TVO launches its first ever motion-based activity for kids, Caterpillar Count

TORONTO, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - TVO, Ontario's public educational media organization, is pleased to announce the launch of its first motion control technology-based game, Caterpillar Count, a free TVOKids math activity for preschoolers available now on the Leap Motion platform. Also launching today, Leap Motion is the world's most powerful and sensitive touch-free 3-D motion-control and motion-sensing technology. Caterpillar Count can be downloaded at Leap Motion's app store, Airspace™ Store.

Originally a mouse-controlled activity at tvokids.com, the new Caterpillar Count allows kids to move their fingers in the air to help a caterpillar grow while learning to count in sequence. As one of the early adopters of Leap Motion's cutting-edge technology, TVO's foray into motion control technology speaks to TVO's commitment to finding new ways to engage today's kids in active learning and enhance their educational experience.

"TVO has a proven track record in educational media, and we're invested in building on that by exploring how gesture technology can enhance learning outcomes for children," says Patricia Ellingson, Creative Head of Children's and Parent's Media. "Caterpillar Count is a perfect example of how TVO blends its expertise and curriculum-based TVOKids content with new technology to help prepare today's kids for school and life in the 21st century."

"TVO is committed to using emerging technologies to research and explore its potential, and start conversations about its impact on how kids learn. We want to facilitate change in the digital education space," says Alia Lachana, TVO's Director of Innovation and Business Development. "The motion-based Caterpillar Count demonstrates how we're actively expanding 21st century digital learning resources for kids, and making TVO a destination for first-rate educational content in the process."

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.

About TVOKids

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.

About TVO

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, visit tvo.org.

Where to Find TVO

On air:
Over-the-air (may vary in some areas)
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 209
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1209
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Shaw Direct channel 353
Websites:
tvo.org
tvokids.com
tvoparents.com
ilc.org
Online:
YouTube
iTunes
BlackBerry World
Connect:
Facebook
Twitter

SOURCE: TVO

For further information:

Media Contact:
Angela Garde
TVO Public Relations Specialist
416.484.2600 x 2305
agarde@tvo.org


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