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Armaan checks out

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

Check it out:

Why it’s cool:

Yup, lots of cartoons, laughs, action and – awesomeness. It’s! All the shows like X-Men, Spliced, Transformers Prime, Total Drama and Scooby-Doo, and more in game mode.

Cool adventures, tough puzzles and stunts are in it. Also with events like Extra Awesome Thursday, March Break From Reality, Back to Cool contests and promotions and more, there is so much to do on this site!

Is it entertaining or educational?
It’s entertainment to its limit! Not just games, it’s episodes, wallpapers and posters. My, is it cool! Some shows do have real characters and animals. Others are total cartoons! (Really, they do extreme stunts and stuff!)


Armaan checks out FreeRice

May 16, 2011   //   by Armaan   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Armaan checks out FreeRice
Play Freerice and feed the hungry


Check it out:

Why it’s cool:
FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Program.

FreeRice has two goals:
1. Provide education to everyone for free.
2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

Answer questions and each right answer would give 10 grains of rice to needy around the world.

You can also find FreeRice on Twitter and Facebook.

Is it educational or entertaining?
Well, it is mostly educational. Question subjects are: English vocabulary, grammar, pre-algebra, multiplication, chemistry, art, language and geography. You can change subjects any time. It goes easy to hard.

It helps many countries like India and Pakistan.


Bella checks out Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

May 16, 2011   //   by Bella   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Bella checks out Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

Check this out:
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

Why it’s Cool:
BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad is an anime based on a Manga about a 14-year-old boy named Yukio Tanaka. Yukio goes by the nickname Koyuki, which means Little Yuki.

Mongolian Chop Squad follows the life of Koyuki as he and his band mates work their way to the top in the music industry.

BECK is one of the few music animes that really will inspire you.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
BECK I would say is entertaining but it’s inspirational in that it teaches you to follow your dreams. No matter what life has to throw at you, there’s always a way to get back on your feet.

A big theme throughout the series is to never give up and never have regrets. The series draws you in as you follow the different situations that Koyuki and his band members encounter in their daily lives, like when Koyuki overcomes his shyness and performs at a show or when Ryūsuke has to deal with a part of his past that he would rather leave behind.

BECK also shows you the reality about the struggles of starting a band, the thrill of success and the heart that goes into it.

Things you should know:

  1. Theme: Music
  2. Genre: Comedy, drama, romance, slice of life
  3. Age Rating: Teenager (may contain bloodless violence, bad language, nudity)
  4. Running Time: 25 minutes
  5. Episodes Completed: 26


Armaan checks out the World Partnership Walk

Mar 11, 2011   //   by Armaan   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Armaan checks out the World Partnership Walk

Check it out: – Sunday, May 29

Why it’s cool:
The World Partnership Walk is Canada’s largest annual event dedicated to increasing awareness and raising funds to fight global poverty. Organized by volunteers in 10 cities across Canada, the Walk attracts tens of thousands of Canadians united in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to some of the poorest communities in the world.

In 2010, nearly 40,000 Canadians came together to raise close to $6 million.

All funds raised by the World Partnership Walk (100%) go directly to international development initiatives supported by Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) — not one cent is spent on administration. These funds support meaningful projects identified and implemented by local communities — projects that revitalize a rural economy, ensure clean water and sanitation, strengthen community-based organizations, and educate new generations of girls and women. Funds raised by the Walk also help AKFC to leverage additional support from major donors like the Canadian International Development Agency.

An initiative of AKFC and its national network of volunteers, the Walk is held every year in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, London, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal.

Here is what some volunteers, ambassadors, donors and corporate sponsors have said about why they take part in the World Partnership Walk:

“The World Partnership Walk is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our support for the global fight against poverty”

“I walk because I can bring my whole family out and impart on my kids the value of making a difference while having fun”

“I walk because 100 percent of proceeds go directly to the people and programs that need it”

“I walk because I believe in Canada and its ability to foster hope for those in the poorest parts of the world!”

Is it educational or entertaining?
This event is both entertaining and educational. Of course it’s fun when you “walk the walk” with all your family and friends. After the walk, there is a musical program where a participant from all the different backgrounds performs. They also have kids’ area where they arrange rides, face painting, and arts and crafts. They also have stalls for food and ice cream.

Best part is that the event is absolutely free and it’s full of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Bella checks out Smack Jeeves

Mar 11, 2011   //   by Bella   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Bella checks out Smack Jeeves
from Smack Jeeves

from Smack Jeeves

Check this out:
Smack Jeeves

Why it’s Cool:
This is a site for kids who either like to read Manga (Japanese comics) or make their own fanfic (short for fan fiction) — or original webcomics.

Usually the author of any Manga would end up getting published. Any people who are devoted readers of Manga can order the said Manga. All the money goes to the author.

Smack Jeeves is heavily monitored by staff to make sure no inappropriate material is posted. If anyone does post inappropriate material, they are given a fair warning to either change it or, if they refuse, their webcomic will be taken down.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
Smack Jeeves is surely entertaining but I am not 100% sure it’s educational. Once again, this is a great way for artists of all ages to get discovered — just like deviantART, which I talked about in my last article.


Armaan checks out the Sony Reader

Feb 13, 2011   //   by Armaan   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Armaan checks out the Sony Reader
Sony Reader

Sony Reader

Why is it so cool?
The Sony Reader is cool because you can download thousands of books in it. You can also go to Ebay and buy a set of DVD’s with about 25,000 books on different topics in it. It has many features such as a built in dictionary so you can checkout any thing while reading and a stylist for easy search. It is very slim. You can make notes while reading. It also has a Drawing pad. Perfect for people who loves reading. Best part is, it has a paper like display and ink so it doesn’t harm your eyes. Sony has the only one yet with touch screen, which makes it different from other Ebooks.

Is it educational or entertaining?
It is a little bit of both, though it depends on the book you download. You can get titles from Religion, Fiction, nonfiction, Science, Biography, Travel and many more….. Most religious books include phrases from the Quran and Bible. They are translated in English. Best part is, you can go to Toronto Public Library on line and borrow eBooks from their on any topic you like. It is so convenient to have 1000 plus books on you in a cool little gadget.

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Bella checks out deviantART

Feb 13, 2011   //   by Bella   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Bella checks out deviantART
<a href="" target="_blank">Pencil Vs Camera &#8211; 30 by `BenHeine</a>
Pencil Vs Camera – 30 by `BenHeine on deviantART

deviantART is a great site for artists of all ages to exhibit and talk about their work. People from all over the world have posted amazing works of art.

deviantART is not just drawings. It also includes photography, animation, literature, stamps and you can see clothes and even shoes people have made.

The great thing is that you don’t need to be an actual artist to join — you just need the passion. Most artwork has a “buy option” so if you want an artist to draw a picture for you, they can. This is called a commission. Everything is monitored by deviantART so there should be no worries about getting the money to the artist.

There are also loads of free tutorials if you want to practice or improve your skills.


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