Posts Tagged ‘Rick Richter’

My Little Pony: Sharing the Social Media Love

Posted by ruckusholly on October 6th, 2011

Our new co-branded with Hasbro My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day  has been available in the iTunes store for about weeks now and it’s reached #1 in iTunes, and we’ve been loving all the buzz filling our Twitter and Facebook streams.  We thought we’d share some of the great comments we’ve been getting and we’d love for you to put any new ones in the comment section below.

 

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And over on Facebook, where there’s never a dull moment, supporters have been submitting the cutest photos of their children playing the app.  Check this one out:

And listen to what some have to say over there:

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We’ve also been mentioned on a wide variety of blogs including The iPhone Mom, Classy Mommy, Best Apps for Kids, Saving for Someday, 7 on a Shoestring, Moms Take On Things, The Chatty Momma, Fun Educational Apps, Dad of Divas, Apps 4 Moms,  About.com toy section, HipMamaB and many others.  We are so grateful for all the support.

So, head on over to our Twitter handle and share the My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day  love with us there, or on our Facebook page.  Also, check out our FREE lite version, available in iTunes.  Sign up for newsletter updates. Lastly, check out our new sizzling video all about the app and watch it come to life on You Tube.   And one last thing: My Little Pony is .99 cents for one more week.  It will go back up its regular price at midnight on October 12th. Go get your copy now!

Interview with Mary Ann Scheuer, KidLit Extraordinaire

Posted by ruckusholly on October 4th, 2011

Mary Ann ScheuerMary Ann Scheuer is a school librarian, mom to three, grad student and blogger. Each day she spreads a love of reading with 300 elementary students in Berkeley, CA at Emerson Elementary School, a diverse and thriving public school. Each night she divides her time between blogging at Great Kid Books and pursuing her Masters in Library and Information Sciences at San Jose State University.

Mary Ann has been reviewing children’s book apps on her blog since January 2011, and has been fascinated with the way this field is developing.  We caught up with her to find out her experiences with digital storytelling in the schools.

 

What signs have you seen of digital storytelling in schools to date?

One of my brothers had a really hard time learning to read.  He was dyslexic and he had some learning issues. For him, being read to and books on tape were a huge benefit.  He didn’t like books but he loved listening to stories. For a child like that, being able to see and hear a story at the same time gives them so much access into the magic of story-telling.

I don’t see digital books replacing print books for children.  Children need to read so much volume that families aren’t able to buy everything children need.  I also don’t see libraries as providing everything digitally for young children but I do see a wonderful companionship that goes hand in hand between the print and digital experience.  If you love reading something in print, you’ll love discovering all that is has offer digitally and vice versa.

 

How do you get that point across to parents?

The problem is that children are drawn to games so much more than reading.  A teacher at my daughter’s school said the same thing – her four year old has a few stories on the iPad but Angry Birds or a book?  It’s a really hard thing.  So how does the family negotiate seeing the iPad as a tool for literacy development and exploring books?  In my own family, we set boundaries.  We have game time, and we have reading time.

Spot the Dot  is interesting because it’s a game but it also draws on picture book sensibility.  It’s a very interesting hybrid.

 

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How do you evaluate apps?  What do you look for?

This stemmed out of a presentation I put together with Paula Wiley and Betsy Bird for the KidLitosphere  conference a few weeks ago.  We were trying to get at what were some of the real essential elements are to look for in an app.  The other purpose of the presentation was to expose a group of people who love and are dedicated to children’s literature to how this new media draws on a lot of what they knew already yet has a lot of different elements.  Some real key questions that stood out for me were:

  • How well does the art integrate the text that carries into a picture book app?  It’s important to look at how the app chunks and divides up the artwork and picture book experience into a manageable experience for a child.  For example, in the Skippyjon Jones app, some of the pages only have two lines of text.   Other pages have a whole paragraph of text.   For an early reader, it can be difficult to have that much text on one page, especially on a tablet which is a little smaller than a large picture book.  Other apps take a traditional picture book page and break text into smaller chunks and then pan into parts of the art that’s going with different chunks.  I think it’s interesting for developers to look at how they approach dividing up that information and experience for a child in a way that doesn’t overload their intake.  In smaller chunks, children can look, think and pause.  Picture books and apps both carefully use the page turn.  Where can a reader think and pause before turning the page?  I love that with apps. You pause and think before you consciously turn the page.

