World Creative Writing Month is back for another year starting on March 1st. This exciting competition challenges children to write as many stories as possible throughout the month. The very best writing is showcased each week with prizes up for grabs! How does it work? Any child or class team with a Night Zookeeper account can take part in the competition. Simply, challenge your children and students to write as many creative stories, poems, and reports throughout March and their […]
The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and the smell of sugar cookies is in the air… it must be winter! To celebrate this wonderful season, we’ve put together a collection of creative writing prompts that will inspire your young authors. When the weather outside is frightful, there’s nothing better than curling up in a comfortable chair, enjoying a mug of hot chocolate, and writing something new. Whether your winter is snow-filled or sunny, here at Night […]
In light of the recent developments surrounding Coronavirus and potential school closures, we want to support families struggling to provide educational activities for their children. You’ll find helpful links below that you can use to sign up for a free week trial and then half-price access to our Night Zookeeper remote tutoring service. Our tutors send personalised lessons and feedback to students to keep them learning and motivated. US homes > bit.ly/nzk-US-home UK homes > bit.ly/nzk-UK-home CA homes > bit.ly/nzk-CA-home AUS homes > bit.ly/nzk-AUS-home […]
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve launched some awesome new features to help children that are still developing their reading and writing skills. New writing prompts! Ask children to visit the WRITE button on their menu. We’ve added a whole series of writing prompts for children to work on! Each prompt comes complete with writing support. We provide children with help in structuring the beginning of their story. We also provide children with punctuation support throughout this process. Once children […]
We’re excited to launch a ‘Writing Mentors’ scheme with Colt Technology Services (the same company that has kindly sponsored access for selected classes in the UK). How does it work? Each month, we’ll send class blogs to volunteers at Colt. They will spend designated time leaving helpful, encouraging comments on writing produced by your students. You will need to publish writing regularly this term in order to take part. *Do you want your class to take part? Simply complete this 3-question survey and […]
We’ve been working incredibly hard this summer to develop a new feature that will save teachers hours of marking and grading time this year. Our new automatic feedback tool analyses all writing produced by students and then picks out a few suggested improvements for them to make. Teachers can review the comment, add or edit anything they wish, before sending it directly to the student. You can see it in action by playing the short screen recording below: Fast, effective […]
Night Zookeeper co-founder Paul Hutson, details all the ways you can get your child to love writing.
We’re delighted to announce our partnership with the wonderful Fliplearn Kids. They are dedicated to enhancing children’s education and opportunities through the use of technology. You can find out more about Fliplearn Kids on their website here. To celebrate this partnership, we’re offering members of the Fliplearn community 52% off Night Zookeeper subscriptions. Please sign up here to take advantage of this offer.
Starting in September 2019, we will be embarking on an exciting US Tour, aiming to visit as many schools as possible in three months!!! We would love to kickstart writing in your school this year by providing FREE creative writing workshops using nightzookeeper.com! The workshop will involve: A special story-telling workshop with a member of the Night Zookeeper team Unique activities and experiences designed to get your most reluctant learners engaged in creative writing We’ll also include: A special training […]
I’m delighted to announce that Night Zookeeper have partnered with Tagtiv8 to deliver amazing Literacy workshops in schools! What happens at the events? The events are incredibly interactive, creative and active! Take a look at some of the photos below to see what children will get up to throughout the day! Children get active and begin developing ideas. They collect letters to build words during a fun game of tagtiv8! They use these letters to create names of new magical […]
We’re very excited to announce that we are able to offer 140 schools the chance to use Night Zookeeper for the year, free of charge. This fantastic opportunity has been made possible by sponsorship from COLT Technology Services, who provide network and voice services to Europe, North America and Asia. We hope that this will enable more children to develop a love for learning and develop their literacy skills, especially those for whom it may not have been possible before. […]
The International Writing Cup is back for another year, with a brand new format! We’re launching a special Writing Triathlon on 1st November 2018. Students will be challenged to write three different pieces of writing that are all linked by the theme of writing an amazing adventure story. Stage 1: Instructions This will challenge students to write a set of instructions to explain how to write an excellent adventure story. Stage 2: Report At the next stage, students will need […]
