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

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Wow! What great progress US kids made last school year on Skoolbo! So far there are nearly 540,000 US students playing Skoolbo, answering 393.9 million reading and math questions which gave them an average improvement of 27%. 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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Introducing Zippy Shine! A brand new learning app from Skoolbo!

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

**Limited offer so get in quick!**

 

Children who struggle in vain with reading in the first school years soon decide that they neither like nor want to read. Gaining confidence with reading is vital to better literacy outcomes and it’s important that they are encouraged every step of the way.

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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 brand new reading and performance app Zippy Shine can help.

Zippy Shine is packed full of jokes and mini-stories for children to read aloud and record. They’ll be amazed as they discover their own name appearing in every story! Once their performance is perfected, they can play it back for friends and family with their avatar taking centre stage!


Zippy shine brings a range of benefits for children, aged 7 to 11

  • the ability to evaluate their own performance
  • develop their comprehension skills
  • develops the concepts of expression and intonation
  • recognize and respond to punctuation in a meaningful context.
  • read questions and deliver a punchline with expert timing

Zippy Shine gives children the option to link with their existing Skoolbo account to enable sharing of their masterpieces with their parents and teacher to receive valuable feedback and some well deserved applause!

Download the app for 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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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’ve most likely 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, math and language skills of elementary aged school children
  • The Skoolbo personalized learning algorithm dynamically adjusts to the ability of each child, ensuring effective learning without the need for constant teacher input
  • Math 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 math 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 show you the seriousness of the dreaded Summer Learning Loss and show you why you should start playing Skoolbo at home over the Summer Break to combat this.

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Skoolbo partners with major Chinese educational player

Skoolbo partners with Century Innovative Technology, a major Chinese educational player, to deliver award winning learning platforms to millions of children.

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

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

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

 

Since the Skoolbo launch in 2013, Skoolbo has been a runaway success that reaches over 200,000 classrooms, worldwide. Skoolbo has localized versions in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, India, Mexico and was recently launched in Canada.

 

Shane Hill, Founder and CEO of Skoolbo: “Our mission is to transform the educational outcomes of millions of children across the globe and with 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 goal. The partnership brings together the complementary strengths of both companies – CIT has the number one rated TV show in China for children 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, ­ founder and CEO of CIT:  “I couldn’t be happier with a partnership with CITL_1Skoolbo. I have huge respect for Shane and his team who have shown they are world leaders in education. CIT and our award-winning brand ‘Bodhi and friends’ will be integrated into Skoolbo products and rolled out in China and other territories. CIT will drive distribution in China and leverage our extensive network and channels. I look forward to our introduction of an amazing digital experience for Chinese Kindergartens.  We shall 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 is to inspire young minds and nurture innovative leaders across the world and we have just taken a big step forward”.

 

 Skoolbo Logo-PNGRoxanne Mankin Cason, President of Skoolbo USA: “It’s been a very successful few weeks – we signed our partnership with CIT, we won the CODiE Award, the equivalent of the educational Oscars in America, for Best Game Based Solution.   In addition, we are excited to share the fantastic news that for the last two months in the United States, we have seen over thirteen thousand new schools onboard Skoolbo. We expect similar success in Canada where we launched last week with a localized version. This is what Skoolbo is all about – motivation of children, have fun and experience dramatic improvement in learning”.

 

Beat Summer Learning Loss: How to make it a Summer Learning Glide!

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Turn the infamous “summer slide” into a glide!

While summer vacations provide many opportunities for enjoyment, children who are not exposed to educational activities during this time can lose an average of two to three months of their previous learning gains. These losses often accumulate over the years and eventually result in students who perform well below their expected grade level.

What if you can not only prevent this from happening but also ensure that your students begin the new school year having actually made progress over the summer break?

What if this monumental change requires just 30 seconds of your time and is free?

Well, here’s some good news! The end of the school year is the perfect time to set them a ClassBo class challenge . A couple of clicks in your teacher dashboard and you’re ready to go!  Challenge your class to collectively answer 5K, 25K or 100K questions correctly – the choice is yours! It’s a fantastic way to keep your students motivated and learning all summer long.

Every child will be able to play against their friends and Skoolbo’s sophisticated algorithms mean that even though the children compete against their peers, they are still presented with their own personal curriculum, adapted precisely for them.

The teachers at New Jersey’s PS20 know all about the benefits of bringing Skoolbo’s infectious game-based learning into their school.

 

 

Set your class a ClassBo today and say goodbye to summer learning loss!

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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 honor 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 honoree 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 recognized for achieving excellence.  For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

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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.

