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GENERAL INFORMATION

BOOKR Class is a reading-based edutainment tool designed to engage children in reading in English. The solution offers a 2-in-1 platform: a safe, ad-free, easy-to-use gamified library application for students, coupled with a teacher’s dashboard displaying real-time statistics. 

The Library app, available for smartphones and tablets, offers 150+ digital e-books, games and flashcards in English for children, from beginner to intermediate level. Every storybook provides a complex and engaging learning experience thanks to curated texts, illustrations, animations, interactions, native narration, text-highlighting and educational games.

The Teacher’s Dashboard allows teachers to refer books to their pupils, assign homework and examine data regarding their performance in and outside of the classroom. Teachers can also browse the books of the library based on their description, level, age group, grammar and vocabulary, and find supporting materials such as Teacher Guides, lesson plans and practical tips.

BOOKR Class is recommended to teachers and educators enthusiastic about digital solutions in education; and to their students between the ages of 3-16 with language proficiency levels from beginner (pre-A1*) to upper-intermediate (B2*).

From toddlers to teenagers, everyone will find a story that fits their level and interest.

*According to Common European Framework of Reference

The BOOKR Class Library is divided into six proficiency levels which are adapted to specific age groups (3-16 years) and based on their needs, interests and preferences as language learners. When selecting and composing the texts, different topics and different genres are included to showcase the diversity of the English language.

The BOOKR Class Library is divided into six proficiency levels which are adapted to specific age groups as well as the linguistic proficiency levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR): from pre-A1 to B2 (pre-beginner to upper-intermediate).

The BOOKR Class Library consists of 150+ animated e-books, nursery rhymes, songs, games and flashcards and is regularly updated with new titles.

Our selection varies from classics to contemporary titles: you’ll surely meet Old MacDonald, Little Red Riding Hood, the Little Prince, and many more. You’ll also find readers on practical situations, introductions to the English-speaking world, and texts on civilization. Every book is enhanced with animation, interaction, narration by native British & American actors and, of course, educational games related to the stories.

Learn more about our selection: Portfolio

The texts and activities are designed to support different learning styles. Illustrations and animations support the understanding of the texts, but they’re moderate enough not to distract users from reading. Moreover, fun educational games help to highlight the main linguistic elements and features for more focused, intentional learning and practice.

The following unique combination of features can be found in our interactive e-books:

  • Animations
  • Native narration
  • Text-highlighting
  • Educational games
  • Collectible awards

 

Studies show that the combination of these features facilitates language acquisition and improves: 

  • vocabulary due to the wide variety of topics
  • grammar by providing meaningful context and natural language use
  • written language production skills through incidental learning and focused activities
  • oral language production skills through songs, nursery rhymes, motivating examples and encouraging games
  • written language comprehension skills with demonstrative illustrations and animations, and follow-up activities
  • oral language comprehension skills thanks to native narration and listening activities
  • communication skills through comics, situations, and engaging and inspiring content

The Library is divided into six proficiency levels which are adapted to specific age groups.

Each level is based on the interests and preferences of the given age group as well as their needs as language learners.

Linguistic needs were established according to the linguistic proficiency levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), but educational and psychological aspects, and international teaching best practices were also taken into account.

BOOKR Level Recommended age group Recommended CERF level Recommended proficiency level
Level 1 3-8 pre-A1 Beginner – basic vocabulary, grammar and skills need to be established and developed.

Very basic items and structures in chunks; short and simple sentences; coherent texts; reading comprehension development.

Level 2 6-10 pre-A1
Level 3 8-12 A1
Level 4 10-14 A2 Elementary – more language-focused games, more conscious use of competences and skills
Level 5 12-16 B1 Independent language user – a basic knowledge of English; to improve their vocabulary, grammar and skills; emphasis on the everyday use of English and on topics which are related to culture, travel and mobility
Level 6 14-16 B2 Intermediate – capable of understanding original texts and their message, implicit content, humour, sarcasm. This level focuses mainly on the civilisation and culture of English-speaking countries, especially the UK and USA.

 

When selecting and composing texts, we pay special attention to creating a variety of books that cover a wide range of subjects for each level, while also considering the proficiency level of each target group. These different topics and genres showcase the diversity of the English language. This enables us to provide the relevant context to vocabulary topics, chunks, different registers and various grammar structures in order to develop skills as well as teach readers about culture, civilization and other diverse subject matters.

