2015 was a big year for Skoolbo and to celebrate we have put together our year in review. Thanks to all who have joined us in our journey to help children all over the world improve their literacy, numeracy and language skills for fun and for FREE!
Introducing Skoolbo v 2.0.4 and v 2.0.5 featuring PopSnaz! You can now experience 3D magic in the real world! PopSnaz is a wonderful augmented reality feature for phones and tablets where Skoolbo avatars come to life!
This feature is highly motivating for children and is a great way to celebrate their latest improvements – Skoolbo characters come to life by jumping into the real world to applaud achievements in real time.
Here’s how to PopSnaz:
- Update to the latest version of Skoolbo by visiting our downloads page.
- Here you will also find printouts to be PopSnazzed! Print out the superhero certificate or celebration trophy and customise it by colouring it in.
- In game you will see the PopSnaz button which will activate your tablet or smartphone camera.
- Hover your device over your coloured in trophy or superhero certificate and you will see the PopSnaz excitement come to life!
It’s interactive, highly motivational for children and well, it’s pretty much magic! There’s never been a more exciting way to celebrate improvements with game based learning.
To PopSnaz, you will need to have a device with a rear facing camera.
V 2.0.4 and V2.0.5 of Skoolbo also include game enhancements and improvements
To get PopSnaz, update to the latest version of Skoolbo on your tablet or phone
New to Skoolbo? Register your child or class now and join the Skoolbo movement!
Fitzroy School is an integral part of the thriving suburb of Fitzroy, New Plymouth. Fitzroy School is one of the oldest in Taranaki, having been established in 1882!
The location is well known for its beautiful beach. Fitzroy School is a decile 8 school, with a current roll of over 420 children; It is a contributing school with students up to year 6 inside 17 classes.
Their core values are:
The school encourages students to become involved in sports being offered to them in the school and the wider community. Most of the team sports for students are organised through community sports clubs. At present rugby, soccer, cricket, tennis, inline hockey and other minor sports are available through Clubs.
Students love netball, hockey and mini-ball! Staff members take on board a liaison role with varying codes and their grounds are used extensively out of school hours for practices and games.
Their classrooms are where all the action is! They are very proud of the exciting and motivating learning environments they provide for the students. Fitzroy works particularly hard to display work that is of the highest standard which enriches the learner’s workspace.
It’s no surprise Fitzroy School has reached the One Million Club with an impressive 17 Skoolbo Super Champs (individuals who have answered more than 10,000 questions) and Room15 alone, has answered over 220,000 questions. WOW!!
Congrats Fitzroy-with all your Skoolbo-ing!
Go Fitzroy kids, go!
Waikanae Primary a decile 8 school is located on the sunny Kapiti Coast 60km North of Wellington.
Waikanae Primary School was officially opened back in 1896 with a school roll of 26! Wow, how times changed!! Waikanae now has 16 classrooms and over 425 pupils.
The heart of the school is the people, students, parents, and staff. People all work together to ensure that every child gets the best possible learning opportunities.
Waikanae is a fantastic school and a great learning community. They are an innovative and progressive school looking to mix the very best of the new, with proven values and attitudes of the past.
Waikanae’s students are doing a great effort playing Skoolbo! They have reached the One Million Club recently by answering a million questions on Skoolbo!
Technology and IT, are important to the day to day learning at Waikanae Primary School, they are part of the N4L group and have recently upgraded their fibre and wireless networks. They have set up direct links from their website to e-learning programmes, which of course include Skoolbo! Waikanae also performed a very impressive Kapahaka for the 2015 Tech Expo KAPITI.
Congratulations Waikanae Primary School, It’s awesome having you in the club! As you say, “Nga mokopuna o te ra nei Nga rangatira o apopo” (The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow!).
Go Waikanae Primary School, go!
The 2015 Skoolbo World Cup is all over and Team Australia have brought home the trophy, beating off stiff competition from the rest of the world after a fantastic week of action-packed fun! So much great stuff happened during this world cup and we at Skoolbo would like to thank everyone for making it such a resounding success. This year, you’ve answered a combined total of 19,026,100 literacy, numeracy and language questions, with Teams Australia, USA and GB all comfortably joining the million club! Team NZ were only a whisker away from the magic million and should be over the moon with your brilliant performance! Let’s take a look at how the action went down as the world cup raged on:
Team GB Trend Setters
Team GB came out of the blocks at a blistering pace and finished the first day on top of the overall leaderboards. They were closely followed by the rest of the world and this really did set the competitive mood for the 2015 Skoolbo World Cup. We knew you were all up for it!
Lucky Number 7
Day two passed and Team Australia struck back for the rest of the world, leapfrogging Team GB into top spot! Team USA and Team NZ were racking up some unbelievable scores and really heaping the pressure on. We were positively peachy when we saw that you guys had taken down over 7 million questions within the first 2 days. Crazy! The schools leaderboard started to take shape, too, with Meadowbrook Primary School of Team GB grabbing a lead they were never ready to give up!
