About this project
We all want the best for our children, we strive to make them the best that they can be, considerate, generous, confident, content in themselves, all in the knowledge that a good education can be central to longer term happiness.
As a father of three children I am no different, and on a rainy day, on the wind-swept island of Arranmore, Ireland, I had a vision that could transform the learning journey of children forever.
With your help we can turn this dream into reality.
What is Pora Ora?
Pora Ora is a series of online virtual worlds designed to make learning fun for children. Imagine a game that wraps all the learning of a traditional tuition site into a beautiful quest driven social game where children can share the experiences with their friends.
Pora Ora is comprised of two themed worlds, Samura valley (Japanese themed) and Urba Roma(historical roman) which are packed with games, quests and puzzles based around mathematics, language and literacy, ICT, geography and problem solving that make learning stimulating and fun.
"I came across this site today and was blown away. I have recommended it to the Primary school". Jen Garcia, Academia Britanica Cuscatleca, El Salvador
Pora Ora uses the tools of the modern age to instill a love of learning in children, allowing them to progress at their own pace and practice until mastery without pressure or fear of failure. Motivational rewards ensure that the child keeps engaging with the educational content – these rewards take a variety of forms from in game currency (roobles) to opportunities to unlock new worlds or collect new pets (Pora Pals). The old ways are not always the best – in fact there is a substantial body of research demonstrating the benefits of game based learning.
Furthermore, Pora Ora supports teachers and parents in promoting the child’s learning by providing progress reports identifying the child’s strongest and weakest areas. This feature allows parents to actively engage in their child's learning.
@gregyounguk: very impressed with Pora Ora (kids virtual world...WOW meets Club Penguin with an education twist)
Upon entering Pora Ora for the first time, children can select and fashion their avatar. They are also given a Pora Pal - their very own virtual pet. Children need to keep their Pora Pal happy and healthy by acquiring knowledge and engaging with the educational games, quests and puzzles of Pora Ora.
Kids are given the opportunity to use their fantastic imaginations and creativity by decorating their Pora Pads (homes), buying clothes, magic potions, and more! Competitions to design new Pora Pals keep their creative juices flowing, and budding entrepreneurs can nurture their talents by growing produce in their garden and selling it at the market. Children can manage and spend their money, but most importantly they learn that they have to earn their roobles.
"Just thought I’d check in to say the girls LOVE your website & their friends now all want to join Computer Club!" Kay Chaventre, St Catherine's Prep School.
Pora Ora is a highly moderated, child friendly, educational MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game). Children have to carry out an eSafety quest before they can utilize any of the social features. Parents have the ability to step up or relax the safety settings, meaning that as children mature, their parents can alter the settings accordingly. The interactive element of the game not only lets children meet new friends, but it also provides an outlet for peer to peer help in the game, really cementing what they have learned.
Sounds like we got it all sussed out? Wrong! We really do need your help. Pora Ora Beta is being enjoyed by thousands of children around the world but we need additional funding to help us complete development. Your pledges can make this happen.
"I've been going around the site and it is awesome for the kids. Too bad we didn't have this when I was younger." Greg Lemoine, Colegio Internacional, Venezuela.
Why should you support Pora Ora?
Pora Ora Beta is a taste of what we can achieve with your help. Our team are motivated and committed to changing the way children learn. We have spent a great deal of time and energy developing this game, making sure that with every advance we make, it measures up to our high standards. It's been years in the making and we are very proud of what we have accomplished so far. Our team is the perfect mix of creatives, game developers, designers, animators, parents and educators, but we need your help in completing the development of Pora Ora.
We believe that our goal of making learning more exciting and engaging is worth fighting for. We have managed to stand on our own two feet so far, and have a clear strategy of where we want to get to. We need your help to turn our goals into reality (well virtual reality). This is your opportunity to play a part in revolutionizing learning for children the world over. Don’t do this for us – pledge for the benefit of your children, your nieces and nephews, your future children, your grandchildren.
So what will we do with the money raised on Kickstarter?
- Complete Egyptian World which is currently under development. This means brand new educational games, characters, features and quests.
- Complete the 8 Pora Pals in development, (including one designed by one of our users – a 10 year old boy from London) . These furry friends have been extremely popular and they are an essential element in keeping children engaging with the educational content.
- Create a Pora Pal app. With our Pora Pal app, kids will be able to care for their virtual pet on the move. We want to develop 'bump' technology so that you can transfer your Pora Pal into your smart phone or tablet from your computer. The app will allow children to play educational games on the go to keep their ‘wisdom points’ high and their Pora Pal happy.
- Create a parent portal app (premium feature). Parental engagement improves a child’s learning, so we want to empower parents to follow progress reports and offer in game rewards on the go.
- Complete our language and literacy curriculum coverage.
If we exceed our funding goals by 100% we will commit to building the following in Pora Ora.
- Creative tools that allow children to create their own worlds. We want children to channel their creativity and have their very own virtual world. Here they can share their new world with their friends and let their imagination run riot!
- Create a coding game in Pora Ora, letting little game developers in the making learn and understand the basics. Children would be able to co-operate and test each other’s coding skills and eventually compete against the Pora Ora robots!
