TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - TVO, Ontario's public educational media organization, is pleased to partner
with BlackBerry to offer six TVOKids educational children's apps for
BlackBerry® 10. TVO's app offerings for BlackBerry 10 come as part of
an extensive relationship with BlackBerry built on a shared commitment
to inspire young minds through the power of education, and are
available affective today as new devices hit Ontario stores.
As the most trusted and most educational media brand for children in
Canada (Ipsos Reid, 2011), TVO fosters early learning development by
creating award-winning, classroom-tested educational resources,
including apps for mobile devices and online games and videos. With
content that supports the Ontario Curriculum, TVO provides educational
resources across a variety of platforms, with more educational apps
than any other Canadian broadcaster.
The free apps available for download on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront include Alphabet Goop, Explore the Night and Sign Match for kids ages two to five years, and Cake Artist for kids ages six to 11. Also for kids ages six to 11, Reading Rangers is available for download for 99 cents and Tumbletown Mathletics for $1.99. Additional TVOKids apps will be released throughout the year
for BlackBerry 10 customers.
Offering parents a safe, educational alternative in gaming, TVOKids apps
support a wide range of learning objectives from the Ontario School
Curriculum including math, literacy and science. Each app includes
information for parents on how the game supports the curriculum and how
to maximize the educational outcomes.
"TVO is committed to building children's math, literacy and science
skills and we are delighted to join forces with BlackBerry for the
launch of BlackBerry 10," said Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer
of TVO. "TVO's partnership with BlackBerry enables us to foster more
innovation in the digital space, by combining on-the-go learning
opportunities that reinforce the Ontario curriculum with cutting-edge
"Customers appreciate a solid and innovative content offering and TVO
brings that through their variety of interactive and educational games
for kids," said Martyn Mallick, VP of Global Alliances and Business
Development at BlackBerry.
The TVOKids apps available for download at BlackBerry World are:
Alphabet Goop (free)
Kids can learn letters with Gisèle from TVOKids early learning block Gisèle's Big Backyard. Gisèle asks players for the first letter of objects she stirs up from
her gooey alphabet soup. This phonics-based game helps children
recognize and match letters of the alphabet.
Explore the Night (free)
Kids explore the world outside Tia's window with a magnifying glass,
binoculars and telescope in this app aimed at helping children
understand the natural world around them by fostering a respect for the
Sign Match (free)
This fun memory game teaches children about the signs they encounter in
their everyday lives such as "Stop," "Poison," and "Do Not Enter,"
alongside Gisèle and Robbie from Gisèle's Big Backyard.
Cake Artist (free)
Kids can learn all about colour and texture while helping Princess P
serve delicious cakes.
Reading Rangers (99 cents)
Kids get two-for-one word fun with two Reading Rangers games, Clip Clop Puzzler and Spin-a-Tale, in this app which allows players to solve crossword puzzles and create
funny sentences with nouns and adjectives.
Tumbletown Mathletics ($1.99)
There's a brain workout in store for kids in this fun app that combines
math, athletics and the zany characters of Tumbletown Tales.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to
be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded
primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity
supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information,
TVOKids exists to help Ontario's 21st century learners be successful in school and in life. Developed for
every kind of young learner and covering virtually all Ontario
Curriculum areas for grades JK-5, TVO-produced children's programs, web
activities and mobile apps are built in collaboration with TVO's
on-staff educator and classroom-tested to ensure specific educational
objectives are met. According to a 2011 Ipsos Reid poll, Ontarians rate
TVOKids both the most trusted and most educational children's media
brand in Canada. TVOKids airs daily on TVO from 6 am to 7 pm. The
award-winning tvokids.com is home to over 170 educational games and TVOKids offers a growing
inventory of educational mobile apps for all platforms.
Where to Find TVO
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For further information:
Public Relations and Communications Specialist, TVO
416.484.2600 x 2281, firstname.lastname@example.org