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I think in pictures...

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I think in pictures...

As a child, I've always enjoyed art and later in my marketing career I was Mr. Powerpoint... known to the sales people that used my creations as notoriously putting together THE LARGEST PPTs with all sorts of images and all kinds of animation - spending hours on just ONE slide.  Then later after reading an excellent book called Slideology, I humbly realized we had "broken all the rules" of Powerpoint.  In the past we had "geeked out" on Powerpoint and had to rethink and simplify the way that we created presentations.

I think this same thing happened when we started to create apps... Apps needed to be simple for our kids and naturally as I started to watch them try to learn math, my inner geek said - let's create a set of photos that help them "think in pictures."... not only that, let's add videos to help them engage in math... grammar... spelling... vocab... etc... thus the iLive app series was born.

Recently Jennifer O'Toole, founder of Asperkids, noted that she was quoted by Temple Grandin (Aspergers and Autisim author). Temple Grandin, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World,  stated that "Asperkids: Jennifer's strategies and ideas are the best way to motivate learning."  We are honored to be recognized by Jennifer's Asperkids Ambassadors of Awesomeness.

Temple Grandin outlines in her talk the following "Types of Thinkers":

  • Photo Realistic Visual Thinkers - poor at Algebra
  • Pattern Thinkers - music and math minds - computer engineers
  • Verbal Mind - poor at drawing

As I look at my affinity for art, music, photography, Powerpoint, and computer hacking... I think I fall somewhere betwen the Visual and Pattern Thinker...  I believe our kids have the same visual to pattern thinking.  They love music and love to draw on the iPad or computer - our youngest can build anything in Legos.  Our 2nd child loves Google Docs Drawing and continues to churn out PNGs and wants to create her own graphic design store.  Our oldest can quickly mock up an app GUI (Graphic User Interface) and amazes me when discussing computer science concepts.

Temple states, "If the kid loves race cars, use race cars for math... use that fixation to motivate them."  Our son loves trains and everything to do with trains which is why we created iLiveMath Trains with pictures, sounds, and videos... helping him think in pictures.  In fact he used the app way before he started to read the math word problems.

iLiveMath Trains

"The world is going to need all these different kinds of minds to work together... we need to work on developing these different kinds of minds...", quotes Temple Grandin.  Thank you Jennifer and Temple for opening our eyes to how we think.  Your insights have helped us become better educators. :)


Andy is the co-founder and innovator behind the iHomeEducator, Inc. apps.  Through the last two decades Andy held management and marketing positions in services, R&D, business development, and product marketing with various high tech telecommunications companies.  Andy holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer/Electrical Engineering from Purdue University with a focus in artificial intelligence and robotics.