 

  • Does the app include interactivity that engages the reader? Some apps are successful at having activities that keep your child engaged in the story, but some have activities that pull your child away from the story. Either they’re too involved or are not essential to keeping your child on track of the story.  Teddy’s Day has a really hard puzzle.  Some of the interactive features are great.  Other parts take a long time to figure out, and by the time I’ve figured it out, I’ve forgotten what the story’s all about. This is more confusing for a child aged 4 or 5!  My attention span doesn’t even go that long.  The interactive features need to add the wow factor, buzz, engagement and yet not take you off the track of the story.  It’s a very delicate balance.  I loved the Spot the Dot  app for the way David Carter created it with a new puzzle each time – same format, predicability, but enough of a wow factor to keep a child engaged.

 

  • How much of a factor is price?  When you’re getting up towards $7 for an app and you’re wondering how many times will my kids be reading this, it’s a factor.  In a marketplace where games are priced so low, it’s really hard.  And I wonder if that’s a factor for other families.  For me, I have such a dedication to children’s books that I don’t have a problem spending money on an app my child will read three, four or five times.  You compare that to going to a movie with the family, it’s a bargain.  But I think that price point is a factor for most families.

 

What are some of your favorite apps for kids?  

For younger kids: Spot the DotHow Rocket Learned to Read (chunked in a nice way);  the multi-lingual options on Red Apple, Scruffy Kitty and The Birthday.

I really love some of the non-fiction apps like Magic School Bus Ocean - try that with your 8 year-old.  The way you are able to embed non-fiction elements with more fiction is impressive.  If you think about reading development, so much of the reading in middle and high school is non-fiction, so all the ways we can get kids to experience non-fiction is so important.  And little kids love non-fiction.  Imagine taking a basic picture book about trains and embed pictures of real trains into an app.  That’s a little boy’s dream.

Some good apps for older kids are Gems and Jewels and Journey into the Deep.  For middle school readers, there’s Nancy Drew Shadow Ranch with “change the ending” which kids adore, as well as simple games.

Definitely check out Great Kid Books for more great tips and articles from Mary Ann.

Where You’ll Find Us this Weekend: At the A4CWSN Party to Change Lives

Posted by ruckusholly on September 30th, 2011

50 Children across 50 States are about to be given an iPad to help with their development and education. App developers from around the world have come together to help “Apps for Children with Special Needs” a4cwsn.com raise money to Change 50 Lives in a day, and Ruckus Media Group is proud to be a part of it!

In January 2011, Gary James, the father of 6 children, 2 with Special Needs, decided to set up a web-site to help other parents like him who were interested in using the Apple iPad as an educational and development tool for children with special needs (a4cwsn.com). The site shows videos of Apps developed or suitable for special needs children being demonstrated so that the community of parents, educators and professionals get the opportunity to see an app in action before parting with their money. The iPad’s interactive interface is an ideal device for those with communication difficulties and in refining fine motor skills.

In less than 8 months, a4cwsn has become a phenomenon in the world of special needs with almost 6,000 followers on facebook, and through his unique concept of App Parties, which bring developers and the special needs community together, has created a social network and now a charity in which the Developers and the special needs community not only support each other, but raise tens of thousands of dollars to fund iPads for parents who could otherwise not afford them.

Gary will host his third App party from September 30th – October 2nd, and will once again bring Developers and the special needs community together in an event that will raise thousands of more dollars to support a4cwsn.com’s campaign that is already close to reaching its goal of giving an iPad to a child with special needs in each of 50 States.

