SOURCE: Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre

September 20, 2013 08:00 ET

New App Tool for Kids to Learn Verb Tenses

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON--(Marketwired - September 20, 2013) - The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and Algoma Games for Health (AGFH) today announced the launch of InTense, an app and educational tool designed to help parents, educators, and speech language professionals, teach children about verb tenses at home or in the classroom.

The game is intended for youth ages six to 12 years old, and is now available on the Apple iPad.

InTense combines verb tense practice tools in simple, fun and engaging gameplay. The user earns tickets to enter Carnivals set in the past, present and future, by answering verb tense questions correctly in the Verb Tool. The game motivates children to practice verb tenses while helping magicians, fortune-tellers, balloon twisters and others find their lost items to gain high scores and unlock avatars. 

Highlights of the game include:

  • Detailed progress tracking and customizable reporting tools
  • Multiplayer mode for children to play together
  • Over 4000 verb challenges

"InTense is an easy way to target verbs and track progress while having fun. The carnival theme keeps children engaged while playing and keeps them coming back for more," said the Speech Language Pathology Team at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, Texas.

InTense is now available on the Apple iPad. The "Lite" version is free, or users can upgrade for a full suite of features.

Two versions of the game were launched for purchase -- the home version for children and parents; and pro version for educators and students in the classroom, or speech language pathologists (SLPs) and their clients.

Purchasing InTense for home allows children and parents to play with three separate accounts in one game, with the ability to track a child's learning and progress in each account.

InTense Pro is a learning tool for educators in the classroom, or SLPs and clients, with multiplayer functionality across 100 or more accounts. For educators, InTense Pro can be used in the classroom with the ability to track each student's progress. SLPs can customize the App to target the unique needs of a child, and share the child's progress with parents by emailing progress charts. 

"We believe that we've created an engaging learning tool with rich content and an extensive feature set that is unparalleled to what exists in the app store today," said Jason Naccarato, interim CEO, AGFH.

To download Home or Pro versions of InTense, visit the App Store on your iPad. For more information on AGFH, please visit www.agfh.ca.

About the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre was founded in 1999 and serves as a catalyst for growth in the IT, science and knowledge based sectors in the Algoma District. The Innovation Centre is focused on four core areas: operating a business incubator to encourage the establishment and growth of business start-ups; providing support services to the SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) IT and science community; supporting the establishment and enhancement of advanced research projects in the region and undertaking strategic market development projects such as the highly successful GIS project. The Innovation Centre operates an award-winning GIS department that has been recognized internationally for its unique community information utility model and advanced work in the health and human services sector. Visit www.ssmic.com.

About Algoma Games for Health

The Algoma Games for Health studio is a partnership between Algoma University and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Center, located on the Algoma University campus. Algoma Games for Health is a serious game development studio focused on the application of video game technology to the health and rehabilitation sectors. The goal of Algoma Games for Health is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and age-related conditions through innovative approaches to rehabilitation and therapy. Through the application of video game technology to innovations in rehabilitation research we provide cost effective and engaging solutions that help people remain independent and healthy. Our software will help connect health professionals to individuals in need and will remove many of the limitations that would ordinarily be imposed by geographical separation. Visit www.agfh.ca

Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children

Founded in 1947 by John and Dela White, Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children offers a Learning Adventure for all children. Sunshine Cottage is a private, non-profit school for children with hearing loss, as well as for children with typical hearing located in San Antonio, Texas. With an average student teacher ratio of 4:1, Sunshine Cottage offers a stimulating educational program with an excellent clinical and teaching staff and state-of-the-art technology. Our strong emphasis on the foundation of listening leads our students to the acquisition of spoken language. Sunshine Cottage acknowledges that children with hearing loss can be an active part of the hearing world. Children with mild to profound hearing loss can learn how to communicate naturally and effectively. Our professional staff includes certified audiologists, speech language pathologists and several LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist/Educators. 

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Contact Information

  • Contact information
    1520 Queen Street East, Suite BT200
    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 2G4
    T: 705-942-7927
    F: 705-942-6169
    www.ssmic.com