Five Ideas to Help Structure Motivating Learning Activities for Kids

On Monday, we offered up three ways parents and teachers can better motivate young readers. As we take aim at the literacy crisis, here are more tips that can help engage young minds and inspire them to pick up a book and read. Research indicates there are several ways to structure activities to enhance a… Read more »

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Hoosier Company Creating Educational Apps—Interview with Evanced President Rob Cullin and Lindsey Hill, lead for reading engagement innovation.

5 Great Takeaways from “Written by a Kid”

If you haven’t seen the “Written by a Kid” series yet, you should. As advertised, the short episodes are conceived entirely by young children and are acted out and animated by some rather high-profile adults. For instance, the first in the series, “Scary Smash,” includes Dave Foley (from “Kids in the Hall” and “News Radio” fame), Joss Whedon… Read more »

Pinpointing Signs and Causes of Reading-Related Stress

Not everyone loves to read as much as you do. As we kick off Teen Read Week, it’s important for parents, teachers, and librarians to remember that not everyone enjoys reading. For many young people, reading is stressful. Whether it’s due to physical issues such as poor eyesight, inadequate vision correction, a lack of prior… Read more »

That ‘Reading Problem’ May Just Be a Knowledge Problem in Disguise

As we confront the literacy crisis in the United States, it’s easy to overlook one of the major stumbling blocks for children learning to read. Often, kids can appear confused not because they can’t functionally read the words, but because the content is unfamiliar.   In other words, the child may not have a reading… Read more »

Three ways Parents and Teachers Can Improve Efforts to Motivate Young Readers

Last week, we examined some of our failures as educators and parents when it comes to motivating children to read. The good news is that things don’t have to stay the way they are. There are more steps we can take to fight the literacy crisis. Research suggests that reading motivation, and as a result… Read more »

Froggy Phonics Develops Surprising Skills

Lindsey Hill, our lead for reading engagement innovation, recently appeared on Matthew Winner’s “Let’s Get Busy”podcast where the pair discussed Froggy Phonics. Turns out there’s a lot more to the game than simply leaping from lily pad to lily pad, gulping fireflies, and hunting for froggy friends.   Listen to the audio clip below to find… Read more »

The Reason Why Efforts to Motivate Kids Fail

Earlier this week, we looked at the four major motivators that influence kids to become engaged readers. As we investigate the literacy crisis in America, we’ve looked at factors that keep kids from becoming avid readers, but what about when our attempts to motivate them fail? Why are we coming up short? Too often, we… Read more »

Motivation Drives the Educational Process for Children

As we continue to discuss the literacy crisis facing the United States, we recently brought up the importance that reading to young children plays in their development. Not only does it give them key skills that form the foundation of life-long literacy, but just as importantly, it teaches them that reading is fun. Kids like fun…. Read more »

What Does it Mean to Teach a Child to Read?

We take reading for granted. For most of us, it’s such a fundamental part of our lives, that we forget we are even doing it. Decoding signs and letters and books is more reflex than chore. We read without a thought. That’s not true for everyone. For children (and many teens and adults), reading requires… Read more »

What Factors Keep Kids From Being Avid Readers?

A few days ago, we examined the literacy crisis in the United States. While it’s undeniable there is a problem, what are the causes? Why is it that reading engagement drops off so significantly by the time students enter high school? For older children and teens, the answer is paradoxical. They don’t read because they… Read more »

The Literacy Crisis

At Evanced and Evanced Games, we are deeply concerned with helping libraries and schools fulfill their mission to engage readers of all ages. As a nation, we have to do a better job not only teaching our children to read, but raising a new generation of truly literate citizens. Accomplishing that task is easier said… Read more »

That ‘Reading Problem’ May Just Be a Knowledge Problem in Disguise

As we confront the literacy crisis in the United States, it’s easy to overlook one of the major stumbling blocks for children learning to read. Often, kids can appear confused not because they can’t functionally read the words, but because the content is unfamiliar. In other words, the child may not have a reading problem,… Read more »

Welcome to the Blog for Evanced Games!

Welcome! Thanks for checking us out! Here we’ll post the latest updates on games from Evanced and share our thoughts on educational gaming and learning innovations in general. First, let’s introduce the philosophy that guides our approach to educational game design. In short, our design philosophy is focused on FUN. This is because we believe… Read more »