Last call for the Holiday Contest
Our biggest ever contest starts at 8am this Friday, December 6, and runs until 8pm on December 12.
Every student who takes part - no matter what their score - will receive these three festive outfits for their on-screen avatar.
If you’ve not yet entered your students, there’s still time. Enter here.
We’ve got a helpful tutorial video that will guide you through the contest setup. It also explains how the contests work.
Sumdog Writing preview
We’re putting the finishing touches to Sumdog Writing, so we thought you’d like to have a quick preview.
We’ve recorded a short video that gives you an introduction to what Sumdog Writing is all about.
Remember - if you purchase Sumdog Reading before December 1, we’ll add Sumdog Writing to that subscription when it’s ready - free of charge.
You can get a quote for a Sumdog subscription here.
Sumdog helps improve accuracy
Susanna Dayton, a teacher at Mariposa Elementary in St. Lucie, Florida, wrote to us last week about her experience with Sumdog.
Here’s what she had to say:
I just wanted to let you know how much our students enjoy the games on Sumdog.
We have a student who was really struggling with math and his achievement was well below grade level. I set him up with a Sumdog account and encouraged his parents to allow him to use it at home. The first night he answered more than 900 questions with a 50% accuracy rate. The next week, his accuracy rate had improved to 55%. Three weeks later, he had answered nearly 4,000 questions and his accuracy rate had skyrocketed to 78%!
Thank you Sumdog for creating engaging math games that students love to play!
Festive avatar outfits!
Our biggest ever mathematics contest starts on December 6.
Every student who plays in the contest will receive three - yes, THREE - festive avatar outfits to wear.
Teachers can enter the contest here.
Join our Holiday Contest!
To bring in the holiday season, we’re planning our biggest ever mathematics contest.
It’ll run from December 6-12. As usual, you can play at any time through that week, at school or at home. It’ll only take an hour or so to get a decent score.
A week before the contest starts, on November 28, millions of Sumdog players across the USA will be celebrating Thanksgiving. So to start the fun, we’ll give all students registered for the contest by November 21 a special Thanksgiving turkey outfit for their on-screen avatar.
Register your students here.
Sumdog Writing is coming soon!
We’ve been working hard on a new set of games to teach writing.
They let students work together to develop their writing skills, using safe, enjoyable games.
Before the launch, you can try one of our new typing games: Candy.
Type the words Sumdog shows you, and then shoot candy with toothpaste. It’ll adapt its difficulty to your keyboard skills.
We’d love to know what you think of it, so please give it a try
Welcome to your dressing room!
Have your students been collecting lots of items from Sumdog’s shop?
Now, at the bottom right of the student homepage, they simply need to click the “clothes” panel to quickly browse all the stuff they’ve bought.
Any Hollywood Heroes outfits they have will also appear here.
Our iPad apps are now free
Good news: we’ve decided to make all our iPad apps completely free - whether or not you have a subscription.
Our first app lets you play our popular Snowball game, both at home and at school.
We are hoping to publish a new iPad game every month, starting November.
Get the Snowball app now - it’s available in the iTunes store!
Setting a one-minute challenge
This week, we’ve added some new options to Sumdog’s activities.
They let you use Sumdog to set a one minute test, to check your students’ fluency on a chosen skill.
Here’s a video to show you how:
Sumdog’s contests are back!
This school year there is a fun reason to take part in Sumdog’s contests: all participating students will get a Hollywood Heroes outfit for their avatar!
These outfits can’t be bought in Sumdog’s shop - they’re exclusive to contestants.
Last year, over 13,000 schools entered one of Sumdog’s free contests. Students had a great time and teachers noticed an improvement in test scores.
Find out how to enter your local contest here.
Managing students and classes
We’ve had a few questions about how to manage students’ accounts and classes at the start of the new school year.
To help you out, we’ve recorded this video tutorial:
Hope it’s useful! Remember we’ve got loads of other helpful videos, too.
A new Sumdog game: Disguise
This week, we’ve got a great new game for you: Disguise.
Try to make the other players stand out as much as possible, and disguise yourself at the same time.
Each time you answer a question, you’ll get something to help you disguise yourself, like hair, glasses, makeup, beards or hats.
If you like it, keep it - but if it makes you stand out from the crowd, give it to someone else.
So if you find yourself with multicoloured hair, or bright pink lips, think carefully before trying them on…
As usual, with our new games, Disguise is available to players with a Sumdog subscription first. Others will be able to play it in a few months.
Ready? Then play Disguise!
Sumdog’s summer challenge
For many schools, it’s summer break time soon. And that means it’s time for Sumdog’s Summer Challenge.
This year, we’re letting you set the details of the challenge. All we ask is that students answer 2,000 questions over the summer break.
At the end of Summer, we’ll award all students who complete the challenge a t-shirt for their on-screen avatar, personalized with their initials - like this handsome chap on the right.
To set the challenge, log in and click “Activities” at the top of the screen. Then follow the instructions in this video:
If you’ve run out of free challenges, just let us know, and we’ll give you an extra one.
Free mathematics software worth $750 (£450)
As it’s coming to the end of the school year for many of our Sumdog users, we’re running a short - and very special - offer.
If you purchase a subscription for 100 or more students during May, we’ll give you a licence for our sister software, Yenka Mathematics, completely free.
Yenka Mathematics normally retails for $750 (or £450). It lets
you experiment with 3D shapes, coordinates, probability and statistics.
For example, join shapes to make a cube net, and fold it on-screen to see if it works. Or track down coordinates to find buried treasure. Or flip coins while Yenka counts graphs of how many heads and tails there were.
Yenka’s a fun way to model mathematics in 3D, and can be used from grade 3 upwards.
If you’d like to secure your school’s copy, start by getting a Sumdog subscription quote.
Free English Week has started
Normally, Sumdog Reading is only available to subscribers.
However, for one week only, everyone can use Sumdog Reading free of charge (unless you’re in the UK - your Free English Week will come in June).
Students simply need to log in and go to their homepage, and then click on the green panel below Sumdog.
This lets them choose the Reading skills.
There’s more information on Free English week here. Hurry, though - it’ll only be freely available to unsubscribed users until May 10!