In the Teacher’s Dashboard you can list all your students, and thanks to the unique personal access code for each student, you can follow their activity in the app, see how much time they spend on a book, how many titles they read and what their results are in the exercises. You can also assign specific books for them to read – these will appear on their “Recommended” shelf in the application. You can also find more information about the books and can search for the best choice by tags. Last but not least, this is where we upload various useful teaching resources like lesson plans and teacher guides.

For a detailed Step by Step User Guide, click here: How to use the Teacher’s Dashboard

Definitely! Thanks to its wide variety of content developed by English as a Second Language teachers, BOOKR Class is suitable for schools as complementary material. It’s also great fun beyond the classic learning environment, for instance whilst travelling or on cozy Sunday afternoons.

The main reason we created BOOKR Class was to present the best of classical literature in an exciting and enjoyable way for today’s children, providing a tool for them to navigate the often bumpy road of becoming passionate readers. We combined the elements of e-books, audiobooks, traditional exercise books, educational apps and mobile games in order to give children the most engaging reading experience possible.

According to research conducted in 2016 (“The effect of BOOKR Kids stories”, With Art for Education Research Group, University of Szeged), involving 65 kindergarten and elementary school students, and another study in 2019 (BOOKR Kids & Klebelsberg Center, as part of the EFOP 3.2.4. grant) with students from years 2 and 6, our discreetly animated interactive books are proven to maintain attention on a long term, providing higher exposure time to literary pieces and the English language itself. They develop students’ linguistic awareness in a multifaceted way and have a positive effect on students’ comprehension skills.

These interactive books also allow educators to smooth the differences in students’ learning abilities in the classroom and to mitigate socioeconomic and socio-cultural disadvantages. The still images and motion pictures inspire teachers to implement visual reading as a part of their lessons.

The assumption that young people are attracted to the techno-media approach of viewing was clearly confirmed by these research studies. The participants’ responses indicated an emotional attachment. The novelty of the format in itself did not explain the high enjoyment index; positive responses were primarily related to the actual use and experience of BOOKR Class.

In summary, the books of the BOOKR Class app develop students’ performance in linguistic awareness and reading comprehension through improved vocabulary, articulate reading, understanding meaning, formulating a basic statement, highlighting elements of narrative themes and understanding implied messages. Furthermore, they also strengthen students’ digital reading comprehension. During the research periods, reading interactive books yielded better results than reading traditional printed texts in the areas listed above.

Yes, the number of books in the Library is constantly increasing. We do our best to develop all levels in parallel.

When recording narrations for our stories, our purpose is to provide a solid base for good listening and pronunciation skills for children and to be as authentic as possible so that they get used to the living language.

The books on Level 1 and Level 2 are read by British English speakers, while on the higher levels more diverse accents can be heard. Several of our books have different civilizational and cultural content from other English-speaking countries, including Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia. To ensure an authentic learning experience, in these stories the narrator’s accent reflects the nationality of the author of the text, giving teachers an opportunity to include the differences between Anglophone countries, patterns of speech and accents in their curriculum.

No, BOOKR Class is designed to strengthen English language skills. It is not (yet) available in other languages.

BOOKR Class is available worldwide via the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices. 

BOOKR Class runs on Android and iOS mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. 

Our solution relies on the core functionalities of the Android and iOS operating systems (Android 6 or newer; iPhone 6 or newer; iPad 4 or newer; iOS 9 or newer).

BOOKR Class does not currently run on Windows phones, Chromebooks, computers or laptops.

Unfortunately not. While the Teacher’s Dashboard is accessible through a desktop browser, the app is currently only available on handheld devices running Android and iOS operating systems. We are, however, working on the desktop version that will come out later in 2020.

BOOKR Class is available worldwide, you can download it from the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices. You can use the Teacher’s Dashboard via the browser on your desktop or mobile device.

You must be connected to the Internet to download BOOKR Class, to browse the Library and to download books. The downloaded books can be read offline, without an Internet connection, as long as you have a valid subscription. The user statistics, however, will only be transferred to the Teacher’s Dashboard when your device is online again.

When a school purchases a license, we make sure to train their teachers. We introduce the app and its features, the Teacher’s Dashboard and its features, the methodological background of the interactive books and BOOKR Class, and share practical advice on how to use the app.

For individual users we regularly hold webinars to make the BOOKR Class experience as smooth as possible. For upcoming dates, follow our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bookrclass

THE BOOKR CLASS LIBRARY

Both! The BOOKR Class Library is one of the two essential elements of the BOOKR Class platform, this is where all our interactive books are located. Therefore, both teachers and students can log in and use the app, read the books and play the games.

