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