YogiPlay And Teachers With Apps Join Forces To Promote Higher Educational Standards In Learning Apps For Kids

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Partnership to drive industry and consumers dialog as parents demand greater app quality and benefits.

YogiPlay, a new personalized recommendation service that empowers parents to quickly find the best learning apps for their kids, announced a new partnership with the preeminent educational apps discovery destination, Teachers With Apps (TWA).

Co-founded by teachers, Jayne Clare (Special Education) and Anne Rachel (Early Childhood), with a vision for the future of mobile learning, TWA’s mission is to help students, parents, educators, and administrators, wade through the vast number of “educational” apps being introduced on a daily basis.

Since 2009, Jayne and Anne have had their fingers on the pulse of the educational app scene and have successfully set themselves apart by field-testing, with a cross-section of students/kids, both in and out of the school setting, every app featured on their site.

“Teachers With Apps has been on at the forefront of assessing learning apps for educational quality and value." said Jayne Clare, co-founder of TWA. “When we connected with the YogiPlay team and learned that we shared a similar mission - to elevate the conversation around learning quality in apps - it only made sense to combine our interests and efforts.”

TWA’s co-founder Anne Rachel further remarked, “the more people we get involved in the conversations around quality standards for mobile learning, the greater our chances are of influencing developers to set their standards higher. Right now most consumers are in the dark, so a partnership between TWA and YogiPlay will help shine a light on this important concern.”

Known for providing parents with insight related to their child’s “in-app” learning progress, YogiPlay recently announced a new, educator-approved app rating system called, the YogiMeter. The YogiMeter is based on a “developmental” framework that evaluates learning apps on their engagement value and educational quality. The YogiMeter will provide parents with information they need to select high-quality educational apps for their children and to guide developers in creating apps with top-quality learning design.

Currently, YogiPlay’s educators have reviewed more than 600 kid apps for iPhones, iPads, Nooks, Kindles and Android devices, with more reviews in this new system added every day.

“At YogiPlay, it’s our belief that there should be an industry wide dialog related to quality standards for children’s learning apps. Consumers need clear guidance when it comes to finding apps that can provide real learning benefits.” Said Cedric Sellin, co-founder and CEO of YogiPlay. “We’re excited to join forces with TWA as we share the same mission of helping consumers to find the best quality learning apps on the market today.”

MORE ABOUT TEACHERS WITH APPS
Teachers With Apps was founded by two lifelong educators and is dedicated to the idea that quality mobile educational apps are the tools of the future but they need to be used responsibly. Remember, not all educational apps are created equal. In addition, TWA provides consulting services to assist developers who are looking for ways to improve their apps and foster deeper learning. Jayne and Anne also established Educational App Talk, a Facebook discussion group that consists of parents, teachers,
therapists, school administrators and developers. To learn more about teachers with apps, please visit: http://www.teacherswithapps.com

MORE ABOUT YOGIPLAY
YogiPlay is the first personalized mobile learning apps recommendation engine designed specifically for children from ages 3 to 8. YogiPlay provides parents with valuable insight into their child’s learning and play patterns, along with meaningful personalized app recommendations tailor-made to meet each child’s specific learning needs. YogiPlay is now available on Apple devices, Android devices, Nook and Kindle, so look for YogiPlay-boosted apps in your preferred app marketplace. YogiPlay is a venture-backed company with investment partners that include DN Capital and Richmond Park Partners.

To learn more about YogiPlay, please visit our website: http://www.yogiplay.com

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