Skoolbo Core Skills HD, from Skoolbo Pte Ltd, is a video game with a purpose. Skoolbo has burst on the scene in the form of an iOS app and google app, available on PC and Mac. This e-game is for four to ten year olds in the areas of literacy and math. I think the age span for this innovative game could be stretched even further. Parents can keep track of their children’s progress though the accompanying app called Fan Club and teachers can use this for formative assessment. They have over 60,000 user questions available. Students sign in and create an avatar. Kids will then pick skin and eye color, the option of glasses, hair color and style, and the choice of pants, shoes and shirts for thousands of combinations. They have the option to test their skills against two other students worldwide. If three wrong answers are selected, the round stops immediately. The illustrations are beautiful and eye catching. The students then take three test rounds to determine their level of learning. The round gets progressively more difficult as the correct answers are selected. Test in the desert, snow and ice and the jungle, as well as listen to cool music. My students beg to work with this app.
As a teacher, I really appreciate the research that went into this app. Literacy areas cover letter names and sounds, fluency development and vocabulary, as well as comprehension, grammar and spelling. Numeracy covers number development, addition and subtraction, telling time as well as multiplication and division. The developers have taken into account US common core standards, the UK national curriculum as well as Australian curriculum. One of the neatest bits of information I found out about the developers is they are from four continents and seven countries. Talk about a truly global app. Enjoy this app for FREE in the App Store.
About the Author
Ann Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad. Visit Ann at iPadBrainology and on twitter @ipadbrainolgy