The action hit boiling point when world cup fever took hold of the weekend. Nearly 12 million questions were lined up and knocked down by Skoolbo superstars around the world! Team GB took back the lead from Team Australia and tried to get some distance from Team NZ and Team USA, who would just not let them get away. King-Chavez Athletics Academy were starting to make tracks for Team USA in the schools leaderboard, with Bayswater from Team NZ cranking up the pressure!
Battles for the Ages
It was getting close to the end of the world cup and epic battles were happening all across the leaderboards. Team Australia and Team GB were enjoying a titanic struggle on the overall leaderboard, followed by long-time leaders Meadowbrook frantically holding off a late surge from Beverley Manor Elementary of Team USA on the schools leaderboard. Bayswater and King-Chavez Athletics Academy were trading blows and places on the classes leaderboard, with 3 Aussie students doing their best to hold off 3 Team GB students on the students leaderboard!
The Home Straight
Over 18 million questions in and both Team GB and Team Australia joined the million club, with Team USA soon to follow and Team NZ putting in some wonderful work. A very even mix of countries could be seen across the schools leaderboard, with Meadowbrook refusing to let go of that top spot! Bayswater managed to create some distance at the top of the classes leaderboard, knowing a very capable and spirited bunch could overtake them at any time. The students leaderboard was as unpredictable as it was exciting, with John XXIII Catholic Primary School just about holding onto top spot ahead of some incredibly high-scoring competitors!
They think it’s all over, it is now! A tense final day saw our overall winners, Team Australia, come good when it mattered most. On the schools leaderboard John XXIII Catholic Primary School snatched victory at the last second from long-time leaders, Meadowbrook, while Class 5 at Bayswater did Team NZ proud by taking home gold on the classes leaderboard. The students leaderboard finished with a flourish and top spot went to Team Australia via the student in Class 6 White at John XXIII Catholic Primary School, after an heroic fight to the end with a fellow Aussie student in Class 5W at St. Clare’s Primary School.
What a world cup it’s been and thank you to every that took part and made it so special. Check out our video below with some of the best bits from this year! We can’t wait for next year and we hope you all feel the same!
The 2015 Skoolbo World Cup has come to an end and a huge congratulations to Team Australia, our new Skoolbo world champions! Over the course of the world cup, kids around the globe answered a staggering 19,026,100 questions. A massive THANK YOU to everyone that took part, we’re already super excited for the 2016 event and can’t wait for it to come around!
We’ll have more on the overall results soon, so stay tuned…
Above: Students from Carisbrook getting their practice in for the world cup!
The clock is ticking on the 2015 Skoolbo World Cup and with only just over 4 hours left, time is running out for Team NZ to make a break for the top!
As of today, kids around the world have answered an impossible 18,104,345 questions and counting!! Team NZ are just behind Team USA at the moment and still have time to overtake them, with Team Australia and Team GB seemingly battling it out for top spot. UNLESS… Team NZ go crazy for questions and show them who’s boss!
On the schools leaderboard, Bayswater are doing some unbelievable work across the last stretch, climbing up another spot in the top 5 and they really look to be genuine contenders for the top school accolade! Drury are also doing Team NZ proud, keeping up appearances in the top 10 and smashing the 150,000 score mark in the process! Fantastic showing!
On the classes leaderboard, Class 5 at Bayswater have launched themselves into the stratosphere and started to pull away at the top of the table, being the only class that have scorched through over 120,000 questions! We’ve got the kids in Class Senior from Coley Street in the top 5 also, after they answered a ridiculously good 12,000 questions yesterday. Room 16 in Drury, we’ve got our eye on you too and want you to go from the terrific top 10 to the fabulous top 5 before the end of this world cup. We know you’ve got it in you!
On the students leaderboard we’ve got the Skoolbo superstar from Class 5 in Bayswater still climbing the table and going from top 10 to top 5 overnight, that is a tremendous effort and we’re so proud to have you on board to help Team NZ. Keep up the great work and you’ve got a wonderful chance of being the #1 student in this year’s world cup!
There’s not much time left in the 2015 Skoolbo World Cup, Team NZ needs you now more than ever to make that final push across the line and get the best score possible. We’re all counting on you so Let’s go, Kiwi Kids!
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Our final Team Captain introduction goes to the students of Room 9 in Willow Park, Auckland and we’d like to start by telling you that this awesome school is actively engaged in the promotion of eLearning, which is absolutely fantastic! The school has also turned a number of classrooms into what they call a “Modern Learning Environment”, transforming these rooms into modern areas that make the learning environment even better for children!
