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Saxon Math Sampler

Monday, October 15th, 2007

We have just finished a series of 3 Technology Samplers for Harcourt’s Saxon Math. The series included a sampler for California, Texas and National. The samplers give an overview of the student and teacher’s resources available for the Saxon Math program. The samplers were designed to run off of a CD-ROM and adapted for web use.

Don’t Mess with Texas Kids Goes Live!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

The Don’t Mess with Texas Kids website has gone live! You can view it here: www.dontmesswithtexas.org/litterforce

Go9Media and Enviromedia commissioned us to work on the new kids site for Don’t Mess with Texas. With existing model sheets, and snippets from the new TV commercial, we designed the new interactive website that talks about the Litter Force characters and the Evil Trash Villains.

The interface for the website is the inside of a car, and the setting for the site is the Texas Highways. We are currently also working on making the entire site 508 accessible, including the game ‘Roadside Round-up”. Children that can’t see the graphics or that have trouble using the mouse, will be able to tab through the site and get auditory feedback. We will also be building in closed captioning for soundeffects, for children with a hearing impairment.

The site comes with a Parents and Teachers section, and a host of multimedia lesson plans for teachers, that incorporate the overall learning objectives and the games.

We will be adding more games in the future, so check back soon for more!

Pearson History Assessments

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

We have completed a series of art and illustrations for History Assessments for Pearson Education. Many illustrations were a combinaton of real photos integrated with vector art.

Before we started the project, we held an Interactive Storyboard Session with the client, during which we hooked up a tablet PC to an overhead monitor, and sketched different storyboards during a brainstorming session.

Reliant Action Game

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

The new action game we made for Reliant Energy, commissioned by Raining Popcorn Media, “Keep It Cool” is live! The game features our lamp hero, who flies through the house, turning things off or on, in order to preserve energy and keep the house cool.

The lamp flies on 3 different levels through the house, which can be controlled by the up and down arrow keys. Windows and doors have to be closed, toys and computers have to be turned off in order to save energy. Open electrical sockets have to be avoided, otherwise Lamps energy will run out, and he will have to re-charge.

This game was custom-made for Reliant energy, and stars their Lamp character from the Reliant energy TV commercials, that we have ‘vectorized’ into a 2D animated version. Visit the Reliant Energy kids site, and click on the Fan on the ceiling to play the game!
http://www.reliant.com/TeachMeEnergy/

Pearson Chemistry Assessments

Friday, June 8th, 2007

We have just finished a set of animations for Chemistry assessments for Pearson Educational Measurement. We can’t show the whole assessments and and animations, for obvious reasons, but we can show a few of the seperate art pieces.

Before we started this project, we held an interactive digital storyboard session with the client, in which we captured the necessary elements and animations for each Flash piece. The benefit of digital storyboarding is that, edits can easily be made while drawing. The storyboards are already set up at the right size, so we can easily import them into Flash for production.

Reliant Energy Kids Opening!

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Today is the grand opening of the “Teach Me Energy!” site for Reliant Energy. The mini-site teaches children on the principles of energy. This site was developed in partnership with Raining Popcorn Media, a children’s book publisher in San Antonio. Snert Studios was responsible for the instructional design and animation of the Flash pieces. You can view the site here: www.reliant.com/TeachMeEnergy

The Reliant Lamp character was based on the character from the new Reliant commercials, in which a desklamp sneeks out of his house to the neighbors house, in order to plug into the wall to get some Reliant energy. Just like in the commercial, the lamp shines on the Reliant energy bill on the table. For the energy site, his nose was replaced with a special energy saving CFL bulb.

In the opening screen of the site, you can roll over many different kitchen appliances, and get energy saving tips and fun animations. You can access two activities, one is called “Who’s Bright Idea was That?” where you have to match up energy inventors with their inventions. Another activity is the “Fridge Art” activity, where you can make a drawing on different energy topics on the fridge.

We are currently working on adding more items to the site, including an exciting action game, so check back for more!

Holt Timelines

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

We have just finished a project for Holt, Rinehart and Winston, that included making a series of interactive timelines, to go with their online textbooks.

We can’t show the whole timelines yet, until the books come out. The timelines are set up in Flash. The user can roll over the timeline, and select different time bubbles, that will open up an image and a piece of history on the timeline. The timelines are also set up to be accessible, so that a mobility impaired user who might not be able to use the mouse to scroll the timeline, can use the tab key to tab through the timeline bubbles as well.

Pearson Biology Assessments

Monday, March 19th, 2007

We have just finished a set of Biology assessments for Pearson Educational Measurement, a project that we started last year. We can’t show the whole assessments, for obvious reasons, but we can show a few of the seperate art pieces.

Before we started this project, we held an interactive digital storyboard session with the client, in which we captured the necessary elements and animations for each Flash piece. The benefit of digital storyboarding is that, edits can easily be made while drawing (control Z beats erasing pencil anytime), the storyboards can be projected on a large screen for all the participants to see, and the final storyboards can be directly uploaded to the web for revisions and references. The storyboards are already set up at the right size, so we can easily import them into Flash for production.

Accessible Games

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Snert is working on a series of accessible game templates, by using a self-voicing technique that makes use of the Tab key.This technique allows for Flash content that is highly interactive, such as memory games and highly visual such as jigsaw puzzles, to become accessible to users with a disability. Even coloring pages can be made accessible with this technique.

You can view our collection of accessible games here. These games are still in progress and we are testing these templates out on ease of use and timing. Let us know what you think!

National City Kids Site

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

PennyToday is the grand opening of the National City Kids site! We worked on this site together with Raining Popcorn Media, a children’s book publisher.

We were excited to work on a site that involved alot of character animations and great voice overs. We also conducted usability testing halfway through the project to make sure that the games were on age target, and that the kids liked the games and identified with the characters.


All the games in the site were paired up with teachers lesson plans, to teach kids about the value of Money, saving and building a business. One of the games, “Show Me the Money”, teaches kids how to make change up to a value under $1.00 by depositing coins into the National City piggy bank!

With over 9 different games, 3 comics books, coloring pages and a personal bank tour by the main character, Nattie the Dog, the National City Kids site makes learning about money fun! Don’t forget to visit the homepage, to follow Nattie to the games: https://www.nationalcity.com/