Video Game Blog Post 1

As I am an early childhood education major, looking to work with the younger side of early childhood, I decided I would look into the Homer app as my game for the class. This is an app meant to help very young learners with reading and phonics. The game allows you to create an account for your child asking for their name, age, and interests from a pre-made list.

It then asks a series of questions to determine the reading stage of the child. Each question about the child’s reading stage has three answer option, those being: all, some, or none. For example, one of the questions is “my child can identify beginning letters and letter sounds” and you would choose all the time, some of the time, or none of the time. After you answer these questions it gives your child a personalized plan to improve their reading skills.

It then starts them on a personal learning path where they complete different games to make it to the next level or game. As they progress the games get more difficult and teach them new things

These games seem like a great and engaging way to get your young child to learn to read and understand phonics. I am going to go through the learning path to see how it changes and progresses. Stay tuned for app updates, and I will do my best to follow along and look at it from both the viewpoint of a student and a parent/ teacher.

5 thoughts on “Video Game Blog Post 1

  1. It looks like you picked an awesome platform for younger students to learn in an engaging way. I’d be interested in your thought about the extent to which younger children can access and play the game without parental or adult oversight. Obviously an adult is needed to create accounts and adjust initial settings (assessment of current capabilities), but once the game is set up, is the (age-suitable) student able to access and play the games autonomously?
    I would also be interested in how the game communicates to the child versus the adult. Your first screen shot mentions what “Maddie will…” be able to do. That has to be a message/promise to the adult setting up the game – not a motivational message to the student. Are their ways in which the game uses age- and reading- level appropriate messages to inform the student about these objectives?
    Looking forward to your investigation of the game.

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    • Thank you Deron!
      So far it seems the child does not have much choice over what the game is specifically for each level but can continue throughout the learning path uninterrupted. Each new level can be reached by the child themselves with no adult oversight required beyond set up. Adults can view the process of their child or student by going to the home screen of the game and clicking a little button in the corner that says “for grown ups”. Once clicking this you have to enter your (the parent’s) birth date (presumably incase the child clicks this tab) and there you can edit the profile, add another child and view your child’s progress through each level! Thank you so much for reading my blog post!

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  2. I love the visual of the learning path! What a great way to keep track of the skills that a student has learned and be able to visualize the lessons that are ahead. Beating a level to continue moving ahead to the next is a great motivation for the student to want to continue to play.

    It is also great that the parents/teacher have to be involved in their child’s learning through the game.

    I look forward to hearing more about your game!

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    • Thank you Lauren!
      I also really liked the visual aspect of the learning path, I thought it was so cute! I also agree that the needing to succeed in one level to move on to the next works as great motivation as the child can see how close they get to that finish line!

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  3. That is a great game to get children involved with phonics and reading. I have seen it used in one of the classrooms I observed in last semester, and the students seemed to have a lot of fun with it. I wonder how it could be used for older students (4th and 5th grade). Do you think that it could be adapted for more advanced readers?

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