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Catriona Wallis
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Catriona Wallis is an Entrepreneur, blogger, English language teacher and mother of 2 beautiful loud boys.

In 2012 she founded Colto to develop fun educational mobile games for kids that make them smile while they learn languages.

Catriona is a regular blogger about parenting, teaching and kids playing mobile games and the intersection where these subjects meet.

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Entries by Catriona Wallis

A Working Mum's Daily Confession

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 2:20 PM

Confession: Today I was not able to juggle being a mum with running a business; I didn't wake in time to drop the kids off at the school bus, I wasn't home in time to do spelling homework with my 8-year-old and I wasn't even effective at work.

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Are Your Kids 'Addicted' to Mobile Games?

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 12:24 AM

As a parent of vivacious boys aged 5 and 8 obsessed with breaking-up and creating blocks and hiding from the Enderman in the mobile version of Minecraft, I have conflicting feelings about my kids playing this game.

Minecraft has won many game awards including being nominated as the best...

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Tips on Designing Tablet Games for Visually Impaired Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 3:26 PM

Last month, our team drove into the mountains near the Italian/Swiss border to meet Marco, a teacher specializing in teaching visually impaired kids at a special needs school. We wanted to learn more about how visually impaired people use tablets and find out if our educational Apps could become effective...

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Do Kids Really Learn From Playing Educational Games on Tablets?

(10) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 10:28 AM

Last night while helping my 8-year-old son do his weekly spelling homework, my 5-year-old, always looking to divert attention his way, told me he'd learnt how to write the letters A and Z while playing an alphabet and phonics learning game on my tablet. "Would you like me to write...

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Top Tips on How to Film Preschoolers

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 1:32 PM

Two weeks before filming the game trailer for our alphabet and phonics learning app for preschoolers, we scheduled a team brainstorming hour to decide what we wanted to capture. The meeting lasted just 10 minutes as one of our developers had a cracker idea. He described two kids in a...

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Tips on How to Get the Most Out of User Testing Mobile Games on Kids

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Tips on how to get the most out of user testing mobile games on kids

An exciting phase in the creation of mobile games for kids arrives when the game is finally finished to a point where it's ready to be tested on those it was created for - kids!...

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7 Tips for Budding Mompreneurs to Get Your Business Started

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 12:41 PM

When people ask what motivated me, as a mother of two toddlers and part-time English teacher, to found a company developing kids mobile educational games, I talk about my observation of the huge impact mobile games had on my toddlers and how I couldn't find quality games so I decided...

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How to Encourage Young Children to Start Talking and Expressing Themselves

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:57 PM

The Child Study Centre at NYU Medical Centre states that "from the first day of life to the first day in kindergarten, a child grows at a phenomenal pace that is unequalled at any other time of life. It is during these years that the brain undergoes its most dramatic...

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Using Kids' Mobile Apps As an Effective Parenting Tool

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 1:22 PM

When you're parenting young children, some days, it feels like you're barely keeping your head above water.

I call the period of parenting kids under the age of 3 "the tunnel: due to the physical and mental exhaustion at the end of a day. It's physical exhaustion from following...

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Tips on Creating a Safe In-App Environment for Kids and Parents

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 4:26 PM

As a parent of two boys aged 4 and 7 years, bringing up young kids in the age of mobile apps, I, like many parents, was adversely affected by in-app purchases appearing on my credit card that I did not authorize. When my son was 6-years-old he niftily learned my...

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6 Tips for Avoiding Toddler Tantrums Over Mobile Games

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:54 PM

As the founder of a startup developing mobile learning games for toddlers, I firmly believe in the power of good quality mobile learning games to stimulate little ones' minds. However, as a parent of two children aged 4 and 7 years, I encounter the same problems as parents of young...

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Use Games to Teach

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 12:28 PM

Fact: Kids love playing digital games. It therefore makes sense that teachers and parents should use digital games to engage kids more in the learning process.

Video games, once associated with violence and anti social activity and considered to be on the periphery of culture, now play an important role...

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Video Games Are Teaching Our Kids to Succeed in the 21st Century

(3) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 8:41 AM

Video games are teaching our kids to succeed in the 21st Century.


There exists a lot of media hype about the effect video and digital games have on our youth. Do they instigate violence? Do they make us introverted?

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