Adding I don’t have a test group to review Zorbit’s Math Adventure. With that being said if you have a child who is right for this app they don’t get to choose their games, you do and I’d encourage any parent of a pre-reader or early reader to download Zorbit’s Math Adventure for their kids.

Math isn’t 1+1. Pre-math skills are about counting and sorting, knowing shapes and classifying objects. Pre-Math is really fun and if you have a cast of characters who are zooming around space solving puzzles (that require no reading) it’s all the better. Currently Zorbit’s Math Adventure is an iPad only game.

It’s ideal for a four year old but certainly three year old’s will enjoy “popping bubbles” and “collecting stickers” and older kids really enjoy it too.

I loved the Zorbit’s App and I really enjoyed the team who built it. Having them as one of Word of Mouth Women’s first clients demonstrated to me that I’m in the right business. I can’t write about every great app I come across, I don’t want to endorse every brand but when there’s something special like Zorbit’s I get to share it with you and other bloggers as well.

I’ve spent about an hour playing with Zorbit’s Math (this is a very long time for someone who is approximately 39 years older than the intended audience) and I emphatically want to state that it’s an example of the best edutainment has to offer. To download Zorbit’s go to the iTunes store.

Zorbit’s Math (not a typo) at E3

06.16.13

If you ever want to feel like the mommiest mom blogger in the world get yourself a pass to E3 and behold long lines of (young) adult men waiting for the chance to play a video game. When I say long I mean LONG. Like remember when people used to wait in line for movies or concert tickets? Like that. It was crazy.

There were niche sections at E3 and, of course, Nintendo skewed a little more feminine and less warlike. There was also a video game museum which is not exactly filled ancient relics but well it has the stuff my childhood was made of.

Okay so Beazerk wasn’t exactly a learning tool.

Then I went to meet with Zorbit’s Math, which is likely to reflect be your child’s memory in 20 years. It’s a new app for the ipad that teaches pre-math skills. I’ll be working with them for a bit so get used to hearing about this one from me. It’s the first time having a master’s degree in education has actually proven to be useful. After 953 years of school I am an actual authority when I tell you that Zorbit’s Math Adventure is a fantastic game for your preschool child.

Kids (mostly four year olds) will learn sorting, colors, larger, smaller, in, out, left, middle, right, above & below and so much more. Best of all they’re playing. Oh wait, I lied. Best of all they’re playing independently. Zorbits doesn’t require reading. If you do decide that you need a little quiet time and kids put on a headset to play the sound automatically lowers, no blowing out little eardrums.

Sugar and I got a little demo of the app and fell in love with the characters. The game designers were there and we were like, “Do kids want to play it after they’ve finished all the levels?” That was a yes. “And what about little siblings?” Apparently they like popping bubbles with their fingers too. The word edutainment was everyone’s favorite and when we talked about math readiness and developmental stages they got all jumpy and excited and showed us a zillion ways that Zorbits was teaching kids to count even though they didn’t know it.

Most importantly I felt good talking to them in my penny dress. I know, tangent. I got this dress for a penny at Bloomingdales. I really liked it and I was all excited to be there on a 30% off day but when the sales clerk told me it was a penny I just about screamed and I’ve decided that I’m going to wear it every week until it’s threadbare. So enjoy a picture of Zorbir, Sugar, me and my penny dress.

E3 mom bloggers

Santa Monica Macaroni Kid gave a great breakdown of the app and it’s worth reading while we’re waiting for it to show up in the app store. Of course every Mamvation requires a Dad so Mark Segedie got to go to E3 (the guys at Zorbit’s Math gave him a bucket list day). Mark also goes into a lot of detail about the game.

In the interim you’ve got three short days to enter to win a $100 gift card from the store of your choice. All you have to do is say why you love your dad. The contest is on Zorbit’s site.

Rumor Touch, iPad, and Passport LE Reviews

08.19.10

There’s some new technology in our house. Each of these deserves a post of their own, but sadly I’m behind in every facet of my life (getting a second opinion this afternoon – wish me luck), and one post with three interesting items will have to get the job done.

Rumor Touch Phone:

The folks at LG sent this phone for us to try out. I have to say, I unpacked it and thought, “oh, wow a phone”. Let me emphasize, that was a wow, not a WOW. The kids, however, went WOW. As we examined it together I see that it’s a really great little phone.

First off the kids were able to get it up and running without me, and without the booklet. This is huge. If I ever have to refer to a booklet to use a phone (I’m talking to you blackberry) I just give up.

The QWERTY keypad is great for folks who like buttons. The kids, and my husband all prefer their phones this way, less typos, and apparently it’s very cool. When you are nine and your mom lets you use a cell phone for a month, cool matters.

I like this phone for kids because it doesn’t have full web access. I mean, technically it does, but really, it’s the Opera mini browser, and you’re not going to have your kids all over the web like you would with an iphone or a droid.

I love love love when kids use cell phones. No, I am not being sarcastic, and I realize that everyone thinks that texting is the shortcut to Mean Girls.

The reality is that cell phones are wonderful tools to preapare your tweens for the social web that lays in their future. Both my kids know that I will read their texts and their emails, and if there’s something they wouldn’t want me to see, then it probably shouldn’t be put in writing anywhere. The last month of playing around with the Rumor Touch has given me an opportunity to teach my son some online manners.

Alexander has commandeered this phone, he’s also dropped it a number of times, and it hasn’t broken. So, in addition to all the specs found here, it’s pretty durable. It’s also available at retail and www.virginmobileusa.com for $149.99.

iPad

Mr. G. brought home an iPad last night. It’s a 64 gig 3G version with a cover and a bluetooth keyboard. I’d really wanted one of these, but as I looked at the way we use our technology I realize that it’s too big to be useful (for me) as a portable device, and too small to get much of anything done. Plus, I already have an iPhone so I already can’t see sites with flash. Yes, that annoys me.

I think the iPad is perfect for the TV and film industry. Long days on set without reliable internet access make the 3G version a perfect solution. I suspect I’ll give it a go when I travel next, but I have to confess  for around the house the iPad leaves me a little flat. Yawning even.

Passport LE

It’s a hard drive. Every family should have at least two external hard drives. One for around the house, and another with all your information stored off site. If your house burns to the ground your homeowners insurance documents will gone as well.

I have two hard drives, one lives in the house, and one lives in the safety deposit box. Every few months I update the one at home and swap it out for the one in the bank.

The Passport LE is a fairly standard hard drive. It’s 500 GB and you just plug it in to your PC and it’s idiot proof. Here’s the thing that families (and businesses too) will love. They come in a variety of designs, and this means I don’t confuse my old data for my new data. If you’re sharing a computer with anyone the Passport is the perfect way to back up your data without confusing it with your coworker’s/friend’s/partner’s.

Oh, and did I mention, they’re adorable?

The Passport LE is $119 and is available online.

Friday Confession: iPad

04.2.10

I don’t care.

I think it’s a big yawn, its like a kindle with backlight and the opportunity to buy color magazines (which I don’t buy anyhow). I don’t want a laptop that won’t fold shut any more than I want a computer without a camera.

I’m sure it will be beautiful, and I’m excited to see one.

But I’m not excited enough to want to own one.

I’m a techo nerd and I don’t care about the iPad.

More About The iPad

01.28.10

Some comedy just writes itself.