Skoolbo Success Story from Thompsonville, IL

In Thompsonville C.U.S.D. 174, a rural district in the south of Illinois, Title I Reading teacher Robin Culbreth decided to try Skoolbo. The result? An amazing beginning to an unfolding story of engagement and improvement! Currently, the Thompsonville Tigers have answered nearly 400,000 questions from just over a month on Skoolbo. Ms. Culbreth shares her experience with us below:

How did you hear about Skoolbo and how did you roll it out to your school?

“A colleague saw Skoolbo on Facebook and shared it on my timeline. As the Title 1 reading teacher for our school district, I thought it might be a great way for our students to work on their literacy and numeracy skills over the summer and help to lessen the summer slide. I wanted to make sure the students had a good introduction to the program and time to play it at school well before summer started. I have half of each class every other day, so I introduced it to each section on the SMART Board. I set up each class and teacher, showed the students how to log on, make their avatar, and play the games. Once all students had been introduced to the game, I passed out the papers from the Skoolbo site with directions of how to log on at home with all of the students’ passwords on them. The students were immediately as excited as I was! I had shared with the teachers the information about Skoolbo prior to introducing the students, but the teachers did not realize how excited the students would be until they returned. Skoolbo was the talk of the school.

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A full house for early morning tutoring and Skoolbo!

We have an early morning “Tiger Tutor” program where twelve junior high students come in at 7:30 a.m. and volunteer their time to help students with homework under the supervision of a teacher volunteer (myself). The students also have this time to work on Skoolbo, which has been a very popular activity. Every computer and iPad is completely full in the morning with students working toward getting more points toward their certificate.”

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Has Skoolbo been effective with your students?

“We have only been using Skoolbo for one month, but we have had several success stories already that have brought tears of joy. It has been a positive experience for our students with Individual Education Plans. Students who are usually unmotivated are now mastering multiplication facts and are very proud of it! A student who loves competition has worked very hard on Skoolbo and brought up his monthly assessment scores in 3 out of 4 categories by a large margin. Our grade school students were talking about Skoolbo so much that the junior high students asked for usernames for the program.  We are a very small rural school district with an enrollment of 141 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and our students answered 212,077 questions the first month. That is a success story for us. And they are still going strong!”

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Proudly displaying student certificates

Can you share some tips for educators who want to implement this at their school/district?

“My tips for success for Skoolbo include ensuring the staff is familiar with the program when you kick off the program. Celebrate the students’ successes as well as the classroom successes. I go into the classrooms about twice a week to hand out certificates and the whole class will clap for the students. We also celebrate when every student in a class has earned 1,000 points (that is announcement worthy!). If your school begins to slow down, offer up a week-long challenge and reward the class that earns the most points. If you decide to print out the certificates for the students as I do, provide a clipboard or dry erase board for the students to sign so you can refer to it when it is time to print certificates. It can be time consuming to search or try to remember.

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“Skoolbo Scholars” — Recognizing Improvement!

I also keep a poster that has the top two improved students in each class (Skoolbo Scholars) and the points each class earned for the week posted on my door. It is easy to find on the leaderboard page. Use the “Set Task” option on the Reports page to ensure students get enough practice on a skill so they can master each skill. This is an easy way to make sure they can get enough practice to master the skill and “graduate.”

This is the first program we have ever had where every child loves it and wants to play it at home. The teachers can have an avatar that plays, the junior high students want to play, and they are learning! The whole time they are playing, the room is full of joy and happiness!”

We are so excited for these students and we can’t wait to hear more about the improvement and excitement that is sweeping Thompsonville C.U.S.D.!

Do you have a success story from your own school?
Email us at info@skoolbo.com!

New to Skoolbo? Register your class now and join the Skoolbo movement!

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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 recognizes 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 recognizing 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 honored 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 recognize 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 recognized 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

 

Cibolo Creek Elementary – over 300,000 questions answered on Skoolbo!

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Mrs. Bykowski’s 1st graders are the top class in the school with over 35,000 questions!

These are just some of the 670 amazing students at Cibolo Creek Elementary in Boerne, Texas! Having previously taught in the classroom, teaching Computer in the lab was new territory for Karen Callahan this year. Upon learning about Skoolbo from Facebook and seeing that it was free, she decided to investigate to see if it would be something she could use in her classroom to support the regular classroom teacher’s curriculum.

