Educational resources to enrich learning experiences!

The Learnathon is well and truly underway! Children from around the world are taking on the challenge of answering 1,000 literacy, maths and language questions, which is resulting in fantastic improvement in essential foundational skills. These superstars of learning are being encouraged by family and friends who are pledging their support in their thousands! And remember, 100% of funds raised goes directly to the participant’s teacher in the form of credit to spend in the new educational resource shop.

We thought it was now time to give you a little taster of some of the fabulous classroom resources that will shortly be available for teachers to spend their Learnathon credit on. We are working with a number of top educational companies to bring you resources that aim to both enrich the learning experience of students and save valuable planning time.

Ensuring that children develop higher order reading skills, and really get the most from their guided reading sessions, can mean long hours spent on planning. Now that task is easier with these incredible ready-made reading resources from children’s newspaper publisher, First News.

The team of educators and journalists at First News have created a brilliant range of focused, levelled tasks based on real global news stories. Like authors, journalists play with language, so news ‘stories’ are rich nuggets of text to investigate. Children will need to use the higher level skills of inference and deduction to understand in depth what is being reported.

News reports are unique non-fiction texts that naturally engage students, helping them to develop their knowledge and understanding of the wider world. The reports are ideal for short, focused comprehension or discussion activities. They provide children with the opportunity to find fascinating facts and to recognise and appreciate the opinions and viewpoints of others.

First News has been producing their original children’s newspaper for over ten years. From reluctant readers to high achievers, First News leads to deeper thinking, stronger classroom debate and real improvement in literacy skills.

Where every student thinks like a scientist

The team behind the discovery of the wreck of RMS Titanic are on a new mission – to inspire and educate students everywhere through real science and exploration.

JASON Learning provides curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) and high-quality professional development for teachers.

JASON Learning’s award-winning curricula places students in challenging, real-world situations where they are connected with and mentored by leading STEM professionals. The organisation has developed the only major science curriculum built around real-world phenomenon and guided by practising scientists and there are some pretty exciting resources to help teachers excite their students and deepen understanding. And there is a wide range of topics to choose from. We’ve given you just a little taster below –

Not on board yet?

Don’t worry, it’s not too late to join the Learnathon and it’s completely free to take part.

If you have already have a Skoolbo account, simply sign in to your teacher dashboard to print your letter to parents then get your students playing. It’s that simple!

If you don’t yet have an account, then register for free here. It only takes a moment!

Calling all parents – pledge your support!

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We are always looking for new and exciting ways to motivate and reward great learning, and now you can too with Learnathon!

Did you know that 94% of children master a new skill after only 20 minutes on Skoolbo? During the Learnathon your child will be challenged to answer 1,000 maths, literacy and language questions, providing the opportunity for securing many of those essential foundational skills. And now you can provide some vital additional motivation by pledging your support.

Every cent you pledge will be converted to credit for your child’s teacher to spend on amazing resources in our new educational resource shop. This means that not only will your child receive recognition from you for their efforts and achievements, you will also be making a direct positive contribution to the learning resources available to them.

There’s a little extra motivation for players too! The Skoolbo team have created some exciting digital rewards that students can earn during the Learnathon. For example, answering 1,000 questions will be rewarded with a fabulous hypersonic jet!

How do I pledge my support?

Your child has their own dedicated fundraising page which shows how many questions they have answered so far and the amount they have raised through their efforts. All donations are handled safely via Skoolbo, so it couldn’t be simpler!

If you have been sent a letter by your child’s school then it contains the link to your child’s fundraising page. The letter is also available to you on the homepage of your parent dashboard.

Don’t have a parent account?

Then sign up for one today! It’s completely free and only takes a moment to set up. You’ll just need your child’s username and password.

Spread the word! Why not invite family and friends to pledge their support too! Remember 100% of funds raised will go to your child’s teacher.

Let the Learnathon commence!

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!

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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!

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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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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!

 

Can your students master the Mega Mountain these holidays?

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What a better time than the winter holidays to stop the brain freeze and continue your students learning.  While it is cold and wet outside children can be playing on Skoolbo, expanding their maths and literacy skills.

It only takes 30 seconds of your time to set up a mega mountain challenge and is completely free.

The start of the school holidays is the perfect time to set your students a ClassBo Class challenge. A couple of clicks in your teacher dashboard and you’re ready to go! Challenge your class to collectively answer 5K, 25K or 100K questions correctly – the choice is yours! It’s a fantastic way to keep your students motivated and learning during the Winter holidays!

Every child will be able to play against their friends and Skoolbo’s sophisticated algorithms mean that even though the children compete against their peers, they are still presented with their own personal curriculum, adapted precisely for them.

Set your class a ClassBo today and jumpstart winter learning!

 

 
 

 

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