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Learning Upgrade Press Kit

Welcome to the Learning Upgrade App Press page.  Here you will find the info you need to post an article or learn more about our app. If you need any additional info, or would like anything provided in an alternative format, feel free to get in touch.


Learning Upgrade helps students learn English and math the fun way! Students enjoy lessons filled with music, video, games and rewards. After starting at their own level, students move up through a sequence of lessons and courses, earning certificates along the way.  The goal is rapid growth in English and math.

What makes the Learning Upgrade app unique is engagement.  The lessons are enjoyable and the format is addictive.  Learners get swept up in a cycle of success and fun, achieving small “chunks” of learning and being challenged to earn a certificate and reach up to the next level.

Learning Upgrade is a complete curriculum that meets educational standards. Each of the over 900 lessons includes detailed instruction, rigorous practice activities, and remediation through spoken voice, animation, and text.

The Learning Upgrade app can help a wide variety of learners, from young children to adults:

  • Students struggling with math or reading

  • English learners wanting to read English

  • Special needs students with learning difficulties

  • Home school students needing a complete curriculum

  • Adult learners wanting to improve reading and math


Overview: From the beginning, our goal has been to help the world learn through songs, video, and games. Learning Upgrade is a creative team of teachers, musicians, artists, and programmers based in San Diego, California, USA. We produce reading and math online courses featuring songs, video, and games to engage today’s media-savvy students. Over 1 million students have completed our high-interest lessons. Our company’s goal is to help each student make a learning breakthrough in reading and math.


Early History: Shortly after our founding in 1998, our team produced the ground-breaking Reading Upgrade course. Over 300,000 struggling readers including special needs students and English learners have benefited from the musical phonics program. This course was followed by English Upgrade, Math Upgrade, and Algebra Upgrade courses.


Recent History: We now have a set of courses that meet the latest state standards for reading and math, with new songs, games and lessons.The secret to Learning Upgrade lessons: mix the latest in educational research, curriculum standards, pop music styles, video gaming, animation, assessment, and progress tracking. We are passionate about improving our learning courses. As a semifinalist in the Barbara Bush Adult Literacy XPRIZE competition, our mission is to help people across the world learn reading and math using their own mobile phones.

Fact Sheet


  • Developer: Learning Upgrade, San Diego, USA

  • Release Date: Version 1.1, August 21, 2017

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Web

  • Compatibility: iOS 9.0.0 or later, Android 4.0 or later

  • Website:

  • Price: Initial lessons free, subscription $7.99/month USD (free through Oct 31, 2017)

  • Availability: Digital Download

  • Languages: English

  • Rated: 4+

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Music is a big part of the Learning Upgrade experience. With over 500 original learning songs, the Learning Upgrade App is a musical journey through English and math.  Check out our tracks on ITunes, Spotify, or your favorite music service. View the music for Math Upgrade 1 and English Upgrade 1 on iTunes:

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Press and News

Just released!  Learning Upgrade has been named a top eight semi-finalist in the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for adult learners that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills in just 12 months. Leading up to today’s announcement, Learning Upgrade was among 109 initial teams competing for the Adult Literacy XPRIZE.


Learning Upgrade’s team members have been working together developing lessons for English and math for the past 19 years.  In that time, over 1 million students have completed our lessons in over 3,000 U.S. schools.  The core production team lead by Vinod Lobo, founder and CEO, has been working together at Learning Upgrade for over 15 years and has produced over 900 interactive, musical lessons. A number of studies have confirmed the effectiveness of the lessons to raise student proficiency.


We can be reached by email at and via our social media channels Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

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