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Online learning games for kids in 2019 for safe, fun & quality screen time

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We understand how hard it is to be a parent in today’s world. Online learning is what takes over the traditional education and you wonder how can you help your kids with it. New technologies are developing faster than ever before. It’s hard to keep up, no matter how much of a tech nerd you are. Your children are a few steps ahead in adopting new technologies. You may have to make peace with the fact that your child will have some amount of screen time. But how to make sure that this screen time is safe and productive for your child?

We have put together tips for you to help you out, when taking decisions about your child’s screen time.

Problem with Screen Time and Internet

The internet is largely Ad based, and while your child is watching or playing a game suddenly a screen pops up with inappropriate advertising or content for your child. You really don’t want your child to be exposed to this content but at the same time don’t want to completely ban them from screen time.

How to find fun, safe online content for your kids?

Online mobile games are the most effective tools for combining fun and online learning. Learning through play has shown to have a positive impact on kids. Therefore, teachers and parents acknowledge and being use it as a source for quality screen time. One challenge for parents is to find educational games which kids also love without getting bored too soon. Most educational games are perceived to be less of a game and more of boring school work by kids. Kids don’t want to replace the casual games they often play with these educational games. 

Second challenge is to ensure these games don’t have Ads or inappropriate content.

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There are 2 possible ways to make educational games as fun as casual games (Like Subway Surfer, Candy Crush, Bike Racing etc). One option would be to design games exactly like casual games, so that kids would enjoy the gameplay. The second option would be to put the learning into these casual games. Moreover, online learning with mobile games is kids favourite activity. They understand it as play and this instantly excites them and increases their motivation to learn.

How do I find these games?

Look for the below points in the games you download:

  1. The game should have gameplay which your kids normally like to play.
  2. The game should not have any advertising. Look at their description to see if they mention “No Ads”
  3. Read the reviews and ratings
  4. Show the gameplay video (if there is any) to your child to see if she/he likes it.

If your child likes what she/he sees, then go ahead and download the game.

We at SKIDOS build a learning games platform which follows the above points. It includes more than 24 safe, fun learning games. We add new games every month. In addition, games does not have advertising or violent content, they are designed as casual games kids love and have received a lot of positive feedback from parents around the world. 

We encourage you to try a few of our games and give us your feedback to support@skidos.com 

You can find our games in Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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Have online games changed the way schools teach?

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Online games are playing major role in children’s daily life. Teachers have always been struggling to grab the attention of their students. This is and has always been the biggest challenge in the classroom. Children are overwhelmed with a lot of information flow from all sides. This naturally leads to a drop in their attention span.
When it comes to acquiring new knowledge, there are few crucial points to think about.

Attention Span of the Child!

When a new learning concept is introduced, attention span of the child plays a key factor in understanding the concept. There are many experts who believe that children who pay attention in the early adoption phase of a new concept, tend to remember and understand the concepts better. Another crucial point is when practicing the use of the new concept. This is when a theory becomes alive.

Teachers wanting to achieve better results with their students need to be creative.  Look for innovative and attention-grabbing techniques of teaching and be patient of course.

This is the reason why many teachers have adopted game-based learning. According to many articles and researches gaming or gamification is the leading technique in engaged learning and intuitive problem-solving.

Gaming is not a new teaching technique. It has always been a part of it in one way or another. Game designers are inspired to solve the attention problem with their gameplay concepts. In other words, they learn from teachers problems and look for ways to help.

Online games can be good!

Online games include not only problem-solving questions but also social aspects. Many games have gameplay interactions,  discussions or competition with other players where social skills are used. Data shows that often children adopt gameplay strategies in real life. And refer to them as a navigating point when they have to solve a real-life problem.

Online games for kids for the last few years have a tremendous positive impact on children’s learning process. This is the reason why teachers use educational mobile games as a supplement to the school curriculum. In addition to that, parents have great use of educational games to assist kids who are under homeschooling programs.

Online games for school teaching

Teachers understand the importance of fun!

Teachers have realized that lessons need to be relevant and attractive to their students. They successfully include game/play interaction in the learning process. Many schools are already using games on BYOD tablets/iPads to supplement lessons and the results are great. Especially when it comes to the new tech generation kids. Children that experience difficulties with concentration (ADHD) or anxiety have shown progress in class thanks to game-based learning.

Teaching in school should be relevant with the time we live in. School teaching should also include critical thinking, questioning the concepts, applying them to new concepts to co-create new knowledge.

