Skoolbo partnering with Fairfax Media Limited

Fairfax Media

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Fairfax Media Limited.

Fairfax shares our dream to have every child learn to read and gain confidence with numbers, and this partnership helps us to achieve that dream.

Partnering with Fairfax, publisher of hundreds of newspapers and websites throughout metropolitan and regional Australia and New Zealand, provides Skoolbo with an enhanced opportunity to connect with even more schools and families, giving children greater access to our learning world and helping them to improve their maths and literacy skills.

Skoolbo's founder, Shane Hill, said: "Skoolbo is thrilled to be partnering with Fairfax Media giving us an opportunity to reach more children, putting us one step closer to achieving the Skoolbo dream".

Guy Reypert, Group Director Fairfax Digital Ventures, said: "We look forward to working with Shane, a proven entrepreneur in online education, to accelerate the growth of Skoolbo and we see numerous ways that our businesses can work together as partners."

There will be more exciting news as this partnership develops in 2015.

Go! Kiwi Kids Go!

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Skoolbo World Cup: the winner is Team Australia :(

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A big thank you to all the schools who participated - an absolutely massive effort where over 6 MILLION QUESTIONS were answered in just 7 days.

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huge congratulations to Drury School - who have come in First Position on the school leader board (followed close behind by Silverdale Normal School). They must have been playing Skoolbo non-stop!

Even though Australia won at the end, the massive effort from New Zealand is obvious from looking at the leader boards. We are so happy to see such enthusiasm from Skoolbo users, and the great encouragement from all the amazing Team Captains:

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Drury School

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Mount Maunganui Primary School

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Carisbrook School

The top ten classes were split 50/50 during the entire World Cup. Even though Australia won, the top schools were from New Zealand!

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Now that the World Cup is over – it’s time celebrate and do the Zippy Shake!

Introducing Teams Captains for New Zealand: Carisbrook School!

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Katrina Munro and her class Ruru from Carisbrook School are today's Skoolbo World Cup Team Captains.

They are currently in the TOP 100 classes in the World Cup, and their school is currently number 18 on the leader board:

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Class Ruru on Skoolbo:

“I like being a Super hero.”

“It’s awesome, you can do it at home and school.”

“I have been first in our school, NZ one day, and even a leader in the World.”

“I like buying things for my room.”

“You learn Maths and Reading.”

“It’s cool how you can buy stuff for your house and you can buy planes and even a dragon.”

“I like the games you can play.”

“It’s fun because you play against other kids from other school”

“I like flying around in my plane.”

“My Mum and Dad let me use their computer to play it.”

“I am fast at doing my Maths now.”

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From Katrina:

"The children love Skoolbo so much and we have noted significant engagement and accuracy through the programmes. We have added it to so many BYO devices which has supported the time we are on it. As a Teacher knowing each child is catered for with interactive activities relevant and at their individual is magical.”

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World Cup update: 5 MILLION ANSWERS and going strong!

Today Australia and New Zealand have answered over 5 MILLION questions in the Skoolbo World Cup with no signs of slowing down!

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As it stands Australia has kept it's lead, with the top performing schools in both countries battling it out on the leader board. The leader boards are 50 / 50 split between the countries, with some standout efforts by the schools in the top ten, contributing to over half of each countries’ total!

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Only 300,000 questions separate the two countries which a small group of classes could easily do in a day. So with only tomorrow to go it will be a close race to the finish to see who will win the FIRST Skoolbo World Cup.

Go Team New Zealand!

Introducing Team Captains for New Zealand: Mt Maunganui Primary School

Mount Maunganui Primary School are today’s Skoolbo World Cup Team Captains.

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Deputy principal Hadleigh Benson puts the school's fantastic result down to his pupils' continued engagement with anytime learning, where children not only learn in class but take learning home with them.

"Parents have been using this app as a way of motivating their child to succeed," says Hadleigh, who reckons it's good to buy into a bit of healthy competition.

"Our students enjoy healthy competition against their brothers, sisters and friends in different classes with learning competitions.

"Updates on which student is performing well across the school is promoted school-wide."

They are currently in the top 12 Schools in the World Cup table-Awesome job!!

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Keep up the great work, Mt Maunganui, only 1 and 1/2 days to get those Aussies!!

 

Introducing Team Captains for New Zealand: Beach Haven Primary School!

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Raphael Ferraz da Costa Lima and his class Room 7 at Beach Haven Primary School are today's Skoolbo World Cup Team Captains.

The students couldn’t be happier about playing Skoolbo, here’s what they have to say:

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Gabrielle "What I love about Skoolbo is that it helps me to improve my literacy knowledge, especially with my spelling".

Ciara "Skoolbo is helpful because it helps me in maths and makes me improve my learning. It is good for learning your times table or telling the time".

