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.

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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.

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!

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!

 

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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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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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.

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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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