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Parent Guide
December 2015
Skoolbo – Go! GB Kids Go! Parent Guide
Table of Contents
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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Welcome .................................................................................................................................................. 3
Getting Started ......................................................................................................................................... 4
2.1
Download and Install Skoolbo ................................................................................................................... 4
2.2
Configure your Device ............................................................................................................................... 5
Playing Skoolbo ........................................................................................................................................ 6
3.1
Customising your Avatar ........................................................................................................................... 6
3.2
Explore the main page .............................................................................................................................. 6
3.3
Play a Game............................................................................................................................................... 8
3.4
Duelbo ....................................................................................................................................................... 9
3.5
Game Content ......................................................................................................................................... 10
3.6
Language Dragons ................................................................................................................................... 10
3.7
Rewards ................................................................................................................................................... 12
3.8
Settings .................................................................................................................................................... 13
3.9
Offline Mode ........................................................................................................................................... 14
Web Browser Version ............................................................................................................................. 15
Parent Dashboard ................................................................................................................................... 16
5.1
Sign in ...................................................................................................................................................... 16
5.2
Home Page .............................................................................................................................................. 16
5.3
Results ..................................................................................................................................................... 18
5.4
Leaderboard – Parent and Student Dashboards ..................................................................................... 19
5.5
Profile: Parent ......................................................................................................................................... 20
5.6
Profile: Children ...................................................................................................................................... 20
Troubleshooting ..................................................................................................................................... 21
6.1
Unable to log in ....................................................................................................................................... 21
6.2
Can’t play on the Skoolbo website .......................................................................................................... 21
6.3
Game crashing......................................................................................................................................... 21
6.4
Proxy issues detected.............................................................................................................................. 22
6.5
Children’s score not updating ................................................................................................................. 23
6.6
No sound in Skoolbo ............................................................................................................................... 23
6.7
Can’t access Skoolbo Language Dragons or Duelbo................................................................................ 23
How to get the best results ..................................................................................................................... 24
Zalairos Adventures ................................................................................................................................ 25
Contact Us .............................................................................................................................................. 25
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Our dream is that every child learns to read and gains confidence with numbers... these are
life's essentials. We believe technology can dramatically help and that the best way to do it is
to make it lots of fun and to make it FREE!
1 Welcome
We are thrilled to welcome your family to Skoolbo!
Skoolbo has been created for one purpose – to help ensure every child masters reading, basic numeracy and now
languages. All aspects of the design of the program have this in mind. We believe inherently in the value of
motivating children to love their learning.
Skoolbo is accessible free to everyone. Schools and parents will have the opportunity to upgrade to an inexpensive
premium version.
Children are provided with accounts that grant full use of the program at home and school. There is no advertising
on Skoolbo and there are no in-app purchases. Children are not able to communicate on Skoolbo and there is no
possibility of unsafe interactions.
Please share with us your child’s Skoolbo experiences and help us create the best possible learning program for
children.
Thank you for joining us on the Skoolbo journey.
With very best wishes,
Shane Hill – Skoolbo Founder
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2 Getting Started
2.1 Download and Install Skoolbo
Visit http://www.skoolbo.co.uk/downloads to download the Skoolbo software.
Important
When downloading the app version from iTunes or Google Play, be sure to get the Skoolbo UK version
(Skoolbo – Go! GB Kids Go!) and not the US version as your account will not work for this one!
Please contact [email protected] or 020 8133 5253 - for technical assistance.
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See Page 4 of the Technical Guide for further downloading instructions
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2.2 Configure your Device
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Open the tablet or desktop app
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Select Parents
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If you have a parent account please log in with it
here
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If you don’t have a Skoolbo account, please see
page 17 to create a new student account or contact
your school
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After the first sign in, the app will automatically
remember your child’s account. You may do this for
multiple children accounts
The ‘sign in’ process has been specifically designed so that children as
young as 4 may do it independently.
By default, all student account passwords are set to
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3 Playing Skoolbo
3.1 Customising your Avatar
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Avatars are an extremely important
element for helping the child take
ownership of their learning within the
program. We want children to
genuinely feel that they are in an
exciting learning world
3.2 Explore the main page
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This is the Skoolbo main page.
