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EnToen Nu App – Learn more about Dutch history

EnToen Nu App – Learn more about Dutch history

EnToen Nu app

An introduction to Dutch History

EnToen Nu app – The Canon of the Netherlands

The EnToen app is a BSL development, created together with the foundation “entoen.nu” and pedagogical consultancy firm Mediant. Most importantly, the app focuses on the Canon of the Netherlands. This comprises 50 carefully selected snapshots that tell the story of the Netherlands throughout history. Each describes one of the key historical figures, objects or events that contribute to the Netherlands in which we now live.  So it’s easy to understand why the Canon is one of the core objectives of Dutch primary and secondary education.

Using the app, children can learn about the history of the Netherlands in a playful way. As a result, the EnToen Nu App is one of the first  apps that fully meets core educational objectives. We designed the EnToen app for children in group 5 up to and including 8. Consequently we have developed the app so that the age of the user can be used to influence the contents we show.

EnToen Nu app - An introduction to Dutch History
EnToen Nu app - An introduction to Dutch History

Interactive possibilities

First of all, children scroll through a timeline containing many historical events and figures. They can then choose individual topics like ‘Anne Frank’ or ‘Slavery’. Once they choose a subject, a new window opens. Usually this contains a more detailed description, along with an image or video. Most noteworthy, these basic details are supplemented by illustrations, online videos, links to books, museum exhibitions and more! Also, some subjects contain illustrations with hidden information. So by clicking within these pictures, users can interactively discover more details.

Furthermore, we have assigned a number of small projects or tasks to each of the chosen subjects. So by means of a “wheel of fortune”, users spin the wheel, and receive assignments. They can work on these individually, or sometimes in small groups. However, users can spin the wheel again if they want a different assignment. There are three chances to select an assignment, and choose in which size of group to work.

EnToen Nu app - An introduction to Dutch History

Intelligent app management

We manage the contents of the Entoen app using a web-based CMS. Furthermore, the contents are automatically updated from the main entoen.nu website. So any changes are immediately visible to app users. In other words, there is no need to release an app update for each change. The Entoen Nu app was first launched in late 2013. We have since released regular updates between 2014 and 2016. Followed by version 1.4.0 in November 2017.

Download in de App Store Ontdek het op Google Play.

Download in de App Store Ontdek het op Google Play.

The EnToen Nu app is a great example of what we do best. Building apps for iOS and Android that access online databases. In this case, the Canon contents can be maintained on our server. What’s more, any changes are pushed to app users instantly. And of course, we develop native apps using Swift and Java. But also cross-platform hybrid apps based on Phonegap/Cordova. In other words, if you want your data made accessible via mobile apps, get in touch.

Martyn Simpson

Director, Bright Side of Life

DilemmaMatch app – Find new friends, share your views

DilemmaMatch app – Find new friends, share your views

DilemmaMatch app

Find new friends, share your views

DilemmaMatch app – Find your soulmates

With our popular DilemmaMatch app you quickly find new friends across the world. In a fun and original way. These are people who think the same as you. And as a result share your interests! By simply answering a series of diverse dilemmas, we instantly find matches for you. Using our own unique algorithms. Your closest matches are shown in your ‘Soulmates’ list. The higher they score, the better the match! This list is constantly changing. Because it depends on choices made by you and other DilemmaMatch app users. Users of the Pro version can even add their own dilemmas. That is to say, you can look for people who share your views on tricky moral dilemmas.

DilemmaMatch is linked to Facebook. You can therefore choose to share information in your Facebook profile. This is updated automatically when something changes in your profile. If you don’t yet have a Facebook profile? Then DilemmaMatch can create an account for you! View your own DilemmaMatch profile and that of your Soulmates directly in the app. On your profile page you can also view your past answers to dilemmas. What’s more, you can see who has answered the dilemmas you’ve added. And finally, you can add motivations for your answers. And view and comment on motivations from others too.

DilemmaMatch App
DilemmaMatch App

Interests

Entertainment & media, Business & Finance or News & politics? Choose dilemmas that interest you. To this end the dilemmas are divided into 10 different categories. Which means you can choose dilemmas that truly interest you. In addition, you can adjust the order of interests to your own preference. All in all making it even easier to find people with whom you have a real click. Moreover, if you find an interesting dilemma, you can of course share it with your Facebook friends too! Ask them to take a look.

But do you have trouble understanding the English language? No problem. After all, the DilemmaMatch team wants to make it as easy as possible for everyone. Whatever your language. For this reason we’ve added an option to translate any dilemma into your preferred language. One click is all it takes!

