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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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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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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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 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!

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*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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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!