Become a Skoolbo SuperSchool!

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Has your school got what it takes to be a Skoolbo SuperSchool?  Could your students achieve one million answers on Skoolbo?

248 schools have done just that and made it into the Million Club Hall of Fame. With over 50,000 schools playing Skoolbo worldwide, there’s no doubt that this is an elite club but also one that comes with exclusive member benefits. Our SuperSchools show an average improvement of 34% in literacy and maths skills, proving that the more children play, the more they learn!

Every question answered on Skoolbo represents a challenge, a chance to make mistakes, learn and improve, with a healthy dose of fun thrown in! Just think what rewards a million answers could bring your students…

  • One million learning opportunities
  • One million challenges overcome
  • One million smiles

 

 

You’ll need everyone on board but this is learning that can happen at home as well as school. Every answer counts, wherever and however your students access Skoolbo.

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Could reading for pleasure be a game-changer?

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It is widely accepted that learning to read is an essential life skill, even if there is not total agreement about how this skill should be taught. Once acquired, reading is used everyday but it seems that fewer and fewer people are choosing to read in their leisure time. This decline is not restricted to adults who arguably have less leisure time at their disposal. Children are also choosing to read for pleasure less often.

But is this important? If children have the ‘basics,’ does it matter what they do outside of school? How can immersing yourself in a good book be beneficial, especially in a day and age where ‘reading for pleasure’ feels like a thing of the past?

There is a growing body of educational research evidence that links a number of benefits of children reading for pleasure. The key findings include;

  • reading for pleasure is important for both educational purposes as well as personal development and it has positive emotional and social consequences
  • there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment
  • there is a positive relationship between reading for pleasure and attainment in a wide range of educational areas including maths
  • reading enjoyment may be more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status.

This last point is of particular interest as despite increased focus, and in many cases funding, a child’s socio-economic background stubbornly remains the single biggest indicator of a child’s future educational outcomes. What if developing a love of reading holds the key to levelling the playing field for so many children?

The research also examined children’s perceptions of readers. It concluded that a greater percentage of primary than secondary aged children view themselves as ‘a reader’ and a greater proportion of primary aged readers (than secondary aged) and non-readers believed that their friends saw readers as happy and people with a lot of friends.

It seems that the argument in favour of reading for pleasure has been won and so how can we encourage children to choose to read in their own time? One of the reasons cited for children avoiding books is a lack of reading confidence so removing some of these early barriers becomes essential. Introducing children to picture books with simple vocabulary is a great start. We know that once children can read a wide range of common words by sight they are more likely to go on to become confident, fluent readers. These common words are those that children typically recognise within approximately three seconds. Amazingly, fifty percent of our written material is made up of one hundred of these most frequently used words and this is where game-based learning can help. Games like Skoolbo enable children to learn these words effortlessly and in hugely enjoyable way. Children love games and are fascinated by new technology. Teaching these early reading and spelling skills in an exciting interactive learning environment allows children to get more from their reading. This builds confidence, freeing  them to tackle more challenging words and focus on the story or poem’s meaning which, in turn, leads to increased enjoyment.

Confidence, however, can be fragile and fleeting if we are not careful. Children love sharing books with friends and trusted adults and when very young they are often very happy to read aloud. Reading silently or ‘in their head’ is a skill that develops much later, but reading to an adult in a formal school setting can be daunting for some children. It introduces an element of judgement and can result in a drop in confidence. Innovations in educational technology can help children develop as readers independently and free of judgement until they are ready.

Zippy Shine is one such innovation which allows children to practise and record their reading independently. In this reading and performance app, children can choose from a range of exciting adventures with familiar characters or they can try their hand at telling a joke, re-recording as many times as they like until they are happy with their performance. As they listen back to their own reading, they instinctively self-assess, recognising where previously unnoticed punctuation may have indicated a pause or change of intonation. They begin to have an awareness of audience and develop their performance accordingly. Children remain in control of their own reading development and only share their performance when they feel they are ready. Teachers will soon be able to receive recorded performances via their online teacher dashboard, providing opportunities for encouragement and informing planning for the next guided session. Similarly parents will soon be able to listen to the recordings in their parent dashboard, involving them in their child’s learning. It can also be a great source of pride and enjoyment for both parent and child.

Technology may not be able to replace that special time curled up in your favourite place with a well-thumbed, slightly shabby, much-loved paperback but it can go a long way to helping us develop the skills necessary to get there!

New to Skoolbo? Register your child, class or homeschool now for FREE and join the Skoolbo movement!

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The final day is here!

This is it – the final day!

Team Australia had a magnificent final day and will be tough to beat but come on let’s give it our best effort!

Team USA will also be the ones to beat, as don’t forget the time difference means that they’ll still have plenty of playing time long after we’ve gone to sleep! We need to get our score as high as possible to stop them sneaking past us!

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We know that Team GB is made up of lots and lots of hard working children and so we’d like you to meet three lovely students from  Thorndown Primary School’s Chameleon Class. They’ve been helping Team GB in the Skoolbo World Cup, in fact they are on Skoolbo all year round.

