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Teachers Overview Q & A

What is SecretBuilders?

SecretBuilders is an online virtual world where students come to play games, interact with famous characters of cultural and historical significance, and go on Quests that span the world!

SecretBuilders students can help teachers raise funds for their schools, or other non-profit, via the ‘One For All’ pages.

Student players can also furnish their in-game homes, play dress-up, invite friends to parties, look after pets, create clubs, contribute art and writing to our magazine, ‘The Crooked Pencil’, learn about managing money, enter contests and contribute their own ideas to improve the SecretBuilders world even more!

Teachers can reward students for good online behavior by giving virtual gifts for good performance, team contributions, fundraising efforts or even real-world test results!

Visit the Student Rewards pages to learn more.


How do I get my students to help me fundraise for my school?

School fundraising is done via the "One For All" fundraising pages. learn more.

Simply put, teachers can enroll their students – either existing SecretBuilders players – or new players – and then every time their students take part in the One For All quizzes, our sponsors donate cash to the non-profit of your choice!

Once set up, there is very little for you to do in terms on managing the fundraising process, but you can give in-game rewards to players who raise the most money. Visit the School Fundraising pages to learn more.


What is the age range of SecretBuilders players?

While there are many SecretBuilders as young as 3, the age range for the vast majority of our players is 7 - 13 years. We filter chat strongly, and place tight restrictions on postings of personal information to ensure that SecretBuilders is a safe, cocooned virtual world for students to learn and play in.


What is the SecretBuilders School?

SecretBuilders School is an in-game school, where players learn subjects including Art Languages, Geography, History, Math, Science and Computers.

The format for each class is varied – some are in the form of reading and comprehension, many are educational quizzes, some are more interactive - including trying to re-create great works of art using in-game brushes and pencils!

Much of the educational content in the SecretBuilders School also allows students to earn real money for actual non-profits, as well as earning themselves money for use in-game. Outstanding efforts can be further rewarded by teachers who have enrolled themselves, and have included their student’s user-names in their class group.


How safe is SecretBuilders?

SecretBuilders complies fully with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Safe Harbor Principles.

Click here to read more.


How can I reward my students?

You can reward students via the Teachers Console.

Here you can sign up as an approved teacher in SecretBuilders, and by collecting your students’ usernames, add them to your ‘class’ in SecretBuilders. Virtual money and gifts can be given to anyone in your class, entirely at your control.

Teachers who sign up for a paid membership have a higher allowance of virtual money (Silver coins (Shills)), plus a large allowance of Gold coins (SuperShills) – the monetary standard for premium members. So you can reward students who only have a free membership, with some of the benefits of a paid membership, greatly adding to the incentive value for the student.


What is your design philosophy?

The SecretBuilders design philosophy puts the child’s experience foremost.

SecretBuilders is not the equivalent of “chocolate fudge” for children - it is also NOT “chocolate-covered broccoli”.

Our design philosophy of putting the child’s experience first - in the context of cultural immersion - has allowed us to create the food equivalent of a Cheerio™ - something nutritious and fun.

SecretBuilders is:
  • A platform for parents to help create a world full of wholsome fun for their children.
  • A supplement to Art, literature and music education
  • A supplement to science and math education through exposure to the human history of science and mathematics.
  • A way to foster the writer and artist within a child by:
    • Publishing their work online
    • Interaction and feedback on creative work, even winning prizes
    • Participating in nationwide creativity competitions: writing competitions;
  • Art & Design competitions A store for a child’s creative work via:
    • Essays, projects, art work and video production
  • A platform for parents and others to participate in creating a rich world for children.


Who made SecretBuilders?

Started by a former teacher and group of parents of young children, who have a very personal drive to create a place for where children are exposed to a rich world of cultural learning; creating and publishing their own work, in a safe, wholesome online space.

