P.S. 161: Leading the Way in Technology

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P.S. 161’s On the Cutting Edge

Not shying away from the fast-paced technological era that our children are growing up in, P.S. 161 is jumping right in with their very own 3D printer and even a dedicated school app, available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play!

These developments, along with P.S. 161’s resolute passion to nurture healthy, academically gifted students in preparation for their roles as responsible citizens of our world, are a perfect complement to Skoolbo’s dream of literacy and numeracy for all through technology. Just recently, P.S. 161 has entered the illustrious ranks of less than 20 Super Schools who have answered over 1 million questions on Skoolbo. Way to go!

You can find The Crown School right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York.
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A special shout out goes to Carlos Varas, P.S. 161’s talented Technology Manager, for implementing Skoolbo for over 400 students at The Crown School!

Congrats to P.S. 5- 1 Million Answers

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Located in the Bronx, P.S. 5 Port Morris firmly believes that its students are tomorrow’s leaders. The mission statement of the school shows the determination of the community to come together and help students succeed as individuals, celebrating and cultivating their unique skills and talents. Skoolbo comes right alongside this mission, ensuring that each child will have a firm foundation of core skills necessary for success in their future schooling and career.ps 5 port morris

Committed to Educational Technology

For years, P.S. 5 has been committed to becoming proficient with the ever-changing technology of today’s world. In 2009, P.S.5X was selected to be a part of the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) initiative, giving each child access to a laptop everyday. This same, steadfast commitment is apparent in P.S. 5’s recent accomplishment of reaching and surpassing the 1 millionth answer mark on Skoolbo! We know that there is much more to come as they achieved this goal well within several months of getting started on the program.

We especially want to recognize Sonia Edwards, P.S. 5’s very own Technology Teacher, whose hard work and dedication has resulted in such amazing achievements from the students at Port Morris!

Keep up the great work, kids!

PS 96 and Legacy Academy Pass the One Million Mark!

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We want to extend a hearty congratulations to PS 96 Richard Rodgers and Legacy Academy for becoming Super Schools over the weekend! It’s truly amazing to see such enthusiasm for learning in these children. The schools have answered 1 million questions each!

PS 96 Richard Rodgers | Bronx, NY

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PS 96 Richard Rodgers, located in the Bronx, is an ethnically diverse community and home to over 800 Skoolbo students. What a fantastic sight, to see so many students and classes learning on Skoolbo each day! The school’s mission to enable students to be independent, self-motivated learners certainly complements Skoolbo’s learning style and we are thrilled to see such progress at PS 96.

Legacy Academy | Elizabeth, CO

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Legacy Wildcats

Recently, we shared about Legacy Academy’s consistent appearance on our leaderboards, with almost 150,000 questions answered at the time. Less than 2 months later, the 267 students at Legacy Academy have rallied together to answer over 1 Million questions!

It’s no wonder that this school has been able to achieve such an enormous accomplishment as it’s Colorado’s first iSchool. iPads are used on a daily basis in every class to enhance the level of enthusiasm in their learning environment. In addition to individual iPads, students also have access to MacBook Pros, an iMac Computer lab, extremely fast internet, and Legacy’s very own locally hosted “cloud” for teachers and students to collaborate. We are so proud of all the students at Legacy Academy!

Skoolbo Goes Big in the Big Apple

PS /MS 129's Mrs. Gee Waithaka's class celebrating their 75k answers milestone - the first class to do so in NY.

PS /MS 129’s Mrs. Gee Waithaka’s class celebrating their 75k answers milestone – the first class to do so in NY.

They don’t call it the Big Apple for nothing! The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) is the largest system of schools in America and we have certainly seen how much of an impact NYC can make in educational progress–in the past several months, 15 NYC schools alone have answered a total of over 10 million questions on Skoolbo. It’s no surprise that 4 of the ten Skoolbo Super Schools (schools answering over 1 million questions) in America are NYC schools. NYC schools also consistently dominate the Skoolbo leaderboards, often leading out on representing America among Skoolbo countries worldwide.

Record Breaking Success

We have been blown away by the persistence of the NYC students as they blaze a trail for children around the world to follow. PS 6 Norma Adams Clemons Academy easily broke a Skoolbo record by answering nearly half a million questions in just one week!

A typical sight: NY schools dominating the leaderboard. In this particular week, PS 6 breaks a Skoolbo record: almost half a million answers in one week!

A typical sight: NY schools dominating the leaderboard. In this particular week, PS 6 breaks a Skoolbo record: almost half a million answers in one week!