We are thrilled to be joining many of our friend in donating to the campaign.  From now until October 2nd, you can find all of our Rabbit Ears apps priced at .99 cents in iTunes (down from $3.99).  All proceeds made from this sale will go directly to the A4CWSN campaign.  These apps are:

- Goldilocks told by Meg Ryan

- John Henry told by Denzel Washington

- Johnny Appleseed told by Garrison Keillor

- The Night Before Christmas told by Meryl Streep

Three Little Pigs told by Holly Hunter

- Steadfast Tin Soldier told by Jeremy Irons

- Tom Thumb told by John Cleese

- The Velveteen Rabbit told by Meryl Streep

“See you all” at the A4CWSN party!

For the original version on PRWeb visit:www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2011/9/prweb8840100.htm.

My Little Pony Twitter Party Wrap Up

Posted by ruckusholly on September 28th, 2011

If you’re familiar with the story of our new app,  My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle Teacher for a Day, you know that friendship is a serious topic in the storybook app.  The story brings up a lot of friendship issues that we can all relate to.  It also brings up working together to solve problems (cooperation, loyalty, etc.).   We’ve all grown up with the My Little Pony brand and know the valuable lessons it can teach us.

So, with all that in mind, we gathered with eighty-nine tweeps on Twitter and talked about our love for My Little Pony and friendship.  It was a popular night, partly because we were giving away the My Little Pony app, as well as prizes that were graciously donated by our friends at Playskool and Schwinn Bikes.

The winners were:  @marlibu, @elivya@Lukedoc321@vloky, @PeriwinklePapi, @redsoxdad.

We were also so lucky and thrilled to have four guest moderators:  @coolkidsmommy @mommymentor @thechattymomma @amotherhoodblog.  They really helped lead and guide the discussion and made great additions to our fast-moving Twitter party.

 

Q1 - Twilight Sparkle is a gentle, kind and calm pony and is very devoted to her interests.  How do you introduce your friendship to your very young children?  Do you nurture particular friendships and how do you get your children to nurture them?

mommymentor:  We choose to nurture the friendships that teach our children what “friendship” is truly about.

amotherhoodblog: Friendship can be introduced to young children simply by sharing activities and letting them know you’re not just mom

bcherry82: I always tell my son to be good to his friends, and always think of them first. Always consider their feelings.

coolkidsmommy:  I try to expose my kids to social situations early and sharing is super important!

EarthAngel2b: LOTS of praise/positive reinforcement 4sharing,caring friendliness/manners, nip poor behaviors in bud quickly

 

Q2: For a unicorn who’s new to the magic of friendship, Twilight Sparkle gets an “A+.”  She uses her magical powers to help her friends, and she’s always ready to lend a helping hoof.  How do you teach your child the importance of being a good friend?

hzeh818: I teach her to always be fair and to think about how others feel and treat everyone with kindness.

ToodiesMomma: @RuckusMedia Q2: By teaching them to be kind, listen to others, share, and treat them nicely.

Unkatchable73: @RuckusMedia Q2. You lead by example.. you teach them that being a good friends mean having a good friend in return.

justicecw: Be a good example…children learn what they see.

elivya: You can point out to them when a friend does something nice for them how they feel. Make them want to do that.

 

Q3: Sparkle is unable to control her raw magical power, causing it to overload and fire off a flurry of troublesome, random spells. Princess Celestia learned to tame her abilities through focused study.  How have you nurtured your child’s talents and kept education in balance?

summerflood: we get our kids into after school activities, like ballet, piano, girl scouts. It broadens their horizons and learn from other.

HuppieMama: So important to build on children’s interests and talents and to encourage creativity.

ToodiesMomma: The more talents, passions, hobbies, and interests the better! Love creativity.

gordonfan24ever:  yeah I think you should let them experience all they can so they and figure out what they want to do.

lovinmomma88: We make sure to let him express his interests..etc. while introducting more.

