Engage Children with Math and Problem-Solving with Cyberchase iReaders from Ruckus Reader
August 7, 2012 / WILTON, CT: Ruckus Reader is pleased to announce the worldwide English language release of three digital interactive storybooks – iReaders – based on the popular PBS KIDS television series Cyberchase through the iTunes App Store for Apple’s iPad. Cyberchase, the Emmy-award winning math series and website produced by THIRTEEN/WNET New York Public Media, airs on more than 300 public television channels nationwide and features a team of curious kids who use math and problem solving to outsmart a villain in their adventurous quest to save Cyberspace. Designed for children 5 and up, the three new mobile applications reflect the show’s mission to inspire all children to approach math with confidence and a “can-do” attitude. The young heroes of the stories – Inez, Matt and Jackie – also show how useful math is and model good reasoning and problem-solving skills. In addition, Ruckus iReaders empower parents with a digital report card providing direct, actionable feedback on their child’s mobile reading.
This first Cyberchase Ruckus Reader bookshelf – featuring The Hacker’s Challenge (available for free download), A Perfect Score and Unhappily Ever After — is just right for independent readers and helps kids with decoding and comprehension skills and enriching their vocabularies. The Cyberchase iReaders are the first suite of interactive storybooks from Ruckus to introduce STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) content while promoting literacy-skill-building.
Each iReader includes video and integrated, age-appropriate learning activities and games within the context of the story to further the plot. Story-driven activities such as a word hunt, “what’s wrong with this picture,” “catch a falling object” activities and mazes help kids learn word recognition and reading comprehension.
Powered by the Ruckus Reader, the Cyberchase iReaders are designed to match age-appropriate standards determined by the Common Core State Standards for language arts and reinforce national educational standards for preschool through second grade. As children enjoy content from one of the biggest names in entertainment, parents receive weekly Reader Meter reports that assess their child’s in-app reading skills, such as phonics and word recognition, print and phonological awareness, fluency, sequencing and story comprehension in real time.
ABOUT RUCKUS MEDIA GROUP
Ruckus Media Group creates interactive applications for mobile devices designed to entertain and educate children ages 3-8. Launched in September 2010, the company’s centerpiece is the Ruckus Reader (released April 2012 and featured on the Today Show), a breakthrough learning program for the iPad featuring digital storybooks that delight children with interactive content from the most popular names in entertainment (Hasbro, Crayola, Cyberchase, The Wiggles, Dino Dan, Veggie Tales). Parents are provided with an innovative reading assessment tool and personalized feedback on their child’s reading experience.
Previously released award winning digital storybooks include the #1 iTunes best-selling and Mom’s Choice Gold Award winner “My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day,” based on the ever-popular Hasbro toy characters; Parents’ Choice and Mom’s Choice Award winners “Spot the Dot” by pop-up legend David A. Carter, and “Chuck & Friends: Friends for the Long Haul;” About.com Readers’ Choice Award winner and Best App Award finalist “A Present for Milo,” written and illustrated by Mike Austin; “The Velveteen Rabbit: Told by Meryl Streep” and other read-play-and-record-along classic animated storybook apps.
In 2012, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and the new online newsmagazine MetroFocus.
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