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KaratonBy Karaton
First created
KaratonBy Karaton
First created
€2,677
pledged of €79,000pledged of €79,000 goal
28
backers
24days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, April 14 2019 9:14 AM UTC +00:00.

About

TOGETHER, WE CAN #KEEPKIDSREADING

Karaton is an educational adventure game that stimulates children to practice reading on a daily basis by being as fun and challenging as any popular game, while helping them getting educated through cleverly integrated reading exercises. Add an adaptable web platform (the Karaton Academy) to customize exercises and measure your kid’s progress, and you end up with a perfectly balanced learning experience.

Since 2016 we've been successful on a local scale, but we cannot ignore the high demand for an English version of our game any longer. And we need your support to make it happen...

 THE PROBLEM IS KNOWN, SOLVING IT MEANS REVOLUTIONIZING

Classical reading exercises don’t stimulate daily practice. They’re often considered boring and tend to frustrate in the long run.

Yet learning to read is a cornerstone in society, leaving the question: with approximately millions of kids experiencing reading problems, why hasn’t anyone come up with a way to make it FUN?

As a parent or teacher , there’s only so much you can do to keep children engaged and motivated, leading to unnecessary friction in the household or school environment.

And this is where Karaton comes in. We provide academically backed exercises, integrated in a fantasy game world, similar to the virtual environments kids already visit on a daily basis, with all the fun and challenges a non-educational game would offer.

 OUR ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM

As a player you’ll take on the leading role in an epic adventure game based in the universe of Karaton; where letters, words and phrases magically come to life. You’ll be discovering ancient cultures on lost islands, restoring them to their former glory by completing creative reading exercises.

These exercises - our so-called mini-games - are fun and challenging assignments the player must accomplish in order to advance. They strengthen the reading capability without feeling like homework.

The difficulty level of Karaton works both autonomously and manually. It will adapt to the progress your child makes, while leaving the option for parents or teachers to single out and focus on specific hurdles.

Home improvement has been proven to have a positive effect on the development of your child. With this in mind, you can monitor your child's progress through the Karaton Academy, a web platform storing each player’s academic progress. This allows adults to easily engage in your Childs development whilst they play Karaton. 

 GAME FEATURES FOR KIDS:

  • Complete mini-games to collect various resources and restore lost cultures.
  • Explore and discover new islands.
  • Craft your own outfits and personalize your character.
  • Let your creativity run wild and build your own paradise. 
  • Become player of the month by completing the most exercises and receive an epic gift pack. 

PLATFORM FEATURES FOR PARENTS OR TEACHERS:

 Monitor the exercices your child has completed; stay on top of things.

  • Get weekly reports; measurements lead to progression.
  •  Adjust the difficulty level according to your child’s statistics or let our carefully developed algorithm decide it for you; the choice is yours. ;)
  • Have access to a database of more than 5000 words and, if needed, integrate problematic words to any mini-game; customized education made easy.
  • Add new words yourself: adapt the game to your child’s curriculum.
  •  Connect your account to that of a professional therapist or teacher and track your child’s progress: create a circle of trust around your child.

Let us introduce you to a few of the leading characters of Karaton. 

Pok: a piece of wood with a sense of humor

Pok is a chunk of wood from the Old Knowledge Tree that magically came to life after centuries of floating around in the ocean. He is the first living creature to revive in the Karaton universe after the World of Old collapsed.

The Main Character: you as a player

As a player, you play yourself, a young adventurer who one day washed ashore without any memory. Together with your sidekick Pok, you aim to restore what was lost on the islands of Karaton and find out where you came from.  

The academic knowledge for the dutch version of Karaton is provided by Sandrine Decoster, professor at Hogent. The know how for our English version will be provided by Kimberly Green professor at the University of Kentucky.

All reading techniques in Karaton are carefully selected and based on scientifically proven methods combined with game elements for maximum efficiency.... for the players.

We have carried out a small scale scientific study using Karaton that showed an increase in the reading skills and overall motivation of children to learn with a reading disability. We are going to expand this study on a larger scale with the newest version of Karaton. 

Karaton is proud and grateful to have been supported by the following academic partners: HoGent University, Antwerp University, Imec istart R&D: nano electronics and digital technologies and BlueHealth Innovation Center powered by Microsoft

Hannes Hauwaert, founder of Karaton, has had dyslexia since primary school. He will forever  remember his time with his speech therapist as a frustrating experience. In a time where everything becomes digital and motivation becomes more and more important, it needed to be different. This is how the idea of Karaton arised. It started as a school project, but quickly grew into a company.

Karaton is an educational start-up with a social purpose. Our aim is to assist the education of children in a creative and innovative way by giving them a radically different tool to help develop the most important skill in life.


Meet the Karaton team:

Risks and challenges

Since we started our company over three and a half years ago, we have been navigating the pitfalls of building a game and adding new features to it. Sometimes issues occur that throw off initial estimates and may result in pushing back the release date. With this in mind, we will always maintain a line of communication with you our supporters and pledge to be as transparent as we can be during the development process. We aim to deliver the best version yet of Karaton to you, our customers.

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