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!

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BEACH HAVEN SCHOOL BLASTS ITS WAY INTO THE ONE MILLION CLUB

Beach Haven School based in the North Shore, Auckland is a Decile 4 contributing Yr1-6 School. They have close to 360 pupils.  The students and staff keep themselves very busy, only in the last couple of  months, they have managed to fit in:

Visit to the beach

Learning to play hockey.

Swimming Lessons

Bug Hunting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Haven School has been playing Skoolbo from when we first hit New Zealand back in mid 2014, through this time, they have managed an amazing average improvement rate of 31.1%, and have produced 20 Super Champs (Individuals who have answered over 10,000 questions), the students have also managed an amazing 12019 Personal Bests.

Below is some lovely feedback we received from Beach Haven School about Skoolbo:

1- What do you like best about playing Skoolbo?

 

Learning about literacy and maths.

Helps us to learn maths, spelling, literacy, timetables and get better at basic facts.

We like maths the most.

You get better at what you are not the best.

2- What do you think you’ve got better at since playing Skoolbo? (eg 7 x table/spelling)

Telling the time, divided by, timetables and spelling.

Maths, doing doubles, times tables, add and sub.

Spelling because so then we can continue to improve our writing skills.

Maths and spelling

We are so happy to welcome you to the 1 million club.

GO BEACH HAVEN SCHOOL GO!

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Educational resources to enrich learning experiences!

The Learnathon is well and truly underway! Children from around the world are taking on the challenge of answering 1,000 literacy, maths and language questions, which is resulting in fantastic improvement in essential foundational skills. These superstars of learning are being encouraged by family and friends who are pledging their support in their thousands! 100% of funds raised goes directly to the participant’s teacher in the form of credit to spend in the new educational resource shop.

We thought it was now time to give you a little taster of some of the fabulous classroom resources that will shortly be available for teachers to spend their Learnathon credit on. We are working with a number of top educational companies to bring you resources that aim to both enrich the learning experience of students and save valuable planning time.

Ensuring that children develop higher order reading skills, and really get the most from their guided reading sessions, can mean long hours spent on planning. Now that task is easier with these incredible ready-made reading resources from children’s newspaper publisher, First News.

The team of educators and journalists at First News have created a brilliant range of focused, levelled tasks based on real global news stories. Like authors, journalists play with language, so news ‘stories’ are rich nuggets of text to investigate. Children will need to use the higher level skills of inference and deduction to understand in depth what is being reported.

News reports are unique non-fiction texts that naturally engage students, helping them to develop their knowledge and understanding of the wider world. The reports are ideal for short, focused comprehension or discussion activities. They provide children with the opportunity to find fascinating facts and to recognise and appreciate the opinions and viewpoints of others.

First News has been producing their original children’s newspaper for over ten years. From reluctant readers to high achievers, First News leads to deeper thinking, stronger classroom debate and real improvement in literacy skills.

Where every student thinks like a scientist

The team behind the discovery of the wreck of RMS Titanic are on a new mission – to inspire and educate students everywhere through real science and exploration.

JASON Learning provides curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) and high-quality professional development for teachers.

JASON Learning’s award-winning curricula places students in challenging, real-world situations where they are connected with and mentored by leading STEM professionals. The organisation has developed the only major science curriculum built around real-world phenomenon and guided by practising scientists and there are some pretty exciting resources to help teachers excite their students and deepen understanding. And there is a wide range of topics to choose from. We’ve given you just a little taster below –

Not on board yet?

Don’t worry, it’s not too late to join the Learnathon and it’s completely free to take part.

If you have already have a Skoolbo account, simply sign in to your teacher dashboard to print your letter to parents then get your students playing. It’s that simple!

If you don’t yet have an account, then register for free here. It only takes a moment!

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Calling all parents – pledge your support!

We are always looking for new and exciting ways to motivate and reward great learning, and now you can too with Learnathon!

Did you know that 94% of children master a new skill after only 20 minutes on Skoolbo? During the Learnathon your child will be challenged to answer 1,000 maths, literacy and language questions, providing the opportunity for securing many of those essential foundational skills. And now you can provide some vital additional motivation by pledging your support.

