Passport to Nature!

Passport to Nature!

“I like to play indoors better ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are,” reports a fourth-grader. In Richard Louv’s ‘Last Child in the Woods’, he exposes the staggering divide between children and nature. Never before have children been so wired to gadgets and so disconnected from nature. Exposure to nature is necessary for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of kids and adults. But hey, technology doesn’t have to be the enemy of an active childhood. As parents, educators, and app developers, we now have an opportunity to make things right. With a deeper understanding of the importance of nature play, we can create conducive environment for nature exploration. With this objective, Islandwood partnered with Log(n) to build an…

Positive Impact of Kid-friendly Mobile Apps

Positive Impact of Kid-friendly Mobile Apps

Parents often feel guilty handing their kids an iPad to keep them out of trouble for a few hours. App developers are now looking to help parents, children, and their teachers use tablets for learning and educating in whole new ways. Today, Apple’s app store boasts of an astonishing 350K+ apps for children, with Android following not far behind, at over 300K+. Here is a look at some of the exciting ways in which kids can have fun with apps and learn in the process. Fun Learning and Developmental Tracking Leo’s Pad by Kidaptive is an interactive story-based adventure with Leonardo da Vinci and friends. As your preschooler engages with the story and plays games along the way, she learns…

Top 10 Messaging Apps

Top 10 Messaging Apps

Over the past several years, the market for messaging apps has dramatically outpaced all other categories. First Facebook acquired WhatsApp, then Yahoo followed suit with MessageMe, and Google is reportedly building yet another instant messaging platform. Something is pretty evident – The market for simple and ad-free messaging apps is growing, and at an astronomical pace. Source: Khalaf, Simon. Mobile Use Grows 115% in 2013, Propelled by Messaging Apps. Digital image. Flurry. N.p., 13 Jan. 2014. Web. Here’s a rundown of the top messaging apps driving this growth. Line Launched in 2011, Line is a popular messaging app in Asia with over 450M registered users. In addition to text messaging, photo sharing and voice calls, it offers games and digital…

The Origin of SchoolMint

The Origin of SchoolMint

In 2013, Forum and Jinal (founders of SchoolMint) set out to enroll their daughter in pre-school. It was a frustrating process that involved filling out tons of forms, the occasional need for whiteout, and lots of standing in line, or on the phone, and waiting. As co-founders of Log(n), a design and engineering firm that specializes in education technology, they had built several custom admissions and enrollment systems for districts throughout the country, but it wasn’t until this moment that they realized that all schools, and families, can benefit from a streamlined and modernized admissions process. Shortly afterwards, SchoolMint was founded. Today, SchoolMint is a division of Log(n), a San Francisco-based firm that specializes in designing and developing education technology products…