Introducing ClassBo, the ultimate classroom motivator!

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Listen up, teachers! Skoolbo has just added a brand new feature that we know you’re simply going to love:

Introducing ClassBo, where you now have the ability to set challenges for your class to reach a certain number of answers within a set timeframe. You can choose between 5,000, 25,000 or 100,000 answers for your class to reach! These challenges run from 2 days, 2 weeks or 3 months respectively and represent a fantastic, new and measurable way to gauge the progress of your students.

To set up a ClassBo, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your account and click on the ClassBo Challenge button on the homepage.
  2. Click on one of the three available challenges you’d like to set for your class.
  3. Choose a start date, opt in or out for email updates and click “Start ClassBo!”.

That’s it, your ClassBo has been set and the challenge has been thrown down to really motivate your students!

Supercharge your students’ learning outcomes

You can use the ClassBo leaderboard in tandem with our Results and Report tabs to easily identify what topics your students are doing really well at and where they may be struggling. Our task-setting feature on the Results tab allows you set up to 2 tasks per topic and get them practicing to improve their skills on that topic.

ClassBo is just another fantastic way that Skoolbo can motivate your students to learn, as it immerses them in a fun challenge that encourages improvement and puts them on the right track towards mastering reading and maths skills. You can even set a ClassBo challenge over the holidays so your students can keep learning, stay sharp and ensure nobody slips behind!

ClassBo allows you to set up to three challenges at once by picking one of each challenge type and if you really want to show off how well your class is doing, you can even embed the live, real-time leaderboard into your school website!

We hope you and your students enjoy using ClassBo, happy learning!

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Thanks a Billion!

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Today is a brilliant occasion as children around the world have just surpassed a BILLION ANSWERS! We want to congratulate each and every student, parent and teacher that has taken part in this journey to a billion, you are all true Skoolbo Superstars!

It’s very easy to forget just how huge a billion really is, so we’ve got some facts to give you a better perspective on your fantastic achievement:

  • If you counted to a billion, you’d be counting for roughly 95 years
  • A billion hours is a little over 114,000 years
  • The population of the whole of Africa is about 1 billion. North and South America combine to a total of 850 million. Asia is the most populous continent with over 4 billion people!

The Skoolbo vision has always been to help every child to learn how to read and become confident with numbers. With approximately a billion children aged 4 to 12 years old in the world, you’ve answered a question on Skoolbo for every child on the planet and helped us take another step in making this vision a reality!

Not only have you answered over a billion questions, you’ve also achieved almost 10 MILLION Personal Learning Bests. This means that kids across the globe aren’t just having fun with Skoolbo, they’re improving their learning outcomes each time they jump on and play!

Once again, thank you to all of our loyal users for helping us reach this magnificent milestone. Brilliant stuff!!

 

Motivation is KEY, which is why we are giving your students something special this month…

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Motivation is KEY

We believe each student should be rewarded for working hard and achieving results. With that in mind, we’ve got some great news! This month, each student that plays Skoolbo will be awarded 2000 Bo Coins to enjoy whatever they like in-game! So make sure they jump on and join in the learning fun to avail of this fantastic incentive.

Skoolbo Works!

Research has shown that 94% of children master a maths or reading skill after 20 mins on Skoolbo! Now with almost a BILLION answers notched up by all of our users so far, that sure is a wealth of improvement that has been achieved on Skoolbo!

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Supercharge Learning with our NEW Student Reports!

We’re always improving and adding new features to Skoolbo, both in-game and in the teacher dashboard. Did you know that we have recently added a great new reporting tool for teachers?

The data behind these simple statistics will serve to super-charge your students’ Skoolbo experience, by providing vital information that will allow teachers to prioritise the tasks and topics that matter most!

 

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Rotary and NSWRL Present the Northwest NSW Schools Challenge

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Rotary, NSWRL and Skoolbo are proud to present the Northwest NSW Schools Challenge, where students across northwest NSW can win their class a trip to the State of Origin Game 1 by simply logging on and playing Skoolbo! Read on for all the info:

 

THE CHALLENGE

  • Every time a child from an eligible school* achieves a Personal Learning Best on Skoolbo during the Challenge period they will gain a ticket in the draw for their class to win the trip to State of Origin. The more the class improves, the greater the chance of winning!
  • The Challenge runs from the 7th March until 29th April. You may participate as much or as little as you wish.
  • The Challenge is open to students from Kindergarten to Year 7 and is completely FREE of charge!

THE PRIZE

  • Winners receive a trip to the State of Origin Game 1!
  • This covers a class of up to 30 students, one teacher and also one parent per student.
  • Includes 2 nights of accommodation in Sydney plus dinner and breakfast, as well as return coach transport to and from Sydney.
  • A surprise activity will also be included for the second day and is sure to keep the kids happy!

WHY PARTICIPATE

  • Your students will be highly motivated by this Challenge and it’ll bring a whole new dimension to their learning experience!
  • Skoolbo adapts entirely to each individual child’s learning needs and achieves outstanding improvement, as exemplified by the 150,000+ classrooms around the world that use Skoolbo.
  • Skoolbo is totally free, so you won’t incur any hidden costs when entering the Challenge!

