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IPTV offers free apps for low-income communities

May 21, 2012

Bridging the “App Gap” in Iowa Communities

Iowa Public Television, PBS KIDS, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to work with local partners to offer mobile learning content to children in low-income communities


(Johnston, Iowa) – As a leader in the use of media to advance early learning and school-readiness, Iowa Public Television is working with local partners to provide free educational apps to families in Iowa’s underserved communities. The goal is to give preschool-aged children from low-income families access to PBS KIDS mobile apps at no cost via local community organizations.

            Recent research has shown that access to computers, smart phones, and tablets is much less prevalent in lower-income households, limiting children’s exposure to educational apps. Through this program, IPTV, PBS, and CPB are working to help bridge this “app gap” by increasing access to educational mobile content for children at community organizations that serve them.

            The apps, “All Aboard the Dinosaur Train for iPad” and “Dinosaur Train Camera Catch! for iPhone” are based on the popular Dinosaur Train series produced by The Jim Henson Company. They are designed to help kids ages 3 to 5 build critical math skills. From now through September, IPTV will distribute app codes at no cost to schools and youth serving organizations in Iowa. The codes will be used to download the two apps onto mobile devices. Educators and families in these communities will be able to obtain codes through their school or community organization for use on their professional or at-home devices.

            “Studies show that apps can have learning promise when they are both engaging and educational,” said Terry Rinehart, director of educational services at Iowa Public Television. “At Iowa Public Television, we look forward to working with our partners to distribute educational Dinosaur Train apps to underserved communities, extending our role as a valued educational resource in our state.”

            In addition to this special distribution in underserved communities, both of the Dinosaur Train apps are also available to everyone in the App Store.

            Organizations interested in participating in this unique opportunity are encouraged to contact Iowa Public Television at (800) 532-1290, or email tammy.lorch@iptv.org.

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