ABCya, The Leader In Educational Games For Kids!
Back in 2004 there wasn’t a lot of content available when it came to engaging, standards aligned educational games for kids. What few games that were available could be costly and most schools didn’t have a budget for such things. That was the case for Alan Tortolani.
Tortolani along with his wife Lisa were frustrated with the available resources for their school’s computer lab. It’s not strange for teacher’s to spend their own money to help outfit their classrooms. But again the underlying problem at the time wasn’t just the fact that the Tortolani’s school district wouldn’t pay for educational games, there weren’t many good platforms out there. So they created their own.
“After a few days of searching, I found myself in a never-ending labyrinth of sites for kids loaded with violence, nested links, difficult navigation, and inappropriate ads! With only a few days left before school, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I knocked on teacher’s doors, asked for lesson plans and textbooks and studied the different activities. When I returned home I powered up my G3 computer and got to work. I spent hours upon hours developing activities I could use in class with my soon to be students.” Tortolani says on their website.
The rest as they say is history, but history still in the making.
After launching their website for educational games (and now apps too), the Tortolanis noticed that the site was taking off. Alan found that they were starting to index really well in 2006. By 2011 they had their first app, Math BINGO, featured on Apple’s website and even pre-installed as a demo app for iPads in the kids section of Apple stores. (You can’t just go into an Apple store and download apps, they curate those too).
Now there are hundreds of activities for students grades K-5 and divided accordingly by grade level. Their games are available on both iOS and the Google Play store and they have over 100 million players annually logging over 1.5 billion games played. Their mobile apps have over 10 million downloads.
Teachers, parents and families are raving about ABCya in iTunes app store reviews, Google Play Store reviews and Graphite.
You can check out ABCya at FETC 2018 in Orlando Florida January 23-26, booth #1211B and online at ABCya.com