Your continued support, your child’s ecstatic emails about how much they love learning in the virtual world we have created, is our driving force and reason for working so hard to carry on creating this safe virtual playground of learning and fun.

Please take a read what our children say about us, and our work, here at SecretBuilders:

Umair Khan, CEO

Dear Builders:
Our dad started SecretBuilders in 2007 and it is so cool - we talk about new ideas for SecretBuilders ALL the time. He has always loved math (really!) and was a math teacher when he was only 17! Then he went to MIT to do more Math and some engineering but also literature and creative writing. Then he worked for Intel and helped design microprocessors. Then he left to start software companies like Clickmarks and Folio3 and Verisium. But he loves SecretBuilders best of all. Even more than he loves Cricket. He got the idea for SecretBuilders like 10 years ago when he thought: wouldn't it be great to be like Alice and go down the rabbit hole into Wonderland? We are glad he finally decided to make it happen. But he never listens to us when we ask for 100,000,000 Silver coins (Shills).

Sahlik, Samar, and Amara

Vladimir Soskov, CTO

Dear Builders:
My dad is very, very smart and can write really long computer programs very quickly. He studied in Sofia which is the capital of Bulgaria. Then at wordwalla he made software that helped people write emails and chat in any language. Then he made software at Clickmarks that helped people get websites on phones. Now he makes software that lets people become secret builders and take care of pet baby dragons which are my favorite part. But I want him to put pet sharks and other man eating pets! He has written all the software that makes SecretBuilders run even though other people help him but he says its mostly only him. He is also very good at Judo and Mommy says he used to be a very fast runner in his college days. He is slower now. But not in writing software.


Fawad Qadri, VP Product Development

Dear Builders:
Our dad loves computer games and video games which is great because when we grow up he will have to let us play them too. He is always on seeing how people like it. He did computer science in college and then worked in computer systems for many years at Clickmarks. Then he began to design web software and was the one who designed out SecretBuilders. Others like Stefan's dad then take his design and make it into code. But our dad listens to what kids are saying and designs it into SecretBuilders. I like the Tum-Tum board on SecretBuilders but we want to have a toy train in our homes there.

Take care,
Ayaat & Nayil

Bob Brattesani, VP Creative Design

Dear Builders:
Our dad makes amazing, cool drawings for a living. Yes, that's his actual work. He even has a cool art studio at home. He made all the lands you see in Secretbuilders even though he says lots of people made them but we think it was really mostly him. He made Star Wars toys at Galoob and then at Wild Planet he came up with Verticon which won Toy of the year. He also worked on fun projects for Avantgo, Razorback, and Leapfrog. We really love the tree house he made in SecretBuilders but he needs to make a lot more pets. And he needs to give us a lot more time on the computer so we can, you know, help build SecretBuilders.

Logan and Isabella

Georgi Marinoff, Chief Architect

Dear Builders:
My dad went to Sofia University with Stefan's Dad, Uncle Vladi. They were the best students there - at least that is what Uncle Vladi says. Now they work together at SecretBuilders. Before this my dad worked in game development for many years at Haemimont Games and before that at Telekontrol OOD. At SecretBuilders, My dad does all the complex software stuff and manages all the people in the office in Bulgaria. He works very hard to make lots of kids happy, sometimes all night. My mom thinks he works too much. But then there are a lot of kids to be made happy.


Ian Young, Product Manager

Dear Builders:
Our dad is a wicked cool biker, writer, videogamer, and animal lover who fosters rescued dogs. He has made lots of amazing games for kids. He worked at Europress which is a big education software company in England, at Vivendi Games, at GluMobile, and also at Infogrames. He made the game version of Terminator III and The Dark Knight and also lots of cool racing games including “Looney Tunes Racing”. The nine coolest things he has ever done are parachuting out of airplanes 9 times. He knows Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, (just like Neo in The Matrix)! Mum says he is the second best thing ever to come of out of England after the “beetles”(??), but we think he is the best ever and better than any beetle.


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