K-8 students have the option of dressing/decorating their piggy avatar using the coins they have earned. The Piggy Store isn’t always open - students have to earn their trips to the store by completing assignments or practicing on the app. Students must earn 50 coins to earn a trip to the Piggy Store. The program will ask them if they want to take a trip to the Piggy Store. If they select "Take Me There", they will be given 90 seconds to pick out different clothing and accessories.
On the left hand side of the Piggy Store, students will be able to see how many coins they have available to spend. These coins represent the cumulative total of that particular student (minus however much they have spent at the store). They will also be able to reference the amount of time they have left in the store. On the right hand side are the different items available for purchase, along with how many coins those different items cost.
If students see an item that they want to purchase, all they have to do is click on the item. It will then open the option for the student to buy that item.
Once students buy an item, the program will congratulate them on their purchase and allow them to put the new item on their avatar to wear during the program.
If students try to purchase an item that they don’t have enough coins for, the program will let them know that they need more coins for that particular item.
After the time limit has passed, students will be returned to the program to continue their work. We decided to include a 90 second time limit to ensure the focus of the program is still on math, while the Piggy Store remains a positive reinforcer.
When students continue their work on the program, their piggy avatar will be wearing the clothing/accessories that the student selected during his or her time in the Piggy Store. Students can remove items previously purchased by clicking the “Remove” button, but they will always own all items they have purchased - meaning each time they earn their way back to the store, they will still have those items available for their avatar.