The Skoolbo World Cup is just around the corner!

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The Skoolbo World Cup is back for a third year! Children in the US will be competing against other Skoolbo-ers in classrooms across the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Running from Tuesday December 6th to Friday December 9th, your students’ avatars will wear a new Team US uniform. Every question your students answer correctly places the US one step closer to victory! There will be an automated tally on the Skoolbo website homepage so you can see the results live.

This is a great way to motivate and engage students to learn by answering lots of math and literacy questions.

Let’s have some fun as we join together to take on the world in the Skoolbo World Cup!

Stay tuned for more news on the World Cup leading up to December 6th…

Go US Kids! Go!

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New to Skoolbo? Register your child or class now to get involved in our highly motivating World Cup!

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New Professional Development Series

In today’s world, teachers’ plates are overflowing with responsibilities. With all of the demands that are expected of teachers – which include attending mandated trainings – there seems to be little to no time for teachers to seek out professional development opportunities that are of interest to them.

One topic that has been growing in momentum and interest in the teaching community is educational technology. Even though many schools are adopting new technology and requiring teachers to utilize it with their students, many teachers find that they lack a broader context of understanding in order to effectively incorporate these tech products in their classrooms. This leaves many teachers frustrated as they struggle to figure out how to use these products on their own .

With this in mind, Skoolbo has created a new series of professional development webinars, specifically focused on educational technology. These webinars are presented for free as a service to the educational community. The new webinar series will feature topics on:

  • gamification
  • differentiated instruction
  • power of personalization
  • disruptive technology
  • the connected classroom

These short 30-minutes webinars give teachers an overview of the different aspects of ed tech and how to use tech in their classrooms. To find out more about each webinar or to register, go to our Professional Development site. If you can’t join us live, the webinars will be recorded for viewing at a later time.

Help Your Child to Love Reading

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There has been a huge emphasis recently on the importance of reading with your child. But what does good reading look like and how can you best support your child to both enjoy reading and develop the skills that will help them become confident, motivated, fluent readers?

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Children who read for pleasure achieve better not only in English but also across a wide range of subjects including math.

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Reading is about so much more than simply decoding print; it is a multifaceted process involving word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and motivation.

 


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We tend to think that reading is a purely visual skill involving the ability to link letters to sounds. However, learning to read can also rely on a more complex set of underlying cognitive skills such as memory, attention, and sequencing.

Zippy Shine is a reading performance app that gives children the opportunity reach their potential in reading in a fun, enjoyable and safe way. It helps children develop the complex set of skills required to become a ‘good’ reader, placing them in control of their learning.

Children learn to read so they can read to learn!

 

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Why learning through play is revolutionizing our classrooms

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Living in the Digital Age means technology has become a necessity that has been woven into our lives and routines. The education sector is no different! Utilizing digital tools and games for teaching reflects the shift to a more efficient learning structure within modern classrooms. Blended learning – the education program that integrates technology into the bulk of content delivery and classroom instruction – has been rapidly on the rise. Among these digital tools lies the often untapped potential of educating students through game-based learning.

Think of the smash hit Angry Birds and how the game mechanics work – you try to knock down buildings by projecting spherical objects with a slingshot. Now think about how – if applied to a physics class – students might be able to learn about the physics behind projectile motion, velocity, and acceleration. The ever-popular Minecraft game operates with the simple premise of world-building using blocks. This innately allows children to develop their spatial recognition and complex planning skills all while playing a game! Similarly, Skoolbo offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a virtual world, where they watch their personalized avatars race and dance as they answer literacy and numeracy questions. The enjoyment children get from playing results in true engagement with their own learning. Before they know it, students are mastering skills ranging anywhere from vocabulary and sentence creation to telling time and multiplying.

Furthermore, Skoolbo fosters motivation and teamwork through its fun competitions. The Duelbo feature allows students to challenge a peer to beat their top score – an engaging way to promote some healthy competition among classmates. Involving friends gets children excited about what they are doing, and it motivates them to continue playing. Skoolbo also features Classbo, a tool that allows teachers to set benchmark goals for their classes. This compels all the students to work collectively to reach those targets! The big event everyone looks forward to is the annual Skoolbo World Cup, where students get to compete against their peers from around the world!

