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Your App Opinion!

We’re always looking for kids apps that help our families and teachers. Right now we’re also looking for new apps to offer as giveways for part 2 of the Tech4Good: Home School Project, so we would love to get your feedback about what apps you’d like to see. Although we like education apps, we are open to games and apps that might not typically considered to be specifically for children or educational.

And there’s even more incentive to share your thoughts, if you recommend an app and we get codes for it, we’ll send you one for free. Win Win! :)

How you can help:

  • Leave a comment on this post and recommend an app that you would like to try (if we get codes, we’ll give one to you!)
  • Fill out the form (name & email is prefered, but not required)

It would be great to get to 50 app recommendations in the comments, so please feel free to share :)

Thank you!

Please share your app opinions!

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Thank you for giving us feedback about what you would apps are most interesting to you. This helps us focus our efforts on finding apps that help you most!

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App Giveaway: Saturday 4/4/2020

These app giveaways have been donated by developers for the Tech4Good: Virtual & Home School Project. This project helps families & teachers adapt to home school by providing free apps, giveaways, and other resources.

How promo code giveaways work:

When promo codes are available, they are shown in the comments section of each of the pages listed below.

  1. Click on the links below
  2. Scroll to the comments section of each page
  3. Redeem the promo code (how to use promo codes)
  4. Enjoy!

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App Giveaway: Sunday 4/5/2020

These app giveaways have been donated by developers for the Tech4Good: Virtual & Home School Project. This project helps families & teachers adapt to home school by providing free apps, giveaways, and other resources.

How promo code giveaways work:

When promo codes are available, they are shown in the comments section of each of the pages listed below.

  1. Click on the links below
  2. Scroll to the comments section of each page
  3. Redeem the promo code (how to use promo codes)
  4. Enjoy!

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App Giveaways for Tech4Good

These app giveaways have been donated by developers for the Tech4Good: Virtual & Home School Project. This project helps families and teachers adapt to home school by providing free apps, giveaways, and other resources.

Promocodes are offered so that apps can be downloaded for free or for in-app purchases to be unlocked. Promo codes are offered while supplies last. Each developer may include free apps and promo code giveaways, so please check each page for details before you download.

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App Giveaway: Friday 4/3/2020

These app giveaways have been donated by developers for the Tech4Good: Virtual & Home School Project. This project helps families & teachers adapt to home school by providing free apps, giveaways, and other resources.

How promo code giveaways work:

When promo codes are available, they are shown in the comments section of each of the pages listed below.

  1. Click on the links below
  2. Scroll to the comments section of each page
  3. Redeem the promo code (how to use promo codes)
  4. Enjoy!

Check out these giveaways!

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App Giveaway: Thursday 4/2/2020

These app giveaways have been donated by developers for the Tech4Good: Virtual & Home School Project. This project helps families & teachers adapt to home school by providing free apps, giveaways, and other resources.

How promo code giveaways work:

When promo codes are available, they are shown in the comments section of each of the pages listed below.

  1. Click on the links below
  2. Scroll to the comments section of each page
  3. Redeem the promo code (how to use promo codes)
  4. Enjoy!

Check out these giveaways!

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App Giveaway: Wednesday 4/1/2020

These app giveaways have been donated by developers for the Tech4Good: Virtual & Home School Project. This project helps families & teachers adapt to home school by providing free apps, giveaways, and other resources.

How promo code giveaways work:

When promo codes are available, they are shown in the comments section of each of the pages listed below.

  1. Click on the links below
  2. Scroll to the comments section of each page
  3. Redeem the promo code (how to use promo codes)
  4. Enjoy!

Check out these giveaways!

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App Giveaway: Tuesday 3/31/2020

These app giveaways have been donated by developers for the Tech4Good: Virtual & Home School Project. This project helps families & teachers adapt to home school by providing free apps, giveaways, and other resources.

How promo code giveaways work:

When promo codes are available, they are shown in the comments section of each of the pages listed below.