 

Q4: Despite being highly intelligent and having extraordinary magical power, Twilight Sparkle remains very humble and modest, not wanting to outshine her friends or make a big deal out of her talents.  At what age did you see cliques start up?  How do you keep your child safe from getting hurt and feeling excluded?

coollegumes: Cliques are awful. I hated 6th grade for that very reason. I’m big on teaching my kids only love.

tracyparral:  my son is in first grade now and already been bullied on as of last year, i just teach him how to stand up 4 self.

bcherry82:  Sadly Kindergarten,tell them they have to overlook kids that leave them out & to play w/ that like what they do.

Doodle741: My oldest has a VERY vivid imagination – and is often excluded because of it. It hurts me.

chancesmommy: Don’t think we can keep child safe from getting hurt or excluded,but*prepare*them for what may or may not happen.

 

Q5: In the “Applebuck Season” episode of “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic,” Applejack exhausts herself by harvesting apples by herself AND helping all the ponies in Ponyville.  Parents, how do you teach your children to lend a helping hand?

vloky: lead by example, and I have been giving him age appropriate chores since he was 2 or so.

tfortink: My kids help others w/ opening doors, carrying groceries, asking of course if they want the help first.

HuppieMama: Im director of a nonprofit for kids w/disabilities – bring my daughter w/me to work sometimes.

MommyMentor: Our children choose at least 10 toys to donate before Christmas each year

sleatham1: I explain that we all need to lend a hand and things can get done faster…at school, at home, everywhere.

 

Q6: As a fashionista, Rarity’s dream come true would be designing for Princess Celestia.  Parents, what do your children want to be when they grow up? How do you support their dreams?

redsoxdad: I tell them they can be whatever they want to be and do whatever they want to do.

mellanhead: I want them to be whatever they want to be. Whatever makes them happy.

NEHoustonMacKid: My daughter says she wants to be a “rockstar”-I support her dreams by belting out the abc & twinkle in the car.

keltom2: I think it changes everyday, they are little, police man, fireman, monster truck driver lately.

gordonfan24ever: Mine are undicided right now just enjoying being a kid.

 

She Streams: Taking Your App Mobile

Posted by ruckusholly on September 28th, 2011

This past weekend we attended She Streams 2011 in New York City where we met and bonded with a few hundred social media moms.  As our friend, Rebecca Levey, from Beccarama.com stated in her recent blog post, “Once upon a time there was Lucille Ball – and then there was Oprah – women who owned their production companies, not just starred in the show.  Now, with the internet and social media, building a mini-media empire is truly within reach of women who have the gumption and work ethic to do it.”  We can’t agree more.  The conference focused on branding, technology, video and really bringing women to the forefront of the social media phenomenon.  Maria Bailey of BSM Media did a terrific job of pulling together great, informative sessions on various facets of the field, all presented by social media experts.  We were also very excited to meet so many of of our faithful supporters.

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Lynette Matke of PicPocket Books and Lorraine Akemann of Moms with Apps

As a member of the Ruckus Media team, I attended and appreciated several of the branding and vlogging sessions, but what I really got excited about was the session called “Taking Your Brand Mobile” with Lynette Mattke and Lorainne Ackemann.  Lynette works at another app develper and creator, PicPocket Books, and Lorainne is the brains behind Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.  We get a lot of satisfaction through our relationship with Lorainne and Lynette.  They have been supportive of our efforts and it was a pleasure to meet them both in real life.  They really focus on helping us market our apps to parents and share our best practices with one another.  They share the goal of helping everyone to think about healthy intersections of kids & technology.   They gave an excellent presentation and I wanted to share the nuts & bolts that I took away.  For all of you looking to develop an app and take your brand mobile, there are some great tools and pieces of advice.

Why are you going mobile?

