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.