HITN Learning Brings Insights on Diversity & Inclusion to Ed Tech

HITN Learning Brings Insights on Diversity & Inclusion to Ed Tech

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HITN Learning Brings Insights on Diversity & Inclusion to Ed Tech

At the SIIA Education Technology Information Network/ETIN annual conference in San Francisco June 10-12, HITN Learning’s General Manager David Rust conducted a panel on Inclusive Brand Marketing, one of several following the conference theme of diversity, equity and inclusion.

SIIA ETIN is the nation’s only association of organizations providing educational technology solutions for schools and learning. Recognizing that public schools surpassed the ethnic/racial “majority minority” point in 2014, Rust—who is also ETIN board member–has co-chaired ETIN’s efforts to help member companies take steps to achieve genuine racial/ethnic inclusion in their products, people and operations. Rust’s comments used the launch of Cleo & Cuquin Family Fun! for Math to demonstrate.

The panel also included HITN Learning’s Vice President, Product Development, Erica Branch-Ridley, who presented examples from Pocoyo Playset, Fred Rogers, The Electric Company, Dora the Explorer and Blue’s Clues drawn from experience with these organizations. Rounding out the panel were CEO/Founder Lynzi Ziegenhagen of Schoolzilla, an Oakland-based company providing tools to interpret student data, and CEO/Co-Founder Steven Wolfe Pereira of Encantos, a Los Angeles-based provider of consumer media brands in education.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

NY State Head Start Conference

HITN Learning Energizes NY Head Start Conference

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HITN Learning Energizes NY Head Start Conference

HITN Learning was happy to participate in the 2019 New York State Head Start Association’s Annual Professional Development Conference on May 30/31. The conference themed “Breaking Barriers, Building Success” was held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in White Plains, NY, and hosted close to 300 Head Start professionals.

HITN Learning sponsored the opening luncheon, which was kicked off with remarks from HITN President and CEO Michael D. Nieves and featured Keynote speaker Joyce Thomas Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

HITN also participated as an exhibitor featuring our newest fully bilingual preschool product, the Cleo & Cuquin Family Fun Math Kits, and app. Which included a guest appearance from character baby Cuquin who provided many selfie photo opportunities for delighted Head Start professionals!

HITN CEO Nieves commented, “HITN, like Head Start, understands the importance of early childhood education. This is why we’ve maintained a focus on creating bilingual educational materials for early learners. We’re proud to support the Head Start Association which continues to be an important advocate for the educational needs of New York’s youngest.”

Carolyn Wiggins, President of the New York State Head Start Association, said this of the event “The New York State Head Start Association was delighted to have HITN Learning as one of our major sponsors as well as a participant in this year’s conference. HITN’s commitment to bilingual early childhood truly resonates with our professionals. Their thoughtful and lively luncheon presentation added even more energy to a packed agenda! Their sponsorship was appreciated and certainly an asset to the professional development of our conference attendees.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

sesame workshop content on HITN's Edye

Sesame Workshop Content to Be Featured on ‘Edye,’ HITN’s New SVOD Platform for Preschoolers

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The network’s new Premium SVOD service for preschool children will feature from Sesame Workshop, one of the world’s most iconic children’s content producers

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to families in more than 44 million households across the United States, announced today that the prestigious and iconic children’s content provider Sesame Workshop will be one of the primary providers of Spanish-language content for its new SVOD service for preschool children, Edye.

We are very excited to include Sesame Workshop’s content in the launch of our new SVOD preschool service Edye. We have been carefully handpicking every single title that will be featured at the launch of our service and having Sesame Workshop content is a shining example of that effort. Their programs combine high entertainment and educational values, presented by well-known characters that are very close to the hearts of both, children and parents”, said Erika Vogt-Lowell, Director of Programming and Acquisitions for HITN.

