The team at NewGenApps was hired by Mindfull Games to develop an iPad app for their "award winning" Verbal Volley card game to have a wider reach to children and have improved capabilities through iPad.
iOS, Objective-C, iPAd app
Features & Challenges
NewGenApps took the challenging task of getting the board game to the mobile devices
Verbal Volley for iPad maintains the face-to-face interaction of card game play, so that language concept learning can occur with the requisite human interactions between two or more individuals
The app automatically links to an online thesaurus for immediate reference during game challenges or when a word is unknown.
There is a new classroom board mode: Teachers can mirror the iPad on their classroom whiteboard, or hold the iPad set to classroom mode in front of a group. This gives the flexibility of playing as a large class before assessing progress individually in the tabletop card game replica mode.
Record keeping: On the iPad, a teacher, literacy specialist or speech pathologist can keep track of which Verbal Volley words were targeted in a game and whether students were successful naming synonyms and antonyms for them. The lists of won words and lost words can be labeled and emailed or downloaded for reference. Comparing lists allows for assessment of learning over time.
The iPad app also has an auditory presentation of stimulus words: Students who don’t know how to pronounce the words they see will hear them spoken every time they play, unless they choose to turn off the sound.
There is a background color change option: In classroom play mode, players with dyslexia can choose to alter the background color of the text presentation, in case they find a certain color is easier on their eyes.
Solutions & Achievements
The Verbal Volley iPad app has several improvements as opposed to the original card game. It takes advantage of the online thesaurus, sounds, dynamic color choice for players with dyslexia and takes the game to the next level and to a larger audience.
Verbal Volley for iPad was announced winner of Academics' Choice Award™ 2014.