Skoolbo Case Study: Clark Elementary, Wyoming, USA

Clark Elementary School, Wyoming, USA, logged in a record 107,260 correct answers on Skoolbo! Congratulations to the Mustangs! We talked to Ms. Adrienne Unertl, a teacher from Clark Elementary School, to find out more about this major achievement.

Adrienne enjoys figuring out how students learn, and feels that every child  is capable of success. At Clark Elementary, she is encouraged to find fun, educational applications that promote learning. She always reminds her students that “Failure is NOT an option”, and believes that although something may seem difficult now, with practice it will become easier. Some students show up an hour early to work on their skills and often request to work with her.

Adrienne uses Skoolbo in the before-school intervention program, as well as in the afterschool enrichment program. The students use the app in a computer lab as well as on iPads.

Adrienne has noticed that her students have been much more motivated to learn, and their confidence level has improved. They are so excited about their work and what they are learning on Skoolbo, that they are often overheard discussing their Skoolbo sessions as they walk out the door.  Even students who were initially difficult to motivate, now enjoy the program as they can race against their friends or their teachers (where else can students compete against their teachers!?). Many parents also like the learning app and have installed it on their home computers and iPads for their children.

“Skoolbo complements our school’s curriculum because it is common core based, and gives us another format to reach students. My quote for Skoolbo is “Learning has become social again.” That is what I tell teachers when they ask why the kids like it so much! I love this because in an hour my kids answer anywhere from 300-500 questions. What I like most about Skoolbo is the differentiated instructions for my students.  This helps them learn at their own level, even when challenging friends who may be at a higher or lower level. I LOVE the in-built differentiation. I appreciate that someone else has done the hard work of figuring out where the student is as well as moving them up and challenging them when they have achieved mastery. It makes it nice when I have students ranging from 2nd through 5th grade in the same class because they can still challenge others in the room as well as the teacher without feeling at a disadvantage. Yes, sometimes, they are quicker than me!”

What do the students like about Skoolbo?

“Playing against people, having fun and learning.” – Alexye, 2nd grader

“You can fly a helicopter.” – Avery, 2nd grader

“You can buy a different flying vehicle when you have the perfect amount of Bo coins.” – Aaron, 3rd grader

“When I learn topics and get to have fun.” – Ryker, 3rd grader

“My favorite thing about Skoolbo is you get to choose things that you want to do with your person.” – Isabella, 3rd grader

“My favorite thing about Skoolbo is you can get awesome worlds.” – Zach, 3rd grader

“That as you’re playing with technology you’re learning.” – Carsen, 3rd grader

“Playing with friends.” – Madison, 2nd grader

Adrienne (on top) and her students

“I like that you can go against other people and make it more fun!” – Kami, 3rd grader

“The “My Class” section. It’s so cool because you can play with other people in your class!” – Matthew, 3rd grader

“Figuring out problems.” – Adan, 2nd grader

“My favorite thing is the airplanes.” – Kiya, 2nd grader

“My favorite thing is how much I learn and also spelling.” – Sage, 3rd grader

“My favorite thing is multiplication and division and vocabulary.” – David, 3rd grader

“My favorite thing is doing math.” – Ashlyn, 5th grader  

“My favorite thing is learning division and multiplying.” – Alexis, 5th grader