Every cent you pledge will be converted to credit for your child’s teacher to spend on amazing resources in our new educational resource shop. This means that not only will your child receive recognition from you for their efforts and achievements, you will also be making a direct positive contribution to the learning resources available to them.

There’s a little extra motivation for players too! The Skoolbo team have created some exciting digital rewards that students can earn during the Learnathon. For example, answering 1,000 questions will be rewarded with a fabulous hypersonic jet!

How do I pledge my support?

Your child has their own dedicated fundraising page which shows how many questions they have answered so far and the amount they have raised through their efforts. All donations are handled safely via Skoolbo, so it couldn’t be simpler!

If you have been sent a letter by your child’s school then it contains the link to your child’s fundraising page. The letter is also available to you on the homepage of your parent dashboard.

Don’t have a parent account?

Then sign up for one today! It’s completely free and only takes a moment to set up. You’ll just need your child’s username and password.

Spread the word! Why not invite family and friends to pledge their support too! Remember 100% of funds raised will go to your child’s teacher.

Let the Learnathon commence!

 

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Learnathon is here!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Skoolbo Learnathon – an innovative and exciting way to improve educational outcomes for learners while, at the same time, raising extra funds for their classroom!

Students are challenged to answer 1,000 reading and maths questions. Family and friends can pledge their support and 100% of funds raised go towards teaching resources. There is no administration for teachers involved and all donations are handled safely via Skoolbo – it could not be simpler!

All funds raised will be given to participating children’s teachers as credit in the new Skoolbo shop. Just take a look at some of the outstanding providers we have teamed up with!

And we have added a little extra motivation for players too! The Skoolbo team have created some exciting digital rewards that students can earn during the Learnathon. For example, answering I,000 questions will be rewarded with a fabulous hypersonic jet!

Sign in to your Parent or Teacher dashboard and see what it’s all about!

Or register for free!

Great learning deserves great rewards!

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ANDERSON’S BAY SCHOOL TRAMPS IT’S WAY TO THE ONE MILLION CLUB

Congratulations to Anderson Bay for reaching One Million Answers

Anderson’s Bay School, based in central Dunedin is a decile 10 School with over 320, year 1-6 students. Anderson’s Bay School has been established since 1858 (coming up to their 160th birthday!) and has undergone many changes since it began.  The oldest remaining structure is their school hall, which was built in 1894.  Currently the school operates within 13 classrooms, 12 are currently used as classroom teaching spaces.

It’s no wonder Anderson Bay School has reached the 1 million club with a purpose built ICT suite, housing 30 computers, a variety of “breakout” spaces, allowing individuals, groups and classes to use the new and existing areas in a wide variety of ways, with ready access to all areas of the school via a lift to the top story.

As an environmentally focused school Anderson’s Bay students manage, prepare and harvest a wide range of produce, including vegetables and free range eggs, from their very own chickens.

The lucky students at Anderson’s Bay School have a new “playscape”  opened in December last year, this includes sandpits, “meerkat tunnels”, logs, a small stage for lunchtime performances, a climbing wall, a slide and an edible garden. The playscape was designed and  based on ideas that had come directly from the pupils.

In order to get to the magic 1 million mark Anderson’s Bay School as a whole, have a 28.7% average improvement rate on their maths and literacy skills, 10 Skoolbo Super Champs individuals who have answered 10,000 question plus and over 12,400 personal bests.

A warm Skoolbo welcome to the 1 million club.

GO ANDERSON BAY SCHOOL GO!

 

 

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SOLWAY SCHOOL HAKA’S IT’S WAY INTO THE ONE MILLION CLUB

SOLWAY SCHOOL’S AWESOME HAKA!!

Solway School is based in the Wairarapa town of Masterton in the Wellington District. It is a decile 6 school for over 220 year 1 to 6 students.

We can only assume that with over  81% of Solway’s students at or above National Standards for reading and Maths their awesome teaching team and maybe Skoolbo’s 1 million questions answered has helped to contribute to their success.

