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!

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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Be a Term 4 Super Teacher this year…

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We’re aware of the time constraints that face teachers in term 4. Skoolbo has coined it the TERM 4 TIME MONSTER!

A teachers Term 4 time constraints can significantly impact stress levels as you madly go about completing extra end-of-year duties while trying to uphold the same amount of academic improvements achieved throughout the year.

 

To beat the Term 4 time monster we’re inviting all our teachers to end the year as Skoolbo Term 4 Super Teachers!

 

 


 
15 mins a day is all it takes! 15-mins-a-day

Skoolbo Super Teachers give their students Skoolbo to play in class, efficiently boosting student improvement and releasing time for you.

Kids love learning on Skoolbo and with our new and improved 3D web browser version,
there’s never been an easier and faster way to get your students learning on Skoolbo!

*Disclaimer Skoolbo unfortunately can not reduce the time you spend in staff meetings, your coffee habit or finding lost children’s clothes!

 

*Disclaimer Skoolbo unfortunately can not reduce the time you spend in staff meetings, your coffee habit or finding lost children’s clothes!

 

Make every second count by playing Skoolbo in class daily

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Introducing the NEW web version of Skoolbo – the easiest way to play!

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We are proud to announce the release of our brand new and improved web version for an even better learning experience. The web-version has the look and feel of our award winning 3D app but can be played through your internet browser on any device — including Chromebooks!

To play Skoolbo online, simply follow the steps below:

1. Log in on your teacher dashboard
    Hint: Your username is your email. You can reset your password if needed.
2. Create and print your students’ logins
3. Have your students to log in and PLAY at http://dashboard.skoolbo.com.au/students/login

94% of children master a maths or reading skill within 20 minutes on Skoolbo which makes every minute count on our game based learning platform!

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New to Skoolbo? Register your child or class for free and join the Skoolbo movement!

 

How to be a good reader

There has been huge emphasis recently on the importance of reading with your child. But what does good reading look like and how can you best support your child to both enjoy reading and develop the skills that will help them become confident, motivated, fluent readers?

 

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Children who read for pleasure achieve better not only in English but also across a wide range of subjects including maths.

open-bookWhat is good reading?

Reading is about so much more than simply decoding print, it is a multifaceted process involving word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and motivation.

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We tend to think that reading is a purely visual skill involving the ability to link letters to sounds. However, learning to read can also rely on a more complex set of underlying cognitive skills such as memory, attention, and sequencing.

Zippy Shine is a reading performance app that gives children the opportunity reach their potential in reading in a fun, enjoyable and safe way. It helps children develop the complex set of skills required to become a ‘good’ reader, placing them in control of their learning.

Children learn to read so they can read to learn!


You can download Zippy Shine for 50% off on iTunes or the Google Play Store.


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Supporting multiple learning styles through game-based learning

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It’s helpful to understand different learning styles to ensure that every student reaches their academic potential. As we now know, the “one-size-fits-all” teaching method can be ineffective and can quickly lead to student disengagement. So how can teachers design their lessons to ensure they are meeting the individual needs of each and every student in their classroom? A starting point is to familiarise themselves with how their students learn best through intentional observations and honest conversations. This may take some time and dedication on the teacher’s part, but it will be well worth it in the end!

There are many tools that teachers can use in the classroom to help them differentiate their lessons to suit their students’ individual learning styles. One such tool is educational technology. With a myriad of ed tech games in the market, teachers may wonder what is the best one for their students. While there is not a simple, straightforward answer to this, teachers need to take into consideration a variety of factors such as the age and experiences of their students and the desired outcome of the lesson. For example, if an elementary teacher is looking for an app to help her 1st graders gain fundamental skills in numeracy and literacy, Skoolbo would be an excellent choice for her class since it focuses on these skills for children from preK-6th grade.

Although admittedly, there is not total agreement in the education sector about the validity of Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic (VAK) theory, it is widely accepted that variety in teaching methods and styles go a long way toward keeping students engaged and learning. Incorporating this variety into lessons will not only ensure all types of learners are catered to but will also encourage individuals to engage with learning in different ways.

Below we look at the three major learning styles of VAK theory and examine how ed tech games, such as Skoolbo can support each style.

Visual Learners
These types of learners need to see the lesson that is being taught. So, for instance, if they are given instructions, they are better able to follow these instructions if the instructions are written on a white board rather than being told to them. Ed tech games, such as Skoolbo, really play to this learning style with their visually stimulating characters and backgrounds. Also, games like Skoolbo have students answer questions that are displayed right on the screen, which is very beneficial for visual learners.

Auditory Learners
Similar to visual learners, auditory learners also use one of their senses to learn. For them, they need to hear what is being taught. Auditory learners learn best through oral teaching methods, such as talking through a topic or singing a song. Skoolbo and many other ed tech games are great for these types of learners because they can hear the questions being spoken out loud, and they get verbal reinforcements throughout the game.

Kinesthetic Learners
Kinesthetic learners like to put their learning into action. They often use their hands to “talk” and to touch things around them, and they also enjoy moving around. One of the features that is included in Skoolbo, Zippy Shake is fantastic for these types of learners because it gets them movin’ and groovin’.

