Frequently Asked Questions

General

For what ages is ABC World recommended?

ABC World is recommended for children 3-10 years old.

What are the multiple intelligences?

They are the 8 intelligences defined in Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. They are: Linguistic, Logical, Naturalistic, Visual, Musical, Kinesthetic, Intrapersonal and Interpersonal intelligence.

What are ABC World "worlds" and how many are there?

The worlds are virtual spaces for learning and exploration, where the PleIQ companion can move and interact with various play and exercise elements. There are a total of 8 worlds, one for each intelligence. In each world, children can only access activities and games related to the intelligence that it belongs to.

What are the "portals" in the worlds?

Portals are elements in the worlds that give access to educational activities or mini games related to each intelligence. By entering them, you can access learning experiences in 3D, augmented reality, virtual reality and / or mixed reality.

How are coins obtained?

Coins are earned each time a learning activity or mini game is completed. Coins can also be collected by exploring worlds. The more you play the activities and the better the results obtained, the more coins your child will earn. The coins obtained belong to each profile and are not combined among different profiles.

Where can I use the coins?

Coins are necessary to buy items for pets, especially food that must be given frequently.

What are "passports" and how do I get them?

Passports are a functionality that allows you to transport yourself “by air” between worlds. Each activity gives you a passport when you complete it the first time.

With the passport, it is not necessary to get out of a world and walk to the portal of that activity, since you can take a plane and descend by parachute right in the respective portal. Collect them all and use them to go wherever you want.

Education

Who designed the ABC learning activities?

All learning activities at ABC World were created by teachers and specialists in early education, and were validated or tested by children in the classroom, to ensure that the experiences are fun, age-appropriate, and that they meet learning objectives.

What pedagogical approaches does ABC World use?

ABC World incorporates various theories and frameworks. Mainly, it is based on game-based learning, considers the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, follows the guidelines of the Universal Design for Learning, and the Marzano-Kendall Taxonomy.

Is Augmented Reality beneficial for children?

Yes, there are multiple studies that demonstrate the benefits of using Augmented Reality in Education at all ages, and there are also many studies that demonstrate its benefits in early education.
For example, various authors have found that this technology improves long-term retention (Radu, 2014), improves motivation and learning performance (2017), favors collaborative learning (Santos et al., 2014), improves the learning curve(Diegmann et al., 2015), helps children visualize complex learning concepts (Phon, Ali, & Halim, 2014), allows individualized learning experiences (Bacca, et al., 2014), encourages the Constructivist approach ( Fernando, et al., 2015) and facilitates applying the approach of learning by playing and active learning (Prendes, 2015), among others.
In the specific area of using augmented reality in early education, research has also grown in recent years, showing significant evidence of its benefits. One example is the study by Safar, A., & Al-Yousefi, Z. (2017). "The Effectiveness of Using Augmented Reality Apps in Teaching the English Alphabet to Kindergarten Children: A Case Study in the State of Kuwait". Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 13 (2), 417–440. In this study, the authors randomly selected a sample of 42 preschool-age children, divided them into two groups, one which continued their educational process in a traditional way (control group), and another group where teachers introduced the use of augmented reality in their daily activities (experimental group). The results showed a statistically significant difference in alphabet learning in favor of the experimental group, with a strong linear correlation between the time spent in the classroom on interactive learning activities and the result in the knowledge assessments specific to the curriculum. This result is consistent with other similar studies carried out in the last 5 years, not only covering pre-reading skills, but logical-mathematical, musical, socio-emotional skills, etc. Among some of those studies are those by Rasalingam, R. et al. (2014), Sırakaya, M. et al (2018), Fuadah, K. et all. (2018), Redondo, B. et al. (2019), Preka, G. et al. (2019).

Can I use ABC World at my school?

Yes, write to schools@abcworld.com and we will contact you with more information.

Functionality

What languages ​​does ABC World support?

Currently, all activities and games are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

What devices can I use with ABC World?

Any smart device (tablet or phone) running Android (version 5.0 or later) or iOS (version 11.0 or later) operating systems. We recommend a minimum configuration of 1GB of RAM, an ARMv7 (Cortex) CPU or Atom CPU; OpenGL ES 2.0 or later.

For the special features of ARCore on Android, see list of devices (link)
For the special features of ARKit on iOS, any device equal to or greater than the iPhone 6s.

My account is expired, what should I do?

If an account is expired it could be due to the associated subscription being interrupted, either due to cancellation of the subscription (by the user) or a payment processing error. To reactivate the service, you must purchase a new subscription.

If my device cannot see augmented and virtual reality, can I still use the application?

Yes. If your device does not have a gyroscope, you can still access the learning activities. We have developed functionalities so that even when you cannot access the entire experience, you can access the educational content and achieve the proposed learning objectives.

Safety

Does ABC World comply with COPPA and GDPR standards?

Yes. ABC was designed taking into account all the norms for safety and data protection in children that are established in the COPPA norms of the United States of America, and the GDPR that applies to the European Union.

Is there advertising within the application?

No, there is no advertising within ABC World.

Can strangers contact my child within ABC World?

No, there is no possibility that anyone can contact your child using the ABC World app.

How much screen time per day do you recommend using ABC World?

We abide by the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which recommends limiting the use of screens for children between 3 and 5 years old to no more than 1 hour a day. Based on our experience, 45 minutes a day is more than enough for the development of competencies and the achievement of learning objectives in children.

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