ICT is obviously a focus at Solway with the teaming up of Tiny Mighty Power company to help fundraise $7,000 for new I-Pads. Solway also has a digital suite run by a specialist ICT teacher.

The Solway Primary is involved is a couple of very cool projects the first is their connection to the local Arrow FM Radio station, the students host a live show on a regular basis. The second is their involvement since 2008 with Operation Christmas Child, the years 4-6 collect gifts to be put into shoeboxes and distributed to those less fortunate than themselves.

It’s no wonder Solway Primary has reached the million club with an impressive 36.3% improvement rate throughout the students, 22 Super-champs in the school, this means 22 student have personally answered more than 10,000 questions and the very clever students have managed over 14550 personal bests along the way!

A warm Skoolbo welcome to the 1 million club.

GO SOLWAY SCHOOL GO!

 

 

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RHODE STREET SCHOOL RUNS INTO THE ONE MILLION CLUB

 

 

Rhode Street School “The best little school on the planet”  is located in the south western Hamilton suburb of Dinsdale in the North Island. The school was established in 1959 and continues to deliver effective learning and teaching programmes for Year 0 to Year 8 students. They are a decile 2 school (averaging around 220 students) with fantastic class/teacher ratios (average 20 students per teacher).

Rhode Street School, recognised nationally  (including TV appearances!) for its innovative teaching methods, sustainable practices, and participation in the Enviroschools programme, has  a kitchen garden area complete with chickens and a wood-fired pizza oven, a commercial teaching kitchen, tunnel house (great use of the old swimming pool space!) and hydroponics centre, an organic orchard,  Kai Time student cafe and there own radio station.

Enviroschools support children and young people to plan, design and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities. The aim is to foster a generation of people who instinctively think and act sustainably.

It’s no wonder Rhode Street has reached the 1 million club with an amazing average improvement rate of over 36% and 14463 Personal Bests with 11 very proud Skoolbo Super champs (Individuals that have answered 10,000 questions or more like Savanah!).

A warm Skoolbo welcome to the 1 million club.

 

GO RHODE STREET SCHOOL GO!

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CARISBROOK SCHOOL HIP HOPS INTO THE ONE MILLION CLUB

 

 

Carisbrook School is based in Dunedin in the South Island, unusually, the school comprises of two different campuses. The Main Site is designed as a modern learning environment and is being used as an example for the development of other schools throughout New Zealand. The School is decile 3  for Yr 1-8 with over 330 students.

It seems that Carisbrook School knows how to have fun, check out their Hip Hop students leading a flashmob!

Flashmob Octagon

 

Carisbrook Schools Hip Hop students participated in a Sport of Otago organised flashmob held in the Octagon. The Carisbrook Hip Hop team were responsible for organising the flashmob dance and lead the moves in the Octagon. The students even made it on television that night.

 

 

 

 

It’s no surprise Carisbrook School has reached the Million Club with there Skoolbo history having been very enthusiastic World Cup Captains in the past! Carisbrook also has an amazing average improvement rate of over 31% and 1355 Personal Bests with 11 very proud Skoolbo Super champs (Individuals that have answered 10,000 questions or more!).

We are so happy to welcome you to the 1 million club.

GO CARISBROOK SCHOOL GO!

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Skoolbo World Cup 2016 – Final Results

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The final results are in for the Skoolbo World Cup, and the winner for two years in a row is Team Australia!  Well done neighbours!

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We certainly started off with a black out but unfortunately were over taken by the bigger nations.  I want to thank our team captains for all the effort they put into the videos they kindly shared with us! Special mention has to go to Room 8 from Papakura School for their amazing mannequin challenge video I think this is still the best yet!!!

Room 8 Papakura School Mannequin Challenge

In 4 days NZ students answered 611,972 Skoolbo questions with The Dunes from Mt Manguanui School finishing up in world, top 10 classes with 38,404 answers.  I’m sure those wonderful minds will be looking forward to a #Brain Break over the holidays.

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Students all over the world answered more than 10.4 million questions! – Wow that is a wonderful effort and I am so proud of each and everyone of you that took part.

Thank you all for a fun-filled, challenging and nail-biting World Cup. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Happy Holidays from the Skoolbo Team.

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