Skoolbo Awarded the Coveted TWA Certification

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Skoolbo is proud and honored to announce that we have received the prestigious TWA Certification! According to the Teachers with Apps website, this special Certification Program was designed to recognize and applaud apps and connected tools that are exemplary in educational content, presentation, and execution, as well as overall user experience. We had the great opportunity to chat with Jayne Clare, CEO and Co-Founder of TWA, and this is what she has to say about Skoolbo:

Skoolbo is an all-encompassing educational tool for students, teachers, and parents covering basic reading and numeracy skills through student-driven gameplay. Teachers With Apps highly recommends this outstanding program for its ease of use, quality content, and engaging nature! A rare find.

Thank you, Jayne, for the kind words! With TWA’s seal of approval, we’re sure that we will now be able to reach even more students in the USA and fulfill our dream of every child learning to read and gaining confidence with numbers.  

We also want to take this moment to thank all of our teachers, parents, and children who play a key role in making Skoolbo the game that it is today! We know that you have unlimited choices when it comes to educational programs for your children, so the fact that you chose Skoolbo over all of the other apps means a lot to us. It is the motivation that keeps us going everyday. We appreciate you!

Are you new to Skoolbo and would like to learn more about the game? Click here to find out more information.

Cibolo Creek Elementary – over 300,000 questions answered on Skoolbo!

Mrs. Bykowski's class (1st grade) top class with over 35,000 questions

Mrs. Bykowski’s 1st graders are the top class in the school with over 35,000 questions!

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.”

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Pictured above are the Top 15 overall leaders for the week!

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)

Presenting the top 3 students in the school! (All first graders)

Presenting the top 3 students of Cibolo Creek Elementary! (All first graders)

“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)

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

 

Do you have a success story from your own school? Email us at info@skoolbo.com!

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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!

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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!

Two More Schools Join the Ranks of Super School

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It takes a lot to become a Skoolbo Super School–1 million collective answers, that is–but that’s just what both Overbrook Attendance Center (OAC) and South Polk Elementary endeavored to do. Currently, only 4 other schools in America lay claim to the title of Skoolbo Super School.

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Overbrook Attendance Center is the pre-K to 2nd grade school for USD #434 Santa Fe Trail, located in the city of Overbrook, approximately 25 miles southeast of Topeka. The OAC faculty’s commitment to nurturing their students’ thirst for knowledge, paired with the support of a vibrant community of parents and others, clearly reflects the students’ outstanding performance on Skoolbo!

We want to give a special shout-out to Overbrook’s Computer Paraprofessional, Cheryl Arwine for bringing technology and education together at OAC. We also want to especially recognize teachers Susan Bernhardt, Roxy Heffner, Chris Giebler, whose classes have answered over 90K questions and Amanda Lattimer and Angie Portlock, whose classes are each well over 150K answers!

South Polk Elementary | Old Fort, TN

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Located in the southeast corner of Tennessee, South Polk Elementary is home to the most active students of their state! We applaud the Polk County Schools’ beliefs that

All children can learn.
Learning is a life-long process.
Both mental and physical health are important.
Students need to think both critically and creatively.

These beliefs have propelled 17 classes of South Polk Elementary, each ranging from 30 to 120 K answers, to Super School status!  High praises are due to Amy Hood and Marcia McClary and their Kindergarteners for answering well over 100,000 questions in each of their classes, as well as Tina Davenport, South Polk Elementary’s very own Computer Lab teacher, for setting up and organizing all the classes.

Congratulations to both Overbrook Attendance Center and South Polk Elementary School for their fantastic accomplishment! We here at Skoolbo are committed to our dream of every child learning to read and gaining confidence with numbers and we are so glad to have the support of these two outstanding schools!

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

Legacy Academy in Elizabeth, Colorado Climbing the Leaderboard

Legacy Academy in Elizabeth, Colorado has been leading the pack and climbing up the leaderboard! Each of the 10 classes playing Skoolbo from this school have made the leaderboard this week, answering a total of 146,308 questions to date. As Skoolbo worldwide nears 400 million questions answered, Legacy Academy is currently ranked #5 in the world:

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Legacy Academy is a K-8 charter school in Elizabeth, Colorado, with a 1:1 iPad deployment. Their mission is to guide students in developing their individual character and academic potential by providing opportunities for collaborative learning and hands-on experiences through the continuous surveying of modern technology, science, arts and extracurricular activities.

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Hugh Goodwin Elementary Reaches 1 Million Answers!

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Hugh Goodwin Elementary School

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Located in southern Arkansas, Hugh Goodwin Elementary School is a special place – a public school that seeks out, nurtures, and celebrates the best and brightest in EVERY child. One of four elementary schools in the El Dorado District, they combine daily arts instruction with academic subjects to boost self-confidence and achievement. They are also one of the first schools in the US to reach 1 Million answers. Quite an impressive feat for a school with only 20 classrooms, spanning Kindergarten through 4th Grade.

Overwhelming Success

One class stands out in particular, Mrs. Cupp’s 4th Grade. Not only did this outstanding group of kids take 9th place in the Skoolbo World Cup Challenge, they have successfully answered over 112,000 questions with 94% accuracy. Congratulations!

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Other classes with impressive results include Mrs. Richard’s 1st Grade class with 91,860 answers and Mrs. Inman’s 1st Grade class with 81,713 answers.

We couldn’t be more proud of the students at Hugh Goodman and their outstanding teachers. Special kudos goes to Compass Lab teacher, Elaine Manning, for keeping us abreast of everyone’s achievements. Keep up the great work! We can hardly wait to hear about your next milestone.