Planning a trip? Take Skoolbo on holiday!

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Planning a trip with the kids? Whether it’s a short trip or a road trip around the country – Skoolbo is a great way to keep your children entertained and learning at the same time!

Skoolbo’s educational game based learning has many in-game features perfect for any holiday – making learning fun! The aim is to fill up those ‘in-between’ times – plane rides, car rides, your downtime in the hotel – with something worthwhile for your child.

Smart Spiral Learning Algorithm

Skoolbo has been designed with a smart spiral learning algorithm, meaning that the questions in the game adapt to the children’s ability, guiding them to improve their skills. This is a major advantage when playing from home away from school, as it means that students can learn effectively without too much direction. You can rely on Skoolbo to steadily increase the difficulty level as your kids master topics.

Language Dragons – learn a new language

Take Skoolbo with you while travelling overseas! Let your child be involved in the foreign language communication process by playing our language learning game within Skoolbo. Currently your child can learn French, Mandarin or Spanish with more languages set to be released in the future! (read more here..)

DuelBo – fun and competitive challenge

With the recent release of DuelBo, Skoolbo’s new challenge a friend feature, children can now play against family or friends to beat their high scores! The challenge feature is a great way to keep children motivated to play while travelling, encouraging them to do their best to win. (read more here…)

 

New to Skoolbo? Register your child today and join the Skoolbo movement!

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Gladstone Primary School- What an amazing team effort, you’ve reached the One Million Club!

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Gladstone Primary School. A large, busy Auckland Primary School with over 900 students, based in Mt Albert. Gladstone caters for students from Years 1 – 6. Currently a decile 9 school.

Gladstone has the proud tag of being one of the oldest schools in Auckland, it celebrated its 125th Jubilee back in 2012.

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Gladstone Primary School is up to the minute with their technology, this week they are  holding an ICT Expo  to promote 21st century learning to kids and parents.

It has taken a huge, combined effort of 34 Classes to achieve the mammoth task of reaching over the one million question mark. Room 30 and Room 33 are twinkling stars with a combined total of over 250,000 questions. There are also 7 Skoolbo Super Champs at the school, these are individuals that have answered more than 10,000 question each.

GO GLADSTONE SCHOOL (AUCKLAND) GO!!

Global Teacher Prize | Nominate a great teacher for a $1 million prize!

Global Teacher Prize nominations open now! $1 million for a truly outstanding teacher!

Skoolbo has always been a proud champion of teachers. We understand the selfless dedication required to be a successful educator in an ever changing world and we take our hats off to each and every one of you. We also know that there are some teachers who have a story to tell that is just that little bit extra special. The Global Teacher Prize has been created by the Varkey Foundation to recognise these teachers and the deadline for applications is fast approaching. The closing date for both nominations and applications is 10th October 2015.

To launch the Prize, The Varkey Foundation and Club de Madrid joined forces to publish an open letter from former world leaders calling on governments around the world to protect and value teachers.

Do you know someone deserving of recognition or perhaps you’re that person?

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The Global Teacher Prize Judging Academy will choose the winner in January 2016 and the public announcement will take place at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, March 2016. We are very proud to announce that Skoolbo Founder (and former teacher), Shane Hill, and Chief Operating Officer, Colin Brown, will be presenting at the event.

The Global Teacher prize 2015 Finalists

Global Teacher Prize applications give teachers an opportunity to share their stories and ignite conversations around why #TeachersMatter.

Take the story of Stephen Ritz, a teacher in the New York City’s South Bronx who has started a movement of urban classroom gardening. Just months after Stephen finished his Global Teacher Prize application, the Academy selected him as one of the top 10 finalists and elevated his story to a global stage. It inspired people around the world to help support an innovative project that cultivates and nurtures students’ minds in one of the toughest neighborhoods in New York City. It was even featured in a video by Upworthy!

In fact, this past week, several 2015 finalists were recognised for their outstanding work. Top 10 Finalist Jacque Kahura has been listed as one of Africa’s Top 50 Trailblazers by The Africa Report for her work in primary education in Kenya. Bijal Damani was honoured during India’s Teachers’ Day by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and received a National Teaching Award for her innovative approach to teaching social entrepreneurship. Elisa Guerra Cruz from Mexico has just been nominated as a finalist for the ALAS-IDB award from the Inter-American Development Bank and Movimiento Alas (founded by singer Shakira) for her work in early childhood education, which would place her as the Best Educator in Latin America!

