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Jordan checks out RISK: The Official Game for iPad

Apr 4, 2012   //   by Jordan   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Jordan checks out RISK: The Official Game for iPad

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RISK: The Official Game for iPad

Why is it cool?
RISK is one of my favourite games to play on the iPad.

In the game of Risk you try to conquer the world. Each player starts with different parts of the world, and then each player tries to invade other countries and take them over. In RISK for iPad you can play with your friends, or against the computer.

Because there are 3 different difficulty levels to choose from (easy, medium and advanced), anyone can try this game. Doesn’t that sound amazing?? Also, you will never get bored because there are 20 different achievements to unlock.

If you wait for a sale you can buy this app for only $0.99 (regular price is $6.99)!!!!!!

Is it educational?
The game requires a lot of strategy and planning, and it will also teach you a little about world geography, but mostly it is just for fun.

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Inés checks out Akeela and the Bee

Mar 27, 2012   //   by Inés   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Inés checks out Akeela and the Bee

Akeela and the BeeCheck this out:
Akeela and the Bee

Why it’s cool:
Akeela and the Bee is a great movie because it gets kids excited about spelling, which many kids, including myself, find boring.

This movie is about a girl who is really good at spelling. She lives in a poor area in the USA and sadly has a lot of family problems in her house. The story is about how Akeela enters a spelling bee behind her mother’s back and learns a lot of lessons along the way.

After I watched the movie, I became very interested in spelling bees. I started to look up words in the dictionary and practising them as though I were in a spelling bee. I learned that even if you don’t know a word you can still spell it if you know the definition and the origin of the word. I learned lots of new words.

There was one word in the movie I had never heard before. It was logorrhoea: (Greek λογορροια , logorrhia , “word- flux”) defined as an “excessive flow of words” and, when used medically, refers to incoherent talkativeness occurring in certain kinds of mental illness, such as mania).

I thought it was a funny word and my mom thought it was funny too because I was talking during that part of the movie. I never thought I would want to be in a spelling bee but after watching the movie I changed my mind.

Is it entertaining?
Yes, it is a great story with great acting and music.

Is it educational?
Yes, because you can learn new words. As well, I learned a new strategy for memorizing words: by using a beat. Akeela tapped the letters of words with her hand to help her remember the spelling. She later learned that she could remember the words even better if she jumped rope as she spelled. I’m going to try that!

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Inés checks out Pizzeria Libretto

Jan 30, 2012   //   by Inés   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Inés checks out Pizzeria Libretto

Word of Mouth Advertising Feeds Pizza Libretto’s Success

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Pizzeria Libretto – A new pizza restaurant on the Danforth

Why it’s cool:
This pizza place is an interesting example of media. It’s really popular because of word of mouth advertising: one person tells another person and they tell their friends and so on and so on….

This is a restaurant that specializes in pizza from Naples, Italy. Their style is quite different from any other style of pizza I’ve ever tasted. It is a very soft, thin crust pizza with a unique taste.

It is easy to bite and the toppings are simple but TASTY. I ordered the sausage pizza that had sausage, caramelized onion, mozzarella cheese and chilli oil.

I chose not to have chilli oil because it was too spicy for me. They have bottles of chilli oil on the table so you can put it on yourself.

The garden salad was good and very fresh.

I had Nutella ice cream for dessert and my dad had the Tiramisu. They were both fantastic.

Pizza Libretto is a very busy, popular place with lots of happy customers. There is great service and you can go there for lunch or dinner. There is a front window view with one long table so you can see out to the Danforth and watch people go by.

Is it educational?
Not really, however you can learn what Neapolitan pizza tastes like.

Is it entertaining?
Yes, because you can watch a lot of people and fill your belly with delicious Neapolitan pizza!

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Jordan checks out Coins for Change – Club Penguin

Jan 28, 2012   //   by Jordan   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Jordan checks out Coins for Change – Club Penguin
Coins for Change - Club Penguin

Coins for Change - Club Penguin

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Coins for Change – Club Penguin

Why is it cool?
I don’t know if you like Club Penguin but I certainly do! On Club Penguin there are so many things to do and you can never get bored. There are stamps, games, pets, houses and so many new people to meet!

When I first logged on to Club Penguin I knew that I was going to love it! Every week there are new missions and a new newspaper. My favourite thing to do on Club Penguin is to take care of my puffles and collect coins.

If I were you I would check Club Penguin out and give it a try!

Is it educational?
YES, Club Penguin is very educational because it teaches you all about the environment! This year Club Penguin hosted a party called Coins For Change and every penguin gave coins to help the world be a better place! Over $2,000,000 went to places around the world to help build hospitals and homes and to help the environment.

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Bilal checks out Google Science Fair

Jan 26, 2012   //   by Bilal   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Bilal checks out Google Science Fair

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Google Science Fair

Why it’s cool!
Why this event is really cool and awesome is because this isn’t your typical Science Fair. This Science Fair is held by one of the top leading companies in the world and is online, so you can participate at home.

This is the second Science Fair Google has held. It also inspires kids to do more than they are asked and that it tells them everybody has a question but only the true geniuses will find the answer.

