Do your kids watch StoryBots on Netflix? Are they using StoryBots games in school?
Did you know that those games are Common Core aligned? This is a fine example of the ‘gamification‘ of education.
Excerpt from Animation magazine, emphasis added:
After racking up more than 400 million online views for their short-form videos, JibJab Bros. Studios’ Ask the StoryBots will debut on Netflix on August 12. The original series inspired by the web video and books brand will feature a voice cast led by Judy Greer (Arrested Development, Archer) with guest roles performed by Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Weird Al Yankovic and more.
The series centers on the StoryBots, curious little creatures who live in the world beneath our screens. In each episode, the intrepid quintet of Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop and Bo go on an adventure to the human world to help answer kids’ biggest questions, like, “Why is the sky blue?” or “Why do I need to brush my teeth?” They deliver their answer at the end of each episode in the form of a musical video (an homage to Schoolhouse Rock).
Launched in 2012, StoryBots is the brainchild of the brothers behind eCard and satire video sensations JibJab. In subsequent years, over a million families have created StoryBots accounts, and the mobile app has been downloaded over 4 million times. This year the brand expanded into schools with the free StoryBots Classroom platform for teachers, with StoryBots content and Common Core-aligned games.
Of course, this content is ‘free‘ to pre-k and kindergarten teachers, as the sign up for the material tells us to “Join 10,000+ teachers around the world and get 100% free and unlimited access to StoryBots now!”.
The site also touts Kindergarten math games that are, “Common Core-aligned to make sure your child succeeds.”.
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