 

Game-based learning has the capability of scaffolding the learning process for all of these types of learners since they focus on multiple learning styles. Such games also help make a teacher’s life much easier as teachers will not need to rely on many different types of edtech tools to help each of their students. And above all, students enjoy playing games, so engaging them in games that are both fun and educational at the same time is attacking two birds with one stone!

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The Mega Minds Challenge is here! Can your class master the Mega?

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We’re proud to introduce the Mega Minds Challenge. Can your class achieve the collective goal of answering 25,000 reading and maths questions in just two weeks? Can they do it by the end of the term? Are they up for the challenge?

It will take only 30 seconds to set up a Mega Classbo. The reward? A term’s worth of pride for achieving the goal. And, what’s more, studies have shown that 94% of children master a reading or maths skill within 20 minutes on Skoolbo, so challenge your class to bring about real learning improvement!

How to get started in 30 seconds

  1. Log in to your Skoolbo teacher dashboard.
  2. Click on the ClassBo button visible on the Home tab.
  3. Select the Mega ClassBo and set a start date.
  4. LAUNCH THE CHALLENGE!
  5. Share your leaderboard with the entire school community.

You’ll be able to track your ClassBo within your teacher dashboard to see how well your class is doing.
 
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New to Skoolbo? Register for FREE here and get your class or child on board!

 


 

Why set a Classbo?

We have put countless hours of research to find out what really motivates children to learn. It has been proven that a bit of healthy competition, setting realistic and achievable goals and making it lots of fun in the process is a sure fire winner!

That’s why ClassBo is so effective. Teachers have the ability to set challenges for their students to answer a set goal of questions within a certain timeframe. It’s fun, motivating and a great team builder!

 

A word from our CEO: How tech can overcome the world’s education problems

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A recent UN Education Agency commissioned report estimated that at least 250 million of the world’s primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics at all. The same number of children are also struggling to improve to a functional level, and this is not a problem linked solely to developing countries.

In Australia, as in many other developed countries, we are facing the very real possibility that, in the near future, the generation approaching retirement will be more literate and numerate than the youngest adults.

Shane Circle HeadshotSolving Australia’s challenges or the problem of global illiteracy and innumeracy is a huge task but it’s essential if we are to improve the health, wellbeing and life chances of the world’s children.

I would argue that there has never been a better time to be in education. The technology we have available to us now means that the difficulties of the past shouldn’t constrain our future or, more importantly, our children’s future.

I believe that this is achievable and that the answer lies in making learning both accessible and efficient. The opportunities that technology opens up in this regard are just astounding and, in terms of learning, it can be of tremendous assistance.

Mastering skills such as number recognition, automatic recall of times tables or being able to smoothly blend groups of letters to form words takes time. It is therefore vital that children are motivated and engaged sufficiently to persevere.

Technology is a tool to help learning not a replacement. A number of people are of the opinion that technology shouldn’t be used in education. I fundamentally disagree. Technology can be used to improve learning. It is ubiquitous to children’s lives these days and to take it away seems false. You would not go into a hospital and say “I don’t want modern treatment, please give me what worked in the 1940s or ’50s”!

Technology isn’t just an aide to the child it can give so much to the teacher, parent, education system. Technology can help reveal to us how children learn which, in turn, enables us to teach in better ways. We are able to identify the areas of the curriculum that children struggle to grasp.

For example if you go back five years and ask most maths teachers what basic skills children find difficult and they would have flagged division as one of the hardest.

In fact the data from millions of records, in scores of countries, suggests otherwise. Subtraction is the element that children find the most challenging. Once they have mastered that area then others fall more easily into place.

Technology cannot and does not replace the great teacher but it can bring in others into the equation who can be also hugely supportive and motivational to the child.

In my experience technology that opens the door to the child’s support group to take an active role in education will have the biggest impact on learning and help us radically improve life outcomes for millions of children.

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 on the Sydney Morning Herald.

Introducing Zippy Shine! A brand new learning app from Skoolbo!

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 **We are offering a 50% off discount to all our early bird Zippy Shiners!**

**limited offer so get in quick!**

Children who struggle in vain with reading in the first school years soon decide that they neither like nor want to read.. Gaining confidence with reading is vital to better literacy outcomes and it’s important that they are encouraged every step of the way.

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While the importance of being able to read well is not in doubt, the seemingly effortless activity described as “good reading” is actually made up of a set of highly complex, skills and abilities.
This is where our brand new reading and performance app Zippy Shine can help.

Zippy Shine is packed full of jokes and mini-stories for children to read aloud and record. They’ll be amazed as they discover their own name appearing in every story! Once their performance is perfected, they can play it back for friends and family with their avatar taking centre stage!


Zippy shine brings a range of benefits for children from 7 to 11

  • the ability to evaluate their own performance
  • develop their comprehension skills
  • develops the concepts of expression and intonation
  • recognise and respond to punctuation in a meaningful context.
  • read questions and deliver a punchline with expert timing

Zippy Shine gives children the option to link with their existing Skoolbo account to enable sharing of their masterpieces with their parents and teacher to receive valuable feedback and some well deserved applause!

Download the app for a fun, enjoyable way to help children become confident, fluent, motivated readers. Who knows you may discover that the next master storyteller or comic genius is closer than you think! 

Download now!

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Watch Zippy Shine in action!