18 09 2012

ClassRealm: A KickStarter Project I Can Get Behind!

21 05 2012

I’m really looking forward to seeing how this project plays out. I’m a big fan of RPGs (both online and dice-and-paper), and I’m always looking for something that will grab the attention of my students and engage them in learning. This sounds right up my alley, and I know I would use it in a heartbeat! Be sure to check out the project’s KickStarter page for full information!

– dEV

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About ClassRealm

Welcome to the Realm! Before you start throwing handfuls of money at the screen or exiting out of this tab in disgust I feel it’s only fair I explain what exactly ClassRealm is. In simplest terms ClassRealm is a customizable web-based tool that can be used by teachers, students and parents to track student achievements, provide students with entertaining and educational adventures, as well as improve their overall academic performance. ClassRealm will be accessible from any web-enabled desktop or mobile device.

The ClassRealm system is based on role playing games such as Pokémon, Final Fantasy, and even some classic table-top rulesets such as Dungeons & Dragons. Students can level up, gain achievements and even fight off enemies with their knowledge and good deeds. These gaming ideals come from years and years of video game influence. The ClassRealm team wants to bring as many gaming aspects to the system as possible, while still keeping the core educational values.

ClassRealm’s focus is showing students a path to content mastery as well as proving that learning can be an exciting journey for everyone involved. We encourage and reward students to do work they may normally find unrewarding or pointless. ClassRealm is also a way to tap into children’s creativity and harness their desire to have fun and learn at their own pace. We leverage this to encourage them to master their classroom content.

Education is an ever evolving system and it has changed rapidly with the influx of technology and social standards over the years. One of the key features of ClassRealm is that we are building it to adapt to any and every classroom, no matter the setting or current year. Curriculum, standards, and teaching styles are altered constantly, and ClassRealm will follow suit.

Here’s a little about how teachers, students, and parents can benefit from ClassRealm.

ClassRealm is an online management system built for teachers by teachers. It gives educators the ability to completely customize their own classroom world. Setting up achievements, experience points, hit points, “edventures” and character details are just a few of the customizable elements of ClassRealm. Implementing ClassRealm will motivate students, help teachers track lesson trends, and give classrooms a sense of community. Its sole purpose is to make teaching more fun and effective for both teachers and those being taught. ClassRealm is being designed from the ground up to eliminate the hassle of developing a system manually and will provide the tools to create, track, and manage your classroom’s every move.

Though students don’t have as much control over ClassRealm’s initial set up as teachers they still play the most important role. What good is a kingdom if there are no citizens? Students pick from a list of fantasy/sci-fi races and enhancers to create a ClassRealm persona. This character is their key to another world. All of the character’s information and actions are controlled by the student. Students can earn teacher-made achievements and gain experience points throughout the school day, as well as earn points and achievements online at home. Getting an A on a test is great, but earning a shiny virtual “Test Slayer” achievement is more fun. We want to push students to their full potential by offering them an entertaining and educational world that they can influence and be a part of.

Parents love to know what’s going on in the classroom. ClassRealm gives parents a chance to see what their student is up to at school on a daily basis. By checking a student’s character profile, parents can see where their students are excelling and where they need help. Parents can also create “Side Quests” specifically to motivate their student. These quests can be public or secret and are only shared with the student and the teacher.

For more info on ClassRealm visit the ClassRealm Blog, read the story that started it all on Kotaku, or follow our official mascot Sami the Samurai Yeti onTwitter!

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