  1. Click on the links below
  2. Scroll to the comments section of each page
  3. Redeem the promo code (how to use promo codes)
  4. Enjoy!

Check out these app giveaways!

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App Giveaway: Monday 3/30/2020

These app giveaways have been donated by developers for the Tech4Good: Virtual & Home School Project. This project helps families & teachers adapt to home school by providing free apps, giveaways, and other resources.

How promo code giveaways work:

When promo codes are available, they are shown in the comments section of each of the pages listed below.

  1. Click on the links below
  2. Scroll to the comments section of each page
  3. Redeem the promo code (how to use promo codes)
  4. Enjoy!

Check out these giveaways!

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Tech4Good: Developer Resources

Thanks for participating in the Tech4Good: Home School Project! Following are some resources for promoting your involvement, specifically, and the the project in general.

The Tech4Good: Home School project will remain hosted on the Babadoodle site, but a separate site will also be created explaining Tech4Good, its goals, and future projects.

WEBSITE: tech-4-good.org

Please feel free to contact me if you have other questions.


Tech4Good/Babadoodle Social Media

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DEVELOPER is part of the Tech4Good: Home School Project, which helps families and teachers adapt to home school and with free apps and other resources. DEVELOPER has donated approximately $XXX worth of apps.


DEVELOPER donated approximately $XXX in apps for the Tech4Good: Home School Project.


DEVELOPER is part of the Tech4Good: Home School Project and has donated approximately $XXX in apps.


The Tech4Good: Home School Project helps families and teachers adapt to home school with free apps and other resources.


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🤩Excited to be part of the Tech4Good: Home School Project, which helps families & teachers w/ #free apps. 1000’s of #apps donated!

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The Tech4Good: Home & Virtual School Project giveaway starts on Monday 3/30/2020 and will continue while codes last.

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Review: iOrnament (old version)

This is a review of the old iOrnament app (2017), it has now improved and has additional features.

I first started using iOrnament because I had been designing my own mandalas for the website using the Amaziograph app. I loved the Amaziograph app, but after creating over 50 mandalas, some of the limitations had me searching for an app with more options. I found iOrnament and loved it! It’s more expensive than iOrnament ($3.99 vs. $0.99), and the Pro upgrade($0.99) is essential for my needs, but it is absolutely worth it.

In a former life, I was the founder of BestAppsForKids.com, a kids app review site. So, I have seen hundreds of apps, probably more like over a 1000 — that’s a lot of apps. I sold the site a couple of years ago and, although I’ve seen a lot of good apps, this is the first app that I simply had to review.

This review is based on the Pro version ($3.99 + $0.99) and not a review of all the features, but just those I use the most.

What I Love (and use)

Generally, I love using this app because it doesn’t get in the way of my creativity, but it does provide some nice

In design mode, iOrnament lets you work with different symetries and segments. This design uses 6 10, 30, and 60 segments to create a complex mandala.

tools to help me achieve the effects that I want. The main ones are below:

Resolution and quality of lines & brushes:

The default brush has a very smooth, high resolution line, but not only that, in Pro mode you can alter the last line you made. This means you are able to smooth it further, change it into a different shape (straight line, circle, square, curve), change the brush size, color, and opacity. The Pro version also has 3 additional brushes, which are great for adding lines with more texture, or in my case, a more artistic brush to add color to the designs.

Symmetries for mandalas, and tiles for patterns:

iOrnament makes it really easy to create mandalas and patterns, by doing all that pesky math and grid work for you (this is not surprising since the app developer is a math professor!)

There are 17 different tile patterns, and the two types of mandala (rotation and mirror). Mandalas can also have between 2 and 64 segments, in design mode you can also have different symmetries to make more complex

Layers:

iOrnament layers allow you to create a design on one layer and color on another. Changing backgrounds can also help a design pop. Plus, it makes it easy to share to social media (top left has an Instagram filter).

