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

London vs NY

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!