Help your child to love reading

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There has been huge emphasis recently on the importance of reading with your child. But what does good reading look like and how can you best support your child to develop the skills that will help them become confident, motivated, fluent readers.

 

open-bookWhat good readers do?

Reading is about so much more than simply decoding print, it is a multifaceted process involving word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and motivation.

 

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Children who read for pleasure achieve better not only in English but also in maths, science, etc.

 


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” McKenna,Ellsworth and Kear’s research showing that motivation to read decreases with age, especially if children’s’ attitudes towards reading become less positive; if children do not enjoy reading when they are young, then they are unlikely to do so when they get older”.

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Rollover has begun! Move your students up so they don’t lose their progress

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Wow! What great progress UK children made last school year on Skoolbo! So far there are over 285,823 UK students playing Skoolbo, answering 192.4 million reading and maths questions which gave them an average improvement of 27.7%. What a great achievement!

It’s now time to get ready for the new school year on Skoolbo by moving your students up so they don’t lose all their hard earned progress. It will only take 30 seconds to rollover your students from last so they’re all ready to play and learn – with no activity lost!

Rollover your students to keep their well earned progress!
Available only for a limited time so get in quick!

Our Rollover 2016/17 period has begun so you will notice that your Teacher Dashboard looks a bit different.

Follow the simple instructions below or watch our instructional video below to ensure a smooth rollover

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Clue: Your username is the email address you used to register with Skoolbo.

If you can’t remember your password, click here to reset it!

 

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  • Click on “Choose a class”
  • Select the new class name (or type a new one)
  • Automatically we will transfer all students in the class (no more one by one!)

 

That’s it! Quick and easy isn’t it!

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Creating confident, fluent, motivated readers with Zippy Shine

**We are offering a 50% off discount to all our early bird Zippy Shiners!**

**Limited offer so get in quick!**

 Reading and sharing stories is a fundamental part of being human. Stories expose us to a world beyond the one we live in, promoting understanding, entertaining us and bringing enjoyment. In fact recent studies have shown that children who read regularly and for pleasure generally achieve better outcomes in a wide range of subjects including maths.

 

While the importance of being able to read well is not in doubt, the seemingly effortless activity described as “good reading” is actually made up of a set of highly complex, skills and abilities. This is where our new reading and performance reading app Zippy Shine can help.

Zippy Shine (video below) is packed full of mini-stories for children ages 7 to 11 to read aloud and record and they’ll be amazed as they discover their own name appearing in every story!

This brings a range of benefits for the children such as:

  • the ability to evaluate their own performance
  • develops the concepts of expression and intonation
  • recognise and respond to punctuation in a meaningful context.

And Zippy Shine is not just about stories, there are jokes too!

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Children can try their hand at reading questions and delivering a punchline with expert timing! Once their performance is perfected, they can play it back for friends and family with their avatar taking the stage! What’s more, children who sign in to Zippy Shine with their Skoolbo account can share their masterpiece with their parents and teacher to receive valuable feedback and some well deserved applause!

Zippy Shine is a fun, enjoyable way to help children become confident, fluent, motivated readers. Who knows you may discover that the next master storyteller or comic genius is closer than you think!

Download now!

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Early bird special – 50% discount – Limited period.

Watch Zippy Shine in action!

 

 

 

 

Get the facts on Summer Learning Loss and how you can beat it from home!

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You may have heard of Summer Learning Loss, the academic losses that many young people experience during the time they’re out of school over the Summer.  While there have been countless articles posted on the problem – it can be hard to know what the easiest fix is without forcing your children study over the long awaited Summer Break. Here at Skoolbo, we know how demotivating that is for your child when all they really want to do is play!

Learning through play is what Skoolbo is all about. Our highly motivational learning games are the easiest and most effective way your child can stay ahead over the Summer Break. The best part is, it’s completely free to use meaning you won’t break the bank to achieve real learning improvement.

So what is Skoolbo and what can your child get out of it?

