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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

FreeRice

Check it out:
freerice.com

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.

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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

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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

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Salmah checks out Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd.

May 16, 2011   //   by Salmah   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Salmah checks out Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd.
Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd.

Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd.

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Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd.
Available on iTunes
Cost: $0.99

Why it’s cool!
It is cool because there is a frog that you feed candy by cutting a whole bunch of ropes. You have to cut the ropes in the right order or else the frog gets very sad, then you have to start the level all over again. There are also stars that you can feed the frog for bonus points.

There are lots of levels to play. There is also one really hard part where you have to stay away from the sharp teeth that try to cut the candy.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
This iPhone app is very fun to play. It is so addictive that you keep playing it for a long time.

Cut the Rope is educational because you have to think about where to cut the rope so that the candy can fall into the frog’s mouth. You have to time the cutting perfectly and collect the stars at the same time. It sounds hard here, but when you play the game, it is easy to understand. This game requires a lot of thinking and patience.

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Madison checks out Vote Compass – Canada Votes 2011

Apr 14, 2011   //   by Madison   //   Age 16-19, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Madison checks out Vote Compass – Canada Votes 2011
CBC.ca Vote Compass

CBC.ca Vote Compass

Check out this website: Vote Compass

Why it’s cool:
With the upcoming federal election, CBC has created a voting compass that helps you determine where you fall on the political spectrum, and what party your views and beliefs are most akin to. The individual answers a series of questions ranging from the efficiency of the government’s economic practices to the issue of Québec’s separation efforts.

One of the reasons I find this to be an extremely useful and interesting tool is because of the generation I belong to. As a 19-year-old student, I have found it increasingly apparent that many people my age are unaware of where their political views place them on the Canadian political spectrum. Sadly, this often leads to them not voting. This compass acts as an excellent guide for those individuals, but is also great for older adults who may be curious as to whether they have been voting the right way in previous years.

Is it educational, entertaining or both?
This compass is extremely educational for people of every age, as the questions really force you to think about the ways in which you think your country should be run vs. the ways in which it currently is being run. It encourages you to consider the fact that the party you thought you supported may no longer represent your views. It is also entertaining in a sense, because the results of this compass often come as a surprise to many.

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Tori checks out the Tag Reader

Mar 11, 2011   //   by Tori   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Tori checks out the Tag Reader
Tangled: Disney's Story of Rapunzel (Picture credit: Tag™ Bo)

Tangled: Disney's Story of Rapunzel (Picture credit: Tag™ Bo)

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I love my Tag Reader stories. My favourite one right now is called Tangled, and it reminds me of the movie.

Why it’s cool…
The Tag Reader has games that are lots of fun. I like to collect my reward points from the Internet when I have played the games.

The Tag Reader talks to me and helps me to read the story. It asks me good questions. My mom likes it when I read the Tag Reader because it helps me learn my letters and my memory.

Sometimes I just like it when it lets me read the story though.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
The Tag Reader is good for learning but it’s also fun. I like it most when I do the games and get rewards.

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Matthew checks out Zombie Farm

Mar 11, 2011   //   by Matthew   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Matthew checks out Zombie Farm
Zombie Farm

Zombie Farm

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Zombie Farm
– For iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
– Rated 9+ for the following: Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.

Zombie Farm is really fun because you always get daily surprises.

You get to buy things on the iPhone like crops and other items, for example zombie pots and zombie cameras. You also can buy other zombies. I like the game because the zombies are so cute. You also can choose characters but you have to buy some of them.

I like the design. I like the way you invade places.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
My dad told me about the game. It is free in the App Store under Games. I usually play it in the evenings when my dad is home because it’s his iPhone.

It is entertaining. It is also educational because you can’t do random stuff and you have to save your gold so you can buy really good stuff.

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Salmah checks out The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

Mar 11, 2011   //   by Salmah   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Salmah checks out The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein
The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

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The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

Why it’s cool!
My teacher read the book to our class and everyone loved it!

I also borrowed the book from the school library. I was sad when I had to return the book, but then my mom and I found it on YouTube.

I like to read along and there was someone playing the piano. The music went along with the story. When it was happy, the music was happy. When it was sad, the music was also sad.

I can’t wait until my parents get me my own copy of The Missing Piece.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
The Missing Piece
is very educational. I learned that sometimes going slow is good. This is because you have time to smell flowers, talk to worms, and have butterflies sit on you. It’s fun to go fast, but not always.

It is also good to try different things, and then you can see what fits or doesn’t fit.

I also learned that it is good to keep going. When you keep going, you can learn more things.

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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
worldpartnershipwalk.com

worldpartnershipwalk.com

Check it out:
worldpartnershipwalk.com – 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.
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Ian checks out Root Fire by Bedouin Soundclash

Mar 11, 2011   //   by Ian   //   Age 16-19, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Ian checks out Root Fire by Bedouin Soundclash
Root Fire by Bedouin Soundclash

Root Fire by Bedouin Soundclash

The second in my series of reviews pertains to Bedouin Soundclash’s first album, Root Fire, which was released in 2001.

The album opens with “Rodigan State Address,” a discourse that, though out of context, aptly introduces and sets the tone for the album.

From there, the recordings progress, moods seamlessly shifting from song to song while captivating and absorbing the listener so that it becomes difficult not to listen to the whole album in one sitting.

As a whole, this collection is quite different from subsequent Bedouin Soundclash releases in that it makes heavy use of hand drums and assorted percussion which, with the deep bass and bright guitar tones, give the album a distinctive dub sound.

Yet this testament to two-tone ska is a firm indicator of the direction of Bedouin’s music; all of the tracks on Root Fire are composed of that fast, upbeat tempo for which they are known.

This album is as close to their roots as Bedouin Soundclash ever comes. The band desolately stands out as one of the unsung heroes of 21st century reggae.

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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.

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