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Sumdog and educational standards

Over the coming weeks, we’re linking Sumdog’s skills to many of the educational standards used in schools.

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Currently, you can choose from the Common Core State Standards (used across much of the USA), England’s National Curriculum, and Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.

By the end of the year, though, we plan to have correlations to 9 other educational systems from Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

As well as Common Core, the English National Curriculum and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, we plan to cover…

  • Western & Northern (Canada)
  • Ontario (Canada)
  • Texas (USA)
  • Virginia (USA)
  • Indiana (USA)
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

As we do this, we’ll be adding many new skills to those already covered by Sumdog - including Common Core grades 7 and 8.

Sumdog assessments

This week, we’ve released a great new tool for teachers.

You can now set a timed assessment, and view the results across the whole class.

As it’s a pure computer-based assessment, there’s no gameplay - just timed questions, with no marking visible.

Sumdog lets you choose the skills you want, and even regenerate the questions until you’re happy with your test.

Click here to find out more, and watch our training video.

Sumdog’s new class vs class contests are here!

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We’ve launched a new round of inter-school maths contests on Sumdog.

This year, you take part as a class, and compete against other classes - either locally or nationwide.

And each student who answers 100 questions in the contest will receive an exclusive Myths and Legends outfit for their avatar.

To enter, teachers must go to the contest entry page. They can enter as many - or as few - classes as you wish.

During the contest, students take part by playing Sumdog’s free mathematics games, answering questions as they play. Sumdog automatically adapts its questions to their ability. Each contest lasts a week - from 8am on Friday to 8pm the following Thursday.

We’ve got handy tutorial videos which will help you set up your school, create student logins and enter your class in a contest.

Good luck!

New on Sumdog: high score tables

Here’s a cool new thing on Sumdog. At the end of every game, you’ll now see a set of high score tables.

There are three high score tables: one for your Sumdog friends, one for your school, and one for all of Sumdog.

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In each table, you’ll see the best scores for the month.

At the end of each month, we reset all of the scores - so you’ll have to keep playing to make sure you stay top!

Student achievement certificates

Students have worked harder than ever this year on Sumdog. To recognize this, we’re producing a special personalized certificate of achievement.

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Each student who takes part in one of our local or national contests during May will qualify for their own certificate, which includes details of the student’s progress over the year.

Teachers will be able to download them and print them off for the students as soon as the student has played.

To join a local or national contest so your students can get this certificate, click here.

If you’ve got a Sumdog teacher account and your students have played in one of these contests, download their certificates here!

End of year generosity

It’s getting close to the end of the school year, so we’re being a little generous with our subscriptions for schools in the US and Canada.

If you purchase a 1-year subscription between April 22 and May 31 2014, we’ll give you a free extension to cover you until the end of next school year.

The sooner you buy, the better value you get. For example, if you buy on April 22 and next year your school ends on June 26, you’ll be getting 430 days for the price of 365 - saving you 15%.

If you’re interested, get in touch and let us know when your school year ends and how many students you are looking to cover.

Offer not valid in conjunction with any other promotion or discount.