The Library consists of 150+ animated e-books, nursery rhymes & songs, games and flashcards and is constantly updated with new titles.

The selection varies from classics to contemporary titles: you’ll surely meet Old MacDonald, Little Red Riding Hood and the Little Prince. You’ll also find readers on practical situations, introductions to the English speaking world, and texts on civilisation. Every book is enhanced with animation, interaction, narration by native English & American actors and, of course, educational games related to the stories.

Learn more about the selection: Portfolio – https://bookrclass.com/portfolio/

BOOKR Class is recommended to teachers and educators enthusiastic about digital solutions in education; and to their students between the ages of 3-16 and language proficiency levels from beginner (pre-A1) to upper-intermediate (B2).

From the youngest kids to teenagers, everyone will  find a story that fits their level and interest.

The Library is divided into six proficiency levels which are adapted to specific age groups as well as their needs as language learners. The titles are recommended for English learners aged 3-16 and are created based on the interests and preferences of the given age groups. When selecting and composing the texts, different topics and different genres are included to showcase the diversity of the English language.

The Library is divided into six proficiency levels which are adapted to specific age groups as well as the linguistic proficiency levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR): from pre-A1 to B2, from pre-beginner to upper-intermediate.

In the framework of English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL), reading has been proven to contribute to language learning and to fostering intrinsic motivation. 

BOOKR Class offers a wide range of books that suit every taste and will please language learners with varying preferences and needs.

The texts and activities are designed to support different learning styles, moreover, the illustrations and games help to highlight the main linguistic elements and features for more focused, intentional learning. 

The following unique combination of features can be found in the interactive e-books:

  • Animations
  • Native narration
  • Text-highlighting
  • Educational games
  • Collectible awards

Studies show that the combination of these features facilitates language acquisition and improves: 

  • vocabulary due to the wide variety of topics
  • grammar with the help of nursery rhymes, narratives, conversations, etc.
  • written language production skills through incidental learning and focused activities
  • oral language production skills through songs, nursery rhymes, motivating examples and encouraging games
  • written language comprehension skills with follow-up activities
  • oral language comprehension skills thanks to authentic narrators and listening activities
  • communication skills through comics, situations and motivational content

The Library is divided into six proficiency levels which are adapted to specific age groups.

Each category is based on the interests and preferences of the given age group as well as their needs as language learners.

The linguistic needs were established based on the linguistic proficiency levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), but other aspects and experiences were also taken into account.

 

BOOKR Level Recommended age group Recommended proficiency level
Level 1 3-8 Beginner – basic vocabulary,grammar and skills need to be established and developed.

Very basic items and structures in chunks; short and simple sentences; coherent texts; reading comprehension development.

Level 2 6-10
Level 3 8-12
Level 4 10-14 Elementary – more language-focused games, more conscious use of competences and skills
Level 5 12-16 Independent language user – a basic knowledge of English; to improve their vocabulary, grammar and skills; emphasis on the everyday use of English and on topics which are related to culture, travel and mobility
Level 6 14-16 Intermediate – capable of understanding original texts and their message, implicit content, humour, sarcasm. This level focuses mainly on the civilisation and culture of English-speaking countries, especially the UK and USA.

 

When selecting and composing texts, we pay special attention to creating a wide variety of books that cover a wide range of subjects for each level, besides considering the proficiency level of each target group. The different topics and genres showcase the diversity of the English language. This enables us to provide the relevant context to vocabulary topics, chunks, different registers and various grammar structures in order to develop skills as well as teach about culture, civilisation and diverse subject matters as part of the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

Yes, the number of books in the Library is constantly increasing. We do our best to develop all levels parallelly. 

When recording narrations to our stories, our purpose is to set a solid base for good listening and pronunciation skills for children and to be as authentic as possible so that they get used to the living language.

The books on Level 1 and Level 2 are read by British English speakers, while on the higher levels we hear more diverse accents. Several of our books have different civilizational and cultural content from other English-speaking countries, including Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia. To ensure an authentic learning experience, in these stories the narrator’s accent reflects the nationality of the author and the text. As a result, users may encounter different English accents, but mainly British and American.

Both varieties can be found in the Library. Our main goal is to provide entertaining, engaging classic and modern stories for each proficiency group while keeping the texts as authentic as possible. Some texts that were fit for our levels have been kept in their original form, while others have been simplified and graded to suit different proficiency levels. The BOOKR Class application also contains texts written by our in-house authors, tailored to focus on specific language structures while taking the characteristics/originalities of the language into account.