On top of this amazing accomplishment, we’ve also seen great success for technology teachers as well:

“We are extremely proud of our students. Students went home and downloaded it on their phones and tablets and computers. They are competing with their friends for points without even realizing they are learning. Teachers will be using results of students’ progress in our Parent-Teacher conferences next week. The teachers are now signing up to use the laptop carts more than ever. For the first time the laptop cart sign out sheet on each floor is full to capacity! Our principal is very excited about the students’ work.  Each day she goes on the intercom and announces the class of the day and the student of the day and that motivates the students to do more. Thanks to our District Superintendent, Mr. Ellis for his vision and for introducing Skoolbo to us. Thank you for making this program available to us free of cost.”

-Marcia Mcfadyen, Technology Teacher, P.S. 6. Norma Adams Clemons Academy

The Secret Behind the Success: Wonderful Collaboration

We are so grateful for the incredible support we’ve received from NYC technology teachers, librarians, teachers, administrative staff, principals and district superintendents. The astounding results we see with NYC students learning on Skoolbo are a direct result to these individuals’ vision and commitment to excellence in education, as well as their belief that it truly takes a village to raise a child. The teachers and staff encourage the children to succeed at school and home, and much of the students’ progress on Skoolbo is through the great initiative these educators take to involve the parents in their children’s education at home.

We love collaborating with NYC schools because they are in such accord with the Skoolbo dream that every child learns to read and gain confidence with numbers, through having fun and involving both parents and teachers.

PS 129 students celebrating success in front of their Skoolbo goal board.

PS 129 students celebrating success in front of their Skoolbo goal board.

“At the John H. Finley Campus School, we believe that all children are entitled to a quality education. We are committed to developing a child-centered environment and instructional program, which will result in a community of critical thinkers and lifelong learners. With the collaborative efforts of parents, faculty, students and community, we will empower our students to become responsible, productive and enlightened individuals.”

-Odelphia H. Pierre, Principal, P.S./M.S. 129 John H. Finley Campus School

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Students playing Skoolbo at P.S. 176’s Computer Lab

“Skoolbo is a magnificent Common Core resource for children of various academic needs. The students have achieved tremendous success across all academic areas. The learners are actively engaged and able to work independently. Data is easily collected and analyzed by teachers and administrators to assist in the planning of effective classroom instruction. The “At Home” component has given parents a connection to their children’s educational needs. Parents are also given the opportunity to track the progress of their child in an effort to provide extra help in areas of weakness. We look forward to using Skoolbo in the upcoming years.”

-Michelle Liotta, Technology & Library Teacher, P.S. 176 Cambria Heights 

The London vs New York Challenge

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The Big Apple is so big that we are merely scratching the surface of the powerhouse of learning that is the NYC DOE. We’re truly only seeing the beginning so stay tuned: in less than 2 months, we’ll be holding the London vs New York Challenge! We’ll have a special tally on our website on June 15-19, 2015 to count how many math and reading questions each city answers on Skoolbo. For five days, these two historic cities will duke it out in the Skoolbo arena and only the “smartest” will come out the winner! Here at Skoolbo USA, we have full confidence that NYC schools will do us proud in the upcoming challenge against London. London schools won’t give up easily though, so we’ll need NYC to come out in full force!

America’s cheering for you, New York! Go! New York Kids Go!

PS 176 Cambria Heights soars to all new levels on Skoolbo!

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The number one Skoolbo class in PS 176 and their fabulous teacher Michelle Liotta take a break from playing and learning on Skoolbo to say hi to their fellow Skoolbo Superheros all over the world!

A super Skoolbo salute is being sent to PS 176 Cambria Heights in Queens, NY!

PS I76 has answered over a half a million Skoolbo literacy and numeracy correctly in just a couple of months. Serving Pre-K to 5th grade this school has over 700 students loving learning as they take off in the Skoolbo universe. This school is incredibly diverse with students’ families hailing from all over, especially the Caribbean, speaking many differently languages including Haitian Creole.

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Two PS 176 Skoolbo Superheros pulled Ms Yasmine, Director of Special Projects, aside to let her know what spot they are aiming for on the Skoolbo Leaderboard…#1!

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PS 176ers winning on Skoolbo with teacher Michelle Liota cheering them on!

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These Skoolbo Superheros are in the literacy in numeracy ZONE!

“Skoolbo is a magnificent Common Core resource for children of various academic needs. The students have achieved tremendous success across all academic areas. The learners are actively engaged and able to work independently. Data is easily collected and analyzed by teachers and administrators to assist in the planning of effective classroom instruction. This educational program is used by grades Pre-K through Five. The “At Home” component has given parents a connection to their children’s educational needs. Parents are also given the opportunity to track the progress of their child in an effort to provide extra help in areas of weakness. Skoolbo maintains the students’ academic data so that it can be used year to year. We look forward to using Skoolbo in the upcoming years.” Michelle Liotta, PS 176 Cambria Heights Technology & Library Teacher

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Seasoned 5th grade teachers Alicha Powell and Michelle Cromer all smiles after a training with Ms Yasmine, Director of Special Projects. These two teachers dedicated teachers are leading the students in PS 176 annex to great heights with AND transitioning them to Jr High school with Skoolbo!

