SO! I've had a lot of people ask me over the past year or so what I do for a living. I've always been hesitant to answer because I don't like people knowing where I live. But then I realized, it's not where I live, it's where I work, and I'm in a secure building so... Yeah. Don't try to stalk me.
ANYWAY! I was hired by School Zone Publishing, www.schoolzone.com
. They are an publishing company that specializes in educational printed and digital materials such as work books, apps, games, and more. I was hired on as a graphic designer, but they started working on a half life action, half animated educational series called "Charlie & Company" (Here's a preview www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyg1_N…
) so I now bounce around working with printed media and interactive digital media.
But what we've really been slaving away on, and what the company has before I even got hired last may, is they were working on, and have now launched their own educational kids tablet! Called The Little Scholar! It's geared to the ages of preschool to first great, but can age with the child as you have the ability to download other School Zone related materials.
This tablet, this little remarkable piece of technology, has pretty much been School Zone's baby for a while now, and it's finally been launched and is available only through School Zone's website (for now!) www.schoolzone.com/little-scho…
remember that "Charlie & Company" project I mentioned above? Four episodes of Charlie & Company are pre-loaded onto the tablet, along with TONS of School Zone apps. And there will be three more Charlie & Company episodes to come via download later in the year.
I was on the animating team of "Charlie and Company." The basic premise of the show is Miss Ellie, your anywhere teacher, takes Charlie, a lovable golden retriever, to different locations to learn, because anywhere can be a school zone, and find puzzle pieces. The goal of the day is to find all the puzzle pieces, complete the puzzle, and put the puzzle together to answer mystery question. Charlie transitions from live-action to animated as he enters the puzzle pieces to find his animated friends, who will help him through an activity so he can earn the puzzle piece. It's a great little show filled with happy kids music, entertainment, and of course, education.
My team and I worked HOURS on this. Out sweat blood and tears went into it, and I think it's pretty cool for a little kids show. And the tablet is currently only $199.00, which is a great deal considering it's pre-loaded with 4 episodes of Charlie & Company, and over 150+ of apps, videos, books and songs. If you are interested in the Little Scholar Tablet, or any other School Zone Products, check out the wonderful company I work for.
Is this a little bit of shameless advertising? Maybe. But I'm proud to work at School Zone and I wanted to share what I do with you guys and give you the opportunity to check it out if you want.
Yeah, that's what I do.