WHAT IS OOKA ISLAND?
Ooka Island is an adaptive, game-based learn to read program for kindergarten and beyond that develops strong early reading skills through 24 levels of educational activities and 85 ebooks. Make Ooka Island a regular part of your reading routine and graduate a confident, fluent reader.
“My daughter started using Ooka Island in mid-July before starting grade 1 at a DRA level 6. It helped her identify concepts she was missing and by mid-September, she was at a level 12, consistently! I love the report card and share it with her weekly.”
Principal, H A Halbert Public School
“Teachers liked using it because it was easy to use and they could see how it could enhance their literacy program. The fact that it uses personalized programming and provides real-time, precise data benefits teachers as a way to respond to each students’ needs."
Program Coordinator, Toronto District School Board
WHY DOES IT WORK?
RESEARCH-BASED: Built on 25 years of research, Ooka Island teaches the five foundational reading skills necessary to become a fluent reader: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.
GAME-BASED: Every student is a hero tasked with helping the Ooka Elves learn how to read. Ooka Island uses storytelling, 3D animation, game-based learning strategies, and motion event technology.
ADAPTIVE: Ooka Island plots a personalized path to ensure each child is building a solid foundation in reading.
DATA-DRIVEN: Real-time reports provide a detailed picture of where a child is excelling or struggling in reading.
ALIGNED: Ooka Island aligns with many provincial language curricula and state language standards for Kindergarten and Grade 1, as well as Head Start learning outcomes.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
· A UNIQUE LEARNING FLOW CYCLE: Ooka Island has three parts that cycle through until program completion. Part 1 is 20 minutes of phonological development where a child is guided through a variety of activities that teach research-based concepts such as phonemic awareness and blending sounds. Part 2 is focused on reading for comprehension. Ooka Island includes 85 leveled ebooks with highlighting and supportive narration. Students read each book twice, followed by activities. Part 3 is Free Play! Students choose wherever they want to go and cross-curricular learning is encouraged.
· EVERYONE STARTS AT LEVEL 1: As each child spends time on the program, our adaptive reading platform uses continuous formative assessment to adjust instruction and adapt to individual reading levels.
· FREE TRIAL: Download the app to play for FREE. Our free trial is intended to provide an idea of the program’s structure and a feel for the game.
· LOGIN WITH AN EXISTING ACCOUNT: Your account can be used across multiple devices.
· WI-FI OR CELLULAR DATA IS REQUIRED: Ooka Island cannot be played offline.
· Contact us at email@example.com or search our 24/7 Support Desk at http://support.ookaisland.com
ONE TIME PURCHASES FOR PARENTS
Ooka Island offers the following annual purchases:
1 year for 1 child: $89.99USD
1 year for 2 children: $129.99USD
1 year for 3 children: $179.99USD
3-month for 1 child: $24.99USD
3-month for 2 children: $$36.99USD
3-month for 3 children: $48.99USD
These prices are for United States customers. Pricing in other countries may vary and actual charges may be converted to your local currency depending on your country of residence.
General bug fixes and improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Wonderful learning program!
My 4 yo daughter has learned so much from this program and she loves the games and activities. I am so glad it is available for the iPad now. It is just like the online version but better! Thanks!
So far my kids like the desktop version on our PC, but it's an incredibly frustrating app. There is no parent dashboard, no way that I could figure out how to add or remove users (had to cancel my subscription and sign up again just to add my daughter and get the sibling discount, now I'd like to add my 3 year old and there is no way to do so even on the full desktop version.) The voices used to narrate the stories are incredibly dull and a little confusing when you hear "listen to what the girl says" and then a man's voice narrates what the girl says. Not that that's a huge deal but they could at least do character voices instead of a monotone this-is-the-most-boring-thing-I've-ever-had-to-do voice. The most scientific method in the world isn't going to work if it's boring and not user friendly. The app and the entire program itself has a LOT of room for improvement and needs work before I can give it any more stars.
Developer Response ,
Hi there, Sarah here from the Customer Success team. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your experience with the app thus far. Feedback from customers like yourself is crucial to improving the user experience.
The app is solely intended to be a way for children to access the Ooka Island program. A parent dashboard is available by visiting lighthouse.ookaisland.com and logging in with your parent email and password (similar to logging into the app) Here you can manage your account, add new subscriptions and view your child's progress! We will definitely work to make this tool more obvious and available to our app customers.
As for the narration part, this was intentional as the female voice (Auntie Kay) is the role of a teacher who is always asking questions as a child reads and pointing more subtle pieces of the story to pull comprehension. The man's voice (Zobot) is the narrator that reads the text with the child from the very beginning as a child may not be able to read at this earliest level. To have different voices for the different characters distracts from reading the text and interacting with the teacher's voice. At this stage of early reading, more than 2 voices become more like a movie with a cast of characters.
If you would like any help navigating your parent dashboard or have any further questions about the program, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd be happy to help!
Wow! Can't believe how well this has worked in just a couple days! Our kids are literally fighting over the iPad. Highly recommended.
- Ooka Island Inc.
- 605.4 MB
Requires iOS 9.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017 Ooka Island Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- Ooka Unlimited Access $7.99
- Starter for 3 Months, 1 Child $24.99
- Ooka Unlimited Access $11.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.