Ultimately schools should teach how ideas can be generated, navigated and executed.In the era of constant change, where the speed of innovation has no limits, our children have to get the best out of school education. School teachers understand the need for online games to help children be up to date with the time we live in. Therefore, both will go hand in hand in the future education.

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Improve your child’s math with SKIDOS

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Ever wondered if there were fun ways to improve your child’s math skills? Can there be something beyond the boring old classroom? SKIDOS learning games are your answer.

Why choose SKIDOS?

SKIDOS games are designed to engage kids with fun characters and interesting levels. These will encourage them to practice more and learn from the feedback without the pressure to score top grades.

But it’s not all just games. We understand that each child has a unique learning need. Our learning content is customized to meet each child’s individual skill level. This helps them to progress at their own pace. Our team constantly gathers and monitors data on how kids perform with the learning games. As a result, we strongly feel that – 

“The more kids play – the more they learn”

 

SKIDOS improves your child’s maths

 

Mathematics is a primary concern for parents and teachers. Most kids dread numbers. Teachers and parents are often at a loss about how to make them interested. SKIDOS helps make math fun.

Our data shows (refer graph below) that kids improve their accuracy in math when they play more. As illustrated, the more questions they answer, the better their accuracy becomes. 

Accuracy math level

Levels represent the difficulty of the questions asked. Children in Level 1 (4-5 years old) enhance overall accuracy. They improve basic counting, and simple addition and subtraction with visual and audio tools in the games. Children receive feedback based on their answers which improves their accuracy by up to 3%.

As the levels get harder, children continue to improve their accuracy by bigger margins.

By the time they reach Level 3, children improve their accuracy by more than 20% (refer below graph). This improvement continues as the levels get harder and the number of questions increase.

Our collected data, regular school visits and feedback from teachers and parents all indicate that children who play SKIDOS games  show visible improvement while having fun with math. So, next time your kids demand more game screen time, be sure that SKIDOS will give them the best game-based learning experience.

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Den rigtige skærmtid for dit barn er vigtig

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Debatten om skærmtid for børn startede for nogen tid siden, men det er stadig et vigtigt og aktuelt emne.

Tablets og smartphones bliver ofte større diskussionspunkter mellem børn og forældre. Børn ønsker at bruge mere tid foran skærmen, mens forældre søger nye måder at begrænse børns skærmtid og benytter blandt andet forældrekontrol.

Kvalitet over mængde

Nye undersøgelser er begyndt at fokusere mere på indholdet af børns skærmtidsaktiviteter, snarere end at finde den ideelle mængde skærmtid.

Forskning tyder på, at god skærmtid for børn ikke handler om det tidsrum, der dagligt bruges foran skærmen. I stedet, er det vigtigt, hvordan børn udnytter denne tid.

Produktiv skærmtid

Forældre går nu væk fra den traditionelle forståelse af mindre skærmtid mod en ny produktiv skærmtidstilgang for deres børn.

At tilskynde børnene til at have mere kvalitet i skærmtiden kan hjælpe dem med at forbedre deres evner på den bedst mulige måde.

Lærings-apps, der fokuserer på at forbedre børns grundlæggende færdigheder inden for og uden for klasseværelset, kan hjælpe børn med at bruge skærmtiden produktivt. Desværre ser de fleste læringsapplikationer, ligesom en del lektier, kedelige ud, og børnene får ikke det fulde udbytte af dem.

Skærmtid skal være sjovt

Når alt kommer til alt, er leg børnenes fritid, og børn skal have lov til at nyde den, netop også til at spille sjove spil. Mange forældre falder i fælden ved at vælge kedelige lærings-apps for deres børn, hvilket resulterer i lav kvalitet, uproduktiv skærmtid og dårlige oplevelser for børnene.

I stedet for at downloade apps med kedelige ”spilagtige” lektioner, så foreslår at dit barn har virkeligt sjove spil med interaktivt læringsindhold.

        

Kids learn better with SKIDOS

How can kids learn better and have fun at the same time?

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Kids are born curious. Asking challenging questions and playing with their imagination, they always try to explore the world around them.

But what happens when they start school? Why do we try to limit their curiosity and dictate information with traditional methods? Why can’t kids continue learning and playing at the same time?

Educators suggest that learning through play is, indeed, a good way of learning, regardless of the kid’s age and here’s how that works.

Playing makes learning more enjoyable

Playtime is strongly associated with positive emotions and kids become more open to learning when they have a good time. As a result, kids learn better when they have fun and the learning itself becomes more enjoyable.

Productive screen time is one of the best examples of effective learning through play —when kids can play fun games and improve their skills using smartphones or tablets.