Skoolbo is such a big hit at PS 176 that teachers from both building are using it in their class rooms. (Yes, the school is so big they have an annex!)

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PS 176 Cambria Heights nestled in Queens, NY

John Finley rocks…in the heart of Harlem!

Mrs. Gee Waithaka's class in front of their 250k Skoolbo goal board!

Mrs. Gee Waithaka’s class in front of their 250k Skoolbo goal board!

Super congratulations are in order for the first Super Class in the New York City Public School system AND the first Super Elite Class in NY State – Mrs. Gee Waithaka’s class! John Finley rocks! Indeed, this wonderful school community, aka PS/MS 129, has been on quite a roll since they began using Skoolbo and Mrs. Gee Waithaka’s class has led the way by crushing the 50k, 75k and 100k answer milestones in true rock-star fashion.

 

Mrs. Gee Waithaka's class celebrating their 75k answers milestone - the first class to do so in NY.

Mrs. Gee Waithaka’s class celebrating their 75k answers milestone – the first class to do so in NY.

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John Finley’s Skoolbo Superheros proudly display their Super Class Prize Stickers with Mrs. Gee Waithaka (teacher), Ms Yasmine (Director of Special Projects, Skoolbo) and Odelphia Pierre (Principal) L to R.

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John Finley’s Super Hero Scholars hard at work on Skoolbo!

It takes a village. Principal Pierre and Mrs. Gee Waithaka supervise and cheer on students as they work their way through literacy and numeracy modules...and check their leader board status.

It takes a village. Principal Pierre and Mrs. Gee Waithaka supervise and cheer on students as they work their way through literacy and numeracy modules…and check their leader board status.

What makes this small class so special? Everything! They are smart, ambitious,diligent and led by a great teacher, Mrs. Gee Waithaka and a hands on, visionary Principal, Odelphia H. Pierre. It also helps that it is nestled in the illustrious village of Harlem, home to luminaries like Thurgood Marshall, W.E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, Gil Noble, Piri Thomas, Darryl McDaniels, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Langston Hughes, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Countee Cullen, Nina Simone, A. Phillip Randolph, Zora Neal Hurston, Alain Leroy Locke, Maya Angelou and Al Hajj Malik Shabazz aka Malcolm X.

Steeped in rich history and supported by powerful role models it is no wonder this amazing group of 7 and 8 year olds has set their Skoolbo goal to a quarter of a million questions this year. The fact that the 250k mark is a goal entire schools aspire to has not deterred this small class,  and we know no reason why it should – they are super-hero-scholars!

John Finley School, located in the heart of Harlem.

John Finley School, located in the heart of Harlem.

With over 500 PreK-8th grade students in their public school we can’t wait to see what the John Finley community will achieve with Skoolbo…we know it will be amazing and inspiring to schools throughout NYC and the world!

“At the John H. Finley Campus School, we believe that all children are entitled to a quality education.  We are committed to developing a child-centered environment and instructional program, which will result in a community of critical thinkers and lifelong learners.  With the collaborative efforts of parents, faculty, students and community, we will empower our students to become responsible, productive and enlightened individuals.” – Odelphia H. Pierre, Principal of John H. Finley Campus School

 

Improvement Analysis of Students from Maine, USA

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Maine is famous for clam chowder, stunning autumns and cold winters. It’s also home to some of the most active Skoolbo children in the world! We’ve been analyzing the 169,823 Skoolbo learning activities they have completed and have found the following:

  • The average improvement on a literacy or numeracy skill after 20 minutes of learning time is 74%.
  • 66% of Maine students make at least 25% improvement on a literacy or numeracy skill after 20 learning minutes.
  • 41% of Maine students make at least 100% improvement on a literacy or numeracy skills after 20 learning minutes.
  • There have been 5,269 instances of children more than doubling a literacy or numeracy skill.
  • 1,931 Maine students have correctly answered some 2,231,477 questions.
  • Maine students have spent 336,682 learning minutes on Skoolbo.
  • Maine students have an average accuracy of 85.4% on Skoolbo.
  • Children from Pond Cove Elementary School have correctly answered the most questions with a tally of 508,642.
  • Washburn Elementary School has the highest average improvement level at a brilliant 81%.

Way to go, Maine! These are simply wonderful results. Keep up the awesome learning!

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