SOURCE: National Center for Family Literacy

April 18, 2012 08:30 ET

Wonder On the Go With New Wonderopolis Mobile App, Supported by the Verizon Foundation

National Center for Family Literacy App Helps Families Learn Anytime, Anywhere by Bringing the Award-Winning Wonderopolis Program to the Mobile Environment

LOUISVILLE, KY--(Marketwire - Apr 18, 2012) -

NEWS FACTS:

  • The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) announced today the mobile availability of Wonderopolis®, a national program that offers a "Wonder of the Day®," a fun, daily post that solves an everyday mystery such as "How Can You Use a Budget," or "Where Does Sea Glass Come From."

  • Voted one of TIME magazine's "50 Top Websites of 2011," and a 2011 WOMMY winner, kids and parents alike can now instantly access Wonderopolis' robust library of content with just the click of the app
    • The Wonderopolis app provides a fun and free way for families to take learning beyond the classroom by piquing children's curiosity around multiple disciplines
    • Users can search for wonders by categories ranging from weather patterns and health questions to animals and cultural traditions
    • Additionally, users can share interesting wonders with their friends and family via Facebook and Twitter

  • "The Wonderopolis mobile app is an instant family conversation starter and a way for parents and children to learn together and wonder in a fun and interactive way while on-the-go," said Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president of NCFL. "Whether gathered around the dinner table, sitting in the car during a lengthy road trip or just hanging out during the weekend, this app delivers wonder at your fingertips whenever, wherever."

  • NCFL developed the Wonderopolis app -- which is now available as a free download for the iPhone and Android -- in response to the growth and success of Wonderopolis over the last year, and requests from families that were looking for a safe and easy way to access the rich content available on Wonderopolis anytime, anywhere, and anyplace.

  • "The Wonderopolis app, accessible anywhere, will be a helpful tool for parents and teachers to encourage our youths to learn and provide them with resources to satisfy their curiosity," said Rose Stuckey Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation. "As a supporter of digital learning through impactful content, the Verizon Foundation is honored to have played a part in the growth and development of Wonderopolis and its newly launched app."

  • Currently, more than 70,000 parents, grandparents, students and teachers explore Wonderopolis each month, accessing the site's nearly 450 Wonders of the Day and leaving upwards of 2,300 comments, likes, Facebook posts and Twitter retweets.

  • The Wonderopolis mobile app and Wonderopolis program is supported by a three-year grant from the Verizon Foundation. NCFL and Verizon have teamed up for 11 years to create technology-driven resources, and NCFL provides content to Verizon's Thinkfinity.org, which offers free, comprehensive lesson plans and learning resources for teachers and students.

ABOUT NCFL
The National Center for Family Literacy, founded in 1989 and based in Louisville, Ky., is the worldwide leader in family literacy. More than 1 million families have made positive educational and economic gains as a result of NCFL's work, which includes training more than 150,000 teachers and thousands of volunteers. For more information, contact 1-877-FAMLIT-1 or visit www.famlit.org.