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!

Meet the A6 Rockstars – Skoolbo US Team Captains!

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Meet another one of Skoolbo USA’s Team Captains for the World Cup, Mrs. Evan’s 3rd graders from Roosevelt Elementary in Mesa, Arizona!

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We were first alerted of the great enthusiasm her class, the “A6 Rockstars”, had for Skoolbo when she shared some of her feedback on our Facebook page last month:

My students and I are in love with your app! Thank you!!! I’ve never seen my students so excited about their accomplishments in 15 years of teaching. What an amazing, engaging, wonderfully designed program.

At that time, the Skoolbo World Cup was fast approaching, and we were searching for a couple classes to lead the charge and rally the troops for Team USA. We knew that their enthusiasm, coupled with their consistently high performances on the weekly US leaderboards would make them a perfect fit to represent the USA as Team Captains…

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Boy, were we right! Here are the A6 Rockstars leading by example, as the #9 Class in the WORLD! Well done kids!

Speaking of their leadership skills, Mrs. Evans shared with us that her 3rd graders have acted as “student teachers” to the younger students at Roosevelt Elementary, taking their knowledge and passion for Skoolbo and teaching the kindergartners and first graders how to play too! Now that’s teamwork!

Mrs. Evans and her students even took some time away from helping Team US in the Skoolbo World Cup to give us two very exclusive interviews, which you can check out below:

Day 3 of #NYvsLondon- Can New York Pull off Greatest Comeback of all Time!?

An incredible collective effort on Day 3 of the #NYvsLondon Challenge as these young students have already answered more than 789,000 questions, and counting! At this fierce pace, it is no doubt that the 1 million mark will be reached, it’s only a question of when!?

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Staying consistent, the Londoners have a surmountable lead over the New Yorkers, at nearly 600,000 questions answered to New York’s just under 200,000 answers. New York will have the chance to close the gap once the students in London turn out the lights for the night- but is the gap too big to overcome? Could the spirited students of New York pull off the greatest come back in history?!

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Just think NYers, that could be Friday’s headline! …And if you aren’t familiar with the Reggie Miller comeback reference, check this out for some inspiration!

 

Speaking of inspiration, a solo student at PS 175 Henry H Garnet is leading all NY classes, with his points alone! A big pat on the back to U.W.- who also happens to be the #4 overall student on the leader board, battling back and forth for 3rd place.

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1 student in class 501 at PS 175 answering enough questions to be the 19th overall class!

1 student in class 501 at PS 175 answering enough questions to be the 19th overall class

New York schools are also beginning to make a stronger presence in the school’s leader board, now holding 8 of the Top 20 Schools! PS 96 Richard Rogers has the top NY school locked in with nearly 60,000 answers… WOW! Check and see if your school made the cut:

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Whether or  not New York pulls off the greatest comeback of all time, the efforts seen on both sides have been amazing to witness and the teams at Skoolbo are proud of you all. Keep up the great learning kids, and most importantly, have fun!

Want to join in the fun but don’t have an account? Click Here to register, it’s quick and it’s FREE!

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Day 2 and New York Needs to Rally!

We’re only halfway through day 2 of the Challenge and the amazing students of New York and London are already nearing half a million answers!

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As you can see London has built up a very strong lead, but it is still early in the Challenge and we know the determined students in NY cannot be counted out yet.

Many of our usual high performers are doing their part and making appearances high up on the leader board; special shout out to PS 96 Richard Rogers who is currently holding 4 of the top 5 places for all NY classes; well done kids! They are also 3rd overall for all schools in the challenge. We would also like to send a big welcome to the students at Highgate Heights from Buffalo, NY, a newcomer on the Skoolbo leader boards whose Class 209 is currently supporting Team NY with the second highest total answers of all NY classes! classes

 

Londoners have a 5 hour head start on the students in NY, which just means we have the opportunity to gain on them later in the day and in the evening! Make sure your students know their usernames and how to log in at home. 20 minutes per student after school can really put a dent in the massive lead London is currently enjoying, it’s not too late to make a come back!

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Skoolbo is in Mexico – the 1st School is off to a Hot Start!

Many exciting developments are underway with our neighbors to the south. We are excited to announce that the very FIRST Mexican school has joined Skoolbo! We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the students and faculty of UPAP School!

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Students at UPAP hard at work on their own personal tablets.

UPAP is located in the municipality of Jocotitlán, in the northwestern part of the State of Mexico.

The Spanish acronym UPAP stands for “The Alejo Peralta Educational Unit”. This educational institution was established in the 1960’s by industrial pioneer Alejo Peralta. It was his mission to support the children of the growing industrial community by providing an integral education – including preschool, elementary, junior high, high school, and even technical trade school – at no cost to the families.

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The school’s facilities include: ample green areas, civic area, auditorium, library, medical and dental service, three computer labs, machining, lathe, and drawing shop, athletic fields, vegetable garden, kitchen, and showers.

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Solar panels on the school grounds help meet UPAP’s energy needs while teaching the students about environmental responsibility!

Special Announcement!

Skoolbo is so honored with this opportunity to support UPAP’s mission of providing free education to the community by working closely with the highly qualified educators there to develop a Mexican specific version of Skoolbo in the near future!

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Sneak peak of Skoolbo Mexico!

Skoolbo’s COO Colin Brown had the pleasure of visiting UPAP in person last week and meeting with Agustin Paulin, an ed-tech expert who is revolutionizing education in Mexico through the use of technology.

Skoolbo COO Colin Brown checking in on a classroom!

This dynamic duo visited students in classrooms, energizing and encouraging the kids to reach some incredible numbers in just days. During this trip, Colin also received incredible feedback and ideas from Agustin and his team of educators. Our own development team will have many exciting things to work on for the upcoming Mexican version of Skoolbo.

Until the Mexican specific version is released however, the students at UPAP will continue to use the US version of Skoolbo with English as the target language. Answering questions in their second language has not held these kids back from success.. in fact, the students at UPAP have gotten off to a FIERY start! Both classes at UPAP have climbed their way to the very top of all classes on the US Leaderboard!

#1 – Class 5A!! #2 – Class 6A!!!

UPAP is #11 on the All US Schools Leaderboard!

UPAP among the ranks of some of Skoolbo USA’s consistent top-performing schools, with only THREE active classes! #11 and climbing.

The feedback from the children has been fantastic. The kids love Skoolbo and use it as often as they can, which is pretty often since they each have their own tablets!

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“We organized a competition between the three classes. The number of answers tripled that day. In fact, UPAP school made it to the top 35 schools in the Leaderboard.”  – Agustin Paulin

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“It was an amazing experience to travel to Mexico and meet with the students and teachers of UPAP. Skoolbo is very fortunate to have found an educational institution whose philosophy and passion toward education are so in tune with our own. We look forward to building on this experience with UPAP and working together with Mr. Paulin to bring Skoolbo to all children in Mexico.” -Colin Brown

Skoolbo could not have chosen a better school to launch the expansion of Skoolbo into Mexico. Stay tuned for updates on other new developments and Skoolbo’s international expansions!