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Interactive Learning Experiences with Cookie, Elmo, and Grover

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The beloved blue furry cookie craving monster has gone mobile with the release of The Great Cookie Thief, the first official Cookie Monster app for iPhone, iPad, and  iPod Touch.

This engaging interactive book set in a town in the Old West where a cookie bandit is on the loose, stealing cookies from bakeries. Kids must use critical thinking skills to use the clues to solve who is responsible for the cookie thefts. With a wealth of story paths, young learners will get unique endings with each game they play.

Additional features include100 animations that come to life when tapped and a “create” mode that allows players to make “wanted” posters of cookie thief suspects, print, and share them. There’s also a Quick Tips section for parents to help guide additional learning experiences for their child beyond the app.

“We are proud to bring this classic story featuring one of the most beloved characters in the Sesame Street franchise to the App Store,” said Callaway Digital Arts CEO Rex Ishibashi. “With The Great Cookie Thief, parents can empower young children to move the story forward, use critical thinking skills to help solve the mystery and stretch their imaginations to create unique Wanted Posters that add limitless fun to the story.”

How else can your young Sesame Street fans engage in interactive learning experiences with their favorite characters?

  • PBSKids.org— The Sesame Street part of PBSKids.org appeals to kids due to the wide variety of activities and easy navigation. Kids can go click on their favorite characters to go to games and activities featuring those monsters or click on icons to get to games, videos, printables, and e-cards.
  • Once Upon a Monster for Xbox Kinect—Children can practice the alphabet and numbers with Grover, read a book along with Cookie Monster this very fun interactive game that involves full body movement.

Image courtesy of Callaway Digital Arts

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Digital Family Summit Provides Interactive Learning for Tweens, Teens, and Parents

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Tweens and teens naturally gravitate towards the digital space and are often far more comfortable with the plethora of new tools than their parents.  If you’re interested in learning along with your tween and teen, the new Digital Family Summit being held in Philadelphia from June 29-July 1 is a new interactive conference designed for families with hands-on workshops and activities for everyone to learn together.

Conference organizer, Stephanie Schwab, created the conference after realizing that her kids, nieces, nephews and friends’ kids were getting more and more engaged in creating blogs, digital video, Etsy storefronts, pinboards on Polyvore and Pinterest, and tweeting and Facebooking up a storm. As a social media strategist and digital entrepreneur she says “digital natives seem to live and breathe on the Internet – some of us parents can keep up; others have tried, but thrown up our hands and cried “uncle.”

Schwab sees Digital Family Summit as a place where tweens, teens, and parents at all levels of digital activity can come together to learn and grow as individuals and as a family. She views digital creation and engagement a healthy, fun, expressive activity that encourages kids to share: with their parents as well as with their friends.

Digital Family Summit is planning to convey content in innovative ways that will engage tweens and teens and meet the various skill levels of attendees. Topics such as digital safety, kids’ privacy, and online bullying will be covered in thought provoking ways that will encourage families to have conversations both during the conference and after it ends.  Schwab hopes the conference will allow both parents and kids to explore new means of expression and gain confidence in their online personas.

For more information about Digital Family Summit, visit their website.  Interested attendees can receive 30% off registration with the code FRIENDS.

Artwork courtesy of Digital Family Summit

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