  • To launch a new mobile product?
  • To keep your existing brand current?
  • To make money?
  • To add value to your customer base?
  • Know your goals upfront so you can match your expectations accordingly.
  • Knowing your goals upfront will help form realistic expectations about

budget, ROI and timeframes for the app.

 

 Competition: What else comes close?

  • What other apps like yours are already out there?
  • What platform are they on?
  • How much are they?
  • What are the reviews?
  • Are they successful?
  • Who developed it?
  • How did they market it?

 

How are you going to build it?

  • Are you a programmer?
  • Is someone you know a programmer?
  • What about graphics and audio
  • Finding a contractor?
  • Going overseas?
  • What is your budget?
  • What is your project’s ROI?

 

What platform?

  • iOS (Apple App Store)
  • iPhone/iPod Touch
  • iPad

 

How are people going to find it?

 

Case Study:

 

What happens when you’re live?

  • New releases
  • Featured by Apple?
  • What’s hot?
  • New & noteworthy
  • Top charts
  • The ups and downs

 

App Store

 

Resources


Words from Our CEO: Transmedia and What it Means

Posted by ruckusholly on September 24th, 2011
Rick Richter Ruckus Media

Source: Digital Book World

The past two weeks have been huge for us.  For one thing, we launched our newest app, My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day.  For another, we announced our partnership with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company to produce an innovative children’s trans-media imprint.  There was a lot of media coverage and speculation across the web and social media, so I asked our CEO, Rick Richter, what he could share about the partnership and transmedia.  Here’s what he had to say:

 

Can you please define “transmedia”?

With a transmedia project we “begin with the end in mind”. What this means is that at the very start of each project, we imagine what the interactive story book will look like, what the printed book will look like and any other iteration of the project. The goal is to have the sum of the parts be greater from a storytelling standpoint than each of the individual project. It’s a tall order and a great challenge.  Kids love to enjoy stories in lots of ways, and this is our way of paying respect to this interest and giving parent and kids lots of choices.

 

How did this relationship develop and evolve?  

Our partnership evolved during discussions over the last nine months. It is truly a leap of faith for two terrific companies to come together for kids in this way.

 

Why did you choose Scholastic as your partner?

They speak to 28 million kids every month via book fairs and trade efforts, so this alone makes them a great partner. Additionally, we have a real chemistry with the top folks at Scholastic – they understand what we’ve set out to do at Ruckus.

 

What does a “homerun” look like with this kind of project?

Well, that’s a good question. For us, it would mean a kid could enjoy a book, an interactive storybook with gaming, a stand alone game, web interaction, and perhaps, ultimately, a TV show or feature film. I guess that would be a grand slam!

More importantly, a homerun would be to create a story that leaves a life long impression on a child and entertains them in lots of different ways.

 

If an author or illustrator is interested in working in this imprint, how do they go about submitting an idea?

To submit new original content, just visit our web site at http://www.ruckusmediagroup.com/submissions.

 

Six Degrees of Separation: Coldplay and David Carter

Posted by ruckusholly on September 23rd, 2011

 

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Mylo Xyloto pop-up by David Carter

We have a connection to one of the world’s best bands: Coldplay.  We are officially trendy!

You’re probably wondering – how is an family entertainment company like us connected to a cool band like Coldplay?

Let us explain: The band has a new album, Mylo Xyloto, which releases later next month.  The album will be released in several formats. A 180-gram vinyl edition will include a 12″ by 36″ poster, while a special “Pop-Up” album version will come with a hardback book containing graffiti art designs from our very own David A. Carter, none other than the brilliant author/illustrator behind our award-winning Spot the Dot app.

It’s six degrees of separation (actually a few less than that) but we are SO proud of David. We sat down with him as soon as we heard to get the official scoop on the pop-up and his work with Coldplay.

Ruckus: David, first of all, congratulations on your award-winning app, Spot the Dot!  How have you been since its release and are you proud of its success? 

