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Brush of Truth: Book App Adds Project-Based Learning to Free Common Core Lesson Plans


Brush of Truth, a book app for kids 8-12, has added a Project-Based Learning exercise to its menu of free Common Core-aligned lesson plans at . The $1.99 app, recognized for its appeal to reluctant readers, is available in the iTunes store for the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, on Google Play for Android devices, and for Kindle Fire and Windows 7 devices.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

Brush of Truth, a book app for kids 8-12 recognized for its appeal to reluctant readers, has added a Project-Based Learning exercise to its menu of free Common Core State Standards-aligned lesson plans. Curriculum can be downloaded from the app website,

Brush of Truth, geared to third- through sixth-graders, is the first book app created by Story Bayou, a mom's vision to get tweens to read. Written in second person, “your” voice, Brush of Truth lets the user choose how the action unfolds at critical points in the plot. Brush of Truth has 125 pages of story and colorful illustrations, with 65 decision points and 20 possible endings. The app is $1.99 on iTunes, Kindle Fire, Google Play (Android) and Windows 7.

Brush of Truth recently won the 2012 Media of the Year award in the Interactive Book App category in Creative Child Magazine's Creative Toy Awards. The app was named a “Recommended iPad Book App for Older and Reluctant Readers Ages 8-12” by Digital Storytime, and one of “6 Interactive Book Apps to Get Kids Excited About Reading” by Tecca.

The app tells the story of two tweens who find an enchanted paintbrush made by a medieval sorceror. They begin to discover its powers as they go in adventures under the ocean, inside a sand castle, and while rescuing a sea creature.

The language arts lessons created for Brush of Truth include Powerpoint presentations, worksheets and teacher answer keys. They were developed by Cyndie Sebourn, a retired National Board Certified Teacher and owner of Sascyn Publishing, Inc., which creates Common Core-aligned curriculum for educational apps.

“Brush of Truth's Project-Based Learning activity focuses on the 21st Century Skills of collaboration, communication and critical thinking,” Sebourn said. “Through a ‘Driving Question,' it provides an engaging creative writing activity that allows students to work collaboratively in small groups that are teacher guided.”

The app is a natural for classroom technology, she said.

“Brush of Truth is an excellent source of educational entertainment for grades 3-6,” said Sebourn, who taught for more than 20 years. “With free curriculum that includes Project-Based Learning, a creative writing exercise and a writing activity regarding compound and complex sentence structures, Brush of Truth provides hours of high interest education. It includes cross-curricular subjects of geography, social studies and science, activities using technology, and Common Core Standards alignment. It is the ‘Perfect Package' for educators and the ‘Perfect Learning Strategies' for students.

Julie Landry Laviolette, author of Brush of Truth and founder of Story Bayou, said as a small, indie developer, she works closely with educators to develop lesson plans.

“Brush of Truth has been sought out by teachers looking for innovative ways to get their kids excited about reading,” she said. “Components like Project-Based Learning exercises make the app a more valuable learning tool in the classroom. Research shows that students engaged in this type of learning retain more than through traditional textbook learning.”

Laviolette, a New Orleans native, is a former columnist and editor for The Times-Picayune. She currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., where she contributes to The Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Parenting and more than 30 regional parenting publications in the U.S. and Canada.

Story Bayou, founded in 2011, partnered with Linxter, Inc., a Cooper City software engineering company, to create the mobile app. Brush of Truth was released in February 2012.

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