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From here children can:
 Play a game
 Exchange their Bo Coins for toys,
racers and racing worlds
 Go into their house and view their
collection
 Select a different racer
 Play a ‘Language Dragons’ game
 View their recently sent Duelbos
 View and add friends to Duelbo
 Customise their avatar
 See how they are progressing
towards various rewards
 View the Leaderboard
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Main Page
‘Rewards Star’ where
children can exchange
their Bo Coins!
Click to play a
learning game
Total number
of correct
answers
Short, medium, long term
learning goals and
progress to date
View recently
sent Duelbos
Click to play
a ‘Language
Dragons’
game
My House
My Plane click to change
Bo Coins – rewards
for learning (new
player is given 1000
to start)
Click to
change
avatar‘s
appearance
Link with
parents to
share child’s
progress*
Add friends
to challenge
them to a
Duelbo
Displays full
contents
of the
curriculum
Settings includes
volume control
and log out
*children earn 2,000 Bo coins as a reward for adding their first parent
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3.3 Play a Game
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Click Play on the main page
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You will be taken to the Warp
Room where players are selected
to race against you in a learning
game
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The game is designed to allow the
child to race against a real player
and/or one of the characters from
the Zalairos.
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The first four games on Skoolbo
are pre-tests
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The results from the pre-tests are
used to set the correct level for
individual students
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The Skoolbo Spiral Learning
Algorithm then continues to reassess after each game. An ideal
blend of new, not yet mastered
and revision content is presented
to each child.
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Once a game has been completed
the player has the option to either
play the same game again using
the Replay button (the red circular
arrow) or play the next game,
selected by the games algorithm
(Play button).
Click to replay
the same
game
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3.4 Duelbo
When a player scores a personal best in the game they are rewarded with the opportunity to send a Duelbo to a
friend who can choose to accept the challenge and try to beat their score or simply say ‘No thanks!’
Add children from
the same school
Players can view
their friends list
Share this code
with friends
by selecting the
‘Friends’ tab from
the Main Page
(see page 7)
Add friends using
their friend code
The children linked to your
parent account will appear here
To send a Duelbo, select one of three friends. They will
When a player receives a Duelbo they can choose to
be randomly selected from a player's friend list.
accept or decline the challenge.
It takes one hour for a Duelbo to reach the selected friend.
Duelbo can be found in Skoolbo UK v1.9 and above. Please
remember to update your software to the latest version available.
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3.5 Game Content
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The full curriculum may be
selected from the Contents section
accessed from the main page
(see p. 7)
3.6 Language Dragons
It's now possible to learn French, Spanish and Mandarin on the Skoolbo platform. Children have the opportunity to
hear common words and phrases in their chosen language before testing their new skills in this exciting dragon
racing game.
Click to play
a ‘Language
Dragons’ game
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Clicking the dragon from the main page will lead
players to the language selection
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Players can select the language they’d like to
practise
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Select a topic. 3 stars and a dragon signify that the
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topic is mastered
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To hear words and phrases spoken in English, go to
Players can practise a topic before playing. Click
‘Play’ to start a game
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Check results and accuracy from the ‘Results’ tab.
‘Settings’ and reverse the language icons. Children
can practise reading in their chosen language.
Alternatively it can help those who are learning
English as an additional language
Note: Skoolbo Language Dragons can be found in Skoolbo UK v1.9 and above.
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3.7 Rewards
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Rewards Star
My House
Bo Coins
My Plane
Bo Coins may be exchanged for rewards items
at the Rewards Star
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The Rewards Star can be accessed by clicking on
the star on the main page
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Bo Coins are earned by playing learning games
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Bo Coins cannot be purchased with real
money.
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Enter My House by clicking on the house on
the main page
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Rewards acquired are stored here
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Award ceremonies are saved and can be
replayed from the television set.
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A new racing vehicle may be selected by
clicking on the plane from the main page
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More racing vehicles can acquired from the
Rewards Star
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The player’s avatar turns into a superhero
every time 1,000 correct answers are
complete
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Select
to turn this function on or off
3.8 Settings
Settings (the red cog) at the bottom right
of the Skoolbo main screen can be used to:
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change volume levels
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change a password
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log out
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exit the game.
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3.9 Offline Mode
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‘Offline’ will appear in the bottom
left corner of the main screen if
there isn’t an internet connection.
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The next time you start Skoolbo
with an internet connection after
being offline; your data will be
uploaded and synced.