David: Yes, it’s all very exciting and I am busy working on new ideas.

 

Ruckus: Please tell us how your involvement with Coldplay came about?

David: About three years ago, I received a call from the band’s agent. He told me that Chris Martin would like to talk with me about doing a pop-up for their upcoming album. That was Viva la Vida and the pop-up didn’t work out but we kept talking.  Now we have this pop-up which is part of deluxe book and vinyl LP that they are calling the Mylo Xyloto Pop-Up Album.

 

Ruckus: Have you worked with musicians before?

David: This is the first time I have worked with musicians of this caliber.

 

Ruckus: Tell us about the collaboration.

David: It all started with work on the Viva la Vida album and most of my creative conversations were with Chris. I found Chris to be a big picture person and a true creative as well as being very down to earth and a really nice guy. We then worked on what was to be the next album, that album didn’t happen, but that is where the idea of a pop-up in book/LP came about. I then started working with Phil Harvey, the fifth member of the band, and we did a very limited edition pop-up for Coldplay’s single Christmas Lights. This spring the band asked me to do some preliminary work on the Mylo Xyloto project and once the band approved the early work, they shared with me the graffiti art the band had created. The band actually painted a 30′ x 9′ concrete wall. I revised the pop-up and incorporated art from the graffiti wall and then added the logos created the band’s graphic designers. I sent the art for the pop-up to the printer in early September and the Mylo Xyloto Pop-Up album will be available this fall. It is currently being hand assembled at the printers.

 

Ruckus: What inspired this piece of art for Mylo Xyloto?

David: Mylo Xyloto is a concept album featuring the character Mylo. The idea is set in a repressive culture where music, art and color are not allowed. Mylo becomes an outlaw tagger who’s tags are three dimensional. The pop-up is inspired by the idea of Mylo’s colorful three dimensional tags.

 

Ruckus: Where is it available?

David: At this time the Pop-Up Album is available for pre-order at Coldplay’s website. I am not certain how it will be sold once the Pop-Up Album is finished, most likely through the standard online sites and I assume at bookstores and record stores.

 

Ruckus: Will you be doing more work with Coldplay?

David: I hope so!


The First Ever “My Little Pony” Interactive Storybook is Live Today!

Posted by ruckusholly on September 21st, 2011

My Little Pony appToday is a HUGE day for all of us at Ruckus Media!  We are thrilled to announce the launch of My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle Teacher for a Day,  an interactive storybook for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, now available through the iTunes App Store. Hasbro’s first mobile application for the popular toy franchise and television show is a richly educational entertainment, designed for independent or family reading.  You can read the entire press release here.

This is the second Hasbro interactive storybook that we’ve created; the first was Chuck & Friends: Friends for the Long Haul.  My Little Pony features include an interactive storybook, designed to help develop vocabulary, reading and motor skills; stimulating in-app activity moments; flexible formats; touch-driven animations within the story add another layer of excitement; a “Read Me” option; “Meet the Ponies” features provide background info on each of the story’s characters; read along, play along, and record your voice feature; words illuminate when story is read for basic word recognition; activities teach letter recognition, picture/word association and basic problem solving; and randomization of activity content and difficulty level provides new experiences for repeated play. All this in one app!

To kick off the launch of My Little Pony, we have plenty going on!  For one thing, if you buy the app now, you can get it for 99 cents!  So head over to iTunes and get a copy for your kids, nieces and nephews, friends kids, everyone you know!
My Little Pony appAlso,we’re hosting a fun-filled Twitter party, with prizes from our friends at Hasbro.  Come hang out with us on Tuesday, September 27th from 9-10pm EST at hashtag #RuckusMLP on Twitter (or on TweetGrid, TweetDeck or TweetChat, whichever platform you prefer) for a discussion on friendship and everything that you love about the My Little Pony brand.

