"This app combines history, computers, the Internet and some powerful messaging about bullying - all into one big nerd-friendly package. Although targeted at older children, parents and teachers will also find a lot of material to enjoy in this ebook. The story, Cool to be Clever, is about Edson Hendricks who designed what would eventually become the Internet."
"He narrates the story which (appropriately enough for it's target age group) doesn't have interactive elements, but does include some beautifully drawn illustrations. In addition to the story the app contains several interviews with Edson, materials from the earliest days of the Internet and detailed information on bullying and how it can be prevented."
Downloading for my oldest now! Thanks Deanne!
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Bullied as a child, Edson Hendricks went on to create the forerunner to the Internet. IT'S COOL TO BE CLEVER tells the true story of an inquisitive schoolboy in the 1950s who is bullied because he is so smart. He finds comfort in an imaginary world where he has machine parts, and no biological organs or emotions. Years later, Edson's strange capacity to "think like a machine" helps him create a way for computers to communicate. His "connectionless" network design is used in today's Internet.
Includes intriguing illustrations, story by Leanne Jones with narration by Edson Hendricks, and an original musical score. Read the latest info on preventing bullying at school. Loads of pre-Internet emails, anecdotes and other computer science archival material, 12 video interviews with Edson Hendricks and 3 audio interviews of author/composer Leanne Jones, exploration of the "genius" and "inventive" mind, predicting the future, first email virus, advice to programmers, the origin of tektites, and so much more.
Ideal for all ages, especially clever children 6+ and anyone with an interest in Internet history and inventing. How was the Internet really invented? The inspiring true story is revealed for the first time in a most entertaining fashion with a bonus treasure trove of backstory research.
Featured in articles in Quill & Quire, Victoria Times-Colonist, Vancouver Province, Ottawa Citizen and other news outlets.
• a true inspiring story written by a former primary school teacher (now a private investigator), suitable for "chapter-book" reading level
• complete story narration by Edson Hendricks (with option for the app to turn the pages)
• bright child-appealing illustrations that "float" delightfully into position with each finger swipe
• the latest information about preventing schoolyard bullying from the Red Cross, The Council for Exceptional Children and the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
• "teaching children of genius" advice from Leanne Jones
• Edson Hendricks' memories of being bullied as a child and by IBM managers
• "How my mind works" and "people who are different" interviews with a genius
• Hendricks' unorthodox insights into the origin of Earth's water and tektites
• original musical score – 6 songs composed and performed on piano by Leanne Jones
• Hendricks interviewed: "genuine inventions", "predicting the future", "necessary situation for invention", "creating a network", "debugging", "naming VNET", "the first email virus", "advice to programmers"
• "Evolution of a Virtual Machine Subsystem", the 1979 IBM Systems Journal article by Hendricks and Hartmann chronicling the technical development of VNET into a world-wide network years before the Internet was launched
• dozens of anecdotes about creating VNET and meetings with Vint Cerf and other scientists
• trip reports, internal memos and documents detailing IBM's bungled opportunity
• 160k log of pre-Internet emails between scientists debating standards.
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Every day we pick what we call the Good Free App of the Day, an app that we have downloaded, tested and certified: It can't have a ton of ads or just a little content with a ton of in-app purchases.
It also has to be good.
We then present them to you to read, download, and share so, based on which ones got the most hits, here are your Top 40 Favorite Free Apps. (We've eliminated apps that were only free for a limited period of time.)
2) LEGO App 4+ (build a vehicle and then use it in activities)
8) Play 123
10) Rover (flash-enabled browser for kids)
12) The Lorax
14) Draw Something (Pictionary online!)
15) Hide Run Growl
16) NASA App HD
17) Khan Academy
18) Using I and Me
19) Scribble Press
20) Math Bingo Games
22) PBS Kids Video
23) Color Uncovered (don't let your dog drive)
27) I Can Write 2
28) Art Maker
31) Little Finder
32) Lego Duplo Jams
33) iTunes U
35) Math Vs. Zombies
40) Screen Chomp