Playing is an active learning process

One of the challenges of traditional education methods is their passive learning understanding. When kids play, however, they become more involved in the learning process. And as kids get engaged in learning, they learn better, instead of simply memorizing new information.

Playing helps kids learn in their own way

Every kid has their own learning speed and style. Playing is a great opportunity to help kids customize their own learning path. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, kids can choose the way they want to play and learn.

Learning through play is considered both a very fun and highly effective learning method. Parents and teachers should keep in mind that playtime is kids’ own time and it should be truly fun. Playing fun games with engaging learning content, kids can learn more and better.

Check out SKIDOS on App Store or Google Play to download fun and interactive learning games for free.

Mathematics skills for kids

3 Fun Ways to Improve Your Child’s Math Skills

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Practicing math outside the classroom can be a real challenge —especially for the little ones. Luckily, we’ve got some tips you can use to encourage your child to practice math (without making them feel bored!).

1) Make mathematics a part of your everyday life

We don’t often notice this, but math already takes up a great part of our everyday lives. Asking simple questions and making math a part of your routine conversations, you can help your kid be more comfortable with the subject, without even realizing.


Next time you’re out shopping, try asking your kid simple questions about money, subtraction or addition. You can also help your kid improve their number sense by using food, drinks and toys to pose quick math questions.

2) Create little games out of it

Kids love playing games. Turning everyday conversations into little games can be a very fun way of practicing math for kids. And the best part is that you don’t have to worry about who’s winning or losing!


Try focusing more on your kid’s logic instead of right and wrong answers. Take your time, ask questions to your kid, and make math more interesting and enjoyable outside the classroom.

3) Use fun apps with helpful math content

One of the most effective ways of encouraging your child to practice math is making good use of their screen time. Many traditional games that are loved by kids (and adults) such as chess or backgammon can help kids develop certain skills. Yet, using mobile apps that are specifically built for kids to improve their math skills can help children enjoy math even more.


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Instead of hiding math into games, you can help your kid play genuinely fun games with amazing learning benefits. When the gaming experience is truly fun, practicing math will be easier than ever for your kid.

Visit SKIDOS’ page on App Store or Google Play for fun learning games for kids and download them all for free!

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The future of learning in Nordic countries

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Education in Nordic countries

Scandinavia has always been an advocate for modern educational techniques. Moreover, Nordic countries are at the top of the list judged on students’ performance and quality of education.

But what makes these countries stand out from the rest?

There are no standardized tests in schools. Education is based mainly on teamwork and sharing knowledge while applying school theory to real-life experiences. These could be some of the reasons why Scandinavians excel in education. 

Local schools educate the world’s top students and most innovative and creative minds. Since they do not have many natural resources, “brainpower” is the most valued in these countries. Additionally, governments are investing millions in this direction.

In the last decade schools in Nordic countries started using iPads and laptops in classrooms for all lectures. Especially in high schools and universities. 

Recently robots and machine learning are adopted by schools and universities. The innovation is easy to achieve with implementing various interactive tools and systems. This also encourages the motivation for active participation in learning and understanding complex theories.

Education in Nordic countries is aiming to give the freedom of students to decide their own development path. Teachers implement interaction with technology and actively encouraging using and understanding it.

The focus is now on how they can use technology for educational purposes for smaller children. And whether it could allow us to create a personalized learning experience for each student.

Svenia Busson had the chance to visit 3 schools in Denmark that adopted a modern way of educating its students. And she wrote all about it in a post on her blog.

Read more about it here.

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Skidos makes coding fun for kids!

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“Everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs

It has been 20 years since Steve Jobs said these words, but not enough progress has been made towards it. Coding is only taught in higher educational levels or through special programmes, but not everyone has access to it. So we wonder why are people still resistant to this when there are so many cool benefits:

1. Learning is easier at a young age. It has been scientifically proven that it is easier for children to learn things than an adult.  Coding for kids on the age of 5 may sound too complicated and optimistic. However, the understanding of coding logical building is not that hard even for kids. 
2. Problem-solving and analytical thinking. Coding techniques help children to develop critical thinking skills. It teaches them how to break down big tasks into smaller and feasible steps.
3. Coding for kids is creative. It allows kids to create a whole world on their own and choose what paths and tools they use to create those cool things. And who doesn’t want to be a creator of its own game or reality?
4. Coding is the future. Programming is one of the fastest growing occupations. Coding for kids can build a ground basis for future understanding and of course expanding choices for future possibilities.

The whole world seems to be moving towards technology, so why shouldn’t kids be prepared for the future?