 

MOTIVATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT

A big challenge in education is figuring out how to motivate reluctant learners. Common recommendations include praising students, rewarding positive behavior and finding ways to nurture intrinsic motivation within the student. Game-based learning allows students to feel enthusiastic about their learning experiences. Skoolbo allows students to customize their avatars so that they can have a personal connection and – by extension – will forge a special bond with their in-game character. This makes the game more meaningful for students overall!

Another benefit of learning through play is that students need not be in the classroom for this to happen! In fact, students can opt to use a learning app – such as Skoolbo – at home. This allows them to learn in a more relaxed environment, thus removing any stress associated with being in a formal school setting. Furthermore, it gives parents the opportunity to see their children actively engaging in learning while at home.

Skoolbo’s adaptive algorithm also plays a key part in ensuring student success. It scales the content difficulty depending on the student’s input, thus crafting a personally designed learning pathway for each student. This also makes sure that students won’t feel bored or stressed if the pacing is too slow or too fast, respectively.

 

BUT WHAT ABOUT TEACHERS?

Teachers have much to benefit from employing learning through play, as well. To begin with, this boosts student morale. Secondly, teachers can see students’ progress based on how well they are doing in the game. Skoolbo’s Teacher Dashboard displays results for each student, making it easy for teachers to track how well each student is doing individually. Teachers can use that actionable data to assess and gauge where their students are compared to their expectations.

Students who learn through play experience an enjoyable and highly engaging learning process which in turn develops a natural love of learning. Game-based learning through edtech is a powerful tool for any teacher.

 

Want to know more about the effectiveness of  game-based learning through Skoolbo? We crunched some pretty big numbers recently, analyzing key metrics of improvement from millions of children who play Skoolbo from around the world! Read the white paper!

 

 

New to Skoolbo? Register your child, class or homeschool now and join the Skoolbo movement!

 

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Supporting multiple learning styles through game-based learning

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With back-to-school season well underway, many teachers are embarking on the task of ensuring that every student in their care reaches their academic potential. As we now know, the “one-size-fits-all” teaching method can be ineffective and can quickly lead to student disengagement. So how can teachers design their lessons to ensure they are meeting the individual needs of each and every student in their classroom? A starting point is to familiarize themselves with how their students learn best through intentional observations and honest conversations. This may take some time and dedication on the teacher’s part, but it will be well worth it in the end!

There are many tools that teachers can use in the classroom to help them differentiate their lessons to suit their students’ individual learning styles. One such tool is educational technology. With a myriad of ed tech games in the market, teachers may wonder what is the best one for their students. While there is not a simple, straightforward answer to this, teachers need to take into consideration a variety of factors such as the age and experiences of their students and the desired outcome of the lesson. For example, if an elementary teacher is looking for an app to help her 1st graders gain fundamental skills in numeracy and literacy, Skoolbo would be an excellent choice for her class since it focuses on these skills for children from preK-6th grade.

Although admittedly, there is not total agreement in the education sector about the validity of Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic (VAK) theory, it is widely accepted that variety in teaching methods and styles go a long way toward keeping students engaged and learning. Incorporating this variety into lessons will not only ensure all types of learners are catered to but will also encourage individuals to engage with learning in different ways.

Below we look at the three major learning styles of VAK theory and examine how ed tech games, such as Skoolbo can support each style.

Visual Learners
These types of learners need to see the lesson that is being taught. So, for instance, if they are given instructions, they are better able to follow these instructions if the instructions are written on a white board rather than being told to them. Ed tech games, such as Skoolbo, really play to this learning style with their visually stimulating characters and backgrounds. Also, games like Skoolbo have students answer questions that are displayed right on the screen, which is very beneficial for visual learners.

