Palo Alto, California – Leo Pad’s 2, the sequel to the highly acclaimed inaugural app by Kidaptive, Inc., has been released in iTunes for iPad. Kidaptive, a team of Stanford University educational researchers and award-winning animators and writers, released Leo’s Pad Appisode 1 (“Gally’s Birthday”) in December 2012. The free app tells the story of a young Leonardo da Vinci helping his friend Galileo (Gally) build a telescope to look at the stars.
Leo’s Pad 2 (“Rocket to the Stars”) continues the adventure as Leo and Gally, along with their friend Marie Curie, create the design for Gally’s rocket and blast off into space.
The beautifully-rendered highest quality 3-D apps for preschoolers were built by an Emmy Award-winning creative director, Dan Danko, whose team members have worked on shows such as Rugrats, Stanley, and WordWorld, according to P.J. Gunsagar, co-founder and CEO of Kidaptive. Gunsagar also is a co-founder of Prana Studios, Kidaptive’s animation partner and the studio behind DisneyToon Studios Tinker Bell films.
“We have assembled an amazing team of experts in learning sciences, animation, and software development to create transformative experiences for kids and parents,” said Gunsagar. “Something truly magical is happening by combining our unique talents in a unique way.”
Both Leo’s Pad “appisodes,” or animated episodes, are envisioned as the beginning of a series of educational apps that adapt learning exercises as a child plays, said Dylan Arena, co-founder and Chief Learning Officer of Kidaptive. Arena holds a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford.
As the child completes activities, the apps will measure the user’s responses along more than 70 dimensions of learning. Backed by decades of educational research, the games assess a child’s performance and automatically adjust to create an optimal learning situation for the user. A coming “Parent Dashboard” will offer comprehensive feedback on a child’s achievement in these 70 dimensions, along with suggestions for how to support that child’s progress outside of “tablet time.”
“There are many good apps that address some component of early learning, but there’s nothing else out there that provides a comprehensive early-learning curriculum to support learners in all the areas that are crucial for long-term success,” said Dr. Arena. “We hope to help parents understand how to help their children succeed in areas beyond the ABC’s and 123′s – things like delay of gratification, impulse control, spatial reasoning, and turn-taking.”
Leo’s Pad Appisode 1 has been given five-star ratings by Common Sense Media, The iMums and AppCraver:
*”Charming story guides preschoolers into learning activities,” according to Common Sense Media. “Leo’s Pad Appisode 1 is an entertaining and multifaceted learning experience.”
*”This is a really well made, engaging, interactive app. The animation is first class – it has the look and feel of something produced in a top animation studio,” according to The iMums. “The interactive games are woven seamlessly into the story.”
*”Leo’s Pad Appisode 1 has stunning artwork and animation and plenty of activities to entertain and engage young minds,” according to AppCraver.
* Enchanting stories from our Emmy-winning creative director
* Interactive games that help children learn colors, tracing, instruction following, and sorting while instilling a love of science.
* Mixture of exploratory, creative and problem-solving activities
* Modeling of social skills like turn-taking and empathy
* Co-play activities in which parents and children interact with Leo’s Pad together
* Fun and memorable songs
* In future appisodes, games focusing on turn-taking and patience, impulse control, recognition of emotions, spatial attention, collaboration, and much more
* And coming soon, a For Grown-ups section to give parents and caregivers deep views into their children’s progress through our comprehensive curriculum
* Designed for preschool ages
* No in-app purchases
* No 3rd-party advertising
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 153 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Leo’s Pad 2: Educational App for Preschoolers is available for an introductory price of $1.99 for a limited time and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Kidaptive is an innovative educational technology company dedicated to smart storytelling on iPads, using curriculum developed in collaboration with Stanford University researchers to create entertaining and adaptive content that helps children learn. Copyright (C) 2013 Kidaptive, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.