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Just wanted to provide you with
some positive feedback for your product. My son was recently
at Schneiders Childrens Hospital for double hernia surgery.
Both pre and post surgery, Joshua was enthralled with your computer
program that is available on computers in the waiting areas.
The colors, shapes and designs are brilliant and intriguing and
appeal to all ages (my husband and I had fun making our own creations)
Once home, I was quick to research your product and was pleased
to add it to my sons Chanukah gifts. He continues to CREATE
daily & I thank you for the hours of entertainment you have
Kaleidodraw was awesome! Our
guests had the best time creating with the program. We sold out
at about the same time our exhibit ended. It was one of our all
time favorites up there with Harry Potter and M&M math!
My kids loved the Kaleidoscope
program that you had given me at the Christmas party last year,
then when we went to Schneider children's hospital the other
programs and that one were all over. Where do I get these programs,
I'd like to give them as gifts. They are right when they
say for ages up to 99, we all played with them at Schneider's
hospital while waiting hours for my daughters jaw surgery.
Every once and a while you stumble
across something really neat...and you want to share it. The
website ProtoZone is a prime example....and I hope I do
it justice.The website was created by two gentlemen, Al Jarnow
and and James Metcalfe, who make "things that move . . .
and keep on moving eyes and hands and gears and minds."
That is, they specialize in the creation of interactive projects
at museums and child exhibits. And,
they are kind enough to share some of their software creations.
Some of my "first" favorites:
Have fun with the web site....hope
you can find a place to insert some of their creations into your
I am 70. My grand daughter is just 4 and both of us get much pleasure using it. Although 'magical' to a small child, she soon grasped what was going on. The secret, of course, is knowing when to stop and her judgment of this became more and more interesting as she explored the possibilities. The permutations are endless so each saved pattern will be unique.- Greta.
Thank you. Liam was entranced
by the program when he was using it at Vancouver's Science World;
he loves art, and I know he'll be thrilled when he finds that
he can use it at home.
My son thinks that is the best
thing he has ever worked with on the computer! He is 6 years
old and very artistic, this is a true gem for him.
Protozone- Geometric shapes,
symmetry through the use of hi-tech visuals. Personal favorite.
Yesterday I told you about some fun pattern making programs at the Long Island Children's Museum, but complained that the link for the wallpaper maker wasn't working... Well, today I have a link for the wallpaper program, and in fact, the mothership link for all these fascinating toys. ProtoZone Interactives is the company that created the software for the Children's Museum and many other organizations. Check out this page of 20 interactives, including 10 drawing and pattern applications. I made the backgrounds below with the Wallover program and the very, very nifty "Linotiler".
These are not programs designed
for creating seamless tiles, however, so you will have to make
a screen shot of the image, isolate a repeating section, and
then crop and size. But even if you are not interested in making
tiles with the applications, they are absolutely addicting to
play with. I found myself especially mesmerized by the "Borderliner",
and made this little tesselated fish tile with it. I also have
this tile I put together from a Kaleidodraw image. For even more
ProtoZone creativity, explore this page.
Just wanted to let you know how
much the kids in my school have enjoyed your program, KaleidoDraw.
Kaleidodraw is up and running
in the hospital and it is fantastic. You absolutely have
to see for yourself it looks incredibly well built, sturdy
and indestructible, and the software is engaging, fun and vibrant.
The kids love it. It is more wonderful than I imagined
I really enjoyed playing around
with it. Drawing programs are very popular among kids and this
one has a nice special quality. Specific aspects that I think
kids will enjoy are the "auto draw", the special pen
points (you have a nice selection of pictures), and the rainbow
pen point. The save option is very nice especially since it shows
a thumbnail image in the gallery. Makes the selection much easier.I
think it is a fantastic program that illustrates the concept
of symmetry in a fun and easy way. Kids will have fun making
beautiful, creative pictures and learn something too. Good Luck
and Thank You!
We have now had Kaleidodraw installed
in our lab for several weeks. Anytime the kids have free time
I see half or more of the screens full of kaleidodraw images.
It is great fun and has opened many neat conversations about
A site you have to see for yourself
- words don't do it justice !!! Recommended
We love the Collage Machine!!!!
The two best stories have to do with elementary kids. "Sam" had been going through a lot of stuff in his home life. He was not cooperating at school. He really just wanted everyone to leave him alone. He had finished a project early and was disturbing the class. I told him that if he could behave for the duration of the class, I would set him up with a really cool project the next week. So, the next class I was prepared with the collage machine and the paintbox. This little 5th grader was so enthusiastic he ran home and told his dad that he had the best day at school he had ever had. The child told all the other kids and news spread like wild fire. I had to keep the site posted for extension projects for the duration of my time at the school. "Sam" has a renewed interest in art and is planning on taking art at the middle school next year.
The other student was a 4th grader, "Dilly". She has Down's syndrome. Once again, engagement was a challenge with this child. All she really wanted to do was look at books during class. I asked her shadow teacher if she could manipulate a mouse and I got a positive response. "Dilly" got on the collage machine and we couldn't get her off. She was finally making art and being successful.
I shared this compilation including your website with all of the art teachers in the district. They are utilizing it in many creative ways. As I move on into an actual career as an art teacher, your site will be one that I continue to share with not only art teachers, but classroom teachers also. Keep up the good work!!!!! You are helping us out in the trenches. Often as teachers we never know about the lives we have effected. You all need to know how important this service is and how greatly you have helped me create a positive environment for my students.
Kudos!!!!! Keep the great sites
coming! Sincerely and in great admiration,
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