Skoolbo 2.0 Launches

We are delighted with the response to Skoolbo 2.0 which has launched on both the web and PC. Already over 50,000 Snazzimals (the reward for completing a Daily Challenge) have been achieved.

Skoolbo 2.0 represents a major expansion with the inclusion of step-by-step lessons as well as new content in Writing, Languages, Science, Geography, Art, Music, Financial Literacy and Brain Games. We are especially excited about the Skoolbo voice analyzer which decodes what children are saying when reading or completing speech and vocabulary activities.

There is still much to launch over the coming weeks as Skoolbo 2.0 fully releases for students, teachers and parents. We appreciate your understanding while these enhancements come into place. We can’t wait for everyone to enjoy the great new materials!

Please be aware that once the iOS, Android and Mac versions are fully released we will be shutting down the older versions of Skoolbo. This will require homes and schools to upgrade across to the newest version of Skoolbo.

Happy learning!
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Skoolbo 2.0 – The Snazzimals are Coming!

Look out for some great new additions to Skoolbo in September when we release Skoolbo 2.0!

  • Early Readers: The inclusion of over 500 levelled early reader eBooks ideal for taking beginning readers through to being able to read chapter books. Teachers and parents will be able to list back to the child’s reading to help give further guidance and see improvement over time.
  • Narrated Lessons: Hundreds of narrated lessons helping teach fundamental concepts.
  • Content for Preschoolers: The inclusion of a wide range of new learning materials specifically designed for 3 to 5 year olds. There is a special focus on vocabulary development.
  • Expansion of Languages: The inclusion of hundreds of lessons and songs to aid the learning of Spanish and Mandarin.
  • Snazzimals – New Reward Structure Centred Around Daily Quests: The addition of the wonderfully cute Snazzimals which students will collect as a reward for completing a daily learning quest.
  • Learning Songs and Brain Breaks: Hundred of songs specifically designed to aid learning and promote activity.
  • Brain Games: The addition of purpose built cognitive games designed to aid logic, spatial reasoning, pattern recognition, concentration and memory skills for young children.
  • Web Browser: A revamped web browser experience which is especially important for the nearly 40% of students who access Skoolbo via the web. The browser and app experience will be fully integrated.
  • Free for Schools: We are delighted to confirm Skoolbo will remain free for schools. There will however be the addition of inexpensive family accounts (approximately $8 per month) for home use.

The Skoolbo team are super excited about the launch of Skoolbo 2.0 and we can’t wait to share the many wonderful new learning materials with everyone come September!

Inspire other Canadian schools

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Skoolbo has been developed with the aim of transforming educational outcomes for millions of children worldwide.

Your school can now join the 50,000 schools that are already on board and enjoying fantastic improvements in literacy and numeracy. That’s more than 200,000 classrooms in schools across the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Mexico, China, Vietnam and now Canada!

Perhaps your school is already using Skoolbo? We love hearing from teachers about how they use our active game-based learning approach to inspire and engage their students. Sharing your successes is a great way to inspire others as you can see from these testimonials –

TELL US YOUR STORY AND INSPIRE OTHER CANADIAN SCHOOLS
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School: Khalsa school
Where: Surrey B.C – Canada
Teacher: Mr Dale Cope
Class: 5C
Result: 40,000 questions

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“The students in my class primarily play during class. We have a limited number of devices, so the students have a daily rotation for who can use them during our silent reading block for educational purposes. We also have a computer station during our math stations rotation. Sometimes students will play at home and are encouraged to do so. One student in the class made it a personal challenge to get three stars on each of the Numeracy skills. He very proudly showed me each day how he was doing until he completed his goal.”

“Setting up Skoolbo was a piece of cake. The student login cards are nice and easy to read for students.” Also we need a different title – will have a think.”

 

Inspired? You can read more here.

 

School: Thompsonville C.U.S.D. 174
Where: Rural South of Illinois, US
Teacher: Robin Culbreth
Class: Robin Culbreth
Result: 212,077 answers in the first month

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“Students who are usually unmotivated are now mastering multiplication facts and are very proud of it! A student who loves competition has worked very hard on Skoolbo and brought up his monthly assessment scores in 3 out of 4 categories by a large margin. Our grade school students were talking about Skoolbo so much that the junior high students asked for usernames for the program.

We are a very small rural school district with an enrollment of 141 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and our students answered 212,077 questions the first month. That is a success story for us. And they are still going strong!”

You can read the full story about these wonderful students here.

 

School: Whale Hill Primary School
Where: England
Teacher: John Frost
Result: over 200,000 answers (so far!)

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“It has been wonderful to see the level of enthusiasm for Skoolbo that children across the school have. We thought they would like it but they don’t. They love it.

I have seen children who lack confidence in Maths and English lessons fist-pump the air with pride as they achieve a personal-best score. Children who will easily disengage in lessons have tentatively asked when we will next be able to use Skoolbo in school. Quiet and timid children have flourished with the healthy competition that the year group leaderboard provides.

Furthermore, the opportunity to set targets as a ClassBo challenge has appealed to the children. It has provided them with a specific aim and given an explicit purpose for using Skoolbo as well as enjoyment and learning. The WaterAid focus and the resources provided have helped us as teachers to make cross-curricular links from Geography to Science to PSHCE.

On the last day of the year, the children were allowed to bring in their own toys and games to play. Within an hour, Y4 were asking if they could play on Skoolbo. That they would choose it over free time with their friends and their own toys says more than I could put into words.”

Read how this school improved motivation and results with a school-wide ClassBo challenge here.

