Skoolbo CEO Shane Hill reveals plans of soon-to-be-launched online content platform Preschool Play

Based at the Canberra Innovation Network headquarters, digital innovator Shane Hill spoke about the exciting upcoming launch of Preschool Play – an online content platform designed to give pre-schoolers and their teachers a “really brilliant start to the day” through daily educational episodes of singing and dancing.

Preschool Play is a modern take on the famous Sesame Street, developed for television in the United States in the late 1960s to provide research-based and fun educational content to children in America.

The global team at Skoolbo has spent the past 12 months building the platform, writing, composing and filming more than 1,000 educational songs. The team has also worked closely with Hi-5 Director Jonathan Geraghty, who is an investor in Skoolbo.

A very recent success story integral to the development of the program has been a $4 million funding boost, which will enable the launch of Preschool Play into classrooms internationally in February 2017. The team will continue to build out the Mandarin version, being produced in conjunction with Hong Kong-based multimedia company Century Innovation Technology.

For a small fee, preschool teachers across the world will be able to download episodes and play them in the classroom as a fun and active way to start the day.

Photo: Karleen Minney
Photo: Karleen Minney

According to Mr. Hill, Preschool Play has been a phenomenal effort by a truly global team:

“The Canberra team – there are eight of us – does writing content and the graphics, so we do a lot of the fun stuff; while the teams in Singapore and Vietnam do the web programming, and all the filming is done in the United States.”

Shane Hill is a former teacher and founder of both Skoolbo and Mathletics (3P Learning). Skoolbo is one of the fastest-growing reading, maths and languages learning program in the world with offices in 10 countries. Shane, who is a recipient of the Global Corporate Social Responsibility Award for his services to education, lives in Canberra.

This article originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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2016 Skoolbo World Cup Fun: John XXIII CPS

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While we all continue to revel in the aftermath of all the Skoolbo World Cup excitement, we figured it was a good time to share some snippets of the sentiments and action on site – at our schools.

Many thanks to John XXIII Catholic Primary School  our 2016 World Cup Leaderboard topper – for sharing some wonderful thoughts as well as some fantastic snapshots of their students playing the tournament…

 

Dear Team Skoolbo,
This event is a highlight of our year, and we love the timing of it. The World Cup boosts the motivation of our students and keeps them engaged in learning right to the end. We are thrilled to have won two years running and have set ourselves the goal of passing half a million points next year!

 

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“My students were so energetic and enthusiastic towards their learning for the duration of the World Cup.” (Teacher)

“This is awesome fun!” (Student)

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“It is fantastic to see the team spirit that comes from our classes competing against each other. There is a lot of friendly banter, and the students encourage each other to do better.” (Teacher)

“It was great to compete with students on other continents. I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning to see where we were placed as a class, school and country.” (Student)

 

Thank you, John XXIII Catholic Primary School, for sharing your experience with us! We’re so happy that Skoolbo and the World Cup add so much value and fun for your teachers and students!

At Skoolbo, we always welcome people to share their Skoolbo experiences through photos, videos and thoughts. After all, it’s your feedback that keeps us relevant and motivated, so keep them coming!

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Skoolbo World Cup 2016: Action-Packed Fun!

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Yes, it’s over – another high-speed, action-packed Skoolbo World Cup has just come to a close, and the winner is for two years in a row, our reigning champions, Team Australia! Well done, team! You did an awesome job to stretch out far ahead of your competition for most of the contest! By just Day Two, you were way ahead of the race, so you can be proud of yourselves!

 

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Many congratulations to the Aussie schools that made it possible. First, up, John XXIII Catholic Primary School, well done for topping the overall World Cup Leaderboard; you’ve really done Australia proud! Also contributing significantly to the winning count were St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, St Michael’s College (Primary campus) and Penguin District School (Birth to 10).

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We at Skoolbo would like to thank everyone who participated and contributed, not just in Australia, but across the globe – you’ve really made our annual event a resounding success. This year, our participating schools collectively answered close to 10.5 million questions, with Teams Australia, USA and GB coming out on top! And Team NZ, you were just a whisker away from the Bronze, so you deserve a pat on your backs for such a brilliant performance!

Once again, thank you all for a fun-filled, challenging and nail-biting World Cup. Three cheers to all those who participated around the world! Hurrah!

See you again next year!

 

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It’s the last day! Let’s win this!

This is it – the final day! Team Australia you’ve got this!

Since the first day, you have been awesome, you just need to keep going a little longer.

Team New Zealand, Team GB and Team USA will all be doing their best to overtake you so we can’t relax just yet.

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Keep playing!

#SkoolboWorldCup

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Or if you’re not registered, it’s not too late!

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It’s Day 3 and Team Australia dominate!

It’s the start of day three and the leader boards reveal that Team New Zealand, Team GB and Team USA are fighting a close battle but it is Team Australia who are seemingly impossible to topple! We rule!

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However, we mustn’t take our eye off the prize so come on Team Australia, let’s get ready to pull even further ahead!

