20,000 schools registered with Skoolbo!

We are delighted to have reached 20,000 schools around the world now playing on Skoolbo. This marks a tremendous milestone in our dream to impact on the literacy and numeracy of 500 million children worldwide. To find out more about our dream listen to Shane Hill our founder.

It’s an amazing achievement that we have reached over 20,000 schools since February 2014 – the teacher and parent grapevine has certainly been working in our favour!

In the UK we only launched at the end of May 2014 and already we have 3,300 UK schools registered! Take a look and see if your school or your child’s school is on board http://skoolbo.co.uk/schools

We would love to see more schools sharing our dream, so please encourage your fellow teachers or your children’s school to register if they are not already on board http://dashboard.skoolbo.co.uk/register

The ever increasing number of schools who have started using the platform have had fantastic results http://blog.skoolbo.co.uk/skoolbo-action-schools/

We would be happy to hear from other schools or parents who are using Skoolbo so we can share more stories across the grapevine.

Thank you to everyone who has and continues to share our dream and news about Skoolbo.

Skoolbo: the best education app in (and for) the world

by Neil Hopkin, Headteacher and National Leader of Education 

Many schools around the world have used Mathletics, the creation of Australian educator and EduTech entrepreneur, Shane Hill. Well the technology has moved on and equally Shane’s ambition to support learners worldwide has moved on with it. His latest creation, Skoolbo, is one of the greatest apps you are likely to stumble across.

Skoolbo looks like a game. It is a game, and a competitive one at that, with each player competing against the recorded performance of another child and a computer generated competitor. It features very high quality graphics, the kind that are only normally seen in high end games such as Skylanders so the children that use it are immediately familiar and impressed by the visual appeal of the game. The child can customise their own avatar and then navigate various race courses, dance competitions or terrains by correctly answering a series of literacy or numeracy questions. The engine driving Skoolbo is a sophisticated algorithm that adjusts to the ability of the player, regardless of age and revises previous topics to ensure that knowledge is embedded. As the players succeed they accumulate points and can trade these in for game enhancements such as suits, vehicles and so on.

What’s more the game is very eSafety aware. The ‘bo-coins’ have no real currency value and cannot be purchased with real money. There are no in app purchases and although players appear to be competing live against each other, they are in fact competing against a recording of another child’s performance. There is no direct contact therefore and no way of the player being contacted by anyone else. It is ingeniously and perfectly sealed from the outside world whilst giving the impression of live competition.

I have seen a lot of educational apps which are either not very educational or are just a money spinning venture. Many of them are quite disheartening in their commercialisation and monetisation of learning, although we pay this fee because we are so keen to harness the seductive power of learning environments such as this to support the rigorous embedding of literacy and numeracy fundamentals. However, this app is free! It is funded partly by a collaborative investment by Microsoft and also by the option to buy a premier account for parents, which allows more sophisticated reporting. Failure to take up this option does not affect the game at all, so it can still be freely adopted by the child either way, at no cost whatsoever. Furthermore, it works on all popular platforms and looks great on mobile devices.

My 6 year old son is absolutely captivated by the game. He loves that he can play a game which has all the features of other games he plays, whilst knowing that he is consolidating his learning. I am quite captivated by it too, to tell the truth. I think that every school should sign up to it. I met Shane over dinner recently and was very impressed with his enthusiasm, altruism and big heart. His product, Skoolbo, delivers on these fine attributes in every way. Install it on your system and watch your children’s learning take off.

 

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