Badges

To make the app even more fun, we have added badges. You earn the different badges by simply using DilemmaMatch. Most badges have three levels. But you can also earn some with a single action instead. Check out the badges you’ve earnt on your profile page within DilemmaMatch. Collect them all!

DilemmaMatch App

Availability

We developed the DilemmaMatch app for use on Android and iOS smartphones. But equally important it works just as easily on a tablet. To put it another way, DilemmaMatch is 100% cross-platform. It therefore does not matter what type of mobile devices your friends use. With this in mind, just download the app. And get ready to share your opinions straightaway.

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

The DilemmaMatch App is a great example of what we do best. Building apps for iOS and Android that access online databases. Equally important,  placing information in the palm of your hand. We develop native apps using Swift and Java. But also cross-platform hybrid apps based on Phonegap/Cordova. In other words, if you want your data made accessible via mobile apps, get in touch.

Martyn Simpson

Director, Bright Side of Life

BoekWijzer App – literature at your fingertips

BoekWijzer App – literature at your fingertips

BoekWijzer app

Literature at your fingertips

BoekWijzer app – our guide to Dutch literature

Books, books and more books. Our BoekWijzer app is the Dutch literary app. Boekwijzer delivers up-to-date information about every title available in the Netherlands to your mobile or tablet. We give you access to the entire catalogue of Dutch literature. And it’s pocket-size! So with BoekWijzer you have a wealth of literary information at your fingertips. What’s more, you can order books via the app as well. Our Boekwijzer app also brings you the latest news and articles from the Dutch newspaper ‘De Volkskrant‘ and the literary website ‘Literary Nederland‘. And we publish interesting literary articles in the Boekwijzer blogs almost every week!

A mobile bookshop

Our Boekwijzer app gives you access to a database of more than 630,000 books! But with so much content, users can sometimes find it tricky to find what interests them. For this reason, we make a pre-selection of interesting titles to make the app as user-friendly as possible. Using information from Bol.com we provide an overview of their ‘Best sellers’, ‘Best rated’ books and ‘Recent releases’. If you then click on an item in the list, you will see more information about that  title. And if you want to order a book directly via the app, that’s easy to do with a single click.

Literature at your fingertips with the BoekWijzer App
Literature at your fingertips with the BoekWijzer App

Search and find

You can use the search function to search through the entire assortment of available titles. And it doesn’t matter if you are unsure how to write an author’s name (for example, Mullisch or Mulish?). That is to say we have designed BoekWijzer to handle common spelling mistakes.

Furthermore, you can use a wildcard “*” (star) when searching:

– pari* will find “paris” as well as “parijs”
– colo*r will find “color” as well as “colour”

Search and find

You can use the search function to search through the entire assortment of available titles. And it doesn’t matter if you are unsure how to write an author’s name (for example, Mullisch or Mulish?). That is to say we have designed BoekWijzer to handle common spelling mistakes.

Furthermore, you can use a wildcard “*” (star) when searching:

– pari* will find “paris” as well as “parijs”
– colo*r will find “color” as well as “colour”

Literature at your fingertips with the BoekWijzer App

Privacy  

BSL respects your privacy – the only information we gather is that needed for using the app. This means that we share no personal information, the app has no In-App-Purchases, and it’s advert-free.

BSL first developed the Boekwijzer app in 2014. The latest version was released in March 2017.

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

The BoekWijzer App is a great example of what we do best. Building apps for iOS and Android that access online databases, placing information in the palm of your hand. We develop native apps using Swift and Java, but also cross-platform hybrid apps based on Phonegap/Cordova. If you want your data made accessible via mobile apps, get in touch.

Martyn Simpson

Director, Bright Side of Life

EnToen Nu App Brochure

EnToen Nu App Brochure

EnToen Nu App Brochure – Dutch Language

EnToen Nu App

Using BSL’s educational EnToen Nu app, Dutch children have history at their fingertips – literally! Managed by the EnToen Nu institute, the national timeline of Dutch history (Canon) is one of the cornerstones of primary Dutch education. We present the Canon contents within an interactive app designed for iOS and Android tablets. Our EnToen Nu app is the first  designed to meet key education goals for Dutch primary school children: group 5 to 8. So great for primary school teachers! (more…)

DilemmaMatch App Brochure

DilemmaMatch App Brochure

DilemmaMatch App Brochure

DilemmaMatch App

Developed by BSL, DilemmaMatch is a unique social media app to find out what others around the world think about a whole range of topics. Each and every person sees the world differently and from a different angle. People have different beliefs, hobbies and opinions. Imagine you could find new friends, who think like you and who share your interests. Or that you could share your opinions, start debates on trending topics. By answering Dilemmas, or even creating your own, our DilemmaMatch app helps you do just that! (more…)

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