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4 Web Browser Version
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If you encounter difficulties with running the
downloaded software, you may use the web browser
version by signing in at
http://dashboard.skoolbo.co.uk/ with your child’s
account. It’s a simpler 2D interface and has the same
content but is not as much fun for the children
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All certificates earned can be viewed and downloaded
from the Certificates tab of the Student dashboard
Background music volume can
be controlled here
Note: The browser version is not available when using Tablets.
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5 Parent Dashboard
The Parent Dashboard allows parents to view their child’s results. The Parent Dashboard is web browser based and
accessed via http://dashboard.skoolbo.co.uk/. Enhanced reports will be available soon.
5.1 Sign in
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Sign into the Parent Dashboard by
entering your username (your
email address) and password
provided in your confirmation
email from Skoolbo.
Please note:
if you sign in using your child’s
username and password, you will be
accessing the web browser version of
the game and not the Parent
Dashboard.
5.2 Home Page
Children’s
results
Reports
(coming
soon)
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Create a new
child account
Manage parent
and children
accounts
Link a parent
account to a school
created account
Parent
profile;
log out
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5.2.1 Create New Student Account
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5.3 Results
Select child
Expand to see full content
Select Literacy, Numeracy or Languages results
Mastery KeyIndicates the
extent to which
a child has
mastered the
concept
Set specific
games for
your child to
play next time
they log in to
Skoolbo
Improvement
Iconsindicates the
percentage of
improvement
within a topic
Curriculum
content
Printable
versions of
certificates
earned
Setting Tasks
Setting tasks will result in specific games being served to the player. Click
once or twice to determine the number of tasks. Clicking for a third time will
delete the set task(s).
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5.4 Leaderboard – Parent and Student Dashboards
The leaderboard in the Parent Dashboard displays the top 100 children on Skoolbo for the current week.
The leaderboard in the Student Dashboard displays the top 100 children, classes and schools in the UK, as well as
the top 100 children in the same region, school and class as yours.
Please note leaderboards are reset weekly
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5.5 Profile: Parent
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All fields can be edited
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If you wish to change your password, choose a new one and then type it in twice to confirm
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Parent profile is also accessible by clicking on the down arrow in the Welcome tab.
5.6 Profile: Children
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Use the Edit button to change a child’s password and name
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'Add New Child’ and ‘Link to a school created account’ can be accessed from the dashboard homepage
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6 Troubleshooting
6.1 Unable to log in
If you have difficulties logging in to Skoolbo UK, please check the following:
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Are you using the Skoolbo UK website? - Your login details will only work at http://dashboard.skoolbo.co.uk/
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Are you using the Skoolbo UK downloaded software or app? - Your login will only work on the software
downloaded from http://skoolbo.co.uk/downloads
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Login fields are case sensitive. - Please make sure you enter your login details exactly as provided by the
Skoolbo Team.
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Is your Skoolbo software/app in offline mode, indicated by the word ‘Offline’ in the bottom left corner of the
sign-in page of the game?- Please check your internet settings on your device.
If you are still not able to log in please contact us at [email protected]
6.2 Can’t play on the Skoolbo website
Playing from the Skoolbo UK website requires one of the following web browsers:
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IE 8 (Adobe Flash version)
IE 9 or above
Firefox
Google Chrome
Safari.
The web browser version requires internet connectivity. If still unable to play, please update your browser.
Note: The browser version is not available when using Tablets.
6.3 Game crashing
Problem – if the game shuts down unexpectedly.
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Please check that your system/device meets the following specification requirements
CPU: Core 2 Duo
RAM: 4 GB
OS: Windows XP SP1
Windows 7 or OSX 10.4 and up
DirectX (Windows): Version 9.0c
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Please check that your Direct X (Windows) & Graphics Card Drivers are up to date
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Please close all other unnecessary programs to free up memory and try starting the app again
Problem - the game shuts down unexpectedly and displays a ‘Crash Report’ error message. Please follow the steps
below:
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Note the folder name indicated by the crash error message. (e.g., ‘2014-06-24_123456’)
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Open My Computer and navigate to the Skoolbo UK folder, usually in ‘C:\Skoolbo UK’
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Look for the folder indicated by the crash error message.
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Right click the folder and select ‘Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder’
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Attach the resulting zip file (e.g., ‘2014-06-24_123456.zip’) to an email to [email protected] and send it to
us.