Edye’s content offering includes seasons three and four of The Furchester Hotel, a series set in a cheerfully chaotic inn run by a close-knit family of monsters. A coproduction of Sesame Workshop and the BBC’s CBeebies, the show aims to strengthen children’s problem-solving skills. In addition to The Furchester Hotel and a range of other short-format Sesame Workshop content, the new digital platform offers educational guides for parents, as well as a wide variety of videos, games and children’s books, all in Spanish.
As viewing habits change, OTT services like Edye allow kids and families to enjoy high-quality educational entertainment on their busy schedules,” said Jennifer A. Perry, Sesame Workshop’s Vice President and Publisher, North America Media Products. “We’re thrilled to work with HITN as the first preschool content provider on Edye. Together, we’ll share engaging Sesame Street programming with Spanish-speaking families across the country.

Edye has concentrated an impressive catalog of children’s content with programming from some of the most important producers in the industry. HITN’s first SVOD service for the region, will become available at the end of April.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN TV and Cleo & Cuquin event at Miami Dadeland Mall

Great Family Event With Vida y Salud and Cleo and Cuquin at Dadeland Mall

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Over the March 15th weekend, shoppers were treated to a Vida y Salud event at Miami Dadeland Mall, hosted by HITN TV.

Participants enjoyed a personal and family-oriented experience, highlighting the channel and Vida y Salud. Shoppers sampled natural juices, received massages, waited patiently for blood pressure screenings, and were able to spin the HITN prize wheel to win fun and healthy gifts. They also entered a raffle to win a fabulous trip to Puerto Rico!

Families and their children also interacted with HITN Learning’s engaging new bilingual app, Cleo and Cuquin Family Fun Math Kits, have their faces painted and have a fun balloon animal created especially for them!

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN Helps NABE-NAEYC Spread The Word On Bilingual Preschool

HITN Helps NABE-NAEYC Spread The Word On Bilingual Preschool

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HITN Learning was a Bronze Sponsor at last week’s annual conference of the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE), held at Walt Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (Lake Buena Vista FL). HITN’s contribution ensured attendance by more than 80 educators and administrators from across the nation at the inaugural full-day Early Childhood-Dual Language Institute co-hosted by NABE and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). HITN has been an active sponsor at events in both organizations to promote best strategies in early childhood learning that embrace the benefits of multilingual learning. Leading experts in the field, including Drs. Linda Espinosa, Dina Castro, Anita Pandey, Iliana Alanis and Maria Arreguin Anderson, presented.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Cleo & Cuquin App Wins Silver Honor Award

Cleo & Cuquin App Wins Silver Honor Award

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The network’s Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn App went home with a Silver Honor award

Brooklyn, NY — HITN, the non-profit, Spanish-language media network providing educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million American households, is celebrating for winning the 2019 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award for Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn App, one of the most recent additions to the network’s roster of digital learning initiatives.

The app, which launched in late 2018 and was produced by the HITN Learning group, wowed judges with its bilingual approach to teaching pre-kindergarten math skills in four topics: sorting, counting, flat shapes and 3D Shapes. The Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn App uses a delightful collection of characters with roots in Latin America, to present engaging AR activities, games, puzzles and videos all designed to help pre-schoolers between the ages of 3-5 understand math concepts.

HITN is incredibly proud to receive a 2019 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award for the Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn app. Our goal was to deliver a bilingual product that will help parents engage their children and enhance the skills they need for kindergarten,” remarked David Rust, General Manager of HITN Learning. “As a Hispanic organization, it’s important to us that all content and materials be appealing and valuable to both Spanish and English dominant families.

This is HITN’s third application to win a coveted prize in the education and parenting space. The organization’s literacy and vocabulary-building focused app, Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move, won the Kidscreen Award for Best Preschool Learning App and a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award in 2017. That same year, the organization’s preschool math app, Pocoyo Playset: 3D Shapes, received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

The three winning apps are also recognized as top preschool “Editor’s Picks” app for Common Sense Media, the organization dedicated to empowering families by providing unbiased advice and reviews on the latest media tools and technology.

