SAN ANSELMO, Calif., May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tales Untold Media is pleased to announce that the Tales Untold app—a podcast app featuring original, episodic audio tales for kids—has been honored with a 2016 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys.
Tales Untold, also listed by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a recommended media source, is a winner of the Smart Media Award in the mobile app category. The app was chosen for its use of technology to deliver a storytelling experience that exercises the imagination and encourages brain and language development, while reducing screen time.
"We are honored to have received this award and are thrilled that Academics' Choice recognizes the great potential for narrative audio storytelling for kids," said Nick Vidinsky, founder and CEO of Tales Untold Media. "When you strip a story down to its core—no sea of flashing colors, no visual crutches to distract the senses—you end up with an experience that delights the imagination in an incredibly intimate way."
The independent Academics' Choice Awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as a mark of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind.
"I found my kids don't mind at all that there is no video to go along with the story," noted one of the reviewers. "They will turn on a story while we are in the car or while they are just playing. My four-year-old loves it for quiet time."
The Academics' Choice Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and graduates from Princeton, Harvard, George Washington University, and other reputable educational institutions. Product-appropriate volunteer reviewers, combined with the brainpower of the Board, determine the winners. Entries are judged by category, subject area, and grade level, and evaluated based on standardized criteria rooted in constructivist learning theory. The full list of winners is posted online at www.AcademicsChoice.com.
About Tales Untold:
Tales Untold is an iOS app featuring original, episodic audio tales for young children ages 3-8. Think podcasts for kids. Tales Untold features a continually expanding library of audio tales, both fiction and nonfiction, organized by season and episode. Scientific studies show that actively listening to stories—as opposed to watching videos or even following along with a picture book—increases brain activity and fosters language development. Tales Untold is proud to be at the forefront of encouraging such development in young minds.
About Academics' Choice™:
Academics' Choice™ helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics' Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality.
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