Woogi and ePals Work Together to Drive Summer Reading With The Billion Minute Reading Challenge

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Partnership uses social gaming in a safe, educational “virtual world” to engage K-6 students globally and encourage reading practice.

Woogi, Inc., creator of the leading educational virtual world for K-6 students, today announced a partnership with K-12 technology and social learning company ePals, Inc. to launch the Billion Minute Reading Challenge. Woogi’s Billion Minute Reading Challenge uses social gaming in a safe, educational “virtual world” to inspire K-6 students to read books for 30 minutes a day. The program, being offered at no cost to the more than 25 million students and parents who comprise the ePals® Global Community™, and other students on a worldwide basis, helps address the well documented issue of “summer slide” where the skills of young readers atrophy during extended vacation periods.    By combining a global community of millions of users with a safe and game-oriented online environment, students are given a safe, fun and intellectually enriching experience. The challenge sets a collective goal of reaching one billion total minutes by the end of the year. It launches on the ePals Global Community today at http://www.epals.com/woogireaders.

Each student participating in the Billion Minute Reading Challenge becomes a member of the WoogiREADERS Club, which offers a variety of free online and offline activities to keep students excited about reading. A Reading Log encourages students to keep a daily record of the books they read, the number of minutes spent reading, and their feelings about what they have read. Woogi’s Reading Station allows students to read free books online. The program also offers free creative instructional material, including interactive games, videos and quizzes:

  •     Vowel Hound: Teaches students about different vowel sounds used in written words.
  •     Grammar Crammer: Quizzes students on different rules of grammar and punctuation.
  •     Chapter Challenge: Tests knowledge and understanding of books students may have read.
  •     Comic Creator: Students create 4-panel comics using stickers earned by completing challenges
  •     Palace Reading Videos: Instructional video series that engages children in reading books and helps them experience real-life situations that are related to what they read.

“With a social gaming platform embedded in an exciting virtual world, Woogi draws from the most engaging experiences on the web to promote K-6 learning,” states Scott Dow, president of Woogi Inc. “With the Billion Minute Reading Challenge, we’re targeting that learning engagement tool on the promotion of reading, inspiring students to develop daily reading habits and build the critical thinking skills they need for continued educational success. Our partnership with ePals gives us a tremendous opportunity to reach into an already active and engaged global community of learners, and to share Woogi’s effective new learning dynamic with millions of students around the world.”

"There is no doubt that online social gaming engages users, especially younger users, in an extremely powerful way.” said Ed Fish, president of ePals. “Introducing Woogi’s Billion Minute Reading Challenge to the Global Community lets our members harness that power to keep students excited and eager to read. Parents, of course, are reassured by the safe and protected environment that has been the hallmark of ePals and Woogi from the very beginning. We look forward to working with Woogi to mobilize ePals classrooms, students and their parents around this great program.”

For more information on:

Woogi World: http://www.woogiworld.com/aboutus

ePals: http://www.epals.com

About Woogi, Inc.
Woogi World is the leading education kid’s virtual world currently being used in 30,000 classrooms in the US. Recognized by Parent’s Magazine as one of the top 5 next generation kid’s virtual worlds with over 1.4 million kids from 200 different countries, Woogi World is the platform for the CyberHero, Summer Splash, Billion Minute Reading Challenge and Woogi Academy programs. The Woogi collaborative, peer based educational experience is a combination of gaming, social community and school that motivates and engages students to drive their own education - as they are guided by mentors and technology assisted assessment. The Woogi Learning platform instills a culture and drive for excellence in each student as they learn academics, arts, language, character, service, health and digital citizenship at anytime and in any location. Bottom line: kids learn better – at less cost.

About ePals, Inc.
A privately-held education technology company, ePals, Inc., has created the world's largest K-12 learning network. ePals offers primary and secondary schools, teachers, students, and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content and facilitating collaboration for effective 21st century learning. ePals is used by more than 700,000 educators and reaches more than 25 million students and parents in 200 counties and territories http://www.epals.com. Corporate information is available at http://www.corp.epals.com.

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