We’ve launched an exciting new initiative, which enables teachers to book live writing lessons with the Night Zookeeper via video chat. An experienced Night Zookeeper educator is ready and waiting to connect with your class via Google Hangouts, Skype, or any other live video software that you use in school. How does it work? Once you’ve booked an appropriate date and time, you will then be connected to the member of the Night Zookeeper team that will deliver your session. […]
We’ve created these short walkthrough videos to help show you some of the cool features inside our new Reading Light Resource. TEACHERS: You can recommend books to your students. Follow the directions in this video 2. STUDENTS: How to add a book to your Reading Light bookshelf 3. STUDENTS: How to add reading time to your current book 4. STUDENTS: How to mark a book as finished and write a review 5. TEACHERS: How to publish student reading records Try […]
We’re really excited to be attending ISTE conference in Chicago this year. I’m writing this post at the end of day 1 at the conference and we have had an awesome day and met some incredible educators and colleagues! Here are a few of our highlights from our first day… Highlights from Day 1 1. We took part in an excellent PLN session and met some wonderful people from the Digital Storytelling Network, Librarians Network, EdTech Coaches Network, amongst many […]
Invent a new location for the Night Zoo! This week, we are challenging students to invent a new location for the Night Zoo. They should use their imagination to invent a new environment to fit into the Night Zoo map as seen above. The challenge “Hello, young zookeepers! We have a new competition for you to enter. All you have to do is invent and describe a new location for the Night Zoo. You can also illustrate your location as well. […]
If you are experiencing any issues with access to the website, or students not being able to save work, first please ask your IT team to unblock the following domains. List of domains to unblock: *.nightzookeeper.com (our core domain) *.cloudinary.com (image storage) *.googleapis.com (server hosting) *.stripe.com (payment system) *.unpkg.com (menu support) *.raven.com (bug reporting) *.polyfill.io (cross browser support) *.sentry.io (bug reporting) Best devices: Laptops, iPads, Google Chromebooks Best Browser: Google Chrome, Safari We have created the following very short videos to support all users with our new […]
Throughout March, we asked students to write about their favourite subject, topic or interest that they were incredibly passionate about. They produced some amazing entries and I had the difficult job of selecting just one winner to receive a signed copy of ‘The Giraffes of Whispering Wood’ I am delighted to say that the winning entry was all about a love of reading. Something that we are all very passionate about ourselves here at Night Zookeeper HQ! Congratulations to Night Zookeeper Tiac, […]
Welcome to the wonderful world of Night Zookeeper. This blog post has been written to help you get to grips with nightzookeeper.com and give you support throughout your 14-day trial. The perfect 14-day trial! Day 1: Download and print your student invitations (15 mins) These are emailed to your inbox upon registering. You can also download them from your class account page within your settings. They provide very clear instructions to help students get registered on the website, which they […]
We’re working on lots of exciting updates to our website at the moment. Here is a summary of what to expect during the next couple of months: New Menu Page – Launching March 2018 We’re launching a new student menu so that, students can navigate around the website easier than ever before. This page will be full of new activities that will regularly update every month! There will always be something new for your students to write about all year round! […]
I’ve been working on nightzookeeper.com for over five years now and I have visited hundreds of primary and elementary schools during that period, to work with teachers in a variety of settings. This experience has given me an insight into lots of different approaches schools have taken when adopting technology in their schools and classrooms. These five approaches tend to be the most popular, in no particular order: A desktop computer room which is booked on an hourly basis Interactive […]
With one week left to go of our yearly World Creative Writing Month competition, we have already exceeded three million published words, produced by students around the world! Visit the latest WCWM18 league table by clicking the image below… Thanks to all students and teachers that have taken part so far! If your class is taking part, please remember that the competition deadline is the 23rd March at 9pm British time. Good luck with the final week of competition everyone!
We are constantly working to improve the experience on nightzookeeper.com for both teachers and students. Throughout the next couple of months, we will be updating the website with some very exciting new features. One of these will be a whole new awards system. The new system will track student achievement across the website. It will clearly show the upcoming tasks that children can complete to achieve a new badge. We will be launching the feature with over 100 awards across […]