Archive for the ‘Twitter Parties’ Category

Twitter Party: The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Join us Wednesday, November 16th at 6PM PST for a Twitter Party introducing a new line of educational omBooks from our recent partnership with Random House Children’s Books. There’s No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System kicks off an exciting collection of The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library omBooks, which introduce children to basic science concepts in a fun, interactive way.

There’s No Place Like Space! is our most ambitious omBook to date so we’re very excited to finally share it with you and hear your feedback. Please join us for a discussion on educational apps – why you like them, how you use them, and what features you’re looking for. How important is it that apps have educational value? Do you allow your children more screen time if you feel they are learning something? (plus, we’ll also brush up on some fun facts about the solar system! :))

We have a very special guest, Carisa Kluver from the popular app review site, Digital Storytime, who will lead a Q&A session during the second half of the hour, with Oceanhouse Media’s early childhood education specialist, Liz Griffiths. They’ll discuss some of the new educational features of The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series, and everyone is encouraged to jump in so we hope to see you there!

Prizes? Yes, we’ll have plenty of those. You’ll get a chance to win “There’s No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System” and some of our favorite early reader omBooks like, Dr. Seuss’s ABC and Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You?

Twitter Party Details:
Who: Everyone is welcome!
What: Introducing the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series of educational omBooks.
Where: For Twitter parties it’s best to use TweetchatTweetgrid, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck etc.
When: Wednesday, November 16 6-7pm PST
Hashtag: Follow and post with #OMApps

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Twitter Party: Pick a Pumpkin, not on a Person!

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Join us Wednesday, October 12th at 6pm PDT for our “Pick a Pumpkin, not on a Person” Twitter Party! This month, our very own Spookley the Square Pumpkin is the National Spokes-Pumpkin for PACER’s Bullying Prevention initiative and we’re doing our best to help him spread the word! So on Unity Day, October 12, we’re joining the movement in communities, schools and online as people band together, united against bullying, to show love, support and hope for a kinder future!

Show your support by joining us for a discussion on bullying in our society, and how fun experiences like traveling or new hobbies can expand children’s minds and show them that differences are in fact delightful!

And as always, we’ll give away some fun kids apps for Apple devices, plus a special signed hardcover edition of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Hope you can join us!

Twitter Party Details:
Who: Everyone is welcome!
What: A discussion of bullying prevention!
Where: For Twitter parties it’s best to use TweetchatTweetgrid, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck etc.
When: Wednesday, October 12 6-7pm PDT
Hashtag: Follow and post with #OMSpookley

Follow Oceanhouse Media on Twitter @Oceanhousemedia

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RSVP below with your Twitter username, and you’ll automatically be entered to win a Spookley omBook for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch!

Twitter Party: Back to School!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Please join us Monday, August 29th at 6pm PDT for a Back to School Twitter Party! While we’re certainly sad to see summer go, on the bright side, there are so many fun Fall activities to look forward to! Let’s get together and chat about our favorite (or least favorite) parts of the back to school season. How do you ease your family into the back to school routine? Do you have a favorite calendar app that helps keep you organized? And just how tech savvy is your child’s school? Did you know that many schools now have Facebook pages? What do you think about this? Share your thoughts at our Back to School Twitter party!

And what’s a Twitter party without great prizes? Throughout the party you’ll have chances to win promo codes for fun omBooks from Dr. Seuss, Mercer Mayer, Eric Drachman, and the Smithsonian Collection. Plus, we’ll fill you in on everything you need to know about our big Back to School Sale!

Twitter Party Details:
Who: Everyone is welcome!
What: A fun discussion about everything back to school!
Where: For Twitter parties it’s best to use TweetchatTweetgrid, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck etc.
When: Monday, August 29th, 6pm PDT
Hashtag: Follow and post with #OMB2S

Follow Oceanhouse Media on Twitter @Oceanhousemedia

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Twitter Party: APPsolutely Inspirational!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Graduation season is the perfect time to talk about what inspires and fulfills us, and what we can do to share that joy and inspiration with others. Join us for a Twitter party, Wednesday, June 1st at 6pm PDT where we’ll discuss the various ways we empower our children to live happy, healthy lives.

How can we as parents and educators give children the tools they need to take on life’s challenges with a positive, enthusiastic attitude? And how can we help develop their self-esteem and give them the confidence and encouragement to follow their dreams?

We’ll also be giving away some of our inspirational omBooks for kids from self-empowerment teachers like Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and of course from one of the most inspiring children’s writers of all time….

“And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.) Kid, you’ll move mountains!” – Dr. Seuss

APPsolutely Inspirational Twitter Party Details:
Who: Everyone is welcome!
What: Sharing ways to inspire and empower children.
Where: Twitter, use Tweetdeck, Tweetgrid, Tweetchat, Hootsuite etc.
When: Wednesday, June 1st, 6pm PDT
Hashtag: Follow and post with #OMinspire

Follow Oceanhouse Media on Twitter @Oceanhousemedia

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“Generation App” Twitter Party Highlights

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

We had so much fun hosting our first Twitter party, Generation App, where we discussed many aspects of children’s book apps. A big thanks to everyone who attended, and for those of you who missed it (or would simply like a recap), here are the party highlights!

Topic 1: Interactive features in digital book apps. What do you like, dislike, what would you love to see?

janefarrall love word-by-word highlighting and text-to-speech for some – but would be lovely to toggle on and off

i pad_storytime Love interactivity that furthers the story – Hate it when it interferes with reading comprehension.