As well as that, Willow Park have introduced the “In Your Element” programme, where they encourage their students to get involved in subjects and activities that they really enjoy and that make them feel “in their element”. Pretty cool, huh? With a vision like “inquire together, inspire forever” it’s little wonder that Willow Park have put so much into giving the students the best possible environment in which to thrive. Way to go, guys!
Speaking of the students, the kids at Willow Park have shared with us some of the reasons they love Skoolbo and you can read these below:
- Alegra Casey says it’s not always about getting the answer right, it’s about having fun and trying your best. We couldn’t agree more, Alegra!
- Oliver Heslop reckons it’s really cool that you can learn and have fun at the same time while playing Skoolbo. You know what, Oliver? That IS really cool!
- Adam Karem loves to learn about different languages on Skoolbo. Adam, you’ll be the one teaching us adults in no time!
- Kiera Miller is a fan of learning maths using Skoolbo. We hope you’ll keep it up, Kiera, because we’re a huge fan of yours, too!
- Lucy MacDonald tells us that she likes that Skoolbo allows her to learn about a whole range of topics, including reading, literacy and maths. We hope you’re learning a whole bunch on these topics, Lucy!
- Mason Field loves the prizes you get from playing Skoolbo and the fact that from hard work comes reward. That’s a life lesson right there, Mason!
- Raed Ur Rehman loves Skoolbo simply because it’s fun. We love that you’re having fun with Skoolbo, Raed!
- Florence Carey likes getting certificates on Skoolbo and getting her parents to print them so she can show off her achievements. Make sure you keep your parents on their toes, Florence!
Thanks so much for all your kind words and keep up the phenomenal work you’re doing at Willow Park!
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Above: Students from St. Joseph’s getting ready to lift the 2015 Skoolbo World Cup!
We’re delighted to introduce St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Dargaville as today’s featured captains for Team NZ! Teacher, Carla Hill, decided to introduce Skoolbo to the students in February of this year and has been thrilled with the results so far, speaking to Stuff she said:
“They challenge themselves and each other, every day… and the kids are thriving!”
The students at St. Joseph’s also entered the World Education Games, winning an amazing 12 bronze medals over the course of 3 days and racking up points that could be converted into UNICEF dollars. These dollars could then be used to buy supplies for schools in less-developed countries around the world. That’s a positively fantastic achievement guys and we’re really proud to have you as part of the Skoolbo team!
Above: Another Skoolbo superstar from St. Joseph’s ready for the world cup!
We’re sure the World Education Games also helped the kids practice for the Skoolbo World Cup, but just in case that wasn’t enough they kept on their toes by taking part in an inter-class challenge each term and every student that reaches 10,000 points gets an award. They really are a committed bunch at St. Joseph’s and everyone involved sees just how beneficial Skoolbo has been, with Carla telling Stuff:
“The prize is an incentive but the kids have taken ownership of their learning and are happy to do Skoolbo at home. Children, parents and teachers can instantly see the child’s achievements as well as where they get stuck, where the gaps in their learning lay.”
Awesome work guys, keep it up and we know we’ll see you on the leaderboards before the end of this world cup! Before we go, here’s a quick word from the students at St. Joseph’s!
If you’d like to read the full article from Stuff, click here!
We’re into the final days of the 2015 Skoolbo World Cup and the race to the top is closer than ever, with Team NZ closing the gap on the rest of the world after some great recovery work yesterday. Kiwi Kids are breathing down the neck of Team USA and will most certainly overtake them if this rate of scoring keeps up! Everyone involved so far can be super proud, as nearly 15 million questions have been answered so far!
On the schools leaderboard we’ve got HUGE news, as Bayswater have shot up from the top 10 and smashed into the top 5, unbelievable work ethic from these superstars! Drury are also doing wonderful things on the schools leaderboard, repping Team NZ in the top 10 on almost 140,000 questions answered! You guys are showing fantastic commitment to the Team NZ cause, keep it up!
Even if we’re slightly behind on the overall leaderboard, Team NZ are still owning the classes leaderboard with 3 classes representing the Kiwi Kids. It’s looking more and more likely that we’re going to have a Team NZ coming in as the best overall class in the 2015 Skoolbo World Cup and we’re behind you all the way! Class 5 at Bayswater have stepped it up again and are now number 1 class in the world today! Class Senior at Coley Street and Room 16 at Drury aren’t far behind, showing the rest of the world how class teamwork can get you to the top!
On the students leaderboard we’ve still got our Bayswater student from Class 5 climbing up the table stealthily and closing in on that top 5 spot! We know the rest of Team NZ are urging you on but no matter what happens, we’ll all be as proud as punch with the way you’re stepping up for the team!
Clearly, Team NZ has taken a tough weekend on the chin and turned it into motivation to answer more questions. You’ve caught up on the rest of the world and have totally taken over the classes leaderboard, but don’t stop now because with a strong finish you never know what can happen!
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