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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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