I want to pause here, because I love layers! The three layers allow me to sketch out a rough idea on one layer to use as a guide, create a finished design on another layer, then add color on the bottom layer. Often I erase the guide layer and use that to add detail that I might not be sure about. This protects the main design. It also allows you to have an outline as a template (I did this with a butterfly design that I haven’t finished yet. The outlines stays the same, but I can play with different designs on the wings and save versions to the gallery.

Canvas color:

Often I might start with a background color that is more neutral, like white or black, and when I’ve finished I can change it to something more interesting.

Export and share:

I create many of the designs to change into coloring pages for babadoodle.com, and the ability to export as a high quality graphic is essential for this. However, sometimes I just want to share it to Instagram, Facebook, or some other social media, and iOrnament does this too. Plus, all the standard features like download to photos, email, or text.

What I like (it’s kind of cool, but I don’t use it much)

Personally, I tend to like simple, modern design, so don’t often use some of these other features, but they are interesting and can give some interesting effects, like stained glass. Here is a design using the glow brush, on a rotation styled mandala, and dynamic stroke size with complementary colors. I have also created a tiled pattern and converted it into a 3D ornament.

Testing out the glow, rotate, complementary colors, and dynamic tools with a quick mandala.
  • Glow brush
  • Blurred brush
  • Rotation for mandalas (I generally use mirror)
  • Dynamic strokes: this changes different elements of a stroke as you draw, for example, length, color, saturation)
  • 3D ornament

What I’d like to see improved:

Color palettes:

There is only one color palette and, although you can change the colors, you can’t save a custom color or palette. Also, there’s no color picker, so if you’ve found the perfect blue, but now you selected a different color, well good luck trying to match it again!

Save/share/export menu and gallery:

Firstly, I would just like to have a gallery view that allows me to manage all my designs (Amaziograph does this really well!). Then, please don’t make me delete a design to get a new canvas. If you’ve saved your design already it doesn’t delete it, but still, it makes me very uncomfortable.

Performance:

Before I proceed, let me say that I am working on a very old iPad (> 3 years) that is literally held together with tape. Many art apps do not work with my iPad, because it is so old, so hats off to those, like iOrnament, that do. That being said, the app can be laggy when loading designs, changing tiles, or clicking “undo” more than about 4 times in a row. More than once I’ve had the spinning loading icon of doom, but as I said, it’s an old iPad. (Note: The developer mentioned that sometimes loading is slower due to the high drawing quality. I agree, I would rather sacrifice speed for quality. Or put it another way, “all magic comes with a price!”

Final Thoughts:

As a mandala artist, I absolutely love this app – and I cannot emphasize enough how amazing it is even on my old iPad. I would love to try this app out with a new iPad and Apple pen, and it has got me seriously got me thinking about saving my pennies or asking santa for a new iPad this year. But I am not only an artist, I am also a novice/amateur scientist, so the fact that there’s a science to this art and, in symmetry, an art to this science has me nerding out just a little.

Research shows that being creative – even if you don’t think you’re artistic – can really be beneficial to your psychological and physical. Your can read more about that here, and apps like iOrnament allow artists and non-artists a like to be creative.

Bottomline:

iOrnament is an essential app in my digital art kit and I highly recommend that you add it to yours. Download it now and play around with it!

And there’s more…GIVEAWAY TIME!

Check the comments for codes soon for iOrnament and
iOrnament Crafter

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How to Print or Save

Printing or saving coloring pages is as easy as 1-2-3! Simply follow the instrustions below and you can print your coloring page or save it as a pdf to print later.

All printers are slightly different, but this should work for most. If you continue to have problems, please contact me.

 

 

Step 1: Click for the high resolution printable page

 

 

Step 2: Click for print and save options

 

 

 

Step 3: Print or Save for later

 

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Check the comments to see if you won and get in contact with me so I can send these fabulous pencils your way.

And don’t forget to fill out the poll Your Favorite Giveaway? … we want to get some feedback for our next giveaway!

Giveaway: 24 Watercolor Pencils