JumpStart Academy is an educational platform by JumpStart Games. Recently, JumpStart Academy partnered with Amazon to become the lead educational partner of Amazon’s Alexa-enabled print on-demand feature! Since September 10, 2020, anyone who uses Echo devices will be able to print educational worksheets, coloring pages, and activity sheets from JumpStart Academy’s resource library. Simply say: “Alexa, print a coloring page,” or “Alexa, print a third-grade multiplication worksheet” and the paper will print.
JumpStart Academy is very proud of this partnership since there focus has always been on education as well as creating interactive family experiences that enrich, educate, and entertain while at home and in school. From mathematics to animal lifecycles, the resource library covers topics in a range of subjects from preschool to 6th grade. JumpStart Academy Preschool and JumpStart Academy Kindergarten are also offered through JumpStart Games along with various learning resources such as at home activities and videos. We cover a wide range of topics including letter recognition, counting, computation and social emotional learning.
Shannon Gale is the leader of the education team at JumpStart Games. Prior to that she was a curriculum designer, teacher, assistant director and producer for kindergarten and elementary schools. As the JumpStart Academy Brand Manager, Shannon works with curriculum, development, art, quality assurance and marketing teams to ensure all goals are aligned and the message is clear. She was also instrumental in bringing JumpStart and Amazon together.
“When we first spoke to the Amazon Alexa team, one of the goals was to provide easy ways for parents and children to engage with learning with tools that they are already familiar with,” Shannon stated in a recent interview. “So many families have smart assistants in their home and our online resources like worksheets, coloring pages and lesson plans are downloaded hundreds of thousands of times each year, so we thought it was a great way to help parents get through the day while their children are busy learning away.”
At the commencement of this partnership, there was an extreme sense of urgency to get educational resources and tools into the homes of children all over the nation, even the globe.
“Our team worked extremely efficiently and around the clock to launch the JumpStart Academy Skill in less than one month,” Shannon explained. “Our worksheets cover subjects and topics for children 3-12 years old, so Preschool through 6th grade. Within those we have over 50 topics to choose from. Over 1000 worksheets are offered to meet every child’s learning needs. We are always working to add quality content to our portfolio and plan to add in more worksheets from Math Blaster as well as School of Dragons.”
When asked to give an example of what a child would say in order to print educational worksheets, coloring pages, and activity sheets, Shannon offered the below:
- Alexa, print a preschool worksheet about the letter A
- Alexa, print an animal coloring page.
- Alexa, print a 2nd grade math worksheet.
- Alexa, print a worksheet about grammar for 3rd graders.
During the pandemic, the ability to access worksheets in this way in invaluable. “The skill is so simple to use that not only can parents seamlessly access the thousands of worksheets and coloring pages, but children can request their favorites as well.” Shannon said. “Children are at home with their working parents who already have little time to get the everyday chores done. By being able to use their voice to print activities to keep their children learning and busy, they are able to get more work done.”
The JumpStart Academy team is always looking for new and innovative ways to educate and entertain children with technology. To this end, they hope to continue to help parents navigate this tricky time and beyond with new learning games, more branded activities, and additional resources to keep the learning going. To learn more about the company, visit their official website: www.jumpstart.com/alexaprint.