Feature Focus: Reading Eggs Engagement Features
Feature Focus: Reading Eggs Engagement Features
Reading is more than just a skill, it’s the foundation of future academic success. And as an educator, you want to see your budding bookworms enthusiastic about learning to read, because you know how important it is for them to see reading as a positive and enjoyable experience.
Edmentum’s 2-in-1 learn-to-read program, Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress, includes several features that help teachers bring engagement and game-play into the learning environment seamlessly. In fact, nearly every aspect of Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress is designed to engage and actively reward students, so that learning to read becomes a fun and interactive experience. In addition to the programs’ vibrant and interactive learning areas, check out these six features that will encourage your students to spend more time actively engaged while they embark on their literacy journey!
1. Golden Eggs
In Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress, Golden Eggs are your currency, motivating students by rewarding them for completing activities, lessons, puzzles, and library books. Students can use their Golden Eggs to buy clothes, accessories, and home decor for their avatars or play games in the Arcade. A tracker displays how many Golden Eggs a student has earned and is visible on nearly every screen.
As you might guess, collecting Golden Eggs is a favorite pastime for students. To help make sure students are actually completing lessons while they use Reading Eggs, not just shopping or playing games, try encouraging students to log on to Reading Eggs at home, and spend their eggs then. Or, you can schedule “Friday free time” where students have a designated time each week they can spend their hard-earned eggs. If students know they will have time to play at the end of the week, they’ll be less tempted to play when their focus should be on learning.
2. Monthly Themes (Reading Eggs Only)
At the start of every month in Reading Eggs, Reggie welcomes learners on the student navigation page in a new monthly themed outfit. Using Golden Eggs, students can visit the Plaza to buy special, limited-edition outfits for their Reading Eggs avatar and decorate their Reading Eggs house to match the monthly theme. But they have to hurry! Monthly Specials items are only available until the end of the month so students must purchase any special items they want before the items go away and are replaced by a different theme. Not only do Monthly Themes encourage student usage each month by motivating them to practice and complete lessons and assignments to earn Golden Eggs, the feature also keeps students interested and engaged with the program by serving up a fresh theme each month, so learning to read stays fun all year long. Check out four ways you can make the most of monthly themes in your classroom!
Students earn certificates after they complete a reading lesson in Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress, highlighting how much progress students are making on their reading journey. As a teacher, you can view your students’ certificates from the Manage Class page when you log in to your Reading Eggs account. Students can see how many certificates they have earned by clicking on the Awards icon in Reading Eggs or the Trophy Room in Reading Eggspress, or by clicking on the Golden Egg icon in either program.
Certificates are a validating award of achievement for students, especially if they have struggled with a particular lesson or concept. They are easy to download and print so you can present them during class celebrations or school assemblies at the end of the quarter or semester, or just so your students can show off their reading achievements at home. Just wait until you see the smile on your students’ faces when you call out their name and present them with recognition for their outstanding reading achievement!
4. Awards and Trophy Room
The wonderful thing about Reading Eggs awards is that they are presented to students at incremental levels, encouraging weekly use of the program. Reading Eggs medals and Reading Eggspress Trophies are awarded for every 1,000 Golden Eggs earned. Here’s the breakdown:
- Bronze trophy/medal = 1,000 Golden Eggs in one week
- Silver trophy/medal = 5 bronze trophies/medals
- Gold trophy/medal = 3 silver trophies/medals
Students can view the awards they earn using Reading Eggs by clicking on the Awards icon on their dashboards. Students using Reading Eggspress can view their awards when they visit the Trophy Room from their Apartment or from their dashboard. Meanwhile, teachers can track student awards in teacher reports for both parts of the program.
If you want to take trophies or medals and apply them to prizes in the real world, consider a classroom raffle based on the number of bronze, silver, and gold trophies or medals students have earned. Provide fewer tickets for bronze level and more for gold. Then, at the end of the month, choose your winners. This way you are encouraging your students do use Reading Eggs every week and giving everyone a fair chance to be rewarded.
5. Critters and Trading Cards
Critters and trading cards are colorful, virtual collectables your students will love. Consider them a fun, interactive bonus to completing reading lessons.
- In Reading Eggs, critters appear after a student has completed a lesson, accompanied by a brief silly song and dance. From the Reading Eggs dashboard, students can click on the critters icon to revisit the critters that have “hatched” in previous lessons.
- In Reading Eggspress, students are awarded trading cards after they have completed a lesson or reading quiz. Trading card collections are viewable from inside a student’s Apartment, where they can also swap out cards they already have for new ones or print them.
Critters and trading cards encourage grit, especially for students who might have more trouble completing lessons. Try challenging you students to see how many new critters or trading cards they can earn in a week. Your students will feel accomplished as they complete lessons and reading quizzes and watch their collections grow! If your students are particularly enamored by critters or trading cards, let them compare and browse through their collections after they have completed all their lessons for the week.
6. Targets (Reading Eggspress Only)
Targets in Reading Eggspress are designed as a more mature element for 2nd to 6th graders and encourage students to work toward self-selected goals. To hit a Target, students must compete a certain set of tasks within the program. Early Targets help students get familiar with the different content areas, while later Targets reward students for certain milestones within the program, such as completing a certain number of reading lessons or writing reviews on library books. Targets motivate students to explore the different parts of Reading Eggspress by acting as a tool for students to self-monitor their progress. Students can easily view the targets they have “hit” or the ones they are “still aiming” toward by selecting the targets icon on their Reading Eggspress dashboard.
Since there is no time frame for completing targets, you can set you own class or individual student goals to ensure your students are making progress. For example, you might make it a class goal for everyone to have completed the early “taking flight” targets within the first two or three weeks of using Reading Eggspress. Using targets to set individual student goals provides a clear roadmap of next steps as students progress.
When it comes to Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress, it’s hard not to make literacy fun. And best of all, it’s proven to work. Check out how one South Carolina school has used Reading Eggs as a literacy intervention—and completed the research to show its effectiveness!
This blog post was originally published on Monday, January 29, 2018.