  • Skoolbo is a learning game designed to improve the reading, maths and language skills of primary school children
  • The Skoolbo personalised learning algorithm dynamically adjusts to the ability of each child, ensuring effective learning without the need for constant teacher input
  • Maths and Reading games – over 60,000 literacy and numeracy questions
  • Language learning games with Language Dragons – learn French, Mandarin and Spanish
  • Duelbo – a motivating way to learn. Challenge friends to beat highscores
  • Parent Dashboard – providing vital information so parents can track the progress of their child’s learning outcomes.
  • Proof of improvement – Studies have shown that 94% of children master a new reading or maths skill within just 20 minutes of playing Skoolbo

 

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Let’s take a look at some important facts on Summer Learning Loss

We have put together an easy to read infographic to highlight the potential impact of Summer Learning Loss and to show why your child would benefit from playing Skoolbo at home over the Summer.

 

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Are your students playing for WaterAid?

Earlier this term we asked our players to get behind our special WaterAid challenge and we have been overwhelmed by the response.

Over the last three weeks hundreds of Mega, Mighty and Mammoth ClassBo challenges have been completed, each one helping to bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene to people across the globe.

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We’ll continue donating to WaterAid for every challenge successfully completed

by the end of this term.

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Thorndown Primary School in Cambridgeshire were among the first to set ClassBo challenges. Here’s what some of their students had to say:

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If your class hasn’t yet set a challenge, it’s not too late, a few clicks in teacher dashboard and you’re good to go.

Skoolbo partners with major Chinese educational player

Skoolbo is proud to announce our new partnership with CIT, a major Chinese educational player, to deliver award-winning learning platforms across China.

Skoolbo will be working with Century Innovative Technology Limited (CIT) to launch co-branded products in China.

Shane Hill, CEO and Founder Skoolbo and Poman Lo CEO and Founder CIT.

 

It has been a terrific few weeks for Skoolbo; a newly announced partnership with China’s CIT and also being awarded Best Game-based Curriculum Solution by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services.

Since launching in 2013, Skoolbo has been a runaway success, reaching over 200K classrooms, worldwide. Skoolbo has localised versions in United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, India, Mexico and recently launched in Canada.

Shane Hill, who founded Mathletics and Skoolbo announced, “Our mission is to transform the educational outcomes of millions of children across the globe and in CIT and Poman Lo their CEO we have found our perfect partner. Our companies have the same mission to educate millions of children and have forged similar paths towards the same aim. The partnership brings together the complementary strengths of both companies – CIT has the number one rated TV show in China for young people as well as very strong relationships with many important players in both the public and private sectors in China. Skoolbo has proven in country after country that our learning platforms are loved by children, teachers and parents

Poman Lo ­ CEO and Founder of CIT said “I couldn’t be happier in partnering with Skoolbo. I have huge respect for Shane and his team who have shown they are worldCITL_1 beaters. CIT and our award-winning brand ‘Bodhi and friends’ will be integrated into Skoolbo products as they roll out in China and other territories. CIT will drive forward distribution in China leveraging on our extensive network and channels. I am looking forward to bringing an amazing digital experience to Chinese Kindergartens which will help redefine learning and transform preschool education. Our music game app ‘Careok’ has been promoted by the Chinese Ministry of Education in schools across the whole of China. My dream to inspire young minds and nurture innovative leaders across the world has just taken a big step forward”.

 

Skoolbo Logo-PNGColin Brown London-based Skoolbo Chief Operating Officer said, “it’s been a terrific few weeks – signing our partnership with CIT, winning the equivalent of the educational Oscars in America, known as the CODiEs Award for best game based solution on the back of a fantastic two months in the US where we have seen over thirteen thousand new schools on board Skoolbo. We are hoping for similar success in Canada where we launched last week with a localised version. Last, but certainly not least,  we had a wonderful response to our recent campaign in the UK where, for every challenge a class achieves, we will make a donation to WaterAid. At this stage in the term when it’s difficult to motivate the children, asking them to help children across the world by improving their reading and maths has really hit the spot and schools are responding very well”.

 

 

It starts with water…

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It is estimated that 650 million people worldwide live without access to safe water while 2.3 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. That’s one third of the global population! We are therefore very excited to announce that Skoolbo has teamed up with the charity WaterAid to support their campaign to end the global water crisis and bring sustainable clean water, sanitation and hygiene to every person on the planet by 2030.

