Whale Hill Primary School – ClassBo Champions!

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A new school year is beginning full of excitement and new opportunities. We hope everyone has enjoyed the summer and is looking forward to the term ahead.

One Skoolbo school ended last year on a high and we’d like to share their success with you. We’re sure that these great students will inspire others to follow their wonderful example.

John Frost is the Computing Leader for Whale Hill and has been busy motivating students to improve their maths, literacy and language skills by rolling out Skoolbo across the school. The teachers are also brilliant at sharing students’ successes across social media which has helped to tell their Skoolbo story as it unfolds.

Year 4 were the first to appear on Twitter, demonstrating just how engaged they are with their learning on the platform –

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Each year group had been set a Mega ClassBo Challenge to answer 25,000 maths and literacy questions over a two week period and Year 4 took an early lead –

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The regular Twitter updates revealed some very close competition and Year 2 were also early ClassBo stars –

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By the end of term all this effort had paid off and not just in terms of the amazing learning progress, Whale Hill Primary School had shot straight to the top of the leaderboard –

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And it wasn’t just Whale Hill students who were winners as a result of participating in these ClassBos, WaterAid UK will benefit from every ClassBo successfully completed last term (more to follow).

As you can see from the fabulous comments below, the children are adept at reflecting on their learning and have come up with some great suggestions for developing Skoolbo in the future. We’ll certainly take these ideas on board so thank you!

What do you enjoy most about Skoolbo?

You get to play games and learn at the same time. (Y1)

It looks really good on the iPad. It doesn’t feel like learning but you are. (Y2)

The games are short so you can play for a long time or a short amount of time if you want. (Y4)

Where do you play Skoolbo most? at home, at school, in the car?

Almost half of children in Y2 and Y4 had used it at home including downloading the app. Y3 and Y5 was more than a quarter. All have had the opportunity to use it in school a number of times (Mr Frost)

How has the ClassBo challenge made learning more exciting?

It tells you how many points you have so you want to get more and be better. (Y2)

When the teacher shows us the points you can see your own score and you want to get the most so you play more. (Y3)

You get to see how close you are getting to the target and you only have 2 weeks which makes it feel like a competition. (Y5)

Do you talk to your friends about Skoolbo/ClassBo?

The children have said that they often talk about it with each other in school. More than half in Y4 and Y5 said they had talked about Skoolbo, even if it was to compare points (Mr Frost)

We are always looking for new and exciting things to add to Skoolbo. Do you have any suggestions for us? new lands, new languages, new rewards, new vehicles?

Rockets in space, underwater (on a shark’s back) and on the moon!

How do you feel when you master a new game?

I feel really proud. (Y1)

It makes me want to keep going and do even better. (Y2)

I feel more confident. (Y3)

It makes me feel like I’m good and getting better at maths and English. (Y4)

I want to master more topics and improve further. (Y5)

And here are some comments from the teachers –

It has been wonderful to see the level of enthusiasm for Skoolbo that children across the school have. We thought they would like it but they don’t. They love it.

I have seen children who lack confidence in Maths and English lessons fist-pump the air with pride as they achieve a personal-best score. Children who will easily disengage in lessons have tentatively asked when we will next be able to use Skoolbo in school. Quiet and timid children have flourished with the healthy competition that the year group leaderboard provides.

Furthermore, the opportunity to set targets as a ClassBo challenge has appealed to the children. It has provided them with a specific aim and given an explicit purpose for using Skoolbo as well as enjoyment and learning. The Water Aid focus and the resources provided have helped us as teachers to make cross-curricular links from Geography to Science to PSHCE.

On the last day of the year, the children were allowed to bring in their own toys and games to play. Within an hour, Y4 were asking if they could play on Skoolbo. That they would choose it over free time with their friends and their own toys says more than I could put into words.

Whale Hill Primary School – you are amazing!

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Whale Hill Primary School is based in Eston, Middlesborough. Here are their aims and expectations –

At Whale Hill we value all of our pupils equally, respecting their individuality and seeking to develop their fullest potential.

Our aim is:

  • To nurture happy, lively and well-balanced children with active and enquiring minds.
  • To develop childrens knowledge and enhance their skills.
  • To foster tolerance, respect for others and increase childrens awareness of moral and spiritual values.
  • To help children to become active participants and responsible citizens, able to live their lives as completely as they are equipped to live.

Our expectations of children are always high. We want them to work hard, enjoy school life, behave appropriately and take responsibility within the school.

“Continuous Improvement towards the very best imaginable”

Top 5 reasons why learning with Skoolbo is FUN

Your child will no doubt be excited about what the new school year will bring. However, moving into a new class can also be overwhelming for children and very tiring for parents. But the fun needn’t stop just because the holidays are over.

Skoolbo provides the perfect way for your child to relax while improving their maths, literacy, and language skills.

How do we know this?

Children have been telling us in their hundreds. We’ve gathered together the fantastic feedback we’ve received from children, including the top 5 reasons for why they love Skoolbo.

It doesn’t feel like learning but you are“. 6 years old.
The games are short so you can play for a long or short time if you want”. 9 years old.
It makes me feel like I’m good and getting better at maths and English“. 10 years old.

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zippy-shine You can also download Zippy Shine for 50% off on iTunes or the Google Play Store:

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Follow Skoolbo UK on Social Media: Facebook and Twitter. Please share it if you find it interesting! Zippy Shine is developed by Skoolbo.

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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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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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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Photo: WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

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.

A ClassBo success story!

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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Skoolbo Named 2016 SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award Finalist

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We are proud to announce Skoolbo has been named 2016 SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award Finalist for the category of Best Game-based Curriculum Solution.

The award category recognises the best curriculum solution that uses gaming elements as an integral component of a curriculum or assessment product. Designed for PK-12 or postsecondary students to enable them to learn or apply concepts by using a compelling game environment that is academically and pedagogically sound.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognising product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology. Skoolbo was honoured as one of 161 finalists across the 29 education technology categories.

“I am amazed by the level of innovation and creativity of the products that have been selected as this year’s CODiE Award finalists. We are happy to recognise them for their great contributions and impact they are making on the software, content and business technology industries,” – Ken Wasch, President of SIIA.

“We are proud to have been chosen as a finalist for the Codie Awards.  It’s nice to recognised by the industry for the improvement towards essential skills that Skoolbo is making. We are deeply committed to our belief that every child has the right to become a reader and confident with numbers.” – Shane Hill, Skoolbo founder