"Since my career as a product designer for LeapFrog, we’ve seen lots of digital education content from all over the world on open platforms. Parents are overwhelmed sometimes because they really don’t have the time to research and curate the content for their young children. Animal Island Learning Adventure (AILA) is an original series of preschool content focusing on the whole child. The segments integrate a wide-range of preschool skills from numbers and letters to creativity, friendship skills, and understanding emotions. Animal Island Learning Adventure gives parents comfort while giving children a rich, kid-attuned experience."
Karen Chiang has been involved in products and applications for education for over 30 years as a teacher, program administrator, publisher and general manager. Currently she is based in San Francisco, but has had extensive international experience in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe. Most recently, she was a VP of sales for Pearson Education covering the emerging markets as well as the clinical, talent and language assessment product lines. Prior to working with Pearson she held positions with Simon & Schuster, Cengage, Leapfrog and a variety of academic institutions. Karen also currently serves on the board of directors of Alelo, a company focused on the use of AI for communication training. A proud grandmother, she has a particular interest in the integration of technology into education.
"Through my long career in literacy and education, I have remained passionate about human intelligence and artificial intelligence. Is it possible for a technology company to do well and to do good? We believe so, and we work here every day to show how that is possible. At DMAI, our mission is to uplift humanity, and this worthy pursuit begins with developing next-generation tools that promote authentic learning, engagement, and discovery. The journey begins with AILA. Childhood is a time of wonder and of wondrous discovery. AILA helps bring these aspects to life each day. Animal Island Learning Adventure, where every day is a learning adventure, brought to you exclusively by the team at DMAI."
National Educational Advisor
Holly De Leon is a life-long educator starting out as a Speech/Language Pathologist with Bachelors and Masters degrees from North Texas State University. After establishing a clinical practice for 15 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, she started her educational technology career at LeapFrog (NYSE:LF). LeapFrog had been in the consumer toy market for 7 years when we started the school division of LeapFrog SchoolHouse. We used the technology that had been developed by LeapFrog and then developed educationally appropriate and pedagogically sound educational materials. In the early 2000’s LeapFrog SchoolHouse was named the fastest growing education company in the country. Ms. De Leon then joined another consumer start-up, Livescribe, and launched the world’s first smartpen into the educational market. The smartpen had educational applications all the way from Preschool to the Higher Ed market. Within 3 years we had products in over one fourth of the school districts in the U.S. Following Livescribe, Ms. De Leon was a founding member of a start-up division of McGraw-Hill Education. This start-up division was focused on using technology to personalize the learning path for each student in the classroom. She then went on to other education companies like American Reading Company, Touchjet USA, and Exploros.
Ms. De Leon is the CEO of Education Industry Representative Group. EIRG serves to establish effective sales teams for educational companies. She also serves as advisor to several early stage educational companies.
Ms. De Leon is the National Educational Advisor for Animal Island Learning Adventure (AILA) Preschool Learning System. This is particularly rewarding as it combines her passion for early education and also the use of educational technology to allow our youngest learners to establish a strong foundation so they will be Kindergarten ready.
Ms. De Leon resides in Austin, Texas where her two grown daughters and 4 grandchildren also reside.
Animal Island Learning Adventure (AILA) is a preschool learning system for toddlers (12-36 months), exclusively on a toddler-friendly device that is hands-free, worry-free, all-in-one intelligent monitor and edutainment system. With AILA, parents are put in control of both screen time and thoughtfully blended educational content, ensuring active rather than passive screen time. Children get a head start to master letters, vocabulary words and numbers through early exposures and repetitive learning.Buy
With unique hardware, AI software and exclusive preschool content, Animal Island Learning Adventure (AILA) is an educational tool for parents to train their toddlers attention span early on and to support cognitive development, early literacy, numeracy education, social skills, and emotional growth during a toddler’s critical first years of learning. With a spiral learning path following preschool scopes and sequences, AILA preschool learning system makes it easy for parents and caregivers by saving their time and giving them peace of mind.Buy
One of the first principles behind AILA is to provide toddlers and preschoolers with a tailored educational experience that delivers the right content at the right time. AILA curates, ad-free, high-quality and developmentally appropriate content that helps children, through engaging characters and play patterns, develop key academic and social skills. While children remain cognitively engaged, parents have opportunities to help their children take their learning from the screen to the world around them.Buy
This 400+ page softcover book contains the complete library of all sixty storybooks included in AILA Sit & Play™ Virtual Preschool Learning System. Delight your child by reading these stories aloud and together you’ll experience joyful lessons that last a lifetime.
With both feet out and looking cuter than ever, AILA stays seated in one place with the detachable suction base. Once attached to a surface, simply pull upwards on the tab to easily release the Secure Soft Base.Learn More
As parents, there is a lot to juggle. Our AILA carrying bag is made for you and your little one to keep your AILA essentials and toddler essentials in one convenient bag. Perfect for your daily trips, whether going to daycare, work, shopping or on a trip. Spacious interior allows you to keep your AILA Sit & Play, books, toys, diapers and clothes all together.
Animal Island Learning Adventure (AILA) is an essential preschool learning system, exclusively on a toddler-friendly device that is hands-free, worry-free, all-in-one intelligent monitor and edutainment system.
"I work with inner city kids from middle and low income families. They deserve the best. I believe they can have a promising beginning and a good foundation of learning. I’m very thankful they can get a head start with AILA."
Director of Next Generation Learning Center
"In my classroom the children have really enjoyed this program. AILA is an educational tool that helps us learn and support our children's cognitive development, early literacy, numeracy, social skills and emotional growth. They really enjoy the group interactions, which usually consist of 2 or 3 children, interacting with each other, having the opportunity to share and learn together. The one-on-one time also helps me to focus on a specific topic depending on the needs and abilities of each child, and can last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. AILA's stories, songs and activities capture the children's attention and stimulate their learning. The educational language is appropriate for children and thanks to repetitive learning, our children advance in the mastery of letters, vocabulary and numbers."
Jellybean Junction Preschool
"By observing our children using AILA, we have realized that their attention span is more than fifteen minutes. We timed it and it was actually thirty minutes! They really got into learning their letters and singing along with the animals when they sang nursery rhymes! As for groups, we sometimes let three per group or sometimes we use AILA for one-on-one time. Overall, they have really enjoyed AILA and they are always ready to learn something new!"
Jellybean Junction Preschool
"I can’t say enough about how great this program is! I was looking for something that my young toddler would benefit from. All the iPad programs were too interactive and, I felt, way above what he needed at the moment. I’m so glad I chose this for my little learner.
I am a teacher myself, and AILA has so many amazing qualities to it that my child has truly blossomed. AILA is a part of our daily morning routine. My son calls it his 'lesson' and asks for it every morning! He has learned so many new words, and I believe it is also because of this program. His favorite is the monkey dance. I love that it focuses on a new letter daily but also at the end of each lesson will review a skill they learned from the past. We started AILA when my son was 22 months, and he is now 25 months. We use it daily and the difference is amazing. My 8-month old loves to watch with him! When she hears the beginning song come on she wants to be right there with him.
One small thing I LOVE as a teacher is teaching the power of YET! This program incorporates that when the characters don’t know a song. The frog says, 'You don’t know it, YET!' -- which is so powerful, to teach all kids they can and will learn!
Again, if you didn’t get it from my comment, yes I 100% recommend this to anyone for the recommended ages!
We just love it! Thank you for all your hard work into this program. I know it took a lot of research and time!"
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