Shumsia "Skoolbo has helped me at literacy and mathematics. It made me better at my 11x table quick and easy. I want to keep playing, so I keep getting better at my maths. I also like earning points and dressing up my character. I have graduated from my spelling 1 to 9. So Skoolbo rocks!

Alize "Skoobo has really helped with my maths, especially with my times table".

Rachel "Skoolbo helps me with my Maths, spelling and blending. I like the activities because they challenge me. R7 have won more than 100,000 correct answers. I love Skoolbo because it helps me with everything".

Sophie "Skoolbo helps me learn by challenging me with hard times tables. Skoolbo doesn't just help me with Maths. It helps me with reading and writing too. What I really love about Skoolbo is that it is not just a fun game, it is a game to teach kids and it also helps teachers to teach little kid".

Ava "Skoolbo is helpful because it challenges you on riming and other things too. It has helped me with riming words because I'm not really good with riming words. I get better and better each time I play Skoolbo".

Lydia "Skollbo helps me in my maths mostly. i'm working on my times table. The good thing about Skoolbo is that is helps me with my learning very well. I love Skoolbo very much, because it improves your learning and the fun thing about it is that its a game for children but while you play you are learning too".

AJ " Skoolbo helps me learn my times table, take away, pluses and division. Skoolbo helps me get smarter".

Kyson "Skoolbo helps me with my learning while i'm having fun"

Gavanni "Skoolbo helps me with my learning, especially in maths. I love to have fun and learn at the same time".

Jaymes " Skoolbo helps me with my spelling and maths. I have learned lots about maths and now I'm much better at it".

Raphael's thoughts on Skoolbo:

Skoolbo is a great application that helps children to improve their learning whilst having fun. I use Skoolbo in my classroom on a daily basis as part of my reading and maths tumble. I find it very helpful, as children are always motivated to have a go and without noticing they are improving their learning.

I had students who were not very confident with their basic facts knowledge, times table or take aways and since we've started using Skoolbo they have made huge progress with their maths knowledge. I also had students who spelling weren't their best and they now have made great progress in their spelling.

I really like Skoolbo and I would definitely continue to use in my classroom and also as part of my homework programme. I have had many positive feedback from parents on how they children are so much more engaged with their learning since we've started to use it as part of our homework system. Thanks Skoolbo, I will for sure continue to use you next year in my classroom.

Skoolbo World Cup second day results

Another incredible effort from Australia and New Zealand as they push ahead, answering another ONE MILLION questions today to put the current combined count well OVER 2.300.000! We are on the way to breaking some Skoolbo records.

Australia is still in the lead after day 2, but the margin is dropping as New Zealand closes the gap. Yesterday there was over 230,000 questions separating the two teams but today there is only 180,000.

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The top 10 classes are changing too with an almost 50 / 50 split today:

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And an absolutely massive effort from the top 5 performing schools, adding to a third of the total from both countries!

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Skoolbo World Cup first day results

Australia and New Zealand have answered over ONE MILLION questions on the first day of the Skoolbo World Cup! A massive effort from all players.

As it stands today Australia is in the lead, but it is early days yet.

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Outstanding performance from the top 10 schools with some very close scores:

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Don't forget that you can earn 250 BONUS POINTS every time you play the new Zippy Shake game during the Skoolbo World Cup! Zippy Shake is a fun new way to inject some energy and movement into your class. Check out some Zippy Shakers from around the world:

Click here to download Zippy Shake and start playing!

Zippy Shake - new from Skoolbo

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Here at Skoolbo we are proud of our mission to secure core literacy and numeracy skills ensuring every child learns to read and become confident with numbers. We also believe passionately in healthy, active children.

We wanted to see how we could bring increased physical activity and music into the classroom - energising the children and getting them ready to learn. We're giving you the chance to be the first to try the new free Zippy Shake game!

Zippy Shake has been designed as a fun and safe dance activity programme for teachers to use on the interactive whiteboard. At approximately two and a half minutes long, it's perfect for a whole range of purposes e.g. moving around in between learning activities, re-focusing the class or as a warm-up for an indoor PE lesson.

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If you login in with your teacher account, your students' avatars will be transported into this lively new game. Children will then join together to re-create the moves their avatars make resulting in an exciting whole class interactive dance.

We hope you enjoy playing Zippy Shake with your class. If your students have a much fun as we think they will, send us a short video like the teachers at these schools did:

We love seeing children having fun while they learn.

Download for Mac: http://skoolbo.s3.amazonaws.com/ZippyDance.dmg
Download for Windows : http://skoolbo.s3.amazonaws.com/ZippyDance.msi

Enjoy!
The Skoolbo team

NB: This is a beta version

As a beta product we have only released this in PC & Mac versions. The final version will be fully cross platform.