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Educational Materials for Fam Bam: Got To Have Music

Educational Materials for Fam Bam: Got To Have Music

The storybook app “Fam Bam: Got To Have Music” provides an engaging and fun avenue for introducing children to music in its multiple forms. In addition, in connection with Black History Month (February), the book offers an accessible starting point to introduce children to the contributions of African American musicians to American culture. Below are some lesson plan ideas for further exploration of music and musical genres. Activity: What instruments do you hear? Ask the reader to try to identify the musical instruments that...

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Press Release: 8500 Bamboo Plants Donated By Three Pandas Storybook iOS App

Press Release: 8500 Bamboo Plants Donated By Three Pandas Storybook iOS App

December 18, 2012 Berkeley, California – The Three Pandas storybook app by See Here Studios has donated 8500 bamboo plants to Pandas International for conservation efforts. The plants will be used to reforest nearly 2 acres of land at panda reserves in the Sichuan Province of China, the natural habitat of the giant panda. The giant panda’s diet is 99% bamboo. The Three Pandas storybook app transports the story of Goldilocks and the three bears to the home of three adorable panda bears. The interactive storybook features actual...

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A Free Music Album for Mother’s Day!

A Free Music Album for Mother’s Day!

In honor of Mother’s Day 2012 – a complimentary album of peaceful piano music to delight Mothers and all music-lovers. A mixture of jazz and classical influences, the album “Meridians” takes listeners on a dreamy and healing journey. Please feel free to download the album below – and enjoy! MERIDIANS by Valerie Mih CLICK HERE to download the full album (zip file) Or Download individual songs by clicking on the song titles below: NOTE – To download the files to a PC, right-click each song name below and...

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The Tortoise and the Hare declare a REMATCH in new iPad/iPhone book app

The Tortoise and the Hare declare a REMATCH in new iPad/iPhone book app

Click Here to view The Tortoise and the Hare: REMATCH! in the iTunes App Store Click Here to view the online press release Feb. 28, 2012, Berkeley, California – The Tortoise and the Hare: REMATCH! storybook app for iPad and iPhone was released today by award-winning digital publisher See Here Studios LLC. Written and illustrated by Wallace E. Keller, the creator of the best-selling children’s book app “The Wrong Side of the Bed 3D,” REMATCH begins with a retelling of the classic fable and adds a hilarious new...

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Twinkle Twinkle – A New and Noteworthy iPad and iPhone Book App

Twinkle Twinkle – A New and Noteworthy iPad and iPhone Book App

Click Here to view Twinkle Twinkle in the iTunes App Store Twinkle Twinkle, an iOS universal app, has earned a place in Apple’s New & Noteworthy Books categories for both iPad and iPhone. The app brings together an interactive children’s book, music videos and a counting exercise around the theme of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It is a co-production between Super Simple Learning, an educational company based in Tokyo, Japan, and See Here Studios LLC, a rich media digital book developer in Berkeley, California. The app...

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The Making of Super Simple Learning’s “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”: An Interview with Nathan Dillow of Fuzz Animation

The Making of Super Simple Learning’s “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”: An Interview with Nathan Dillow of Fuzz Animation

We’re excited to announce that the iPad/iPhone storybook app “Twinkle Twinkle” is now available in the App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/app/id577335049! Based on the much-loved “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” Youtube video by Super Simple Learning and Fuzz Animation, See Here Studios collaborated closely with both companies to develop the app, which includes an interactive children’s book, a counting game and two versions of the original animated video. We hope you enjoy the results! We had so much fun...

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The making of an animated children’s book: The Three Pandas

The making of an animated children’s book: The Three Pandas

“The Three Pandas” is the third animated interactive children’s book published by See Here Studios. As a digital publishing company, we wished to add some classic folktales to our book line – but we also wanted to tell the fables with a creative twist. “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” stood out as a favorite story, and during a brainstorming session we suddenly came up with the idea of substituting panda bears for brown bears, and transplanting the tale to the bamboo forests of China. From this initial idea, we gradually brought...

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The Story of iPads, Special Needs Children and A4CWSN

The Story of iPads, Special Needs Children and A4CWSN

We’re happy to participate in A4CWSN’s Blog Hop! Please check out the other Blog Hop articles listed at the end of this post. So much has already been covered in the previous Blog Hop posts, it’s hard to say something new….so we’ll just add another voice to the circle from a developer’s, artist’s & educator’s perspective. Stepping back a bit…since the launch of the iPad on April 1, 2010 of last year, it has been remarkable to see the impact of the iPad on education for children, ESPECIALLY children with special needs....

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The Path of an Independent Animator: A Collection of Creative Approaches

The Path of an Independent Animator: A Collection of Creative Approaches

This blog post is geared towards students of animation who are interested in developing their own independent projects. I’ll be giving a free talk on this topic at San Francisco State’s downtown campus on Saturday July 9, at 11am. This talk is part of an excellent free animation lecture series at SF State this summer – CLICK HERE to read more about the lecture series. This is a very broad topic, and in this post I’d like to simply give a sense of the spectrum of approaches and look at case studies of actual independent animators’...

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Guest Blog for Moms With Apps: Resources for Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators

Guest Blog for Moms With Apps: Resources for Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators

Since starting See Here Studios two years ago, both myself and studio co-founder Wallace E. Keller have often been approached with questions about apps from fellow artists and writers. A few months ago, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) asked if we could put together a presentation on this same topic for their summer workshop. This article is a compilation of our learning over the last two years, and a “test run” for our SCBWI workshop on July 14 in San Rafael,...

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