Category Archives: Education

Kids playing SKIDOS Games

Improve your child’s math with SKIDOS

By | Education, News, Parenthood, Skidos | No Comments

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.

Kids learn better with SKIDOS

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

By | Education, Parenthood | No Comments

 

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

By | Education, Parenthood | No Comments


Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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.


Photo by Hal Gatewood on Unsplash

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!

SKIDOS Kids Math and Coding Learning

The future of learning in Nordic countries

By | Curiosities, Education | No Comments

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.

SKIDOS Coding for kids

Skidos makes coding fun for kids!

By | Education, Gamification, News | No Comments

“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!

By | Education, Uncategorized | No Comments

 

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.

 

SKIDOS Kangaroo

Celebrate Easter Holidays with Milk Hunt School Math Edition !

By | Education, Gamification, News, Parenthood | No Comments

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.

SKIDOS Easter Promo

Easter Weekend – 5 Creative activities to do with your kids to make it special!

By | Curiosities, Education, News, Parenthood | No Comments

Easter Fun for all the family! Happy Easter!! 

Well, whatever Easter means to you, we have loads of ideas to keep you and the kids entertained. From Easter egg hunts and family-friendly Sunday lunch locations to Easter themed crafts and ideas for rainy day activities, we have your Easter holidays sorted. You can always count on SKIDOS team for tonnes of suggestions for fabulous, fun activities to keep your children entertained over the holidays. Check out our ideas for free family activities, plus loads of crafts and games, both indoors and outdoors.

1. Celebrating Easter at home.

Holidays are great opportunities for us to spend time with our loved ones, enjoying the time together. Easter Sunday is no exception, and it’s a beautiful time to enjoy with your family. Make some plans with your loved ones to make your Easter together a great one. For example:

  • Invite your family and friends to share the holiday with you.
  • Ask your family and friends what they might like to do on your Easter together.

2.Making Easter Eggs

Dyeing Easter eggs can be a fun way to spend time together with your family and make some great Easter decorations. However, before you can get started, you will need to gather a few key things. Review the following list of the necessary materials you will need to create dyed Easter eggs.

  • A cup to hold the dye.
  • A spoon or tongs for the eggs.
  • Hard-boiled eggs.
  • Liquid food colouring or egg dye.
  • Paper towels to let eggs dry on.
  • Optional decoration tools such as a clear wax crayon to draw designs on the eggs. The next following step is to prepare your eggs. Preparing your Easter eggs can make them last longer and prevent them from making a mess if they break. Before you get started doing your eggs, you will need to prepare them properly. Add water to a pot and place your eggs in the water, making sure the eggs are cover by about an inch.
    • Bring the water to a boil.
    • Remove the pot from the burner and add a cover.
    • Let the eggs sit for about 12 minutes.
    • Drain the water from your eggs and refrigerate until you are ready to decorate. Now Take the following steps to dye your eggs properly:
      • Add water and dye to a glass.
      • Place the egg in colour you want it to be dyed.
      • Remove the egg with a strainer or spoon.
      • Place the egg on a paper towel and allow to dry.
      • The longer the egg sits in the dye, the darker the colour will be.

Make use of your decorated Easter eggs. After you have enjoyed creating your designs, it’s time to show them off or think about fun ways you might want to use them. Look over some of the following examples to get an idea of how you can use your newly decorated Easter eggs.

  • Create a display that showcases your designs
  • Hide your Easter eggs to create a fun Easter egg hunt
  • Have a competition to see whose eggs are the best in categories such as most artistic, best design or brightest colours.

3. Travelling with your family. 

If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative to travel abroad, a holiday park is always a good option. With so many to choose from – Haven, Butlins, Center Parcs and Forest Holidays to name but a few, plus a whole host of independent holiday parks too – you’re sure to find somewhere to suit you and your family’s needs.

4. Easter games

Spring means Easter and Easter mean eggs! But you don’t have to restrict the fun to eating eggs of the chocolate variety – you can have lots of fun with real eggs outdoors. Aside from holding your egg-and-spoon race championship, how about playing egg catch? You’ll need an apron and some eggs.

How to play: Stand about three steps away from your partner in the garden and start playing catch with the egg. After a few throws, each player should take action back and carrying on throwing. Every couple of throws each player takes a step back until they are quite a distance from each other and the game becomes increasingly difficult! The loser is the person who fails to catch the egg, and it drops and breaks.

5. Read Easter and Spring Children’s books

Gather the kids and curl up with a good book. Search for any Book Finder tool to stock up on great children’s books about Easter, bunnies, and spring.

Happy Easter!!!

                                                                                                                                                               Source:Wikihow.com

SKIDOS Penguin

Announcement! Skidos Milk Hunt – Math Game is on Android

By | Education, Gamification, News, Parenthood | No Comments

Milk Hunt School Math Edition

1_Eng 7ich

 Dear Teachers, Parents and Kids.

We are happy to inform you that Skidos Studio will launch Milk Hunt School Math Edition on Android tomorrow.

SKIDOS games including Milk Hunt help kids master their mathematics skills and develop their interest in coding. You may subscribe to SKIDOS from within this app or you can log in to an existing account to get started. SKIDOS subscriptions are auto renewable with monthly & annual plans for 3 users. So, three kids of different age can learn and progress in their own individual learning style.

WINNER:
“2015 Best Mobile App Award for children – BMA 2015”
“Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award 2015”
“Family Choice Award 2015 for best Children’s app”

Kando the zippy Kangaroo needs your help as he travels across New York in a hunt for milk! He can run, fly & swim, but poor Kando can’t do math or code! Help Kando solve problems to collect milk bottles & make a splash by setting a new distance record.