It’s stories like these that the Global Teacher Prize wants the world to know about. With only one month left before the deadline for applications for the 2016 Prize, there is excitement and anticipation over this year’s new applicants. Which stories will be highlighted this year?

Nominate a teacher the world should know about, or apply and tell your story!

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The official hashtag for the Prize is #TeachersMatter. It is hoped that the #teachersmatter campaign will be the start of thousands of conversations about the teacher or teachers we loved. If we’re going to start respecting, rewarding and celebrating teachers – then let’s start TALKING about teachers!

You can join this movement of teacher champions by using your social media networks to share inspiring stories about teachers and updates to the Teacher Prize campaign.

Twitter @TeacherPrize and www.facebook.com/teacherprize

Education matters | Children in Uganda achieve 100% + Improvement! Yippee!

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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!

We are one big step closer to our dream with children in Uganda improving their literacy and numeracy skills by 100% + on Skoolbo. That’s incredible improvement! Skoolbo’s exciting new partnership with Soft Power Education, a British registered charity and Ugandan NGO, work with communities in Uganda to improve quality of life through education. By introducing tablets with Skoolbo to school kids in Uganda, we are seeing big results through our game based learning program.

Launched in In April 2014, Skoolbo’s Chief Operating Officer, Colin Brown, had the pleasure of visiting SPE, twelve tablets in hand, to launch the exciting and ground breaking pilot in two of the schools they were working in. You can read more about the launch here – An African Opportunity

Children aged 4 to 6 years from Buwenda Pre School and Kyabirwa Children’s Centre (KCC) in the Jinja area were introduced to Skoolbo and over the coming months were very enthusiastic in the pilot. As Skoolbo is designed for independent learning, the supporting adults require very little training which made implementing Skoolbo simple and effective.

Fast forward 13 months later and these children have shown an incredible amount of improvement through using Skoolbo.

Watch the children in Uganda play Skoolbo for the first time

It’s all about the improvement…

The independent nature of learning with Skoolbo is vital. Uganda teacher to student ratios can be 1:100 which can obviously make it very difficult to ensure children secure basic literacy and numeracy skills. We are therefore absolutely thrilled to report an amazing average improvement of 112% across Literacy and Numeracy!

We know that usage equals progress and were therefore delighted when the 116 SPE students topped the school UK leaderboard and at one point they were in second place in our global leaderboard!

Like many schools in the area there is no internet connection in either school and limited sources of power. This has meant that the classrooms have, up until now, been effectively technology-free environments. As a consequence many of the class-based adults were unfamiliar with using educational software to support and promote learning.

Skoolbo has been developed to overcome such barriers. The children in the pilot are able to play Skoolbo in ‘offline’ mode. The tablets are taken to SPE offices every few days for charging and to establish a connection in order to sync data. The experience for the children is identical to that of a child playing ‘online’.

It was great to hear that the technology worked so well but what did the children think? Well the reports are highly favourable. The teachers tell us that the children really look forward to their sessions and as the learning algorithm sets the curriculum for each individual child, the volunteer adults rarely need to intervene.

Well done Samuel and well done to the amazing

Verran Primary

Verran Primary School is a contributing Year 1 to 6 school in the suburb of Birkenhead on Auckland’s North Shore. It is a decile 8 school. Situated at the end of a cul de sac with bush reserves adjoining its boundaries Verran Primary School has a strong focus on the environment and sustainable practices within the school. The roll is now around 300 to 320 pupils with a school zone introduced in 2014.

Verran Primary has worked very hard as a school unit and with the help of 18 Skoolbo Super Champs (students who have individually answered more than 10,000 questions, some pictured below)), has joined the Skoolbo-One Million Club. What an awesome school wide effort to have answered more than 1 Million Skoolbo questions!

Congratulations and keep up the awesome work Verran Primary School!

Go Verran Primary School Go!

Drury School

Drury School, based in Drury, South Auckland, was established in 1857, it is a decile 8 full primary, for students from (Years 1 – 8), with a role of around 400.