We’ll have great giveaways provided by our friends – My Little Pony branded, of course!  We’ll also have plenty of My Little Pony apps on hand to give away, as well.  And for the grand prize, a girl’s bike by our good friends at Shwinn Bikes. You must RSVP on Twitvite to be in the running for the prizes.

If you’re not already following us, we’re on Twitter at @RuckusMedia.  RSVP for the Twitter party here and while you are at it, please join us on Facebook  for the latest and greatest on Ruckus. Be sure to check out our videos on You Tube, sign up for our RSS feed and pick up our apps on iTunes.

See you in Equestira, the kingdom of Princess Celestia and all of the Pegasus, Earth and Unicorn ponies!

Get Ready to Join Our My Little Pony Twitter Party on Tuesday, September 27th at 9pm

Posted by ruckusholly on September 19th, 2011

My Little Pony App

We are getting ready to launch our newest app,  My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day.  The big launch day on iTunes is this Thursday and we could not be more excited!

My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day” is for a new generation of My Little Pony fans. They’ll join Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity and Spike as they embark on a exciting adventure to learn the history of Equestira, the kingdom of Princess Celestia and all of the Pegasus, Earth and Unicorn ponies. It features story-driven activities that guide Twilight Sparkle and Spiky, culminating in the Grand Galloping Gala.

In My Little Pony style, the focus is on friendship and loyalty.  All of the ponies in the story work together to make the party great, all in the spirit of friendship.

Come hang out with us on Tuesday, September 27th from 9-10pm EST at hashtag #RuckusMLP on Twitter (or on TweetGrid, TweetDeck or TweetChat, whichever platform you prefer) for a discussion on friendship and everything that you love about the My Little Pony brand.  We’ll be joined by our fabulous moderators: @mommymentor @thechattymomma @amotherhoodblog @coolkidsmommy who all know a thing or two the topic.

We’ll have great giveaways provided by our friends at Playskool.  We’ll also have plenty of My Little Pony apps on hand to give away, as well.  And for the grand prize, a girl’s bike by our good friends at Shwinn Bikes. You must RSVP on Twitvite to be in the running for the prizes.

If you’re not already following us, we’re on Twitter at @RuckusMedia.  RSVP for the Twitter party here and while you are at it, please join us on Facebook  for the latest and greatest on Ruckus. Be sure to check out our videos on You Tube, sign up for our RSS feed and pick up our apps on iTunes.

Disclosure: Prizes will be provided by our friends at Hasbro and Schwinn Bikes.  We are grateful to both companies.

On the Blogs

Posted by ruckusholly on September 19th, 2011

We are so lucky to be immersed in a fabulous world of bloggers who support us, write about us and share our love for literacy, parenting, technology and everything else that we at Ruckus live for.  We want to take a quick moment today and thank everyone who has ever mentioned in a post, review, article, tweet, Facebook mention or iTunes review.  We wouldn’t be here without you!  Here are a few examples of recent app reviews:

Chuck & FriendsOver at Midwestern Moms, they called Chuck & Friends ”one of the most interactive reading applications for a child” that they’ve ever encountered.

Leila at Don’t Speak Whinese said that her kids enjoyed our apps on a camping trip, that “it was a brilliant option to have on the go or when their patience was being tested while fishing!”  The interactive aspect of the Chuck app helped her kids learn words.

The Dadvocate Project  said that Chuck ”is a great game for ages 1.5 to five years old. As I mentioned at the beginning I want games that can span a decent age range and this game certainly qualifies. Another aspect of a good game is one that my kids want to play again.”

A writer at Modern Home Modern Baby said the graphics in Spot the Dot “are good and simple without being simplistic. The concept of concentrating to accomplish a goal is great. And the ability to capture the player’s attention makes this app one to try in my opinion.”

This is just a snippet of the blogging love we have shared over the last year since Ruckus Media was born.  We look forward to sharing more of our apps, growth and prospects right here on this blog, Twitter and Facebook.