REVIEWS
“A fun game good for practicing Mental Math” – Prof. James Paul Gee (ASU & Stanford University, Games-Based Learning Expert)
“Best Math App for Kids” – Smart Apps for Kids
“Top Pick Kids App” – Fun Educational Apps
“Great way to help game-loving kids enjoy math” – iGameMom

DEAR PARENTS & TEACHERS,

SKIDOS apps are designed first as super fun games that children already LOVE playing. Then, we integrate the interactive learning content into them. That’s why kids ACTUALLY love our games.

HELP YOUR KIDS LEARN MATH & CODING
All SKIDOS games turn classroom lessons into fun and interactive challenges.

In this updated version, we added much more playfulness and even more interactive ways for your kids to strengthen their math skills! Our improved math questions are now more visual and dynamic, for a more engaging and fun experience.

Kids love playing games. Why not teach them the logic behind their favorite games? With SKIDOS games, they can get inspired and interested in programming from a young age.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
Kids LOVE mobile games. We LOVE building games. All SKIDOS games are predominantly designed as fun engaging games and then integrated with interactive learning content.

CUSTOMIZED LEARNING AND PRACTICE
Kids have different learning styles. All SKIDOS games give children the option to pick their subject (mathematics or coding), grade and topic, and progress with problem solving.

START CRACKING CODING AND LOVING MATH
All learning content in SKIDOS games are aligned to the national standards for Mathematics and cover a comprehensive list of topics.

These include number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as fractions, decimals, geometry and so much more!

For kids who are interested in coding, SKIDOS has developed a unique curriculum which teaches them concepts around basic programming and computational thinking.

All SKIDOS games have 20 levels on how to move objects, which help the kids to understand the logic of game coding.

All SKIDOS games are COPPA and GDPR compliant and have no third-party advertising.

SPECIAL OFFER:
Get 6 year LEARNING PACK for 3 users and play all SKIDOS GAMES UNLIMITED for 6 years!

Subscription info:
– SKIDOS has monthly & annual auto-renewable subscription plans for 3 users
– Payment will be charged to iTunes Account after free trial period.
– Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
– Subscriptions may be managed by the user & auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase
– Cancellation will not go into effect until the end of the billing cycle
– Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable

Our privacy policy can be found at: http://skidos.com/privacy-policy
Our terms can be found at: https://skidos.com/terms/
For support, write to us at: support@skidos.com

 

SKIDOS Kids

How to inspire children to have an entrepreneurial spirit

By | Education, Parenthood | No Comments

Children entrepreneur spirit“To often we give children answer to remember rather than a problem to solve”  Roger Lewin

Nowadays the world is getting increasingly complex. What parents can do is encourage their children to think outside of the box. It doesn’t have to be related only with business. It’s important to make every child use their initiative to find solutions. Curious, adventurous and fearless, having an entrepreneurial spirit at an early age will make them see the world differently.

The concept of entrepreneurship fades away despite the importance it has in schools or at home. We notice that kids lack the knowledge of entrepreneurship from the beginning. That is one primary reason for kids not having an entrepreneurial spirit. Whatever your role in a child’s life (teacher, parent, or another caregiver), there are some tips to inspire kids to have an entrepreneurial spirit.

1.Inspire creativity will build marketing skills

Inspire them to be creative.  Make something and own every part of the process from brainstorming to product development to presentation. For example, it could be creating artwork. This activity can be less than 10 min. But it builds the creativity of the child and helps them to express it and manage different stages. What is more motivated your children to start observing marketing materials. Billboards, promotional banners in front of businesses, printed advertisements in magazines, and television/radio commercials. Ask them what catches their attention about the message and also quiz them on how to identify things like the headline, subheadline, and “call to action.”

2.Create a game versus just a play game

In creating a game, they activate leadership skills on a very manageable scale. Someone will inevitably need to step up to create the game and the object of the game. Collaborate with others over reasonable rules that pull from previous experiences or games, and then just to freak’ play and see if it works. What’s great about this is this can happen indoors or outdoors.

3. Work with your child to create safe but impactful challenges

One of our favourites challenges includes building obstacle courses with lily pads to jump across, ground-level balance beams, jumps, or specific physical tasks. This above works for two reasons: we encourage you to use resources you already own versus buying new toys or supplies. You’re working together to create a new, unique opportunity that’s built to challenge someone else. A natural by-product of this is, of course, evaluation and feedback: Why did it work or not work? Was it too challenging? What would make it easier? What would make it a more memorable or more unique challenge?

4.Online resources 

Online resources can be an excellent way to get kids started and teaching them some of the essential skills that entrepreneurs possess to get them familiar with this art. One such tool is Bizworld.org, an online platform that inspires children to be innovative leaders through the teaching of entrepreneurship, business and finance. With an aim to prepare children for bright futures that support global economic growth and vibrancy. Bizworld connects third to eighth-grade students to the real world by providing curricula, training educators and fostering collaboration between education and business.

With their three different types of courses, namely, Bizworld, Bizmovie, and Bizwiz. Kids across the globe can learn the skills for entrepreneurship.

5. Kids must learn how to recognise opportunities

Teaching your children to seek out opportunities and take action on them, will directly contribute to their level of future success. How to prepare: Praise your children for pointing out small problems or setbacks in their lives. Those that cause them distress such as soggy sandwiches at lunchtime or not being able to reach items on a high shelf. Brainstorm solutions on how to resolve their troubles. This will teach them to focus on creating positive solutions, instead of focusing on the problem itself. This habit will allow them to create profitable ideas in their future businesses.

6. Independence builds confidence

The entrepreneurial mindset causes kids to depend on themselves for their success. This leads to well-rounded adults and future leaders.