We look forward to welcoming your students’ participation in this great learning event and hope you all enjoy it as much as we will!

Register to Enter

Already have an account? Log in here.

*To check if your school is eligible, take a look at the map below for an approximate outline of qualifying areas:

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Introducing PopSnaz | Skoolbo’s exciting augmented reality feature

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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:

  1. Update to the latest version of Skoolbo by visiting our downloads page.
  2. Here you will also find printouts to be PopSnazzed! Print out the superhero certificate or celebration trophy and customize it by coloring it in.
  3. In the game you will see the PopSnaz button which will activate your tablet or smartphone camera.
  4. Hover your device over the colored-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 V 2.0.5 of Skoolbo also include game enhancements and improvements

To get PopSnaz, update to the latest version of Skoolbo – V 2.0.4 or 2.0.5

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Effective Teaching Habits and Skoolbo

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Recently, we came across a great article by Edutopia discussing habits of an effective teacher. With this in mind, we decided to take a look at how utilising Skoolbo can be conducive to promoting and developing some of these habits:

  1. A Teacher Should Enjoy Teaching

As with pretty much any job, people are always at their best when they enjoy what they’re doing! Teaching is no different, where the most effective teachers are those that get a kick out of making their lessons come to life and love to see the improvement in a child who is learning steadily. Skoolbo can help here, with tangible results and scores for the child being readily available. It’s easy to see any marked improvements in a child’s performance through our scoring system, while the game itself adds a fun element to the entire teaching and learning experience.

  1. Spreads Positivity

Bringing a positive, can-do attitude and energy to the classroom is sure to resonate with and have an influence on your students. As we know, a child is very receptive to adult influence and a teacher that brings a happy aura and demeanour will always get more from their students. Skoolbo is a fantastic tool to have in your teaching arsenal in this regard, as the learning experience is such that a child is rewarded with bonuses such as “Super Suits” when they do particularly well at, say, a mathematical game. This positive reinforcement encourages the child to keep playing and learning, while promoting a positive atmosphere in the classroom.

  1. Always gives 100%

Just as bringing a positive attitude is extremely important, so too is giving your all each time you set foot in the classroom. Putting your best efforts into a lesson is one of the most effective ways to inspire your students to do the same. If you aren’t giving the best that you can give, then it isn’t realistic to expect your students to do so. Skoolbo is particularly useful in prompting full effort, given that it allows for failure at any learning games that the child plays and reinforces that there are consequences to not getting an answer correct. Without this possibility of failure, a child may click aimlessly through answers until they reach the correct outcome. This isn’t productive when trying to promote effective learning and maximum effort from a child.

 

Feel free to drop us a mail at info@skoolbo.com.au if there’s anything you’d like to share with us!

 

6 Essential Components of Great eLearning

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You’ve probably heard the term “eLearning” thrown about over the last number of years, but do you really know what it is? In short, eLearning is learning that is conducted using electronic media such as the internet or an application. It comes in many forms including, but not limited to:

  • Research tools
  • Class management resources
  • Creativity enablers
  • Shared learning tools

Skoolbo is an eLearning program based on skill-building and below we take a quick look at some of the components that make an effective eLearning program:

 

1. Fun and engaging, but not distracting

What better way to engage people in something than by making it fun? This is especially true for children, where fun is pretty much the number one thing on their minds! There’s a delicate balancing act between making an eLearning program fun and keeping learning to the forefront, as the program could potentially turn into a full-blown game with some learning thrown in. With this in mind, it’s imperative that the “fun” element engages the child but doesn’t distract from the overall goal of learning!

2. Simple to use

Don’t overcomplicate it, nobody wants to spend hours trying to understand something and children are even more susceptible to this! Think about the last time you bought some flat-packed furniture, did you really enjoy going through the pages of instructions to put it together? No? Us neither! The same principle applies to eLearning in that it should be easy to pick up and use, but deliver a powerful end result (like a nice bedside table!). Apple are a great example of this, in that their devices are super-easy to work with but bring enormous satisfaction!

3. Motivating reward systems

What’s the point in putting time and effort into something if you have nothing to show for it at the end? A rewards system is a great way to motivate a child to use the program in short bursts over a long period of time, where the key here is to make sure the child doesn’t become either addicted to, or sick of it! Any genuine effort should be rewarded, but the reward must also be something that the child wants!

4. Opportunity to make mistakes

At Skoolbo we believe in the old adage of “learning from your mistakes”, so we try to create an environment where the child feels comfortable with making mistakes but ultimately wants to rectify them so they can learn and move forward. At least 50% of eLearning programs have no opportunity to make mistakes, which often causes the child to click randomly through answers and is counter-productive to actually learning what the right one is!

