Atlanta, Georgia – App developer, Wasabi Productions today is thrilled to announce the launch of the musical tale Gorilla Band, an interactive storybook that is set to dazzle and delight pre-K through 2nd grade classrooms this back to school season. It goes live this Thursday, 15th August complete with Common Core Standards aligned reading strategies to help teachers and students get the most out of the app.
Written in rhyme and packed with music, Gorilla Band helps with the development of phonological awareness, imagination, emergent literacy and instrument recognition by sight and sound – all-important age-appropriate educational benefits for its 2-7 year old audience. Listening and comprehension skills are also key to its design.
Placing the reader at the center of the story, the app unfolds through their interaction, and takes place in a dynamic, three-dimensional jungle set that allows for camera pans and sweeping changes in perspective.
We meet gorillas at Jungle Music School learning piano and violin and after a serendipitous exposure to tunes from other rock star jungle musicians, see them enthusiastically form a band and write a song with everything from Conga Drums to Double Bass.
Music is widely regarded as an important part of a well-rounded education, and it also helps with skills in literacy, “discriminating sounds fosters phonological awareness, or awareness of the sound structure of language – an important emergent literacy skill.” (Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence and Teacher Handbook)
Music is thought to enhance the process of learning. The systems it nourishes, which include our integrated sensory, attention, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning (Konrad, Empathy, Arts and Social Studies).
Wasabi is proud to support American not-for-profit VH1 Save the Music Foundation, whose mission is to restore instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raise awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Ten percent of proceeds from app sales will go to benefit the charity’s work until 31 December 2013.
“We are grateful to Wasabi Productions for their generous support of our cause,” said Paul Cothran, Vice President and Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “It is exciting to see how technology can further complement education and help students develop their appreciation for music.”
Graham Nunn, Creative Director for Wasabi says, “At its heart Gorilla Band is a memorable story, and it gives families and schools the ability to expose children to music with authenticity and ease.”
* iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 62.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Gorilla Band 1.2 is the fifth book app from Wasabi and is available as a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch for $3.99 USD (Educational institutions discount applies through iTunes). It comes complete with original animations, a myriad of originally scored instrumental tracks, 2 songs and an educational studio. Launching soon on Google Play and Kindle store for Android. Special launch pricing of $0.99.
Wasabi Productions is an independent publisher of original, high-quality storybook apps designed for pre-schoolers and touch screen technology. The company was born in Australia, and one of the first publishers of interactive children’s books for the iPad. Wasabi focuses on reimagining storybooks for the digital age, and entertaining young kids with tales of memorable characters where their interaction is central. The books contain moral and social outtakes, and together with text highlighting and educational elements, contribute positively to early readers’ development. Wasabi apps have received critical acclaim and the developer is one of the founding members of the Moms With Apps ‘Know What’s Inside’ initiative to protect children’s privacy in apps. They have pioneered a ‘Delay Interactions’ feature that ensures interaction does not detract from story comprehension. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 Wasabi Productions. 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. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.