Auditory Learners
Similar to visual learners, auditory learners also use one of their senses to learn. For them, they need to hear what is being taught. Auditory learners learn best through oral teaching methods, such as talking through a topic or singing a song. Skoolbo and many other ed tech games are great for these types of learners because they can hear the questions being spoken out loud, and they get verbal reinforcements throughout the game.

Kinesthetic Learners
Kinesthetic learners like to put their learning into action. They often use their hands to “talk” and to touch things around them, and they also enjoy moving around. One of the features that is included in Skoolbo, Zippy Shake is fantastic for these types of learners because it gets them movin’ and groovin’.

 

Game-based learning has the capability of scaffolding the learning process for all of these types of learners since they focus on multiple learning styles. Such games also help make a teacher’s life much easier as teachers will not need to rely on many different types of ed tech tools to help each of their students. And above all, students enjoy playing games, so engaging them in games that are both fun and educational at the same time is attacking two birds with one stone!

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Top 5 reasons why learning with Skoolbo is FUN

Your child will no doubt be excited about what the new school year will bring. However, moving into a new class can also be overwhelming for children and tiring for parents. The fun does not need to stop just because summer break is over though!

Skoolbo provides the perfect way for your child to relax while improving their math, literacy, and language skills.

How do we know this?

We have gathered together fantastic feedback received from children, including the top 5 reasons why they love Skoolbo.

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It doesn’t feel like learning but you are“. 6 years old.
The games are short so you can play for a long or short time if you want”. 9 years old.
It makes me feel like I’m good and getting better at maths and English“. 10 years old.

 

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Rollover has begun! Move your students up so they don’t lose their progress

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Wow! What great progress US kids made last school year on Skoolbo! So far there are nearly 540,000 US students playing Skoolbo, answering 393.9 million reading and math questions which gave them an average improvement of 27%. What a great achievement!

It’s now time to get ready for the new school year on Skoolbo by moving your students up so they don’t lose all their hard earned progress. It will only take 30 seconds to rollover your students from last so they’re all ready to play and learn – with no activity lost!

Rollover your students to keep their well earned progress!
Available only for a limited time so get in quick!

Our Rollover 2016/17 period has begun so you will notice that your Teacher Dashboard looks a bit different.

Follow the simple instructions below or watch our instructional video below to ensure a smooth rollover

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Clue: Your username is the email address you used to register with Skoolbo.

If you can’t remember your password, click here to reset it!

 

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  • Click on “Choose a class”
  • Select the new class name (or type a new one)
  • Automatically we will transfer all students in the class (no more one by one!)

 

That’s it! Quick and easy isn’t it!

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Introducing Zippy Shine! A brand new learning app from Skoolbo!

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 **We are offering a 50% off discount to all our early bird Zippy Shiners!**

**Limited offer so get in quick!**

 

Children who struggle in vain with reading in the first school years soon decide that they neither like nor want to read. Gaining confidence with reading is vital to better literacy outcomes and it’s important that they are encouraged every step of the way.

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While the importance of being able to read well is not in doubt, the seemingly effortless activity described as “good reading” is actually made up of a set of highly complex, skills and abilities.
This is where our brand new reading and performance app Zippy Shine can help.

Zippy Shine is packed full of jokes and mini-stories for children to read aloud and record. They’ll be amazed as they discover their own name appearing in every story! Once their performance is perfected, they can play it back for friends and family with their avatar taking centre stage!


Zippy shine brings a range of benefits for children, aged 7 to 11

  • the ability to evaluate their own performance
  • develop their comprehension skills
  • develops the concepts of expression and intonation
  • recognize and respond to punctuation in a meaningful context.
  • read questions and deliver a punchline with expert timing

Zippy Shine gives children the option to link with their existing Skoolbo account to enable sharing of their masterpieces with their parents and teacher to receive valuable feedback and some well deserved applause!

Download the app for a fun, enjoyable way to help children become confident, fluent, motivated readers. Who knows you may discover that the next master storyteller or comic genius is closer than you think! 

Download now!

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Watch Zippy Shine in action!

 

 


 

 

 

 

Get the facts on Summer Learning Loss and how you can beat it from home!

