Big School Play Special Launch Offer!

There’s something new and exciting in your teacher dashboard and to celebrate we have a special offer just for you.

Skoolbo is very proud to bring you Big School Play, over 500 original and familiar learning songs designed to inspire!

Key Pedagogies

  • Encourages singing, dancing and drama
  • Develops gross motor skills
  • Promotes vocabulary and imagination
  • Builds memory and articulation
  • Gets kids active
  • Wonderful class bonding and lots of smiles
  • A fun break between lessons!

Big School Play can help you bring about a positive start to the day for the whole class. You can even create a portfolio so that you can easily revisit class favourites!

Why not choose a song to…

  • Celebrate a festival
  • Welcome the new season
  • Launch a new topic  (Learning about the sea? Then why not wobble with a jellyfish?)

We believe that music plays a vital role in the development of cognitive skills in children and Big School Play is designed to get children moving, so they’ll be improving their gross motor skills too.

And of course, singing and dancing is great fun! So sign in to your Skoolbo Teacher Dashboard today and commence your 7 day free trial of Big School Play.

Get up to 7 months completely free!

We’re sure that you’ll love Big School Play and if you purchase a 12 month class license for only $20 before June 10, you will receive Big School Play through to December 31 2018. That’s up to 7 months additional access completely free!

Log in to start your free trial now

Or register free here

PS: Not purchasing the new product, Big School Play, in no way changes or invalidates your Skoolbo Teacher account – that remains completely free.

Educational resources to enrich learning experiences!

The Learnathon is truly underway! Children from around the world are taking on the challenge of answering 1,000 literacy, math, and language questions, which is resulting in fantastic improvement in essential foundational skills. These superstars of learning are being encouraged by family and friends who are pledging their support in the thousands! 100% of funds raised goes directly to the participant’s teacher in the form of credit to spend in the new educational resource shop.

We thought it was time to share a little teaser of some of the fabulous classroom resources that will shortly be available to teachers to spend their Learnathon credit on. We are working with a number of top educational companies to provide resources that aim to both enrich the learning experience of students and save valuable planning time.

Ensuring that children develop higher order reading skills and get the most from their guided reading sessions can mean long hours spent on planning. Now, that task is easier with these incredible ready-made reading resources from children’s newspaper publisher, First News.

The team of educators and journalists at First News have created a brilliant range of focused, leveled tasks based on real global news. Like authors, journalists play with language, so news ‘stories’ are rich nuggets of text to investigate. Children need to use the higher level skills of inference and deduction to have an in-depth understanding of what is being reported.

News reports are unique non-fiction texts that naturally engage students, helping them to develop their knowledge and understanding of the wider world. The reports are ideal for short, focused comprehension or discussion activities. They provide children with the opportunity to find fascinating facts and to recognize and appreciate the opinions and viewpoints of others.

First News has been producing their original children’s newspaper for over ten years. From reluctant readers to high achievers, First News leads to deeper thinking, stronger classroom debate, and real improvement in literacy skills.

Where every student thinks like a scientist

The team behind the discovery of the wreck of RMS Titanic are on a new mission – to inspire and educate students everywhere through real science and exploration.

JASON Learning provides curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and high-quality professional development for teachers.

JASON Learning’s award-winning curricula places students in challenging, real-world situations where they are connected with and mentored by leading STEM professionals. The organization has developed the only major science curriculum built around real-world phenomenon and guided by practicing scientists. These are exciting resources to help teachers excite their students and deepen understanding. There is a wide range of topics to choose from; here is just a little teaser of some of the available content-

Not on board yet?

Don’t worry, it’s not too late to join the Learnathon and it’s completely free to take part.

If you have already have a Skoolbo account, simply sign in to your teacher dashboard to print your letter to parents, then, get your students playing. It’s that simple!

If you don’t yet have an account, then register for free here. It only takes a moment!

Calling all parents – pledge your support!

We are always looking for new and exciting ways to motivate and reward great learning, and now you can too with Learnathon!

Did you know that 94% of children master a new skill after only 20 minutes on Skoolbo? During the Learnathon your child will be challenged to answer 1,000 math, literacy and language questions, providing the opportunity for securing many of those essential foundational skills. And now you can provide some vital additional motivation by pledging your support.

Every cent you pledge will be converted to credit for your child’s teacher to spend on amazing resources in our new educational resource shop. This means that not only will your child receive recognition from you for their efforts and achievements, you will also be making a direct positive contribution to the learning resources available to them.

There’s a little extra motivation for players too! The Skoolbo team have created some exciting digital rewards that students can earn during the Learnathon. For example, answering 1,000 questions will be rewarded with a fabulous hypersonic jet!

How do I pledge my support?

Your child has their own dedicated fundraising page which shows how many questions they have answered so far and the amount they have raised through their efforts. All donations are handled safely via Skoolbo, so it couldn’t be simpler!

If you have been sent a letter by your child’s school then it contains the link to your child’s fundraising page. The letter is also available to you on the homepage of your parent dashboard.

Don’t have a parent account?

Then sign up for one today! It’s completely free and only takes a moment to set up. You’ll just need your child’s username and password.

Spread the word! Why not invite family and friends to pledge their support too! Remember 100% of funds raised will go to your child’s teacher.

Let the Learnathon commence!

Learnathon is here!


We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Skoolbo Learnathon – an innovative and exciting way to improve educational outcomes for learners while, at the same time, raising extra funds for their classroom!

Students are challenged to answer 1,000 reading and maths questions. Family and friends can pledge their support and 100% of funds raised go towards teaching resources. There is no administration for teachers involved and all donations are handled safely via Skoolbo – it could not be simpler!