We are truly passionate about what we have to offer, and hope that we have inspired you enough to pledge, if you would like any more information please do not hesitate to get in touch. We understand that some of you may be a little too old for Pora Ora so all pledgers will be given the opportunity to bestow their membership rewards to a very lucky child.
Here are examples of some of our swag.
"I've been using Pora Ora for the past 2 weeks with my students. They LOVE it. I really do appreciate the opportunity for my students to use this free site. The graphics are great, the students really enjoy seeing each other as they roam about. I know a site like this takes a lot of teamwork, and I can tell you have people there that are working from a child's perspective. Keep up the fine work." Bob McCarthy, Immaculate Conception School, New York, USA
If you would like to set up an account for your class or school on Pora Ora, go onto the Pora Ora website, click the teachers tab and then click contact us. We can do a bulk upload which will save you time! Alternatively you can email us firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like more information check out this link. http://www.poraora.com/teachers.html
Not only will you have our eternal gratitude, but a heartfelt appreciation from a whole generation of children who are going to have fun learning.Estimated delivery:
You will receive a Pora Ora starter pack. This means that when you create your FREE account on Pora Ora, you'll be given a few cheeky extras. Now we want you to earn some roobles through knowledge and effort but with 5000 roobles in the bank, you can make sure your Pora Pad is decked out.Estimated delivery:
Get your coloring pencils, crayons, felt tips and glitter at the ready; you get a Pora Ora coloring book pdf packed with lots of Pora Ora illustrations to jazz up! - Includes $10 pledge.Estimated delivery:
You will be able to put your coloring, math and literacy skills to the test with a Pora Ora coloring book pdf, and Pora Ora math and literacy workbook pdf. Our workbooks are fun, creative and full of educational goodies. Choose an age range that is best for your child, 5-7, 7-9 or 9-11. years old. Includes previous pledges.Estimated delivery:
You'll get all of the above and premium access to Pora Ora for a year! Premium membership means you will have access to all the worlds, Pora Pals and more when they are released.Estimated delivery:
You will get two in-game items in Pora Ora exclusive to backers of this Kickstarter, plus all previous pledges.Estimated delivery:
You'll get all of the above mentioned and free access to our Pora Pal app which will allow your child to play and interact with their Pora Pals on the go. You will also be able to download our parent portal app allowing you to see just how much your child progresses on the go.Estimated delivery:
5 backers Limited (995 left of 1000)
You'll get everything mentioned above plus a digital version of the “Making of Pora Ora’ book. This book will trace the history of Pora Ora and contains original concept art, game design documentation, plus interviews with the team. You will also get VIP access to a special "founders" area on the development forums.Estimated delivery:
37 backers Limited (963 left of 1000)
You'll get all of the above plus a fabulous limited edition Pora Ora T-shirt designed exclusively by the Pora Ora concept artists (available in a range of sizes/colours) + your name will be added to the game's credits!Estimated delivery:
3 backers Limited (997 left of 1000)
You'll get all of the above and get pre-release access to new worlds. Discover new quests, games, characters and features before it goes live! You can explore all that Pora Ora has to offer before the crowds get in.Estimated delivery:
2 backers Limited (998 left of 1000)
Not only will you get all of the above, but also some pretty awesome high quality print Pora Ora concept artwork, signed by our design team and sealed and delivered to your door. We'll also throw in a random surprise!Estimated delivery:
8 backers Limited (992 left of 1000)
You get life premium membership! It will of course be equipped with pre-release access to all the new features. You'll never have to pay a penny to open a new world and you are guaranteed exclusive access to any new features for years to come! To top it all off, you'll get hard copies of our workbooks and coloring books.Estimated delivery:
Get all of the above and transform the learning experience of 10 lucky kids with premium membership for a year. You'll also get to have a personal Q & A Skype call with us. So whether you want to find out more, or know someone who would love some advice on game development, we'd be more than happy to share our tips.Estimated delivery:
3 backers Limited (97 left of 100)
You'll get all of the above, plus a portrait of you in Pora Ora. We promise to make sure we capture your 'good side'. If this doesn't appeal then why not bestow the honor on a beloved pet instead?Estimated delivery:
4 backers Limited (46 left of 50)
You get all of the above but instead of a portrait you get to have your very own statue! Pora Ora players will gather around your greatness. We will also create a personalized "thank you" video made specifically for YOU with some exclusive behind-the-scenes content and posted unlisted on YouTube then e-mailed to you!Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (100 left of 100)
Alongside having your very own statue, you can select 30 lucky kids to have premium access for life! That's right - for life. Great for birthday presents or as amazing party/goody bag fillers. You'll get all the reward tiers up to $750 included.Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
Instead of a statue you can design your very own Pora Pal! You will get the opportunity to work exclusively with our design team to put your imagination into action. You'll get all the rewards up to $750 included!Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
Along with the $7500 pledge you'll have, for one week, the use of the amazing house on Arranmore Island, Ireland, birthplace of Pora Ora.Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
Become a villain or hero! You get to star in a quest designed by you. Be the baddest or the greatest; you decide! You and a guest will also spend the day with us at at Caped Koala Studios and discuss the finer aspects of Pora Ora after which, you can pose for pictures, pick up exclusive swag and ultimately join us for an evening to remember at the legendary Silicon sessions.Estimated delivery:
- (32 days)