Always Icecream: Website for fun learning developed by Truckee’s Dr. Johannes Ziegler |

Always Icecream: Website for fun learning developed by Truckee’s Dr. Johannes Ziegler

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TRUCKEE, Calif. – Always Icecream (, an educational games site for 7-12-year-old girls, hosts the companyand#8217;s sixth semi-annual development camp in Truckee from Sept. 3 through Sept. 30. At the camp, a team of award-winning software developers and educators from the Bay Area and Europe work together with local parents and their daughters to test new ideas in the area of online education. The best ideas are being implemented right away and released on the website for all users within days. Always Icecream was founded by Truckee residents Swenja and Dr. Johannes Ziegler.

Always Icecream offers a unique approach to learning. Girls earn and#8220;virtual ice creamand#8221; in exchange for practicing creative learning games in math, language arts, science, English, Spanish, typing and more. With this in-game currency they purchase furniture and create artwork to decorate their online homes, or purchase food for their virtual pets. One girl commented, and#8220;This is so cool! I learn faster on this than I do when my mom teaches me and my bros!and#8221;

The Zieglers, parents of five, have gained experience with many educational options ranging from home schooling to charter schools, private and public schools. and#8220;Education is important to us. We both enjoyed quality education in Europe, Asia and the U.S. We donand#8217;t want our children to waste their time with mere entertainment. On Always Icecream, our daughters have fun, but they also learn relevant skills.and#8221;

Always-Icecream has also received recognition from technology gurus: In September 2009, an earlier prototype of the site made it into the semi-finals of the annual TechCrunch50 competition. and#8220;We were quite surprised that we made it that far. I think the evaluators were impressed by our thoughtful and innovative approach to education and Internet safety,and#8221; says Dr. Ziegler.

The site is free of advertising, but charges a subscription fee of $3.99 per month or $29.99 for an annual membership with a free trial. It has been certified by the Privo Privacy Insurance Program to comply with or exceed the requirements of the Childrenand#8217;s Online Privacy Protection Act.

About Always Icecream

Always-Icecream is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., and is operated by Miaplaza Inc., a software company that develops and operates social media websites. and#8212; for girls only.

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