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You’ve most likely heard of ‘Summer Learning Loss’, the academic losses that many young people experience during the time they’re out of school over the Summer.  While there have been countless articles posted on the problem – it can be hard to know what the easiest fix is without forcing your children study over the long awaited Summer Break. Here at Skoolbo, we know how demotivating that is for your child when all they really want to do is play!

Learning through play is what Skoolbo is all about. Our highly motivational learning games are the easiest and most effective way your child can stay ahead over the Summer Break. The best part is, it’s completely free to use meaning you won’t break the bank to achieve real learning improvement.  

So what is Skoolbo and what can your child get out of it?

  • Skoolbo is a learning game designed to improve the reading, math and language skills of elementary aged school children
  • The Skoolbo personalized learning algorithm dynamically adjusts to the ability of each child, ensuring effective learning without the need for constant teacher input
  • Math and Reading games – over 60,000 literacy and numeracy questions
  • Language learning games with Language Dragons – learn French, Mandarin and Spanish
  • Duelbo – a motivating way to learn. Challenge friends to beat highscores
  • Parent Dashboard – providing vital information so parents can track the progress of their child’s learning outcomes.
  • Proof of improvement – Studies have shown that 94% of children master a new reading or math skill within just 20 minutes of playing Skoolbo

 

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Let’s take a look at some important facts on Summer Learning Loss

We have put together an easy to read infographic to show you the seriousness of the dreaded Summer Learning Loss and show you why you should start playing Skoolbo at home over the Summer Break to combat this.

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Skoolbo partners with major Chinese educational player

Skoolbo partners with Century Innovative Technology, a major Chinese educational player, to deliver award winning learning platforms to millions of children.

Skoolbo will be working with Century Innovative Technology Limited (CIT) to launch co-branded products in China.

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Shane Hill, CEO and Founder Skoolbo and Poman Lo CEO and Founder CIT.

It has been a terrific few weeks for Skoolbo with its newly announced valuable partnership with China’s CIT and the CODiE Award for the Best Game-based Curriculum Solution by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA).  SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. The SIIA CODiE Award is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services.

 

Since the Skoolbo launch in 2013, Skoolbo has been a runaway success that reaches over 200,000 classrooms, worldwide. Skoolbo has localized versions in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, India, Mexico and was recently launched in Canada.

 

Shane Hill, Founder and CEO of Skoolbo: “Our mission is to transform the educational outcomes of millions of children across the globe and with CIT and Poman Lo ,their CEO, we have found our perfect partner. Our companies have the same mission to educate millions of children and have forged similar paths towards the same goal. The partnership brings together the complementary strengths of both companies – CIT has the number one rated TV show in China for children as well as very strong relationships with many important players in both the public and private sectors in China. Skoolbo has proven in country after country that our learning platforms are loved by children, teachers and parents”.

 

 

Poman Lo, ­ founder and CEO of CIT:  “I couldn’t be happier with a partnership with CITL_1Skoolbo. I have huge respect for Shane and his team who have shown they are world leaders in education. CIT and our award-winning brand ‘Bodhi and friends’ will be integrated into Skoolbo products and rolled out in China and other territories. CIT will drive distribution in China and leverage our extensive network and channels. I look forward to our introduction of an amazing digital experience for Chinese Kindergartens.  We shall redefine learning and transform preschool education. Our music game app ‘Careok’ has been promoted by the Chinese Ministry of Education in schools across the whole of China. My dream is to inspire young minds and nurture innovative leaders across the world and we have just taken a big step forward”.

 

 Skoolbo Logo-PNGRoxanne Mankin Cason, President of Skoolbo USA: “It’s been a very successful few weeks – we signed our partnership with CIT, we won the CODiE Award, the equivalent of the educational Oscars in America, for Best Game Based Solution.   In addition, we are excited to share the fantastic news that for the last two months in the United States, we have seen over thirteen thousand new schools onboard Skoolbo. We expect similar success in Canada where we launched last week with a localized version. This is what Skoolbo is all about – motivation of children, have fun and experience dramatic improvement in learning”.