TVO expands its suite of educational children's apps to BlackBerry 10

TVO expands its suite of educational children's apps to BlackBerry 10 
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 and Tumbletown Mathletics for kids ages six to 11. 
A sixth app for kids ages six to 11, Reading Rangers, is also available for 
download for 99 cents. 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 technology." 
"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: 
Ages 2-5 
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 environment. 
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. 
Ages 6-11 
Cake Artist (free) 
Kids can learn all about colour and texture while helping Princess P serve 
delicious cakes. 
Tumbletown Mathletics (free) 
There's a brain workout in store for kids in this fun app that combines math, 
athletics and the zany characters of Tumbletown Tales. 
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.   
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. 
About TVOKids
TVOKids exists to help Ontario's 21(st) 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 
On air:      Websites:                                          Online:                                                  
                             Connect:
Over-the-air tvo.org               YouTube                             Facebook
(may vary in tvokids.com       TV Online                                                                                
Twitter
some areas)  tvoparents.com iTunes
Cable        ilc.org     BlackBerry World™
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 
BlackBerry, RIM, Research In Motion and related trademarks, names and logos 
are the property of Research In Motion Limited. BlackBerry is not responsible 
for any third party products or services. 
Media Contact: Nicole Morrison Public Relations and Communications 
Specialist, TVO 416.484.2600 x 2281,nmorrison@tvo.org 
SOURCE: TVO 
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