Every story includes narration, but you can choose to turn it on or off. Just click the “Stop” button in the left corner of the page, then tap on the “Mouth” icon to change the settings. 

As every story is narrated by an actor, the speed of the narration cannot be changed. Our goal is to provide an authentic English language experience, so we don’t modify the natural way our actors speak. Needless to say, the narrators bear in mind that the app is for educational purposes.

To log in to the BOOKR Class application, you need a 6-digit personal access code that you find under the “Teachers” menu in the Teacher’s Dashboard, next to your name. 

The students only need a login for the app which is a 6-digit personal access code for them to. These can be found in the Teacher’s Dashboard, under “Students” menu, next to their names.

BOOKR Class is an English teaching and learning experience with exposition to the language in its core. 

Similarly to how children learn the mother tongue, students learn English through association through stories, songs, games, and other engaging activities. 

BOOKR Class is an English teaching and learning experience with exposition to the language in its core. 

Instead of using translation that might disrupt the flow of storytelling, we encourage associative learning. Similarly to how children learn the mother tongue, students learn English through association through stories, songs, games, and other engaging activities.  

You can find out the length of the book after you open it and click on the Stop button. Here you will be able to see the number of pages and can scroll among them.

The educational games are at the end of each story, to enhance the reading experience and check the reading comprehension, as well as on the “Games” shelf, accessible from the Library.

To delete a book, enter Settings (hamburger button in the top right corner), then Storage. Here you can delete the books one by one, or you can reset your whole Library and delete all books.

You must be connected to the Internet to download the application, to browse the Library and to download books. The downloaded books can be read offline, without Internet connection, as long as you have a valid subscription. The user statistics, however, will only be transferred to the Teacher’s Dashboard when the device is online again.

You can. Go to the Settings menu (the hamburger button in the top right corner of the screen), choose “Customize” and then “Resume”. If this setting is OFF, your reading will always start from Page 1.

You can. Go to the Settings menu (hamburger button in the top right corner of the screen), choose “Customize” and then “Resume”. If this setting is ON, your reading will always start from the last page viewed.

Go to the Settings menu (hamburger button in the top right corner of the screen), choose “Customize” and then “Narration”. If this setting is ON, your narration will start automatically.

GETTING STARTED / ACCESSING BOOKR CLASS

If you are new to BOOKR Class, you can request free access for 6 months, for up to 10 students here. This includes 1 account for the teacher with access to the Teacher’s Dashboard and the BOOKR Class app, and 10 accounts for the students with access to the BOOKR Class app. 

If you wish to continue your licence after the free period or wish to use the app with more students, please get in touch with us here . We will be sure to get back to you with a customized offer within a few days.

To give you the best experience, we are happy to offer you free access for 6 months, for up to 10 students here. This includes 1 account for the teacher with access to the Teacher’s Dashboard and the BOOKR Class app, and 10 accounts for the students with access to the BOOKR Class app.

Yes, you can! If you are new to BOOKR Class, you can request free access for 6 months, for up to 10 students here . This includes 1 account for the teacher with access to the Teacher’s Dashboard and the BOOKR Class app, and 10 accounts for the students with access to the BOOKR Class app.

BOOKR Class normally costs 29 EUR / student / year, and is free for 6 months for up to 10 students. For prolonged use, or use with more than 10 students, we offer customized subscription plans. If you would like to use BOOKR Class in your classroom, please fill out this form and we will get back to you within a few days with a customized offer.

It is possible to purchase BOOKR Class for a home use, without the Teacher’s Dashboard. In this case, please visit our webshop: https://bookrclass.com/family

When a school purchases a BOOKR Class license, we create an account for your school. Once we share the credentials with your school, you can start to add fellow teachers to the system (with their email address and a password that you can later change yourself). Then you can add your classes and students. You will be able to return to this platform at teacher.bookrclass.com with your email address and password.

To enter the application, you need a 6-digit personal access code that you find under the “Teachers” menu in the Teacher’s Dashboard, next to your name. For the students, you will find the same type of code next to their names, under the “Students” menu. 

Download our detailed Step by Step User Guide.

To log in to the Teacher’s Dashboard (teacher.bookrclass.com), you need an email address and a password previously registered in your school’s account.

To log in to the BOOKR Class application, you need a 6-digit personal access code that you find under the “Teachers” menu in the Teacher’s Dashboard, next to your name. 

The students only need a 6-digit personal access code to log in the app. These codes can be found in the Teacher’s Dashboard, under the “Students” menu, next to their names.

