by Ben Bertoli
ClassRealm is a customizable classroom management system built on role playing themes. It's like a real life video game for kids!
This project's funding goal was not reached on June 7, 2012.
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Let me know if you need any testers down the line. Being a huge RPG fan and an unconventional teacher as it is, I would love to give this a whirl and see where it goes and help in any way possible. Keep plugging away!
I do hope you try again. If you do, you still definitely have my support.
Looking at this project's stats, it seems clear that there was a disconnect in ClassRealm's fundraising after your free time disappeared in early-mid May. Crowd sourcing requires a lot of effort in routine updates and attempts to energize your "crowd". I think we can all understand that you are a full time teacher, and it has been the close-out of the school year, so perhaps that was unavoidable. If you decide to give this project a second go round at some point, perhaps choose a time within which you know you will be able to dedicate enough time to updates and pushing/advertising your project. I think it could do much better, and it deserves to. Anyhow, good luck. =)
If you decide to try Kickstarter again, please post an update here with the new link.
So if we wanted to help fund this project regardless, where can we send money to?
I concur, don't give up. This is an idea that will find traction somehow, I mean check it out people did pledge $24,000... that's not chump change (not for me at any rate) even if it was not enough. So maybe cool your heels for a bit and reevaluate options. But above all, remember that at least 456 people thought your idea was awesome. None of my ideas get that sort of response. =)
It's a great idea. Don't give up, Ben. Just like with video games, setbacks in real life are opportunities to look for an even better way to overcome the challenges.
So there are only 70 minutes left and the project is far from its goal. I'm hoping it reaches the goal in time, but what happens if it doesn't?
I'm currently unemployed, but I'm backing your project in what small way I can. I'm a huge fan of making education fun. I wish you the best with ClassRealm!
I am a special education 4-6 teacher and am very interested in learning more about this project. I also hope this gets backed.
I am studying to become a math teacher, and I would love to use those tools in the classroom.
I am still hoping more people jump on board to support this project. I can see great things in my classroom if this come into the mainstream...I foresee iPad integration...yes...yes...I can see it now...
Best of luck! If I made more than a teacher's salary, I would throw more than $50 your way.
Thanks Don, Alexander, and Echo for their kind words! Hight fives all around.
I have twin sons in grade 6 and this would be an ideal learning tool for them, and other boys like them. I am happy to support, and excited to see where you take this!
This is a really great idea, and I hope you guys reach your goal. Good luck!
I just retweeted, google plussed, and facebooked messages about classrealm. not that i have lots of followers but I'm trying to get the word out.
Thanks to everyone who has commented! I'm trying to survive these last two weeks of school, but I'll do my best to answer you. My students come first :D
This is a great idea..don't be discouraged if you fail to meet your goal. I wish it was for investors! B/c this will work!
This is so similar to what I'm doing in my classroom right now... I wish you all the best with it!
I think if you want to see more funding you should go into more depth about how the system works and what'll look like - get some concept shots out there that shows something concrete. It's a great idea and a great plan but it feels like it's nothing more than that at this stage, it's usually a good idea to get as far as you can in a process before kickstarting it I don't get that feeling from this. Still, it's such a great idea that I'm backing it anyway!
I remember reading the article on Kotaku about ClassRealm however many weeks back it was now and being both excited and jealous -- what a brilliant implementation! But where was this when *I* was a little girl?! ;-)
I'm proud to support your project and keep every one of my finger's crossed that it gets funded. I'm not a teacher myself, per se, but volunteer A LOT with a local foster home, and understand full well the power of a great motivational system. And I do have teachers in my family, so hopefully one of them will be able to use my code to its fullest.
I look forward to seeing where this all goes!
Hi Ben, I understand your pain. I backed your project because I think this needs to be made, and used. Im not a teacher, so I couldn't rationalize spending heaps on it. Im probably never going to use the system.
I spoke to many of my friends who ARE teacher and... they just arent interested in increasing their workload. lazy ***in teachers. And they say the problem is with the youth of today.
Cloud - I can see ClassRealm working on just about any educational level. Yes, some students might find it "lame", but because of all the customizable options I think a teacher could make it appeals to just about any age group. You don't have to give students characters or even achievements. You could simply set up an experience point system if you wanted. It won't be quite same in ANY classroom. Simply put - Certainly! It can be done in a high school setting.
Ben, what are your thoughts about High school classes. Wanted to back it because I love the idea, but not sure if I could implement it the same way with older students (because they are "too cool"). Let me know what you think!
I really want this project to happen!
I wish this existed when I was in grade school. I don't want any products, just giving what I can right now to see this really happen. Good luck!
Elizabeth - Yes, we definitely want to get ClassRealm professionally studied and approved in the future! Assuming we get off the ground with this Kickstarter it will be one of our main goals so we can show other teachers it's worth their time.
Daniel - Thank you for spreading the word! We REALLY need to push this to teachers, as they are our core audience.
Andrew - We will most likely try and get it off the ground another way or try another Kickstarter, but with a smaller goal. We don't plan of giving up! Though we may have to scale everything back a bit.
