Mingoville Preschool for Android

Android users will now have the opportunity to give their children a head start in English using English for kids by Mingoville.

It is with great pride that Savivo can present the Android version of the popular Mingoville Preschool. Having worked hard on the app, the game not only boasts the educational and entertaining games from the iOS version, but also several improvements under the hood like an in-app login system and general optimization.

In the light of Google’s recent announcement regarding Google Play for Education at their I/O conference, we’re extremely happy with being able to create and distribute educational and fun software on Google Play. We hope that our Mingoville Preschool app will help both parents, teachers and of course children in the first small steps towards mastering the English language.
01Created to give children a head start, the app serves to build a solid foundation and platform for children to learn English, especially as a Second Language. In the app, the children follow the baby flamingo Andrea through seven missions where they begin building up their English vocabulary.

The advantages

Savivo’s philosophy is that children learn best through playing, interacting and repeating. Preschool is designed with this in mind, emphasising educational exercises, positive reinforcement and multisensory game activities.
During the game a tree, symbolising the child’s vocabulary, grows as the child completes tasks and enhance its sentence and word recognition skills. In the end, the child will have been exposed to over 500 words and sentences, and completed over 80 interactive games.Photo 21-02-13 17.00.12Utilizing animation and native voice actors, the game strenghtens the child’s pronounciation and listening skills, all the while making the child familiar with the sound of the English language.

By using pedagogical methods, friendly voice acting and varied yet familiar tasks, the child wil gain a familiarity with the English language and later in life have an easier time mastering the language.

The games

The games in Mingoville Preschool is are created to be easy to understand, have a strong educational element and still entertain the child. The games are quite short, never taxing the patience of the child and each completed exercise awards the child with a sticker to put on the vocabulary tree.Photo 21-02-13 16.53.15One of Preschool’s early games is a simple memory game, where the child has to match the pictures of three animals. The name of the animal is repeated every time a tile is touched, helping the child making the association between the name and the animal. A little later, the child has to do the same memory game, where half the tiles only repeat the name. Here the child has to remember the sound of the animals’ names and match them with the image of the animal. This repeated exposure, combined with a steady stream of encouragement from the characters, ensures that children have an easier time remembering, recognizing and even pronouncing the words.

Game features:

  • The progressive mission concept creates a meaningful task-oriented game experience for children to retain their focus while learning through play.
  • Over 80 short interactive games spread across 7 missions enabling kids to play at their comfort and not overtaxing their attention span.
  • Positive reinforcement will boost a child’s morale and enjoyment in learning, as Andrea the baby flamingo will constantly encourage and reward the player.
  • Multisensory game activities such as a voice recording game, jigsaw puzzles, listen-and-match the words, spelling bee, memory game, and many more.
  • Numerous improvements, including optimization and an enhanced in-app login system.

Try it out

The game is available on Google Play from today and requires Android 2.2 (Froyo) and hardware acceleration. You can download Mingoville Preschool from Google Play by following this link: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.mingoville.preschool

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Savivo can make the education and technology “match made in heaven” marriage merry

In this highly spot-on and interesting commentary on Huffington Post, the author raised a few thought-provoking questions about the “match made in heaven” between education and technology, and at Savivo, we have the answers. So, hear, hear.

The author asserted: “We’re taking an awfully long time to adjust. There is a growing number of education Apps out there now but there is no unity. All of them are different. I’m not saying they’re poorly structured, some of them are very useful indeed, but there should be a coherent syllabus to follow.”

At Savivo, we embrace a unique learning philosophy in our innovation, with learner-centered and self-directed learning pedagogies underpinning our e-learning products. Savivo’s flagship products – Mingoville English Virtual World and Mondiso Math are designed by school teachers with a structured holistic curriculum in mind.

While creating Mingoville English (http://mingoville.com), we saw that online educational content was and is but still very fragmented. A virtual world e-learning platform will enable a cohesive and holistic online learning environment to meet the learning objective of expanding a child’s English capacity in a fun, communal and smart way.

Within our e-learning games, there is dedicated areas for teachers and parents to also track a student’s learning progress and be involved in a child’s learning. This sets our products apart from being just another educational game but positioned as the preferred companion for parents and teachers in educating a child.

The author also asked, “So why not introduce free or ‘pay to view’ online learning? It makes sense. Almost everyone has access to a computer, a tablet, an iPad, a smart phone, so why not provide a medium for everybody to use? It can be classroom based or ‘out of school hours’ but following a curriculum.”

In 2013, we launched the Mondiso Math Youtube classroom with this in mind so that every child can gain access to Math learning for free. The Math online world games, apps and assessment can simply be purchased by schools and parents via http://mondiso.com or iOS appstore or Google Play Store!

Today we see more than 30% school children in Denmark have access to our innovative and holistic learning platforms, which is a testament to the credibility of our products and our brands. This on top of our partnerships with governments and businesses across the world, Savivo is clearing well in the game.

Visit http://savivo.com to learn more about us!

Huffington Post: Technology and Education: A Match Made in Heaven?

Are we already nearing the end of iPads in classrooms?

This month, Google introduced to the world Google Play for Education, positioning android devices to potentially challenge the current domination of iPads in classrooms.

And what does that mean for education apps and elearning games developers like Savivo?

While invitations have been splashed on across the industry for apps development studios to develop and submit their education apps, Savivo, we are already ready.

Our Preschool English app that had rocked the charts in China app store is making its way to its android version. So is our bestselling web-based Mingoville English virtual world that has already over 2 million registered users!

Without a doubt, we cannot wait for the party to start as, Google, you can count on us to turn up in our best suits no less.

TechCrunch: With Google Play for Education, Google Looks To Challenge Apple’s Dominance In The Classroom

Preschool triumphs in China

COPENHAGEN, 15 April, 2013 – We have knocked out the dominating Chinese panda education series app in the iPad App Store in China with our latest Preschool English app.

Starring baby Flamingo, Andrea, the animated and interactive Preschool English by Mingoville app was pre-launched 10 days ago just for the iPad. The versions for the iPhone and Android mobile devices will be available upon its full launch.

The app was quickly picked up by Apple, and awarded a new product feature spot in the China App Store in less than a week. It then gradually overtook the commanding presence of the panda in the education category and finished in pole last Sunday.

“Our developers have worked extremely hard to develop a quality, savvy and fun educational app for preschool kids, we are only pleased it has been so well received in a foreign market as massive as China”, said Mingoville CEO Stephan Stephensen.

Stephan added: “We knew from our success with our flagship product, Mingoville English virtual world, we have the right innovative formula and pedagogical approach to develop a winning digital educational product, and we will keep on creating.”

About Preschool English by Mingoville

Using native real voice actors and animation, kids will be on a mission to grow their vocabulary tree as they enhance their word recognition skills while playing the app.

For their tree to grow, kids will have to complete several “missions”, each comprising of 12-15 interactive games and over 500 words to give them a sturdy foundation to learn English especially as a Second Language.

Preschool English by Mingoville is at present free for download on iPad with in-app purchases but with the first mission made free-for-all to play.
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