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
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.