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This is an ambitious goal and we’d like your students to help. The good news is they can do this while improving their maths and literacy skills. All you need to do is challenge your class to at least one ClassBo and we’ll make sure that a donation to WaterAid is made for every one successfully completed by the end of this school year.

 


If you haven’t tried it yet, Classbo is an exciting way to accelerate learning in your class. You can challenge your students to answer 5,000, 25,000 or 100,000 answers over a period of two days, two weeks or three months respectively and it only takes seconds to set up. Once you’ve set the challenge, every answer your students give on Skoolbo will count towards the total whether they participate at school, at home or both!This is a great opportunity to make some cross-curricular links while supercharging maths and literacy learning in your class. Perhaps you are already covering a water themed topic? It could also link with any values-based learning you are promoting in your school e.g. Unity, Selflessness, Responsibility, Global Citizenship etc

WaterAid has created these great water-themed resources to help you explore this topic with your students.

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The small act of setting a ClassBo challenge will aid accelerated progress, giving your students the best possible chance of success, while at the same time improving the life chances of children thousands of miles away.

Here’s what one teacher told us about their experience of using ClassBo –

I have used the teacher function to set my class challenges, first of all I set a ClassBo 5,000 challenge, and got 6,500 answers in 48 hours. I then threw caution to the wind and set a 14 day 25,000 correct answer challenge. I was completely blown away by the response, 25,000 correct answers in 6 days!

Ensure you share the news with everyone, just think of the potential impact of getting the whole school community on board!

Follow the hashtag #learn2give

It starts with water…

Ps did you know that ‘Clean Water’ is Goal number 6 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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Groggan Primary School’s Year 5 are ClassBo Champions!

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We’d like to introduce you to the fantastic students of Groggan Primary School in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Despite being relative newcomers to Skoolbo they have quickly got to grips with the program to become one of the top performing schools in the region. It was therefore no surprise to find out that these super learners are also very articulate when it comes to describing what they like best about Skoolbo.

Year 5 Teacher and ICT Coordinator Mr Chris Robinson revealed that the sixteen wonderful comments we received from his students represented only a small selection! They were so overwhelmingly positive that we thought we’d use them to create this special word cloud. We think it describes their thoughts perfectly!

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And here are some of those comments in full –

“Skoolbo is the best learning game ever”

“I like the way you can personalise it”

“I like the way there are challenges, that way I can see how good I am at my Maths”

“Excellent Graphics”

“It’s great the way you can customise your character”

“ A safe way to play with people all over the country”

“ It can increase our intelligence”

“Skoolbo isn’t just an App for kids to play on, you can learn from it too”

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Mr Robinson explained more about how he is using Skoolbo in his classroom.

Skoolbo has only been in our school for 4 weeks, but it has made an impressively large impact on the classes in school. It is addictive to play and the customisable aspect engages children of all learning abilities and styles to play.

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As a teacher it is exciting to see children participating at home, this is where we see most of the Skoolbo games happening. I have also used to teacher function to set my class challenges, first of all I set a classbo 5000 challenge, and got 6,500 answers in 48 hours. I then threw caution to the wind and set a 14 day 25,000 correct answer challenge. I was completely blown away by the response, 25,000 correct answers in 6 days!

Quick and easy set-up!

It is one of the easiest administered Apps I have used also, as ICT coordinator, I found the set up quick and easy and the children’s login is also straightforward and accessible to all.

We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to this wonderful school for getting in touch to share their story.

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Groggan Primary School opened on its current site in June 1936. The school occupies a beautiful rural site on the outskirts of Randalstown. The school has been winner and runner-up of the ‘Best Kept Small School’ in recent years.  Currently the school has 117 pupils in 5 classes.

Principal Mrs Humphrey believes that community plays a big part in Groggan Primary School. They endeavour to hold events when their doors are open and everyone is made welcome. The school staff strive to help pupils discover not how clever they are, but  how they are clever. They help pupils use this to their full potential, regardless of ability,  through a range of experiences both in and outside school.