5. Learn by doing

An old Chinese proverb says “tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand”. Letting a child become more hands-on and actually attempt a task rather than simply explaining it to them helps keep them engaged and interested, as they are being encouraged to think and interact. Nobody likes to sit there being told what to do and we believe that practice absolutely makes perfect when it comes to eLearning.

6. Teachable moments – Immediate feedback and support

Every parent and teacher knows that there are certain moments when a child is most receptive to feedback and support, and a good eLearning program will get involved at exactly those moments! Immediate feedback and support facilitates self-learning, the most effective type of learning there is. It also helps when the support system is designed in such a way that it becomes less apparent as the child grows less reliant on it!

 

We’ve only touched on some of the key components that promote effective eLearning with this post and we’d love to hear what works best for you, so feel free to drop us a mail on info@skoolbo.com.au

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Meet Skoolbo Secret Agent, James Cave

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James CaveMeet James Cave, a Year 3 student from Room 8 at Duncraig Primary School, Perth. To the untrained eye, James may appear to be just a regular student, but you’d be very wrong to think that! We like to call him Agent Cave, a Skoolbo secret agent who is highly skilled in the arts of literacy, numeracy and languages. You see, Agent Cave has been in intensive training over the last while to hone his abilities and improve his grades in school, jumping up an entire grade level from year 2! He also won a certificate for being the most helpful boy in class last semester and doesn’t want to stop there.

Agent Cave has started on the journey to learning Mandarin as a second language, so he can use it on his secret Skoolbo missions around the world! His proud mother, Susan, has told us that he has been able to do this with the help of Skoolbo’s Language Dragons feature and can speak quite a few different phrases so far, while always getting better. We’d love if he could teach us some Mandarin too! Agent Cave has also gone from the bottom to the top of his spelling group while vastly improving his reading abilities, so he can decode secret messages from Skoolbo Headquarters during his missions!

Throughout the 2015 Skoolbo World Cup, Agent Cave took down a phenomenal 3,625 questions on the way to helping Team Australia bring home the gold! Along with this, he finished in the top 0.3% in the WORLD on the students leaderboard and also the top 0.3% of students representing Team Australia. A truly fantastic achievement, Agent Cave, you can definitely give yourself a big pat on the back and know you’ve done a fabulous job for your country!

JC MAAgent Cave also has a keen interest in martial arts, just in case he has to fight off any bad guys on his missions! After seeing this picture of him in action, we’re pretty sure that we wouldn’t dream of messing with Agent Cave if we were the bad guys!

 

 

 

JC CWhen he’s not out completing Skoolbo missions, he loves to play sports and cricket is a particular favourite judging by this picture of him kitted out. You look ready to take on the world, Agent Cave!

 

 

 

Thanks to James’ mother, Susan, for letting us know all about her wonderful son. Susan, we know you’re super-proud and you most certainly should be! We’re absolutely delighted that Skoolbo has been able to play a part in James’ development so far and hope that we can play an even bigger part in the future!

If you have any stories you’d like to share with us, feel free to send them to info@skoolbo.com.au

And the Winner Is…

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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…

The Story So Far – One Final Push!

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Above: Students from Knutsford showing their excitement for the world cup!

There are just over 4 hours left in the 2015 Skoolbo World Cup and Team Australia are so close to winning, clinging onto the coattails of Team GB who are ahead by the smallest of margins.

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Coming near the end of this world cup, kids around the world have answered an unbelievable 18,104,345 questions and you’re not even finished yet! Team Australia have such a fantastic opportunity to win this and we’re calling on Aussie kids across the country to put all hands on deck to get us across the victory line.
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Truganina South Primary School is still hammering away in the schools leaderboard and has moved up a place in the top 10 thanks to a fantastic work ethic and will to win. John XXIII Catholic Primary School clearly listened to our rallying cry yesterday and have become the latest Team Australia addition to the schools leaderboard, breaking into the top 3 and blowing the competition for top school wide open!

Schools leaderboard

The classes leaderboard is still all about Team Australia, with 3 representatives taking over and being matched only by Team NZ! Shout outs to the unstoppable efforts of Class 4 in Lindisfarne North Primary School, Class 6 White in John XXIII Catholic Primary School and Class 6H in Portside Christian School. Each of these classes is close to answering a humongous 60,000 questions and we’re super confident that you’ll all smash this by the end of the world cup.
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The students leaderboard belongs to Team Australia, who have taken up HALF of the top 10 spots and 3 of these are in the top 5 students in the world! The top student comes from Class 6 White in John XXIII, being supported by their classmates in fourth spot and another from the same class in the top 10. Amazing work from Class 6, you’re blowing up the student leaderboards! Super showings also from the student at Class 5W in St. Clare’s Primary School who sits in the top 3 and also a fantastic top 10 effort from the student at Class 6H in Portside!

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Time is of the essence for Team Australia and you’re so close to walking away with this trophy. We just need one more huge effort and we’re sure the world cup will be arriving down under! It’s been a great world cup so far and Team Australia have certainly played a massive part!

Follow #SkoolboWorldCup on Twitter for all the latest info!