TORONTO, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - TVO, Ontario's public educational media organization, is pleased to
announce the launch of its first motion control technology-based game,
Caterpillar Count, a free TVOKids math activity for preschoolers
available now on the Leap Motion™ platform. Also launching today, Leap Motion is the world's most
powerful and sensitive touch-free 3-D motion-control and motion-sensing
technology. Caterpillar Count can be downloaded at Leap Motion's app
store, Airspace™ Store.
Originally a mouse-controlled activity at tvokids.com, the new Caterpillar Count allows kids to move their fingers in the air
to help a caterpillar grow while learning to count in sequence. As one
of the early adopters of Leap Motion's cutting-edge technology, TVO's
foray into motion control technology speaks to TVO's commitment to
finding new ways to engage today's kids in active learning and enhance
their educational experience.
"TVO has a proven track record in educational media, and we're invested
in building on that by exploring how gesture technology can enhance
learning outcomes for children," says Patricia Ellingson, Creative Head
of Children's and Parent's Media. "Caterpillar Count is a perfect
example of how TVO blends its expertise and curriculum-based TVOKids
content with new technology to help prepare today's kids for school and
life in the 21st century."
"TVO is committed to using emerging technologies to research and explore
its potential, and start conversations about its impact on how kids
learn. We want to facilitate change in the digital education space,"
says Alia Lachana, TVO's Director of Innovation and Business
Development. "The motion-based Caterpillar Count demonstrates how we're
actively expanding 21st century digital learning resources for kids,
and making TVO a destination for first-rate educational content in the
As the "most trusted" and "most educational" media brand for children in
Canada (Ipsos Reid, 2011), TVO fosters early learning development by
creating award-winning, classroom-tested educational resources,
including apps for mobile devices and online games and videos. With
content that supports the Ontario Curriculum, TVO provides educational
resources across a variety of platforms, with more educational apps
than any other Canadian broadcaster.
TVOKids exists to help Ontario's 21st century learners be successful in
school and in life. Developed for every kind of young learner and
covering virtually all Ontario Curriculum areas for Grades JK-5,
TVO-produced children's programs, web activities and mobile apps are
built in collaboration with TVO's on-staff educator and
classroom-tested to ensure specific educational objectives are met.
According to a 2011 Ipsos Reid poll, Ontarians rate TVOKids both the
most trusted and most educational children's media brand in Canada.
TVOKids airs daily on TVO from 6 am to 7 pm. The award-winning
tvokids.com is home to over 170 educational games and TVOKids offers a
growing inventory of educational mobile apps for all platforms.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to
be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded
primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity
supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information,
Where to Find TVO
For further information:
TVO Public Relations Specialist
416.484.2600 x 2305