How we gamifed reading records! ‘Reading Light’ on nightzookeeper.com

Reading Light powered up.png

We’ve created a feature this summer to gamify the process of keeping a reading record. We think this will have a huge impact on student motivation levels as they are rewarded in their Night Zoo account for the amount of reading they are doing ‘offline’.

Here are just a few reasons why we’re so excited about the impact of Reading Light:

Increased motivation

We have seen through early testing of Reading Light that it can inspire students to read more books as they enjoy receiving ‘in game’ rewards for their time spent reading. This process is very simple for students. Once they have added a book to their digital ‘bookshelf’, they can then record how much time it has taken for them to read it. This can be done in stages or in one sitting. Once approved by their teacher, students receive orbs and ‘light’ for their flashlight. Their goal is to collect up to 20 orbs per level and achieve each one of the five flashlight levels.

Search for book.png

Recording notes whilst reading

We challenge students to record what they have learnt after every reading session. They must record at least a couple of sentences on the knowledge they have acquired from the book. This could be anything from new words that they have picked up, to a new insight they have gained on the lead character.

Consolidating their learning

Reading Light challenges students to write a book review about every title that they complete. This is a great way for students to show you what they have learnt whilst reading the book. This is also a fantastic way for students to consolidate their learning (similar to a lesson plenary), as they revise the topics in the book when writing a review all about it.

Reading record page.png

A long term sense of achievement

As students continue to add books to their Reading Light bookshelf, they gain a huge sense of achievement when looking back at all the titles they have read whilst in your class. Each book that they complete also receives a green check mark, which adds to the feeling of achievement as they browse back through their list of books.

Pride when sharing with their parents

A students’ Reading Light page can be easily shared with their parents as it is linked on their profile page. This is a great way to help parents get involved in the conversation about reading, as they will be able to ask students all about the latest book they have seen listed on their Reading Light bookshelf. Parents can also help students add more books that they are reading from home in order to share with you the following day at school.

We really hope that Reading Light will be a great addition to your classroom this year and it will inspire a love of reading, even with some of the more reluctant readers in your group!

Your bookshelf.png

How to Use Reading Light

 

re.png

From their menu students can click on the “Reading Light” Button.

Ad.png

By clicking “Add Book”, they can search for the book they are reading.

Search for book

When they click “Add Time”, they first choose the book and then add the amount of time they have read. They then must write a reading report to show what they learned.

Reading record page

All the writing comes to your teacher dashboard to publish. You can also go to the Reading Light button on the “Resources” page and see an overview of all the books your students are reading.

As well as this you can add books as a teacher which will then appear in your students library for them to begin writing their reading reports about!

Over.png

When you publish your students reading reports, their time will be added to their Reading Light, which begins to power it up and reward them with orbs to collect. Once it’s full your students will win their first Reading Light award!

Reading Light powered up

Have any questions or comments, just let us know below!

Teacher Basic Guide: What do students do on nightzookeeper.com?

10 awesome ways nightzookeeper.com develops writing skills!

 

 

 

 

Write a Comment

Recent Posts

Setting up a new class on Night Zookeeper

Setting up a new class on Night Zookeeper

Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a great summer vacation and that you’re as excited as we are about the new school year! We’ve been working really hard this summer to add lots of new features and activities to the website! We hope you’ll enjoy the improvements with your students! This blog post includes all you need to know to make a fast start with Night Zookeeper this year! Let’s get your kids up and running! How do I create […]

The New Nightzookeeper.com

The New Nightzookeeper.com

The Night Zookeeper team have been busy over the last few months preparing a host of new features for you and your students to enjoy. Here’s just some of what you can expect when you start using nightzookeeper.com with your class. A streamlined student menu for easy navigation. New learning games that help students to use new words, develop reading comprehension skills, and improve spelling. A new live game to play with the whole class, ‘Sentence Dash’ that boosts reading comprehension skills. […]

Share this with

Copy this link

Follow us on