You find your 6-digit personal access code under the “Teachers” menu in the Teacher’s Dashboard (teacher.bookrclass.com), next to your name. This code is unique for each teacher and student.

Once you enter the application and its Library and click on a book, a popup window appears to ask for your 6-digit personal access code. Once you enter it, you can use the app without limitations. As long as you’re signed in the app, you normally don’t have to enter the code again.

One personal access code can be used on more devices (for example, a tablet in the school, a phone at home), however, it can only be used on one at a time. If you sign in with several devices at the same time, one of the devices will be “kicked out”. 

Go to the “Students” menu in the Teacher’s Dashboard (teacher.bookrclass.com), and click on the green “Add” button in the top right corner. Enter the student’s name, class and status (Active or Inactive) and the system will generate a 6-digit personal access code for the student. 

This is the code your student needs to enter the application. This code is unique to each student.

Be careful: if you want to grant access to a student, choose the status “Active.” In case you choose “Inactive,” even though the student will receive an access code, she/he will not be able to enter the application.

Don’t worry, just log in to the Teacher’s Dashboard (teacher.bookrclass.com) and check the code under the “Teachers” or the “Students” menu, next to their name.

You can also export a .csv file with the access codes by clicking on the blue “Export” button in the top right corner.

No, normally the app keeps you signed in. You might need to log in with your code, however, when restarting your phone or updating the app.

Your access code is valid for the time period you or your school purchased a BOOKR Class subscription for. The first day of your subscription is usually when BOOKR Kids hands the Teacher’s Dashboard access over to the school, unless requested otherwise.

To find out more, please consult your colleague responsible for BOOKR Class at your school.

First check if the code she/he enters to the app is identical with the one in the Teacher’s Dashboard and it is entered correctly (no extra spaces, typos, etc.) Also make sure her/his status is set to “Active” (and not “Inactive”). If the problem persists, please contact us at support@bookrclass.com.

THE TEACHER’S DASHBOARD

In the Teacher’s Dashboard you can list all your students, and thanks to the unique personal access code for each student, you can follow their activity in the app, see how long they spend on a book, how many titles they read and what their results are in the exercises. You can also assign specific books for them to read – these will appear on their “Recommended” shelf in the application. You also find more information about the titles and can search the best choice by tags. Last but not least, this is where we upload various useful teaching resources like lesson plans and teacher guides.

For a detailed Step by Step User Guide, click here

To log in to the Teacher’s Dashboard (teacher.bookrclass.com), you need an email address and a password. 

If you are using our free package, this was sent out to you after the approval of your request. 

If you are a paying customer, this was registered by your school in its account after the purchase.

You can change your password by looking for your name under the “Teachers” menu. Click on the little pencil icon next to your name and you can change your personal data here, such as your name, the classes you teach in and your password. 

You find your 6-digit personal access code under the “Teachers” menu in the Teacher’s Dashboard (teacher.bookrclass.com), next to your name. This code is unique for each teacher and student.

Go to the “Students” menu in the Teacher’s Dashboard (teacher.bookrclass.com), and click on the green “Add” button in the top right corner. Enter the student’s name, class and status (Active or Inactive) and the system will generate a 6-digit personal access code for the student. 

This is the code your student needs to enter the application. This code is unique to each student.

Be careful: if you want to grant access to a student, choose the status “Active.” In case you choose “Inactive,” even though the student will receive an access code, she/he will not be able to enter the application.

Don’t worry, just log in to the Teacher’s Dashboard (teacher.bookrclass.com) and check the code under the “Teachers” or the “Students” menu, next to their name.

You can also export a .csv file with the access codes by clicking on the blue “Export” button in the top right corner.

Clicking on the Statistics module, you can browse…

  • their name and class, 
  • the number of books they read, 
  • the number of books they started but haven’t finished yet, 
  • the number of tasks they completed, 
  • the time they spent reading.

If you click on the magnifying glass icon next to the student’s name, you will see all this data more detailed, summarizing and book by book too.

You can recommend books by choosing the “Students” menu, and clicking on the + icon next to the student’s name. Then, you can choose the designated book from a dropdown menu.

You’ll find follow-up games and activities after each story in the app. Many of our books also include additional downloadable teaching guides, lesson plans and worksheets – find them at https://bookrclass.com/portfolio/ or in the Teacher’s Dashboard under “Documents” menu.

With BOOKR Class you will be able to:

Access all books, flashcards and games as in the mobile app

Select the level and browse book titles

Play the animated books, with or without narration and text highlighting

Connect through Google Meet, Zoom, Teams etc. via screen share