Washington, DC, June 25— Tales2Go, the leading audio book provider to help schools better leverage their investment in iPads® and iPods®, announced today their partnership with TIES, the Minnesota Education Technology Collaborative that brings together technology and education to create comprehensive, cutting-edge solutions for school administrators, educators and students.

In a modern twist on a proven, decades-old learning tool, Tales2Go is breathing new life into the audio book marketplace to help students get more excited about and skilled at reading. Tales2Go streams thousands of audio books and stories from leading publishers and storytellers to mobile devices in classrooms and beyond, giving educators and students instant and on-demand access to a large library of name-brand titles, all for one low annual price.

The Tales2Go partnership exemplifies the growth and development of TIES by offering preferred services and discounts to TIES members. TIES will promote the benefits and savings of the audio book solution that exposes students to vocabulary, builds critical listening, fluency and comprehension skills and excites them about literature.

“Tales2Go provides our districts with a timely tool that allows them to better leverage their investments in the iPads® and iPods®. We know firsthand that this partnership holds great potential for the districts that we serve,” said Greg Bartley, Co-Director of the Learning and Technology Department at TIES. “The TIES and Tales2Go missions speak to increasing the availability of technology and improving student achievement. Together we can leverage our strengths to further these outcomes.”

For readers at all levels, and particularly those who struggle with reading skills or visual learning, Tales2Go can help augment their education, making reading an enjoyable, life-long skill. Many current subscribers use Tales2Go in concert with printed text, bringing oral and decoding skills together. In fact, recent studies suggest that student achievement increases measurably when a listening component is added to reading instruction.

“We’re excited to partner with TIES to offer Minnesota schools and districts a cutting edge individualized reading solution that sparks a student’s imagination and encourages active listening skills,” stated, William Weil, CEO Tales2Go. “Since oral language precedes written language, kids learn by listening first; it’s how they start building their vocabulary, a large vocabulary being key to word comprehension while reading.”

About TIES
TIES (Technology Information Education Services) was created in 1967 to provide technology and information resources to school administrators, educators and students.. For more information go to: www.ties.k12.mn.us

Tales2Go offers a free, 30-day trial as well as monthly and annual subscription plans, including bulk sales for schools. For more information, visit http://www.tales2go.com

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Sue Hanson

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