Drury is very active on Skoolbo, with 10 classes over 50,000 questions and Room16 tops the charts with over 270,000!

Drury also has 26 individual Skoolbo Super Champs (students answering over 10,000 questions).

Interestingly, unlike city slicker schools, Drury School’s main fundraiser is there annual Calf Club/Gala Day held in September.  (Sounds like a whole lot of fun!)

GO DRURY SCHOOL GO !!

Omanu School

Omanu School is another Mount Maunganui school, based in the Bay of Plenty. There must be something in the water in the Mount, that is driving the schools to the amazing achievement of becoming members of the Skoolbo ONE MILLION CLUB.

Omanu School is a decile 6, contributing (Year 1-6), with nearly 600 students on there roll.

This amazing milestone has been reached with the help of 26 Skoolbo Super champs, students that have answered over 10,000 questions and 13 classes that have answered over 65,000 questions.

With a focus on Omanu School’s Ultranet and e-learning, it’s no surprise, the techno savvy school is in the club!

‘While literacy and numeracy provide a strong focus for learning, our school curriculum offers a “balanced curriculum”. The basis of school wide learning and teaching involves developing learning skills that encourage inquiry, the use of eLearning skills and problem solving”. – Principal, Rex Allot.

GO OMANU SCHOOL GO !!

Mount Maunganui Primary

Mount Maunganui Primary School is a decile 9 school for Year 0 – 6. They are located close to the beach in Mount Maunganui, which is in the Bay Of Plenty region. They have a roll of around 450.

Mount Maunganui Primary School began its journey at its original site between Rata, Tawa and Totara Streets in August of 1913 with 43 pupils. In 1954  land was purchased in Orkney Road for the current school site.

With the help of an impressive 13 Skoolbo Super Champs answering more than 10,000 questions each, Mount Maunganui has joined our exclusive ‘Million Club’, for schools answering over one million Skoolbo questions.

Hadleigh Benson -Deputy Principal, started Skoolbo, by registering every student at the school and promoted the app and website at school assemblies.

When asked if he wanted to share a particular success story he said “Making it to the 1 million club! That is a truly fantastic achievement and a testament to the great usability of the app for all students from Year 1 through to Year 6”

The Yr 1-3 primarily play Skoolbo on Ipads and Yr 3-6 play on Macbook Air’s and Chromebooks.

Awesome effort Mount Maunganui Primary School, with an average improvement rate of over 47% your Maths and Literacy skills must be rocking!!

Go Mount Maunganui Primary School Go!

 

Kerikeri Primary

Kerikeri Primary School has an incredible history of being New Zealand’s first school. Set up by Thomas Kendall, a missionary in August 1816. Kerikeri is in the Northland region of New Zealand. Coincidentally, they are now also one of the first New Zealand schools to join the Skoolbo One Million Club, for schools answering over one million Skoolbo questions.

They are a Year 1 – 6 contributing state school, with a roll ranging from 480 – 550 students.

With the help of 13 Skoolbo Super Champs, including three from David Kirklands Room 20. David introduced Skoolbo to Kerikeri primary when he moved schools from an existing Skoolbo user. Kerikeri primary encourage there students to BYOD which has helped greatly with the schools vision to embrace technology.

David commented that Skoolbo is;

“It is a great motivational tool as there are so many rewards, prizes, things that want to keep them going on”

Recently the school has had an ultra fast broadband connection installed and are developing new ways for students to access the curriculum using a range of technologies across the school.

An incredible history matched with a very bright future!

Go Kerikeri Primary School Go !

Riverview Primary

Riverview School was opened on 15 October 1988 and is situated on Riverview Road, Kerikeri. This is in the Northland Region.

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Riverview School is a Decile 7 school with approximately 340 – 400 pupils depending on the time of year.

Riverview School is very proud of their pupils work in digital media. Classes begin working with computers as early as year 1.

It is this focus on technology that has been the catalyst for Riverview Primary School to become a member of the Skoolbo One Million Club by answering more than one million questions on Skoolbo.

To help booster these numbers, Riverview has 15 incredible Skoolbo Super Champs, these are students that have answered more than 10,000 question each. Below are some shining examples of how Riverview reached the magic 1 Million mark.

Keep up the fantastic work Riverview.

Go Riverview Primary School Go !