Windosill

Windosill is an app for the iPad for $2.99.  A free version is also available online.  I have to admit, though, that I am glad I purchased the app.

It is difficult to describe this mysterious, whimsical game, so I will quote the iTunes summary, “Explore a dream-like world of eleven beautifully-constructed environments in this iPad adaptation of the classic desktop adventure. Equal parts puzzle game, playful toy, and living picture-book, Windosill rewards playful investigation with mysterious and beautiful surprises.”

My nine year old daughter saw me trying to solve a level, and soon we were both deeply engrossed in finding the solution.  We completed the game together, and then she wanted to start it over again from the beginning.  Her perseverance in trying to puzzle out each level was admirable.

Vectorpark, the company responsible for this game, also has other iOS apps, which you can view here.

Speed Booking

Ever heard of Speed Dating?  The concept is to meet with a person for a few minutes, chat, and then move on to another person.  The short discussion with the potential date allows each participant to determine if he or she thinks it is worth pursuing the relationship any further.

The other day, I saw a variation on this idea that, believe it or not, is perfect for education.  It is called Speed Booking, and the students are given the opportunity to learn a little about a group of books so they can decide which ones pique their interest.  If this post piques your interest, check out the details at iLearn Technology!

The Synergy Challenge

Although I have not participated in these Synergy challenges before, the e-mail from them in my mailbox the other day intrigued me.  I think that students would be excited by the Winter Challenge, which is to design and produce a game. The deadline is April 1, 2012.  There is no entry fee.  See the website for the rules and a great rubric that you might want to download even if you aren’t planning to enter the contest!

Valentine Heart Painting

Jim Dine, one of the artists responsible for the Pop Art movement, was the inspiration behind this Valentine Heart Painting posted by Kathy Barbro on her blog, Art Projects for Kids.  With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, this would be a wonderful art lesson that will result in beautiful classroom decor!  Kathy gives detailed instructions and a template to download.  Do a “valentine” search on her site for even more fabulous ideas!

Bridge Builder

I have never been good at building things, or at solving spatial puzzles, for that matter.  But Bridge Builder is an intriguing problem-solving game that your students will enjoy.  The object is to use the provided triangles to create a bridge for the motorcycle.  You can rotate the triangles and change their size, if you wish.  This game, though internet based, reminds me of the Bubble Ball app for iDevices I have reviewed in the past.  Bridge Builder is part of the website called Toy Theater, which offers many learning activities for younger students in several different subjects.

Piece of Mind

Following along with yesterday’s post on Brain Games, KB Connected brought another site to my attention that allows you learn more about the way the mind works.  This one, Piece of Mind, uses flash-based games in order to help you “train your brain” in the areas of Memory, Attention, Executive Function, Logic & Reasoning, and Visual Perception.  My favorite game was “Triplets”, which is similar to the card game, “Set.”  I did horribly on “Face It” – mostly because it took me a few minutes to figure out what I was doing.
The site appears to be a work in progress, as some of the links do not lead to anything, and it advertises that more games will be “coming soon.”  It will be interesting to see what is added in the coming months.