TELL US YOUR STORY AND INSPIRE OTHERS
Contact us info@skoolbo.ca

Important | Special announcement for our Canadian teachers

Skoolbo takes privacy very seriously. We only ask for the first name and surname initial from students and this is simply to help their classmates identify who they are playing against because it really matters and motivates them. This approach has served us really well as we have reached 50K schools across the world using our software. Localising our approach in each country is equally important and we are delighted to announce that our planned migration of all data to Canadian servers is now complete. You can relax safe in the knowledge that Skoolbo is fully compliant with Canadian Privacy Law. And that’s not the only good news we have for you…

Children can now experience Skoolbo 3D Online!

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We are proud to announce the release of our brand new and improved web version for an even better learning experience. The web version has the look and feel of our award winning 3D app but can be played through your internet browser on any device including Chromebooks!

One Canadian school know all about the fun of learning with Skoolbo. The students of Vancouver’s Khalsa School have made an impressive 31.78% improvement in literacy and math on the platform so far! They have been enjoying the 2D web browser version but can’t wait to try the exciting new 3D version. You can read all about these super learners here. 

94% of children master a maths or reading skill within 20 minutes on Skoolbo which makes every minute count on our game-based learning platform!

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New to Skoolbo? Register your child or class for free and join the Skoolbo movement!

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Smart Canada | How Surrey B.C’s Khalsa School is embracing the Skoolbo learning platform!

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Students in class 5C from Khalsa school in Surrey B.C, have improved their reading and math skills by an impressive 31.78% using Skoolbo!

Class teacher Mr Dale Cope, introduced Skoolbo to his class in early June this year, a month after Skoolbo launched in Canada. Since then, his class have answered over 40,000 questions on the Skoolbo learning platform, achieving an impressive 395 instances of personal learning bests.

Our research has shown that 94% of children master a reading or math skill within 20 minutes on Skoolbo which uses a smart algorithm to deliver personalized learning content according to each student’s learning level. Skoolbo has been designed to keep each individual student highly engaged and motivated to play which helps drive outstanding learning outcomes. Mr Cope has one of these success stories to tell – “One student in the class made it a personal challenge to get three stars on each of the Numeracy skills. He very proudly showed me each day how he was doing until he completed his goal.”

We asked Mr Cope about how he introduced Skoolbo to his class and how the students have responded to playing Skoolbo as a new part of their learning routine.

What is the primary way that your students use Skoolbo (iPads, Android tablets, PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, etc.)?

The students in my class primarily access Skoolbo through Linux based Laptops that I purchased for my class from a non-profit company in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Do your students play mostly at school, at home, or both?

The students in my class primarily play during class. We have a limited number of devices, so the students have a daily rotation for who can use them during our silent reading block for educational purposes. We also have a computer station during our math stations rotation. Sometimes students will play at home and are encouraged to do so.

How did you roll out Skoolbo to your school? How did the teachers and students respond to the roll out?

I started Skoolbo as a fun way to introduce computer use in the class as a station in Math and then made it available during Silent reading. The students love the program and have found it fun to play with.

Do you have any tips or recommendations for other teachers/schools that are looking to implement Skoolbo?

Plan it into your daily routines. Find a time that students can regularly use the program and show the graphs and data to the class. Also provide explanations so they can understand what you are showing and have the class make personal and class goals. Celebrate it as well. If the students get the engagement out of it, be sure to share it with your educational community.

How did you find the process of setting up Skoolbo?

Setting up Skoolbo was a piece of cake. The student login cards are nice and easy to read for students.

Great work Dale and Class 5C! You guys have put in an awesome effort and we’re looking forward to seeing your class on the weekly leaderboards not only against other schools in Canada but against other schools and classes around the world!

 

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

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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.

open-bookWhat is “good reading”?

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

 


You can download Zippy Shine for 50% off on iTunes or the Google Play Store.


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.

 

zippy-shine You can also download Zippy Shine for 50% off on iTunes or the Google Play Store:

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Skoolbo Canada – game-based learning at its best!

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Skoolbo provides Canadian children with highly motivational elearning games that can be used both at home and at school. 

Skoolbo Canada is a free e-learning tool for Canadian elementary aged children which has proven results in improving math, reading and language skills. Designed for the Canadian school curriculum, Skoolbo provides short bursts of focused learning in a game format that uses a unique spiral algorithm. This algorithm regularly assesses each child’s achievement and adjusts the numeracy and literacy content accordingly, providing a balance of revision, practice and new learning.

Skoolbo is a multi-player game which incorporates beautifully designed 3D worlds, individualised avatars and a highly motivating reward system. Children fly through worlds as they practice core skills and increase fluency.
Skoolbo is already being used around the globe with over 47,000 schools improving their reading, math and language skills. Studies have shown 94% of children master a learning skill within 20 minutes on Skoolbo, and with over a BILLION answers notched up by all of our worldwide users so far, that is a wealth of improvement that has been achieved on Skoolbo!

Read more on Skoolbo’s proven results here…

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Skoolbo features:

  • Unique Spiral Algorithmadapts to each child’s learning level for effective personalized learning
  • Math and Reading games – over 60,000 literacy and numeracy questions
  • Language Dragonslearn French, Mandarin and Spanish
  • In-depth Reports – providing vital information so teachers can prioritize the tasks and topics that matter most
  • Duelbo – a motivating way to learn. Challenge friends to beat highscores
  • ClassBo – the ultimate classroom motivator, teachers can provide challenges for their whole class
  • Zippy Shine – creating confident, fluent and motivated readers

Register your child or class today and start seeing the improvement!

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Our dream is that every child learns to read and gains confidence with numbers… these are life’s essentials. We believe technology can dramatically help and that the best way to do it is to make it lots of fun and to make it FREE!