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We were recently contacted by their teacher Mrs Burke who wanted to let us know that their Skoolbo Super Champ trophy was looking a little deflated.

“At Thorndown Primary we have a weekly competition to see which class has scored the most Skoolbo points. The winner receives the inflatable trophy. My Year 1 Chameleon class has worked very hard and won the trophy! The children were thrilled. They kept touching the trophy and holding it up like champions. After the week the trophy looked a bit deflated, so we pumped it up and took it back to assembly. The next week we won again. More holding of the trophy ensued and by the end of the week the trophy needed lots of blowing up. Following even more hard work Chameleon class won the third week in a row. In assembly the head teacher asked what had happened to the now totally deflated trophy and my only reply was that ‘we loved it too much’.” Claire Burke

We’re glad you’re on our team!

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Here are the rankings as we go into the last day –

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Let’s get a few more Union flags on those leader boards!

Join in for the final push!

Follow the challenge #SkoolboWorldCup

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Day 3 and Team GB make the half million mark!

It’s the start of day three here in the UK and the leader boards reveal that Team New Zealand, Team GB and Team USA are fighting a close battle but it is Team Australia who are seemingly impossible to topple!

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However, here at Skoolbo, we firmly believe that anything is possible so come on Team GB, let’s get ready to take on the Aussies!

We have passed the half million answer mark and now that Team Australia and Team New Zealand are sleeping we have a chance to cover some ground and get more UK schools into the top ten. Here’s how the leader boards looked this morning –

schoolAustralia’s John XXIII Catholic Primary School and St Clare’s Primary School are looking comfortable at the top with St Michael’s School sneaking into fourth place. Team USA had a good day and have four schools in the top ten. Beverley Manor Elementary are continuing their good run as are Irma Dru Hutchinson Elementary and Melba Elementary School. Spring Creek Elementary are also up there flying the Stars and Stripes!

Team GB have Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park in seventh position. These students are experienced challengers, having been absolute stars in The London vs NYC challenge last year.

Northern Ireland’s Knockloughrim Primary School are only just behind them in eighth place. These marvellous students have answered over 66,000 questions so far and show no sign of slowing down! They took these wonderful photographs of students participating in the challenge. What an inspiration, keep it up guys!

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Don’t be fooled by Team New Zealand’s temporary absence on the schools leader board. They are holding on to second place overall and have some dedicated classes determined to oust Team Australia and claim glory –

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Go! GB Kids Go!

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Are you ready to win?

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It’s time to show the world what team GB can do. On Tuesday, the 6th December children across the UK will compete with children in Australia, New Zealand and the United States for the title of World Skoolbo Champion. Answer as many questions as you can on reading, maths and languages during the 4 day event.

Here are the wonderful students from Papakura Normal School in New Zealand in anticipation of the challenge-

 

Would you share with us your World Cup preparations?

Stay tuned for more news on the World Cup coming in the lead up to December 6th…

Go GB Kids! Go!

Aldermoor Farm will be flying the flag for Team GB!

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The children of Aldermoor Farm Primary School have shown that they really have what it takes to excel. One of our early-adopter schools that came on board in 2014, they are truly dedicated ‘Skoolbo-ers’. Take a glance at the UK leader board and you will usually see them occupying a top ten place, as this snapshot from last week shows –

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We are always on the look out for schools who believe in leading by example which is why we have chosen Aldermoor Farm Primary School in Coventry to be the first of our ambassadors for the upcoming 2016 Skoolbo World Cup.

This year we are shining the spotlight on class 1TC who have recently earned their Super Class Award for collectively answering 25,000 questions! They may be some of the youngest children in the school but they have shown that together they are a force to be reckoned with. Next stop the ‘Spectacular Class Award’!

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Here’s what these wonderful superstars have to say about their learning with Skoolbo –

I like flying games because they make me learn numbers and counting.” Suber

I like to race so I can learn not to crash and it helps me numbers and letters.” Julija

I go on Skoolbo because it helps me learn take away and add, numbers and addition.” Sanvi

I go on Skoolbo because it is fun and also helps me to learn and become better at maths and writing.” Isaac

The children of Aldermoor Farm Primary School will be pulling out all the stops for Team GB to give us the best possible chance of victory. Are you ready to join them?

Start practising now so you’re ‘match fit’ and ready to play. Bring it on!

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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.

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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Digi-Eskwela Project helps raise achievement with Skoolbo!

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Few would disagree that the advent of new technology has the potential to dramatically change educational outcomes for all children. However, children who reside in economically disadvantaged households can still lack access to these vital tools. This is where Skoolbo can help and we are delighted to report on our involvement with a very successful digital learning project in the Philippines called Digi-Eskwela.

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We are very excited by the first set of results that have have come in from the project. The data shows excellent improvement across all areas.

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This data also shows very clearly how increased usage leads to increased improvement. The students from Bitano Elementary School began playing Skoolbo first and have therefore answered more questions resulting in the greatest improvement of the two schools so far.