Asian Long Horned Beetle

Asian Long Horned Beetle

Another reason it is cool is because I plan on entering in this prestigious competition myself and hopefully win! All my science projects are about going green and this year I hope to build a cure or repellent that is green and does not harm anything other than the Asian Long Horned Beetle because it is estimated in 10 years they will wipe the entire Maple Tree population!

The reason I think Google is doing this is because they want to take credit for the Scientists of tomorrow and if they can somehow own up to someone’s ideas they will become an even bigger company.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
It’s definitely a little of both because you entertain yourself by doing the project, researching on what you like, and participating in a worldwide Science Fair. It is educational because you are doing a Science project and you have to experiment and research on your topic.

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Armaan checks out Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Dec 2, 2011   //   by Armaan   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Armaan checks out Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

What’s cool:
Everything! Don’t you like Transformers? I do!

Well, this time you’ll see new Autobots like Sentinel Prime and Hot Rod, and Decepticons like Shockwave and Soundwave! Watching this movie in 3D is awesome. This time there are amazing fights to protect Earth from chaos.

Is it entertaining or educational?
What do you think? I know it is entertaining, especially when you watch it in 3D! It is strictly rated awesome!

(I also recommend you to watch Green Lantern and X-Men: First Class but those are different movies so back to work.)

It is a very good movie, 3D effects and action scenes are awesome, so please watch it.

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Bella checks out commercials for men

Dec 2, 2011   //   by Bella   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Bella checks out commercials for men

Old Spice commercial for menCheck this out:
Commercials For Men

Why it’s cool:

Commercials for men are the strangest advertisements ever. Two examples are the Old Spice commercial, “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like”, and “AXE – Smell My Finger”.

(Gag)

Advertisements now are just unbelievably strange. Really, I doubt that someone would bury their face in a guy’s hair just because they used a certain gel.

According to Terry O’Reilly, a really smart guy who spends a ridiculous amount of time thinking about advertising: “Men are really two men … the man they are and the man they want to be. Advertisers realized that courting the second man was the opportunity.”

So after years of making girls and women feel inadequate, advertisers are now heaping a serious dose of inferiority on men too. Nice.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?

As ridiculous as they are, I find these commercials very entertaining to watch. The most entertaining one is, of course, the Old Spice ad. To me the products smell awful, but that’s just me.

Now to show these commercials (even though many people have seen them already)…

Old Spice:

Axe Hair Gel:

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Bella checks out Rubik’s Cube

Oct 21, 2011   //   by Bella   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Bella checks out Rubik’s Cube
Rubik's Cube

Rubik's Cube

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Rubik’s Cube

Why it’s cool:
The Rubik’s Cube is one of the coolest brain puzzles around. Timeless and still causing people trouble trying to solve the four-sided cube of evil. There are many versions of the Rubik’s Cube but nothing beats the original.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
Definitely a little bit of both, Rubik’s Cubes are the fun and educational way to solving puzzles anywhere or anytime.

They range from a 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, 5×5 and other Rubik’s puzzles. There is a Rubik’s Cube site to find everything you need to know about this cube of questions.

Photo of Rubik’s Cube courtesy Booyabazooka via a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.

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Armaan checks out African Cats

Oct 21, 2011   //   by Armaan   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Armaan checks out African Cats
African Cats

African Cats

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African Cats

Why it’s cool:
I recommend you watch this movie. It’s called African Cats and it’s from Disneynature. This movie rocks, especially if you like wildlife and nature and the African savannah!

It’s about three families and a river in the middle that divides them.

The first one is an excellent mother cheetah called Sita. She has a secret — she has five cubs! The second one is about a powerful lioness called Laila with a cub called Mara. They also have a protector called Fang. Finally, there is Kali, a lion with four young sons.

Is it entertaining or educational?
A little bit of both. It has amazing facts on animals and it was launched on Earth Day but now you can get it on DVD.

It also shows cool scenes and wildlife photography. It also shows the job of a mother, for even an animal’s mother can give her life for her child.

Again, I recommend you watch this movie.

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Bella checks out Photoshop

Aug 16, 2011   //   by Bella   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Bella checks out Photoshop

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Photoshop

Why it’s [not] Cool:
Photoshop gives a false sense of beauty, age, weight and much, much more. Magazines use Photoshop to alter pictures. Even if the models are skinny, they will make them even skinnier!

ALWAYS question anything you see in beauty magazines, websites or ads! Beauty isn’t what matters — it’s how you act, it’s kind gestures, caring words and bright eyes.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
Photoshop is educational in a way if you’ve figured out how not to be fooled by the media.

Why? Because teens of both genders are beginning to think that they have to look a certain way, dress a certain way and act a certain way to fit the role portrayed. That’s how advertisers make their money: by targeting the “image”.

Here is an extreme example of a makeover to make someone look years younger — inspired by the Benjamin Button. See if you can figure you out who the person is…

Don’t get fooled by all this media and know what your seeing in these photos. The image of beauty presented by advertisers can’t even be reached by those who model for them.

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