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iPad Game Teaches Kids Emotional Life Skills, New Dashboard Helps Moms and Dads Bring Lessons into the Real World
|By Business Wire
|July 24, 2014 07:02 AM EDT
If You Can Company, a learning game startup from Trip Hawkins that uses
gameplay to teach children social and emotional learning skills, today
released an innovative parent dashboard that is now available along with
the successful iPad game, “IF…game.”
Chapter two of “IF…game” was also released today, with additional
chapters planned throughout 2014.
The “IF…game” is a chapter-based adventure game that helps children
learn social and emotional skills, such as how to manage difficult
emotions, persevere through challenges, make healthy decisions and show
empathy and compassion. Created for children ages 6 - 12, the game now
includes a user-friendly dashboard app for parents to support their
children through the journey.
Available as a free app for iPad and iPhone, as well as on the Web for
Mac or PC, the new dashboard is the companion to the child’s gameplay.
By logging in, “Mom and Dad” see key lesson themes, updates on their
child’s accomplishments and suggestions on how to bring lessons from the
game to real life. With the dashboard, parents not only see their
child’s progress level (beginning, developing, integrated), but see the
teaching goals of each chapter.
With each chapter, the child navigates a new “IF…game” adventure,
interacting with the powerful combination of storytelling and popular
game-play mechanics to engage and motivate. The game is designed to take
the child on “a hero’s journey” in which children slowly unlock
“IF…game” chapters can be completed on a monthly basis in less than an
hour per week. Kids play through lessons at their own pace, covering the
equivalent of a year’s curriculum at leading social emotional learning
(SEL) teaching schools. With the launch of the parent dashboard,
“IF…game” chapter two is now available for play, and users who
downloaded chapter one will be updated with the new version.
“We’re delighted with the quality, depth and value of this game,” said
Trip Hawkins, founder and CEO at If You Can Company. “It’s a big step
beyond our preview of chapter one.”
Chapter one was released in early 2014 to rave reviews from a wide
variety of constituents, including girls, boys, moms and dads. Parents,
teachers and therapists of autistic children have lauded the game for
its ability to teach social and emotional skills in an accessible way.
Chapter one was downloaded by more than 350,000 users and received “five
out of five” stars by nearly 90 percent of the game’s audience.
“When I became a dad, I wanted more than anything for my kids to be
happy and capable,” said Hawkins. “I saw how emotional learning could
help them navigate the world. I did what dads do: I took my know-how in
gaming and focused it on something important that really matters to me
as a father.”
IF… game is available for free from the App Store on iPad or here.
“IF…game” chapter one is free to play, a subscription at $5 per
month/year gives parents access the dashboard and new chapters.
Subscribers may use up to three user profiles for different children.
The IF… game was inspired by the Rudyard Kipling Poem, “If,” originally
written in 1909 as advice for his son. The power of this classic poem
still resonates today; in fact, kids are still reciting the poem. View
“If” rap video.
About If You Can Company
If You Can Company is a new startup that uses gameplay to teach children
social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. Founded by an
interdisciplinary team that includes some of the most successful video
game creators in history, including Trip Hawkins, the founder EA and EA
“IF…” leverages an epic narrative and fun game play to teach proven life
skills like empathy and perseverance. The game aims to improve
children’s daily lives - both in and out of school - by building the
skills that successfully equip them to handle bullying, managing
difficult emotions and academic challenges. The game will also feature a
user-friendly app for parents to support their children for 21st century
success. If You Can Company is funded by Greylock Ventures and a number
of leading angel investors at major venture firms like Andreesen
Horowitz, Founders Fund, Maveron, and others. The company is based in
San Mateo, California, close to Draper University of Heroes, a
world-class school for the brightest young entrepreneurs from around the
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