The educational value of learning through games is undisputed. In fact the national curriculum used in schools is in many ways designed to take advantage of play and games wherever possible. In addition to this there is an increasing amount of research that shows the educational benefits of using online games and other computer games. This research points to the fact that learning through games does not just improve basic skills - it shows that a structured approach to online learning can improve a child's concentration, motivation, creativity and ability to solve problems and puzzles.
Pora Ora is designed to provide a structure within which children can have plenty of fun while they learn and develop the skills and attributes they need to be successful in life. Almost all the games and quests in Pora Ora are educational with content linked to the national curriculum.
Children learn best when their parents are fully involved and well informed about their progress. As children learn through play, their progress is assessed and fed back to parents via email. This dynamic reporting of your child's progress means that you can:
The games within Pora Ora have been created to intelligently adjust to the performance of the child as they play - they get harder as the child progresses, but they will not let a child move on to the next level until they have mastered the level they are on. This means that your child should always be challenged at the right level - neither too hard nor too easy.
Pora Ora also offers support for learning by making recommendations and suggestions (through reports and news feeds) for children / parents about games they can play or activities they can do in order to help support any identified areas of weakness. Parents receive regular summaries of their child's performance in the game to 'keep them in the loop'.
Pora Ora can be used as a training ground where children can learn about staying safe online. Our secure, highly moderated environment is the perfect setting for parents to teach their children about online safety while gradually relaxing settings as they get older.