On July 15th 2015, I spent a nice summer day in Pori demonstrating Bingel to random passers by. We shared a booth with our partners from Bitartic and Fantastec, as well as another Finnish edtech company Skillpixels.
Our event was co-located with the popular SuomiAreena, which had education as a specific topic this year. Our stand was swarming with kids trying out Bingel and giving us valuable feedback as a result. I learned something new about Bingel that day.
I already knew that one of the most important competitive advantages of Bingel is that it is carefully tailored to fit the age level and the respective curriculum. Also the visuals and stories of the Bingel world are matched with the grade level. We are going to start with 3rd grade materials after the summer, and were demonstrating only those.
My learning? I was pleasently surprised to see that kids from preschoolers to 7th graders were eager to try out our Bingel instance which only had 3rd grade materials in it. Preschoolers stuck to decorating the avatars, whereas two 7th graders competed who could answer the easy exercises faster. Sometimes we got siblings, who helped out each other.
All this is good news to me. Exact alignment with curriculum is important and reassuring to the teachers. However, having also elements and use cases spanning age levels helps in spreading the news about Bingel beyond 3rd graders & their teachers and parents. We are merely starting with the 3rd grade, but going to expand to the whole primary education.
You can find further description of Bingel (in Finnish) here.