Tina - Well, if we succeed, and you backed $25 or more, we will send you weekly updates. We also have a blog you can check in on - http://classrealm.com/blog/. Thanks!
Casey - We are excited that your helping us as well! We really want to get teachers involved. Spread the word!
I am so excited to be helping with this! Once it goes live I am going to document my experiences with it.
I am a doctoral student in Educational Technology in the Higher Ed program at the University of Delaware. I am just starting my research for my program and ClassRealm is totally awesome. I am very interested in how your team moves forward - is there any chance of a blog or a place for continued conversation ? Updates?
If this project isn't successful here on Kickstarter, are there plans to regroup and return in future? Hopefully it is, but if it isn't, I'm sure everyone would like the chance to give it a try once again.
I emailed the staff of my school regarding ClassRealm and they all think it is a great idea. I hope that they jump on board and back you like I have. Best of luck once again!
Ben, I think this sounds like a really wonderful project, and I've backed it. Have you thought about approaching any researchers to do assessment of the effectiveness? It would probably help other educators a lot to get support for local implementation if there's some research they can point to about its effectiveness. And it would probably be a great opportunity for some researchers to study a real-world implementation.
Ryan - Thank you for spreading the word!
Steve - I know it would work well with your class. I'm a science and math teacher as well! It's a wonderful way for students to review.
I really hope this project gets funded! I'm a 5th grade math/science teacher, and this is perfect for my classes!
Just got linked here by Mike from Penny Arcade, and immediately backed. This is a brilliant idea. I've linked two good friends that are teachers and I'm hoping they'll spread the word within their peer group and get you some more notice. Keep up the good work!
Hey there Jeff –
It appears that the Kicktraq website is currently experiencing issues:
How come kicktraq says the project has ended?
Wishing you every success with this Ben, such a fantastic initiative and very encouraging to see how well you and your team have thought through the execution.
It's particularly pleasing to see that the end product is customisable enough to be used by teachers the world over. I certainly hope you'll develop ClassRealm with an international audience in mind as it would be such a shame to keep this from kids anywhere.
This remind me of my days in school, back in the mid 90s. Back then they made an experiment by using games to teach children, it was ordered by Gavle municipal, Sweden. Although it was limited to history of the vikings or more precise their daily life. You were the village chief and had to make sound decisions for the survival of the village. Kind of a simulator game.
The game was of course a big success our school only computer got hogged 24/7 (not really, but they would if they could). It was a quite large scale experiment, pretty much all school in the Gavle municipal or at least a few school had the game well there were other games too. And on an old report they said the experiment was highly successful but the minicipality had no money to fully devlope it or something, it was too many moons ago for me to remember.
Well I hope my 2 cent was worth at least 2 cent =^P. Here's a link to an interview with the creator of that game, he alos like you tried to use computer to teach students. It's in Swedish btw http://www.tekniskamuseet.se/download/18.6ab3c5301250cdc06c380004800/130_%C3%96rjan_Broman_%26_Mats_B%C3%A4ck.pdf
Paige - Thank you so much! I'm glad that someone who may not directly use ClassRealm can still see how much it could help students in the future. We NEED that kind of support. :D
I don't have kids, but if I *did* I'd want them to have someone with your kind of passion and creativity as a teacher. Keep doing great work. Thank you!
Crystal - Glad that even students are excited about ClassRealm! They are the most important part :D
Daniel - Thanks for the kind words and the support. Let all your teacher friends now about us so we can make ClassRealm a reality!
Beatscribe - Yes, the virtual boy is a classic. No system has better 3D! (Ok maybe a few...) :P
You get a pledge just for having a virtual boy in your video. :)
Seriously though, a really good educational concept that I think would work great for kids who are already into games.
Being a fellow teacher as well as a fellow gamer, I absolutely look forward to seeing this in my own classroom. Engaging the students and keeping them engaged is a challenge day in and day out. By imagining the classroom as its own "realm" I feel like it is a huge step in the right direction, especially considering how many students play video games and end up wandering into their own fantasy world while the teacher is actually trying to teach. So long as the kids buy in and keep buying it, this will be a very successful product for the education market. Data tracking will be the key as well as making sure the students are able to visualize their progress. Keep doing what you are doing Ben. This Hoosier Teacher has your back.
I mentioned this to my 11 year old & she loved it! Classrooms are built-in 25 man raids... She loved the idea of helping her classmates take down Math Monsters (ie raid bosses). Its perfect for the 2nd gen gamers out there.
Michael - We think so too! May as well push them in the right direction. Thanks for posting!
If we're going to have such a tightly-controlled system as academic standards and the like in place, I think it's a great idea to ENCOURAGE these kids to game the system!
Nathan – That is our plan! We are honored that you decided to contribute some of your hard earned cash to make this come to life. We truly believe we can make a difference with our ideas!
If my contribution means that this sort of thing will be acceptable, commonplace, or perhaps even encouraged by the time I have children, then you have my full support. Good luck!
At this point in time we are focusing more on single teachers than whole school corporations. We would hate for ClassRealm to be forced upon a teacher who doesn't understand it or want it in their classroom. We have talked about school wide use, so look for that in the future. Thanks for the feedback! Every little bit helps us take steps in the right direction.