HITN Learning is committed to the social, emotional, and academic success of Hispanic/Latino children ages 0-14. Its mission is to provide parents, caregivers, and teachers with original learning media products, in English and Spanish, which engage Hispanic families on their education journey. HITN Learning serves learners from all cultural backgrounds who value the bilingual English-Spanish experience. To learn more visit www.hitnlearning.org.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

digital storytelling workshop

HITN Launches Digital Storytelling Workshop Series

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On January 17th, 2019, HITN hosted the Digital Storytelling Facilitator’s Training Workshop at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, in collaboration with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office of Youth Diversion and Initiatives (KCDA), the Police Athletic League (PAL), and DIYdoc. This event marked the beginning of HITN’s 2019 Digital Storytelling Workshop, supplying the program’s participants with a newly published facilitator’s curriculum and guide, student workbook, pre-requisite materials, and further background knowledge needed for a successful session. “We’re excited that our partnership continues to promote this important set of issues related to media literacy and anti-cyberbullying,” says Ed Greene, HITN’s VP of Children, Youth, and Transmedia Literacy Initiatives.

The primary goal of HITN’s Digital Storytelling Workshop (formerly known as #BKAmplify) is to increase awareness and empathy around bullying and cyberbullying, through teamwork, collaboration, and the acquiring of storytelling skills, including both technical filmmaking and narrative techniques. By the end of our program, students will know how to use technology as a medium to promote social change. Acknowledging that cyberbullying is a constant reality for today’s teens, the Digital Storytelling Workshop aims to supply digital resources and potential solutions on how to combat the effects of cyberbullying within their own communities. With the help of KCDA, PAL, and DIYdoc, HITN has been able to craft an entire curriculum dependent on youth stories, outlooks, and voices, all of which can be documented and shared via social media platforms.

Along with HITN’s Learning staff- and KCDA’s personnel- our Facilitator’s Training Workshop participants included youth activity facilitators, center directors, and educational program staff from PAL’s afterschool initiatives. HITN was also pleased to have participants from Casita Maria, New Knowledge, and Fort Hamilton High School, all whom will hopefully be a part of the Digital Storytelling Workshop in the near future. Our workshop trainer and educational consultant, Typhani Harris, guided participants through the facilitator’s curriculum, familiarizing themselves with program topics and student activities, in order to effectively teach students participating in the 2019 Digital Storytelling Workshop.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN Launches Educational Kits Inspired by the Fun Youtube Characters Cleo & Cuquin

HITN Launches Educational Kits Inspired by the Fun Youtube Characters Cleo & Cuquin

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The initiative will be administered by HITN Learning, the division of HITN that promotes bilingual education among Hispanic families

Brooklyn, NYHITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to families in more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the launch of a series of fun-to-use educational kits and apps based on the popular YouTube preschool characters ‘Cleo & Cuquin.’ The bilingual English-Spanish content is designed to help preschoolers develop math and problem-solving skills in both languages.

HITN Learning, the education division of HITN, developed the new products, which use a transmedia approach shown to stimulate learning in young children. HITN has been a pioneer in this type of approach for nearly a decade as the lead partner in the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC), the recipient of a $30 million Ready To Learn grant from the US Department of Education.

The ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ Family Fun Kits and Apps present mathematical concepts in attractive formats that entertain preschool kids while stimulating their curiosity, allowing parents to spend quality time with their children, toggling back and forth as they desire between English and Spanish. Each kit incorporates best practices in education and early childhood learning, motivating young users through games, songs, movement and repetition. Each kit and related app content unit focus on math concepts generally recognized as important for kindergarten success: Counting, Sorting and 3D (Three-Dimensional) Shapes.

Our goal with Cleo and Cuquin Family Kits is to deliver a bilingual product that will help parents engage with their children and enhance the skills they need for kindergarten using engaging transmedia material” stated Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “As a Hispanic organization it’s important to us that all material be appealing and valuable to both Spanish and English dominant families.

Angel Molinero, managing director of Ánima Kitchent, the producers of ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ the TV show and transmedia content based on the iconic La Familia Telerin, added: “The ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ educational kits are the perfect complement for fans of the international hit show. Bilingual education promotes childhood creativity. The materials in these kits reinforce the importance of play and a healthful lifestyle for young minds, with positive messages that prepare kids for success at school.