6.4 Proxy issues detected
Problem - unable to log in; the message ‘Proxy issues detected’ appears on the screen.
Please open the config.txt file located in the root installation folder (e.g., C:\Skoolbo UK\ for Windows or Skoolbo
UK.app/Contents/ for Mac) and change the following lines:
Setup=auto
Host=auto
To
Setup=yes
Host=’your-proxy-server-address:port’
(e.g., Host =proxy.det.nsw.edu.au:8080)
If your proxy address supports multiple types of authentication, please change the following line:
To either:
PreferAuthentication=auto
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PreferAuthentication=basic
PreferAuthentication=digest
PreferAuthentication=ntlm
If you are still not able to connect, please email us a copy of your game file following the steps below
For Windows:
For Macs:
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Open a blank email
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Go to Launchpad/ Console/ Unity/ Player Log
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Attach a file – open Windowc(C:/)
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Copy all content in a text document
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Double click on Skoolbo UK
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Attach the saved file in a new email
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Double click on Skoolbo UK_Data
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Please send the email to [email protected]
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Select ‘output_log’ to attach to email
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Please send the email to [email protected]
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6.5 Children’s score not updating
Please check if your device is online. In case you have been using Skoolbo in offline mode, please repeat your log
while connected to the internet to make sure all information has been synced.
6.6 No sound in Skoolbo
If you are not hearing any sound from Skoolbo please check:
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iPad - In settings; that the Mute function has not been enabled and that the slide switch, to silence the iPad, has
not been set to the ‘On’ position and that the volume has been turned up on the iPad.
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PC or Mac – please make sure your device volume settings are on – usually located on the Taskbar of your
desktop.
6.7 Can’t access Skoolbo Language Dragons or Duelbo
The Skoolbo Language Dragons and Duelbo are available in the Skoolbo software for versions UK 1.9 and above. If a
dragon is not visible on the Main Page (see page 7) then please download the latest version from
http://skoolbo.co.uk/downloads
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7 How to get the best results
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Motivate, motivate, motivate! Do everything possible to motivate your child. Motivation comes from parents
and other family members, teachers and peers. Skoolbo uses a hierarchy reward system to enhance motivation
and encourage healthy use of Skoolbo.
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Please consider using tablets for children aged six and under. Younger children find these much easier to use
than desktops and laptops. Skoolbo works on iPads (2 and higher) and most Android tablets.
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Encourage your child to use Skoolbo four to five times per week for around 20-30 minutes each time (this
should be about ten games after which your child is rewarded with a Lucky Prize). This is a far more effective
approach than one extended session.
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Don’t let other children (or adults) play on your child’s account. Skoolbo uses a smart algorithm that
determines the most appropriate learning activities specifically for your child based on his or her recent
performance. Other users could affect the level of activity presented to your child.
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Celebrate your child’s successes. Examples include the 1,000 Correct Answers milestone and other
improvement awards. Consider setting them a goal of 5,000 Correct Answers over the next 8 weeks and
celebrating by a trip to the movies when achieved. A large part of the program is also dedicated to celebrating
improvement shown by the child – they will receive badges for improving skills by 10%, 25%, 50% and 100%.
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Download Skoolbo UK FanClub App (when released) and play learning games with your child – they will love it!
We especially recommend grandparents and other special family members being involved in this.
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The app can also work offline. Many children play in the car!
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8 Zalairos Adventures
Download Skoolbo’s Zalairos Adventures! There are 25 audio books
with more than 12 hours of enthralling content! Simply search
‘Zalairos Adventures’ in the iTunes or Google Play app stores.
The Zalairos Adventures are designed to instil a love of stories in
children. They are a wonderful series filled with dastardly villains
and impossible predicaments.
The stories have been developed to help children with their
reading and comprehension skills. They are beautifully illustrated
and narrated.
At the end of each story there is a comprehension section.
Children can choose between listening to stories or reading
independently.
The Zalairos are the characters that the children will often play
against in Skoolbo.
The Zalairos have an interest age of 5 to 12 and a reading age of
8+.
9 Contact Us
Skoolbo UK Ltd
Unit 23, The IO Centre,
Royal Arsenal
London
SE18 6RS
http://skoolbo.co.uk/
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[email protected]
@SkoolboUK
www.facebook.com/SkoolboUK
020 8133 5253
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