We are getting close to the one million answer mark and now that Team GB and Team USA are sleeping we have a chance to cover some ground and get more Australian schools into the top ten. Here’s how the leader boards looked earlier today –

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Our very own John XXIII Catholic Primary School and St Clare’s Primary School are looking comfortable at the top with St Michael’s School sneaking into fourth place. Team USA had a good day and have four schools in the top ten. Beverley Manor Elementary are continuing their good run as are Irma Dru Hutchinson Elementary and Melba Elementary School. Spring Creek Elementary are also up there flying the Stars and Stripes!

Don’t be fooled by Team New Zealand’s temporary absence on the schools leader board. They are holding on to second place overall and have some dedicated classes determined to oust Team Australia and claim glory but we won’t let that happen will we?

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Go! Aussie Kids Go!

Follow the challenge – #SkoolboWorldCup

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Day 2 is underway! Go! Aussie Kids Go!

By lunchtime yesterday, children from across the globe had collectively answered over one million questions! We thought that was pretty amazing until we took a look this morning…over three and a half million questions!

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This is an awesome achievement and everyone taking part has every reason to feel enormously proud. Of course it is made all the more special as every answer given represents another step a student has made towards mastering a new maths, literacy or language skill!

Whilst we are delighted with our collective performance, it is the accomplishment of individual territories that will determine the overall winner and Australia is ready for the challenge!

This is how the leader board looked yesterday –

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The amazing effort by St Clare’s Primary School on day one meant that they managed to hold on to the top spot despite a strong performance from Team GB’s Knockloughrim Primary School. Team New Zealand’s Greytown School and Papakura Normal School did well and secured prestigious places in the top ten as did Team USA’s Beverley Manor Elementary. The seemingly unbeatable Roseville Public School, St Michael’s School, John XXIII Catholic School and Yugumbir State School stayed in the top ten but it was ‘all change’ only hours later –

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John XXIII Catholic Primary School pulled out all the stops to soar into a strong lead for Team Australia – incredible effort! And, what’s more, Team Australia passed the half million mark!

Team GB and Team USA have their work cut out – watch this space!

Go! Aussie Kids Go!

Just hit ‘PLAY’

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3, 2, 1, Go! The World Cup Has Started!

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The wait is over, the 2016 Skoolbo World Cup has commenced!
Team Australia have made a flying start, although the time difference has given you a few more playing hours (as it stands). But it’s only day one and we have already surpassed the global one million answer mark! Fantastic!

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Australian schools have dominated the leader boards on the first day, although Team GB have nudged their way into the top ten. As it stands, St Clare’s Primary School are looking hard to beat but a concerted effort from Roseville Public School could topple them. The other two of the four top spots are being held by St Michael’s School and John XXIII Catholic Primary School. It’s all still to play for…

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Team Australia, you have made an awesome start, let’s aim to continue the momentum tomorrow!

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Are you ready to take on the world? Play now or register free!

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Brain Breaks – New From Skoolbo!

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Introducing Skoolbo Brain Breaks! Get 20 great songs for students to sing and dance along to in class. Ideal for ages 5 to 8, these two minute bursts of activity between lessons can be beamed up on a data projector, interactive whiteboard or a TV!

You can install Skoolbo Brain Breaks once on your PC or Mac meaning there’s no need for an internet connection in your classroom!

Key Pedagogies

  • Encourages singing, dancing and drama
  • Develops gross motor skills
  • Promotes vocabulary and imagination
  • Builds memory and articulation
  • Gets kids active
  • Wonderful class bonding and lots of smiles
  • A fun break between lessons!

The team behind Skoolbo Brain Breaks

Melissa Georgiou leads a team of super-talented singers and performers from across the world. The team has more than 50 years of combined experience in teaching singing and dancing to young children. We are passionate about children being active and developing their singing and dancing skills. Find out more.
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Are you ready to win?

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It’s time to show the world what team Aussie can do. On Tuesday, the 6th December children across Australia will compete with children in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States for the title of World Skoolbo Champion. Answer as many questions as you can on reading, maths and languages during the 4 day event.

Here are the wonderful students from Papakura Normal School in New Zealand in anticipation of the challenge-

Would you share with us your World Cup preparations?

Stay tuned for more news on the World Cup coming in the lead up to December 6th…

Go Aussie Kids! Go!

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The Skoolbo World Cup is just around the corner! Let’s WIN Australia!

The Skoolbo World Cup is back for a third year! Children in Australia will be competing against other Skoolbo-ers in classrooms across the USA, UK and New Zealand.

Running from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th of December, your students’ avatars will wear a new Team Australia uniform. Every question your students answer correctly puts Australia one step closer to victory! There will be an automated tally on the Skoolbo website so you can see the results live.

This is a great way to motivate and engage students to learn by answering lots of maths and literacy questions.

Let’s have some fun as we join together to take on the world in the Skoolbo World Cup!

Stay tuned for more news on the World Cup coming in the lead up to December 6th…

Go Aussie Kids! Go!

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New to Skoolbo? Register your child or class now to get involved in our highly motivating World Cup!

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