updated 09:20 am EDT, Wed October 4, 2006
Pokemon Learning League
Pokemon USA, Inc. has launched the Pokemon Learning League, a Web-based educational suite of animated, interactive lessons in language arts, math, science, and life skills for children ages 8 through 12. "Parents can now embrace their children's enthusiasm for animation and interactive technology while motivating them to learn academic concepts and problem-solving skills." Pokemon USA is offering the program as a free trial to families, as well as educators, through December 31. The Flash-based site enables both Mac and Windows users to take advantage of the online program based on the current education research. A yearly subscription rate of $95.00 per household will begin in January 2007, while education subscription rates will be $145 per classroom and $1000 per school building.
"Appealing animation and thought-provoking challenges help children visualize and understand concepts that they may not have grasped through other methods," the company said. "Children can proceed at their own pace through the lessons and receive ongoing feedback to allow them to monitor and celebrate their progress.
Pokemon Learning League leverages children's familiarity with Pokemon characters to draw them into subject matter that is crucial to their success in school and in life, according to the company. The characters also serve as mentors to students, guiding them through the lessons and demonstrating life skills such as teamwork and perseverance.