Skidos is joining in on this initiative and is working to offer children an easy and fun way to learn to code. Instead of feeling trapped and bored, with Skidos’ games kids have a lot of fun playing while they learn. Moreover, they develop new skills without realizing it. Intuitive learning approach for studying is not only giving the best results in understanding, but it boosts motivation as well. 

Stay tuned! New coding games from Skidos are coming out this month!

Educational Apps for kids

5 tips for choosing the right educational apps for your kids!

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Nowadays with so many educational apps options available, it can be very challenging for any parents to choose the right app for their children.

The good news is that apps are a promising educational tool that supports literacy, math, science and life skills. There is no easy answer. Just like books and toys, the most popular app won’t always be what’s best or most interesting to your preschooler.

What Skidos team can offer are some tips to help you as a parent to choose the right educational app.

Combination of education and entertainment.

A good app is a perfect combination of education and entertainment. When kids are engaged they learn. An Educational app is a balance between entertainment and engagement.

As an example, we have Milk Hunt School Math Edition. It provides children in grades K-5 (6 years & above) fun and interactive math practice.  It can be used just like worksheets for regular daily practice, to catch up to grade level or to work on a math problem that challenges students beyond their grade level.

This edition has been designed especially for use in a classroom environment. It is based on feedback received from teacher around the world. The game is available to download on the App Store and Google Play store. In overall, choose educational apps that support learning at school! 

Choose apps that are age appropriate

To support your kids future development, as a parent you have to ensure that they are playing apps designed for their age. Parents must know the level of education of their kids.

For example, A kid of 3 years old cannot play the game of the 10 years old one. Simply because he wouldn’t be able to understand and capture the information.

In overall parents should select games that are appropriate for their kids. Also, ensure that the navigation through the app is not too complex.

Choose apps that encourage active play, social interaction, and creativity

Think of a subject that your child is passionate about and look for an app that supports his/her learning in this weather that is about volcanoes, Tudors, maths, trucks or princesses! You then get your child active.

Furthermore exploring and playing together with his friends or parents, teachers encourage social development, creativity and beyond.

Know what you are downloading!

It’s important to check reviews often. Try to choose an app that is already being used by schools, teachers or recommended by other parents.

Whatever apps you are interested in your child we recommend you to read reviews before downloading it. It actually defines if the app is appropriated for your child or not.

Learning outcomes

Choose apps that will support the learning outcomes you require for your child and reinforce what they are learning.

For example, Milk Hunt math School Edition offers a weekly report feature: The student is able to track his or her weekly progress. The game helps to identify each students areas of strengths and weaknesses.

 

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Celebrate Easter Holidays with Milk Hunt School Math Edition !

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Easter School break with educational games

Easter school holiday is an opportunity for parents to spend time with their kids. Especially having fun and experience some unforgettable moments.

If you are a parent and looking for an activity to do during this period, we recommend you to celebrate this holidays with Milk Hunt. Gaming with children during this period also offers parents countless ways to insert their own teaching moment. Milk Hunt School Edition can be an opportunity to open conversations with your kids. In other words, if you’re trying to get your kids to give you more than monosyllabic answers and grumpy shrugs. Try talking with them about the games they love. It’s nice for children to be able to play with their parents and share this experience cultivates family bonding, learning, and well-being.

As you may know, SKIDOS has launched Milk hunt school edition on android. It offers 3 features: Weekly reports, Practice offline, and add student profile. Milk Hunt is an award-winning game which encourages children to practice mental math while being engaged in a classic endless runner challenge. Designed to be adaptive and personalised for children to boost math scores and increase their affinity towards math. Kids would love play milk Hunt during Easter School holiday with their parents. Milk Hunt is played by thousands of families with kids in grades K-5 across the globe.

Kids and parents love playing Milk Hunt for:

1. Practising mental math in a fun manner rather than boring worksheets

2. Replacing casual gaming time on the phone with educational gaming time without compromising on the fun factor

3. Having fun and playing together as a family

4. Getting additional practice on what is taught in school.

The game is fun but at the same educational. Milk Hunt has a Math Lab section in which kids can choose their grade and topic to practice math. Milk Hunt has an intelligent and adaptive algorithm which tracks the progress of the child and identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses. These can be seen by tapping on the bar graph image in the math lab section. Parents and Teachers can also track the performance of the child over some time for each grade.

Parents playing video games with your kids has always a positive impact! Don’t miss this opportunity during the Easter School break. Kids are kids. They need adults to help them make meaning out of imaginative play, especially when it comes to activities that are steeped in mathematical thinking and challenge.

Happy Easter!!

Skidos Team.