All funds raised will be given to participating children’s teachers as credit in the new Skoolbo shop. Just take a look at some of the outstanding providers we have teamed up with!

And we have added a little extra motivation for players too! The Skoolbo team have created some exciting digital rewards that students can earn during the Learnathon. For example, answering I,000 questions will be rewarded with a fabulous hypersonic jet!

Sign in to your Parent or Teacher dashboard and see what it’s all about!

Or register for free!

Great learning deserves great rewards!

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 math skills, proving that the more children play, the more they learn!

Every question answered on Skoolbo represents a challenge, the chance to make mistakes, and the opportunity to 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 easy! With Skoolbo, learning can happen at home as well as in school. Every answer counts – wherever and however your students access Skoolbo.

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Skoolbo Powerhouse Beverley Manor Recognized by Local News Station

The students of Beverley Manor Elementary School in Staunton, VA, have been on our radar ever since the very first Skoolbo World Cup held in December 2014. They blasted onto the scene by placing 3rd overall in that inaugural competition, and have been a force to be reckoned with on the Skoolbo Leaderboards ever since.

A big thumbs up from students at Beverley Manor Elementary School!

This past month, the students once again came in 1st for Team USA in the international competition, with a 2nd place overall finish! We are so proud of the massive, school-wide effort put forth by the students, teachers, and principal, and we are so delighted to see their accomplishment recognized by their local media outlet WHSV Channel 3.

Check out this video clip from the interview!

According to the principal, here is the secret to their success:

“I think it’s our staff being so excited about it, and building the kids’ enthusiasm, and giving them an opportunity to feel success with something like that. Then that just builds upon itself.”

-Principal Miranda Ball

Click here to read the entire article.

We have to agree that Beverley Manor’s consistently high performances and presence on the leaderboards speak to the wonderful leadership at the school.  The coordinated efforts and enthusiasm at Beverley Manor Elementary can serve as an inspiration and blueprint to other schools just getting started with Skoolbo.

We look forward to seeing what wonderful things BMES can achieve in 2017!

Skoolbo Awarded the Coveted TWA Certification

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Skoolbo is proud and honored to announce that we have received the prestigious TWA Certification! According to the Teachers with Apps website, this special Certification Program was designed to recognize and applaud apps and connected tools that are exemplary in educational content, presentation, and execution, as well as overall user experience. We had the great opportunity to chat with Jayne Clare, CEO and Co-Founder of TWA, and this is what she has to say about Skoolbo:

Skoolbo is an all-encompassing educational tool for students, teachers, and parents covering basic reading and numeracy skills through student-driven gameplay. Teachers With Apps highly recommends this outstanding program for its ease of use, quality content, and engaging nature! A rare find.

Thank you, Jayne, for the kind words! With TWA’s seal of approval, we’re sure that we will now be able to reach even more students in the USA and fulfill our dream of every child learning to read and gaining confidence with numbers.  

We also want to take this moment to thank all of our teachers, parents, and children who play a key role in making Skoolbo the game that it is today! We know that you have unlimited choices when it comes to educational programs for your children, so the fact that you chose Skoolbo over all of the other apps means a lot to us. It is the motivation that keeps us going everyday. We appreciate you!

Are you new to Skoolbo and would like to learn more about the game? Click here to find out more information.

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 math;
  • 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 because despite increased focus and, in many cases, increased 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 elementary-aged readers and non-readers believed that their friends saw people who read as happy and as people with a lot of friends.

It seems that the argument in favor of reading for pleasure has been won — 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; thus, 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 recognize within approximately 3 seconds. Amazingly, 50 percent of our written material is made up of these 100 high-frequency words and this is where game-based learning can help. Games like Skoolbo enable children to learn these words effortlessly and in a 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 more 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 they are often very happy to read aloud when they are very young. 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 practice 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, recognizing where previously un-noticed 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, which will give them the opportunity to work directly with their child on their reading skills. 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 favorite place with a slightly shabby, much-loved paperback but it can go a long way to help our children develop the needed skills to get there!

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

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Team USA Clinches Silver for the 2016 Skoolbo World Cup

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A huge congratulations to Team USA for fighting an inspiring battle and securing the #2 spot in the 2016 Skoolbo World Cup! We had a slow start but eventually fought our way past Team New Zealand. In the final half of the competition, Team USA managed to pull in front of Team GB, first by mere thousands but finally by a comfortable 30,000+ questions. In the end, Team USA answered a total of 753,527 questions on Skoolbo. And, students all over the world answered more than 10.4 million questions!

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We saw some of our old favorites from previous years coming back with fire and fury! Beverly Manor Elementary continues to hold its title as #1 US School for the second year in a row, this time answering over 248,000 questions. We also saw Irma Dru Hutchison come in strong once more at #2 US School and fourth place overall with 147,742 questions answered! Spring Creek Elementary, Melba Elementary, and Fremont Elementary joined in this year’s top 10 leaderboard to round out top 5 schools for Team USA!

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We also welcomed back Carina Hernandez’s Class B4 as the #1 Class for Team USA for the second year in a row with 47,208 questions answered! Class Fleury and Winch27 from Fremont Elementary were so close to one another; ultimately, Class Fleury came out on top by a mere 126 questions! We are so proud of both classes for being #2 and #3 Class in for Team USA.

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All in all it was a challenging and exciting World Cup. Three cheers for all of the students who participated around the world!

The Last Day!

This is it – the final day! Team USA let’s finish big!

Since the first day, you have been awesome, you just need to keep going a little longer.

Team Australia have a strong lead and may be hard to catch but Team GB and Team New Zealand will be doing their best to overtake you so we can’t relax.

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