In her own words…

“Around October is when I first started to implement and introduce Skoolbo to the older grades.  After that, I worked my way down to Kindergarten. Before Christmas break, every student had the opportunity to download the app at home. So I didn’t really give Skoolbo any fanfare, but in all honesty, I didn’t need to. Once the students had the opportunity to play the game, they were hooked. As the months have progressed, I’m really noticing a large surge of students begin to accumulate questions.

After Christmas break, some of the teachers started asking about the program and decided to put the Skoolbo site on their classroom computers that the kids use. As word got around, many teachers asked for the site to be placed on their computers as well. Because of the high demand for it, our technology department did a school-wide download on every classes’ computer instead of individually placing it on one at a time.”

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Pictured above are the Top 15 overall leaders for the week!

Check out how Karen uses Skoolbo features to maximize effectiveness and motivation!

“Now, having leaderboard results, I post them weekly outside of my classroom door letting the students know which classes are in the lead, who jumped up 1,000 or more questions, and which class jumped up from a lower place to a higher place (like 28th place to 20th place).  I also post the top ten individual leaders in the whole school plus the top 5 leaders in each grade.  Students will now stop by my door to check the results for each week.

I am really pleased with Skoolbo and the support it has to offer.  As a computer teacher that has a responsibility to teach computer skills, keyboarding, and give support to the classroom teachers, I found Skoolbo to be very helpful with the core subjects of literacy and mathematics. I do use other educational technology games, but my students are always excited to play Skoolbo.  What I like best about Skoolbo is that it is constantly teaching the kids as they progress through the game.  So in a sense, it is learning in a very fun way. My students also love it when my character pops up to Duelbo them and if they beat me, I always hear about it.

The reports are extremely helpful, as well as the progress reports.  It makes it very easy to reassign a lesson where the student may be struggling.  The extra bonuses for the kids is the option to change their character and buy things with the points that they accumulate.  The younger kids really enjoy it more so than my fourth and fifth graders. Many of my lower grade level teachers are using Skoolbo as one of their learning stations.”

From the students and teachers of Cibolo Creek Elementary…

“ I play it for an hour every day after school.  I am learning my numbers, I am learning to read, and I bought a lot of stuff.  I worked a lot!” (Kindergartner)

“ I play because I want to be really good, or the best at it so I can get more coins.” (Third grader)

“Skoolbo is funner than doing a math paper.” (First Grader)

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Presenting the top 3 students of Cibolo Creek Elementary! (All first graders)

“My kids love Skoolbo and were so excited that they also have access at home.  It is such a great program!” (Kindergarten teacher)

“My students love to check the leaderboard and are constantly telling me or their classmates who they are playing against. They love using Skoolbo at school and at home. This website gives my children motivation to learn.” (1st Grade Teacher)

“My students are constantly talking with each other about what they did on Skoolbo at home or in the classroom. Skoolbo provides my students with motivation to keep playing it.”  (2nd Grade Teacher)

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Cibolo creek elementary School inspires the academic excellence that enables our community to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

 

Do you have a success story from your own school? Email us at info@skoolbo.com!

New to Skoolbo? Register your class now and join the Skoolbo movement!

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Introducing ClassBo, the ultimate classroom motivator!

Listen up, teachers! Skoolbo has just added a brand new feature that we know you’re simply going to love:

Introducing ClassBo, where you now have the ability to set challenges for your class to reach a certain number of answers within a set timeframe. You can choose between 5,000, 25,000 or 100,000 answers for your class to reach! These challenges run from two days, two weeks or three months respectively and represent a fantastic, new and measurable way to gauge the progress of your students.

To set up a ClassBo, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your account and click on the ClassBo Challenge button on the homepage.
  2. Click on one of the three available challenges you’d like to set for your class.
  3. Choose a start date, opt in or out for email updates and click “Start ClassBo!”.

That’s it, your ClassBo has been set and the challenge has been thrown down to really motivate your students!

Supercharge your students’ learning outcomes

You can use the ClassBo leaderboard in tandem with our Results and Report tabs to easily identify what topics your students are doing really well at and where they may be struggling. Our task-setting feature on the Results tab allows you set up to two tasks per topic and get them practicing to improve their skills on that topic.

ClassBo is just another fantastic way that Skoolbo can motivate your students to learn, as it immerses them in a fun challenge that encourages improvement and puts them on the right track towards mastering reading and math skills. You can even set a ClassBo challenge over the holidays so your students can keep learning, stay sharp and ensure nobody slips behind!

ClassBo allows you to set up to three challenges at once by picking one of each challenge type and if you really want to show off how well your class is doing, you can even embed the live, real-time leaderboard into your school website!

We hope you and your students enjoy using ClassBo, happy learning!

 

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