Skoolbo Wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award for Best Game-based Curriculum Solution

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Skoolbo Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition

We are very proud to announce that Skoolbo has been named winner of the SIIA CODiE Awards for Best Game-based Curriculum Solution!

The winner announcement was made by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, to an audience of over 300 education, software, information and business technology leaders. 29 awards were given for products and services deployed specifically for education and learning professionals.

An SIIA CODiE Award win is a prestigious honour as each award winner was reviewed by a field of industry experts, whose evaluations determined the finalists. SIIA members then reviewed the finalists and their votes were combined with the scores from the industry experts’ to select this year’s CODiE Awards winners.

“SIIA’s 2016 Education Technology CODiE Award winners were phenomenal this year, and showed how supportive and impactful these technologies are for students, faculty and administration.” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA. “Each honouree deserves accolades and we are pleased to add our congratulations to all of this year’s CODiE Award winners.”

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognised for achieving excellence.  For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

About ETIN
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(the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit siia.net/etin.

 

Llanedeyrn Primary School flying the flag for Welsh Schools!

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Today we take a trip across the Severn Bridge to meet the wonderful students of Llanedeyrn Primary School in Cardiff. They are one of the top performing schools in Wales and terrific ambassadors for Skoolbo. A quick look at the home page of their website will tell you all you need to know about how far these students are prepared to push themselves to suceed as the photograph of some of them at the 886 metre summit of Pen Y Fan shows.

We have been following their astonishing story of achievement and improvement on Skoolbo as it unfolds and we thought it was about time we met the stars of the show!

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Using tablets, they have made an astounding 31% improvement in Maths and Literacy collectively since starting on Skoolbo and they are showing no signs of slowing down!

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Mr Price has been the driving force behind getting Skoolbo established in the school and he has even made a special Skoolbo widget for the school website!

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We think this is a great idea as it enables children to quickly sign in and begin learning whether they are at school or home. It’s also helpful for letting parents and carers know where they can register for a parent account so that they can keep track of their child’s progress.

If this isn’t enough, they have made this fabulous video highlighting everything they love about Skoolbo. Here you will see students ‘Zippy Shaking’ and taking part in the 60Sec Slime with Dr Weevil. Both available through the free Teacher App. They also showcase how much they enjoy their Maths and Literacy learning, finishing off with some personal feedback on what they love most about Skoolbo.

“I like using Skoolbo because it is fun and educational” Harvie R – Y5

“I like using Skoolbo because I keep winning!” Sam B – Y4

“Skoolbo is awesome and sometimes there are levels that are hard” Cody S – Y3

“Skoolbo is a challenging game, helps you learn and I enjoy playing it” Jibram – Y4

“I like Skoolbo because it has maths in it so I can challenge my brain and it will help me with my growth mindset.” Sunny M – Y4

“I like Skoolbo because you can earn points and unlock new things if you do good in the game.” Kallum R – Y6

“I like Skoolbo because you can decorate you own house and unlock new and cool things” Chloe S – Y6

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This is a wonderful example of both independent and collaborative learning and this feedback from the teachers makes for great reading as well –

“Skoolbo is the best interactive learning game we have ever used in our School. I love the fact the teachers can monitor the children’s progress and set them challenging tasks. The children also love looking at the weekly class reports to see how they did.” Mr A Price

“I love it when the children use Skoolbo in our class. They always want to show me their results and how well they are improving.” Mr L Jenkins 

“We love using Skoolbo in our class. It is a fantastic app!” Miss C Stone

Congratulations to all the amazing students and hard-working staff! You are outstanding!

Llanedeyrn Primary School caters for 419 students and is based in Cardiff.

Their vision is to create a unique, forward thinking school that sets and achieves high standards for its learners whilst recognising its responsibilities to the wider community.
They strive to ensure that everyone within the school is happy, healthy, safe and successful, ensuring equality of opportunity for all.

They believe their school is special because parents, staff, governors and the community work alongside one another to give all children the opportunities to develop their full potential.

The school values the contribution that ICT can make for the benefit of all pupils, staff and parents and governors. To this end, the school ethos actively promotes and utilises ICT opportunities across the whole school structure, with the emphasis toward the promotion of learning and teaching. It is their policy to keep abreast of new and innovative practices.

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