MaggeeB getting kids interested & involved w/o taking away from the book experience; its sometimes a fine line.

momswithapps Consistent, straightforward page turning so the child can proceed at their own pace without confusion.

brooks_jones I have had to reserve certain storybook apps for PLAYtime, instead of STORYtime.

WeeShare I use certain books when the app is “reading” to her and certain books when we read aloud, based on the features included

techinspecialed Would like to see books with actions (verbs), propositions, opposites and other basic skills features not feasible in print.

brooks_jones I also LOVE to see features added in that truly take advantage of the medium, instead of just adding ‘bells/whistles’

trishpip Should storybook apps have comprehension questions at the end?

mmarianmuffins I’d love to explore the term “interactivity,” and what it means in relation to reading!

A4CWSN Cause and effect, very important for special needs children.

ddonahoo there is not enough thought yet being put into what is actually possible with storybook apps…which will happen, just takes time

Topic 2: What do you think is lost and/or gained in transitioning books from print to digital?

brooks_jones LOST: sometimes pre-existing book art is scanned at low resolution or is not the right size ratio for a screen

brooks_jones GAINED: Wonderful interactive features CAN aid learning and/or understanding of the story, especially when it’s child-driven

janefarrall Being able to have 300 books with me anywhere anytime is one of the things I love most about ebooks

WeeShare Vocabulary increased when DD is exploring book app alone as she touches pictures & the word is said– can’t be done w/ paper book

MaggeeB all books do not need to be apps; apps should utilize the possibilities of the device, otherwise they can just read the book.

trishpip Loses some of the closeness of story time, snuggling in the lap and relaxing to the sound of parents’ voice.

ddonahoo biggest issue…book apps need better storytellers. IMHO original book apps still don’t match original books

ElectrcEggplant Real books vs. eBooks = false dichotomy. *Anything* that gets kids to read is great!

brooks_jones You can still have snuggle time with apps though, and turn off the voiceover

billvinson I do miss the feel of a book in the hand, but the interactivity & the timelessness of digital makes up for it

Topic 3: Is there an ideal age to introduce this technology to kids? Have your kids used iPads at school?

WeeShare We began sharing it with my daughter when she was 1. She picked it up quickly and now is almost an old pro at many things!

MaggeeB My granddaughter starting using my iPad as soon as she turned TWO! She loves it and I encourage it!

CaseKidsLikeIke I know 2 1/2 and 3 year olds who love it

janefarrall As soon as you would introduce regular books.

trishpip I started my own kids on interactive books on computer as soon as they were able to use a mouse! 18mos-2 yrs

janefarrall Digital storybooks have opened up so many possibilities to the kids I work with – kids with disabilities.

momswithapps Ideal age for technology and kids? That’s a big question and may depend on needs. Ideal methods, are what I like to think about

billvinson my older son didn’t immediately take to a mouse, but touch took no learning at all…he just jumped right in :)

A4CWSN Ideal age is different 4 all children

Topic 4: What do your kids gain from using digital book apps? Why do you use them?

brooks_jones I guess I look for enrichment above all else (which a good story can do all by itself), then entertainment and education next

janefarrall I’ve started using digital books with interactive whiteboards for guided reading time – awesome!

momswithapps I’m not sure why I use book apps yet, to be honest, which is why I’m SO HAPPY you are talking about this

MaggeeB I love the eBooks that offer the record option. It makes the “reading” of the book more personal to the child.

janefarrall adding your own recordings are great. Good for reading fluency as well as giving kids ownership

STR8EDG In remote locations like mine, these books help, they are instant and interactive. I am trying to get as many kids as possible

mmarianmuffins And engage in fun play–I’ve seen parent and child take on characters’ roles, creating their own dialogue!

STR8EDG our students are all so wired and they all respond so well to technology. I think you have to teach in a medium they get.

Thanks everyone for being part of this discussion. We are very lucky to have so many great friends on Twitter! Stay tuned for our next Twitter party! Find us on Twitter at @OceanhouseMedia and on Facebook





Twitter Party: Generation App

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Join Oceanhouse Media for our first in a series of Twitter parties to discuss the world of children’s digital book apps! This Wednesday, April 20th, 4pm PST.

Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz about this new generation of children’s books. The good, the not so good, and the wouldn’t it be cool if… So let’s keep this conversation going. We want to hear from you! Share your experiences using digital book apps with your kids! Which interactive features do you value most? Do certain interactive features distract children or engage them? What is a good balance? What do you think is lost or gained in transitioning children’s books from print to digital?

Generation App” is all about how our kids are interacting with these classic stories in a new medium. Touch screen devices are rapidly finding their way into the hands of children, both at home and in the classroom. Let’s talk about what this means for our new generation of readers and how we can help them get the most out of this technology. Join Oceanhouse Media as we explore the world of digital reading through the eyes of Generation App!

Generation App Twitter Party Details:
Who: Everyone is welcome!
What: A thoughtful discussion of children’s digital book apps
Where: Twitter! (Use Tweetdeck, Tweetgrid, Tweetchat, Hootsuite etc.)
When: Wednesday, April 20th, 4pm PST
Hashtag: Follow and post with #OMappchat

Follow Oceanhouse Media on Twitter @Oceanhousemedia

See you at the party!… Did I mention we’ll be giving away promo codes? Including some for this week’s new app release!

RSVP below with your Twitter username!

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