Tiwala Kids & Communities and The Patatas set up the project with the aim of  increasing access to learning technologies for some of the Philippines most disadvantaged children. It was hoped that this would lead to increased student engagement and academic success. The Patatas donated the hardware needed for the project and Tiwala took responsibility for the implementation of Skoolbo in the chosen schools. The project ran initially from October 2014 to October 2015 and we understand that there is strong desire from everyone involved to extend the project due to its phenomenal success.

Digi-Eskwela involved children from the following school- based urban settings;

  • Legazpi Port Elementary School
  • Bitano Elementary School

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The schools recommended students most in need of assistance and Tiwala held tablet-based tutorials in the partner schools. Thirty students were accommodated in each class with three thirty-minute Skoolbo sessions per week per child.

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Of course everyone is delighted with the improvement in essential literacy, numeracy and language skills but these fantastic testimonials from parents, students, and teachers tell us more about the wider benefits of Skoolbo. They reveal increased student engagement in the classrooms and higher motivation to learn at school and at home. The children are really enjoying using both tablets and the Skoolbo platform, which is wonderful!

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“I get motivated in always attending Digi-Eskwela because my scores are getting higher and higher. I not only learn Math, Reading, English but also learn Spanish words.” John Carl, Grade 3, Bitano Elementary School

“I look forward to playing with Skoolbo and using the tablets during my tutorial slot. I enjoy the games and the different environment I get to play in. I love Math and also Spelling.” Danica Sevillano, Grade 4, Bitano Elementary School

“What I like about Skoolbo is I learn new words and also I need to do Math quickly. I also like the rewards I receive when I get perfect score. Also I get to compete with others in the class (duelbo).” Reasty Malangan, Grade 3, Bitano Elementary School

“I find Skoolbo enjoyable because I like the graphics and also the reward system. I also get motivated to continue playing because when I get high points, I earn ‘money’ I can use to ‘buy’ stuff. Also I always get highest scores in Math and Reading.” Mark James, Legazpi Port Elementary School

“I learn new words and I can solve Math problems quicker. I also like that I can race in different worlds, and also I enjoy duelbo and being a superhero when I get high scores.” Mabeth Gonzalez, Legazpi Port Elementary School

The enthusiasm from the children is fantastic and they were not the only ones who loved being involved with the project. The parents expressed gratitude that their children were chosen to be part of the class and reported that their children enjoy attending Digi-Eskwela and playing Skoolbo.

“My child always looks forward to attending Digi-Eskwela because she likes playing with the tablet. I don’t have to remind her about it. She goes to school early in order to attend the class and play tablet games. “ Marilyn Sepato, mother of Mary Joy Sepato

“Lyka comes to school early in the morning even if her class is still in the afternoon because she enjoys playing with the tablet. I am happy that she has a chance to have fun while learning. She is very focused and does not want to get interrupted while playing the games.” Richelda Jebulan, mother of Lyka Jebulan

“I am grateful that my child is enrolled in the class. We are poor so we cannot afford to buy a smartphone or tablet. But through this project, my daughter can play and use a tablet and learn.” Aileen Labanda, mother of Jobel Labanda

The classroom teachers attributed much of the increased classroom participation to being part of the project. The teachers believed that this is because children become increasingly confident as they answer more questions in the game.

“The conduct of Digi-Eskwela in Bitano Elementary School is a big help to the children enrolled in the said project. They show interest and willingness to develop their young minds. They have shown improvement in their Mathematics and English subjects. In behalf of our school, we thank you for choosing Bitano Elementary School as one of your Digi-Eskwela pilot program.” Ms. Teresita Barbante, Bitano Elementary School Teacher

“The pupils, especially the girls, have become more participative and excel more in written work activities. They are also active when asked to do board work exercises. I noticed that their vocabulary skills improved. The could easily understand what the teacher was trying to teach.“ Ms. Margie Boticario, Legazpi Port Elementary School Teacher

“Ylaiza Arnaldo has improved in her decoding skills in reading. I could sense that she’s becoming more confident. She actively participates in classroom activities.” Mrs Marino, Bitano Elementary School Teacher

“Heidi Joyce Esquivel has improved in her reading skills. She is now more eager to read aloud in class. She has also become more confident in participating in class discussions and in spelling words.” Mrs. Teresita Barbante, Bitano Elementary School Teacher

“Bea Yape has shown remarkable improvement. She solves Math problems in class easily and shows improved reading fluency. This quarter she received an achiever merit award for doing well in class.” Mrs. Liezel Marino, Bitano Elementary School Teacher

“Jowella has become very active in class discussions. She participates in doing board work in Math and in read-aloud sessions. Her accuracy in calculations and decoding words have significantly improved.” Mrs. Marino, Bitano Elementary School Teacher

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The organisers hope to extend the project to involve more children by increasing the number of tablets available. We look forward to writing an update on how the project is progressing in the near future.