Zoo Academy

Early Access to Zoo Academy for Educators

Zoo Academy is available for free for educators to use with your students during the 2019-2020 school year.  At present, the program contains 16 scenes or about 4 hours of game time.

After students play these first six scenes, educators receive a baseline proficiency report for core social and emotional skills: impulse control, emotion regulation, empathy, communication, cooperation, and social initiation.

Additional Scenes

  1. Scene 7 (released 2/7/2020): Recognize and label emotions by looking at facial expressions and body language; Recogize and label how different emotions feel in your own body
  2. Scene 8 (released 2/11/2020): Understand the causes of different emotions in others; Use appropriate tone of voice and word choice to match your feelings
  3. Scene 9 (released 2/19/2020): Recognize the difference between individual and group goals and complete tasks toward those goals
  4. Scene 10 (released 2/26/2020): Helps students understand issues regarding personal space
  5. Scenes 11 and 12 (released 4/2/2020): In scene 11 students learn about and practice cooperation, and in scene 12, students continue with cooperation and emotion regulation.
  6. Scenes 13 and 14 (released 5/5/2020): In scene 13 students practice emotion regulation during a field trip to the forest, and in scene 14, students learn to deal with disappointment when not invited to a birthday party.
  7. Scenes 15 and 16 (released 5/20/2020): In scene 15 students practice impulse contro and communication in the cafeteria , and in scene 16, students practice empathy by working with others to clean a bird who is covered in oil from an oil spill.
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In many schools and districts across the country, nearly 50% of students entering kindergarten lack basic social, emotional, and behavioral skills, and these skills are essential for school readiness and academic success. Just like letters, numbers, shapes, and colors, the earlier kids start learning and practicing social and emotional skills, the more successful they’ll be in school.

In one study evaluating the impact of kindergarten readiness in Baltimore, kindergartners identified as not socially and behaviorally ready were seven times more likely to have been suspended or expelled and 80% more likely to have been retained. So there’s no time to waste in building these skills in your K-1 students.

The Zoo Academy Student Experience

After we create your educator account and you log in, you will create an account for each of your students to access the Zoo Academy program.

The first step for each student is to create a personalized avatar to represent their character in the game. This avatar gives the students a sense of agency and encourages them to make choices in the game that are similar to how they behave in the real world.

In each scene, students decide how to communicate and interact with the other characters. Each of the dialog choices is read aloud, and students make decisions about what to say and also the tone of voice to use. Your students will help animals like Owlivia the owl learn to respect others’ personal space and not call out in class, and Tango the gorilla, who needs some pointers on making new friends. While teaching the animals, students will learn and practice these skills themselves.

In addition to the personalized learning that occurs in the game, we are also developing a library of supplemental lessons that can be used in small group sessions or directly with the student.

And from your dashboard, you will be able to monitor their progress and gain insights about strengths and weaknesses for each student.

Educators: Zoo Academy is free for the 2019-2020 school year!

It’s Quick and Easy to Get Started! We’ll create your Centervention educator account in less than one business day, and you can use the program with an unlimited number of students.

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Already have an educator account? Log in at: app.centervention.com

Students with valid accounts can log in at: academy.centervention.com