Media Release - TVOKids' Math Homework Hotline makes number crunching and problem solving fun for Ontario's kids, LIVE Thursday February 19 2009 starting at 4 pm ET

    -   LIVE interactive event on TVOKids gives primary school students math
        help in real time, on air and online

    -   Featuring math expert Troy Langevine, vice principal of Ellesmere-
        Statton Public School in Scarborough, ON

    TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - How many pennies make two dollars? How many
sides does a pentagon have? What's an AB pattern? When kids feel outnumbered
by numbers, stress and anxiety can affect them in the classroom and at home.
Giving kids the tools to tackle math challenges builds their confidence in
math and paves the way for their success in later school years. With that in
mind, TVOKids presents the Math Homework Hotline, Thursday February 19 2009
starting at 4 pm, a live and interactive TV and web event that encourages
grade-school kids to open up about their math problems, discover the fun of
math in everyday life and kick the fear factor of numbers and concepts to the
    From 4 to 7 pm ET live in TVOKids' afterschool program block (and
streamed live at math expert Troy Langevine, vice principal at
Ellesmere-Statton Public School in Scarborough, joins TVOKids host Mark in
studio to take email and phone questions from kids about the math dilemmas
they're struggling with. Kids can submit their questions now at,
or call 1.888.886.5437 on the day of the broadcast.
    "Math can be challenging for kids because it is difficult to
conceptualize," says Langevine. "Children need to see concrete examples and
direct applications of concepts for them to make sense. Often they are just
taught to follow procedures rather than using math as a tool. The Math
Homework Hotline provides a great opportunity to interact with kids and deal
with real problems in real time."
    Langevine and Mark, who appear during hosted breaks between every TVOKids
show (approximately every half hour), will also share math tips and tricks
with kids and inspire them to find the math in everyday life - things like
using your 10 fingers to figure out the 9 times table; discovering the various
shapes in a soccer ball; body math; and tricks with dice.
    From 7 to 7:30 pm ET live, the Math Homework Hotline moves exclusively to Mark and Langevine head into the "Big Wig Sub Shop," where Suzy
Beehive and High Top, characters from TVOKids' new online game, Big Wig Sub
Shop, and related TV series, Math City, join them. Suzy and High Top will help
answer kids' questions and also get advice on their own math dilemmas - like
figuring out how many hotdog buns you need when hotdogs come in packages of 12
but buns come in 8s, and figuring out how much change they'll need for lunch
and a bus ride. To add to the fun, kids who call and email during the webcast
are eligible to win a Leapfrog game system.
    "Math allows us to truly observe beautiful things in our world," says
Langevine. "It provides numerous opportunities for discovery, and it truly
illustrates the type of learners we are. I hope that the Math Homework Hotline
helps children understand that math is the study of relationships. I would
love for them to start seeing that math is being used all around them, and
that they are using it constantly. Often they don't realize how many
calculations they are performing in a given day."
    For more information, please visit For media requests and
interviews, please contact TVO Communications.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600
ext. 2305,

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