Details and benefits of the ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ Family Fun Kits and Apps:

  • Promote bilingual learning
  • Provide quality fun time for parents and children
  • Encourage the development math skills among preschooler
  • Integrate fun educational digital app activities into the learning process
  • Feature materials and activities designed by experts in childhood education

The first ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ kits – Counting, Sorting and 3D Shapes – are available to families through online retailers; the related app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. Plans are in the

ABOUT ANIMA KITCHENT
Ánima Kitchent creates, produces and markets entertainment brands based on transmedia content which are aimed mainly at children and young audiences. It was incorporated in Spain by Mexico’s Ánima Estudios, which boasts over 15 years’ experience in the animation sector, and part of the management team from Vodka Capital. As well as PINY, it currently produces Cleo & Cuquin, a TV show and transmedia content based on the iconic Familia Telerin, and manages the Vodka Capital brands Jelly Jamm and Bugsted. For further information, visit: www.animakitchent.com.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN Launches Cleo & Cuquin With Preschool Educators

HITN Launches Cleo & Cuquin With Preschool Educators

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As a Silver Sponsor, HITN Learning attended and exhibited at this year’s NAEYC Conference in Washington D.C. to introduce to the vast community of educators their new educational kits and apps based on the popular animated characters, ‘Cleo & Cuquin.’ The bilingual English-Spanish content is designed to help preschoolers develop math and problem-solving skills through the Cleo & Cuquin Family Fun! Math kits and app— a unique mix of print and digital hands-on activities and games.

This year’s NAEYC was an exciting opportunity to share our new bilingual transmedia preschool products with this highly engaged group of early childhood educators”, said David Rust, General Manager, HITN Learning. “We were so pleased to see how receptive educators were to these kindergarten readiness kits, the apps and the Cleo & Cuquin characters”.

HITN’s presence at the conference included an exhibit booth where educators were able to interact with the product. In addition, for the second year, HITN Learning served as sponsor of the NAEYC Celebration of Diversity Reception which included awards presentations to a variety of special interest groups including the Latino Interest Forum. HITN friend and accomplished Mexican singer/songwriter Sonia De Los Santos joined the festivities and provided entertainment for the reception.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN Learning Executive Recognized for Leadership by the Digital Diversity Network

HITN Learning Executive Recognized for Leadership by the Digital Diversity Network

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HITN Learning’s Vice President of Creative Development and Production honored as Culture Catalyst for digital media and technology at the Innovation & Inclusion Awards 2018 

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced today that Erica Branch-Ridley, Vice President of Creative Development and Production at HITN Learning, was honored for her leadership in the area of digital production by the Digital Diversity Network at their “Innovation & Inclusion Awards 2018”, an annual program that honors the achievements of leading professionals in digital and technological fields across the country.

This award is a well-deserved acknowledgement of Erica, and our talented HITN Learning team’s work,” said Michael D. Nieves, President & CEO of HITN.We continue to stay up to date with the latest technological advances that offer Spanish-speaking families the highest quality bilingual children’s products and digital tools that both educate and entertain.

Erica supervises the development of multi-platform educational products at HITN Learning, the division of HITN responsible for developing its interactive, bilingual initiatives for children.  This month, Erica’s team will release HITN Learning’s newest product, the Cleo & Cuquin Explore and Learn App. The app includes a host of engaging games, activities and videos including augmented reality experiences, targeted at pre-school age children to help enhance kindergarten readiness skills.  Previously with HITN, Erica spearheaded development of 15 Pocoyo Playset Apps under a Department of Education $30 million Ready to Learn Grant.

We are proud and excited to see Erica receive this award for her work,” remarked David Rust, General Manager of HITN Learning.Her leadership and experience are key to the creative development process for our multi-platform educational products and award-winning apps for children.

Before joining HITN, Erica worked at Sesame Workshop, where she led the digital strategy for The Electric Company and went on to serve as Vice President of Production for Sesame Learning. She also spent time at Viacom as Senior Director of TV Land/Nick at Nite Digital. In addition, she was Senior Producer at Nickelodeon Online, where she created the first fully interactive experiences for Dora the Explorer, Blues Clues, Little Bill and many other notable kids shows. Erica has received numerous accolades, including two Interactive Emmy Awards.

This year’s winners of the Innovation & Inclusion Awards 2018 were honored at a gala in New York City on October 18th, attended by more than 200 professionals from across the country.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv