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Mobile Apps Code Program

posted on November 21, 2013

Mobile Apps Code Program

 Mobile Learning Program

Once again PBS KIDS® and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) have joined forces with
you and other outreach partners across the country to offer apps to children in low-income communities. The goal is to give preschool and early elementary school children access to PBS KIDS apps for free via community organizations like yours. Powered by a Ready To Learn Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the program is part of an initiative designed to use the power of media to advance early learning and school readiness. The details of the program follow, along with information on the next steps for your organization to take in order to implement it.

What does this mean for my organization?

Your organization is a key outreach partner in implementing this program. Now you can request, receive and distribute codes for PBS KIDS apps for Apple and Android devices. These apps are to be downloaded onto devices that are available to children from low-income families that your organization serves – either through your organization’s programs, or in their homes.

Which apps are available?

  • All Aboard the Dinosaur Train! (for iPad) Ages: 3-5

In All Aboard the Dinosaur Train!, players build problem-solving and measurement skills by matching passengers with the right train cars. Two-player mode lets kids play with a friend, sibling or caregiver.

  • Cyberchase: 3D Builder! (for iPad and Android tablets) Ages: 6-8

In Cyberchase: 3D Builder!, players fold and rotate 2D nets to rebuild the 3D buildings in Bot-opolis that have been flattened by a cyberstorm. Players put together and take apart moving & rotating 2D & 3D shapes.

  • Dinosaur Train Camera Catch! (for iPhone and iPad) Ages: 3-5

In Dinosaur Train Camera Catch!, players use the camera on the iPhone to catch flying dinosaurs in a designated pattern, building patterning skills. The game gets more and more challenging with each round of play.

  • Dinosaur Train: Classic in the Jurassic Jr.! (iPad) Ages: 3-5

Dinosaur Train: Classic in the Jurassic helps children compare height & length of two or more objects, use units to measure, use a pan balance, sort & classify, understand volume, capacity & distance.

  • Martha Speaks: Story Maker! (for iPhone and iPad) Ages: 4-7

In Martha Speaks: Story Maker!, players can choose characters, settings and actions to create a pop-up fairy tale, which they can save and replay. Players build on their oral storytelling and oral vocabulary and build nuances of verbs and adverbs.

  • Martha Speaks: Word Spinner! (iPad) Ages: 4-7

In Martha Speaks: Word Spinner!, Martha hosts this family friendly multiplayer game that combines elements of party classics. Open-ended play allows kids and grown-ups to enjoy telling and acting out crazy stories using new words. Players build on their oral storytelling and oral vocabulary and build nuances of verbs and adverbs.

  • Peg + Cat: Big Gig (for iPad and Android tablets) Ages: 3-5

In Peg + Cat: Big Gig, players learn addition and subtraction facts by playing songs in this musical app with Peg, Cat and their friends in different worlds featured in the show.

  • Wild Kratts: Creature Math! (iPad) Ages: 6-8

Wild Kratts: Creature Math helps children practice addition and subtraction and learn valuable ecology/science concepts as they create their very own animal habitat, filled with cool creature pals!


How does my organization request apps?

Your organization can submit its request online, by following these simple step-by-step instructions. All app codes expire on December 31, 2014.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Register for a new account”
  3. Fill out the required fields
  4. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing your username and password. Then, you will be able to log in at:
  5. Once you log in, fill in the required fields under “Apply for App Codes” to select which app/s you’d like for your organization and the quantities desired. While PBS KIDS cannot guarantee that your organization will receive the number of codes that it requests, we will do our best to accommodate.

How and when will my organization receive access to these apps?

Between now and December 31st, 2014, your organization will be able to request codes. Shortly after requesting them, your organization will be notified about the number of codes you will receive. Your organization will receive the codes on gift cards via US mail. Each gift card will feature a code along with instructions for the end-user on how to redeem the code. An activity sheet that reinforces the curricular goals of each app will accompany the gift cards. Once these materials are received, your organization can start distributing them to low income parents, caregivers and teachers who have access to the appropriate devices.

Distributing Gift Codes Electronically Via E-mails to Parents & Educators

Gift codes can now be distributed electronically through e-mails. Outreach partners who wish to provide gift codes to parents and educators via e-mail can send the Mobile Learning Program Coordinator an Excel spreadsheet containing the first name, last name, and email address of each parent and educator who is interested in receiving the gift codes and who meets the criteria of the program. PBS will then send an e-mail on behalf of your organization to those parents and educators; the e-mail will contain the gift code(s) as a hyperlink embedded in the email. The hyperlink will take the e-mail recipient directly to the Apple Store and will make the redemption process even easier.

What are the requirements for using the apps?

Organizations participating in this program must agree to a series of set terms and conditions. App codes distributed through this program may not be sold for any fee whatsoever. Please review the full list of terms and conditions online at

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Tracy Williams at


The contents of this document were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

The project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant (PR/AWARD No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A) provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The PBS KIDS logo is a registered mark of PBS and is used with permission. • iPad and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Download instruction on your Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes and click iTunes Store.
  2. Click Redeem.
  3. Enter the code listed.
  4. Download your content.
  5. Load onto you iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.  Enjoy!

To redeem on you iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Tap App Store.
  2. Tap Featured and scroll to the bottom.
  3. Tap Redeem.
  4. Enter the Code listed.
  5. Download your content.  Enjoy!

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