How An Elementary School Teacher Got Students Excited About Writing

How An Elementary School Teacher Got Students Excited About Writing

We’re extremely lucky to work with some of the most amazing teachers in the world, as the Night Zookeeper community continues to grow every day! It’s part and parcel of teaching to share ideas and discuss what has worked well and what hasn’t – therefore we thought why not share the stories of some of our incredible Night Zookeeper teachers. This week, our Night Zookeeper Teacher in the spotlight is Matt Peebles. Matt is a fourth-grade teacher based in Illinois […]

International Writing Cup 2018

International Writing Cup 2018

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 […]

Sky Kids confirms 10 episodes of Night Zookeeper for 2019

Sky Kids confirms 10 episodes of Night Zookeeper for 2019

Sky Kids commissions ‘Night Zookeeper’ to nurture the next generation of story tellers and support classroom creativity Sky Kids has commissioned 10 episodes of animated series Night Zookeeper for 2019. Night Zookeeper, created by social enterprise Wonky Star, is a UK-based children’s brand, which has grown organically over the last six years from a primary teaching resource. Their website, nightzookeeper.com, is used in thousands of schools across the world to inspire children to invent their own magical animals, and then […]

1000 Word Story Challenge!

1000 Word Story Challenge!

Calling all aspiring writers – the latest Star Writing Challenge is up today! We would like your students to write a 1000 word story about their own adventure in the Night Zoo. Once they step through the magical gates, where will they go and who will they meet? The authors of every 1000 word story will receive a pack of exclusive Night Zookeeper cards! We want to encourage children of all ages to write, so every child who reaches 500 […]

Writing Assessment: We’re Here to Help

Writing Assessment: We’re Here to Help

Assessing students’ writing isn’t always the most enjoyable of tasks for teachers; hours spent scouring writing  searching for adjectives and commas used in the right places. That’s where ‘Reports’ comes in; one of the new features on Night Zookeeper that we are really excited about. This tool is readily available from your Classroom Dashboard and provides you with data on what your students are including in their writing. Our report system analyses all the writing your students produce on nightzookeeper.com, […]

Night Zookeeper Series – Be the Creator!

Night Zookeeper Series – Be the Creator!

Do your students love Night Zookeeper? Are you looking for new opportunities to stretch their creativity? Would your students love to be part of a hit SKY animated TV show? If so, then we’ve got an amazing opportunity for you this year! We’re in the process of creating a new animated Night Zookeeper series alongside Sky Kids and we want your students to be a part of it! The video below shows you an example of how students can have their […]

How to use Reading Light

How to use Reading Light

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 […]

Colt Technology Sponsors Night Zookeeper Class Subscriptions

Colt Technology Sponsors Night Zookeeper Class Subscriptions

We’re very excited to announce that we are going to be able to offer 140 schools the chance to use Night Zookeeper for the academic year 2018/19 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 […]

Nightzookeeper.com 2.0: 10 Exciting New Features

Nightzookeeper.com 2.0: 10 Exciting New Features

With the launch of nightzookeeper.com 2.0, we are excited to announce a list of awesome new features for you to try out this school year! 1. Reading Light This brand new feature enables students to track all of the books they are reading, throughout the school year. It is your replacement for the reading diary that students take home in their book bags. They can record how much time they have read throughout the week and write reviews of the […]

The Lioness of Fire Desert

The Lioness of Fire Desert

Book 2 in the Night Zookeeper series, ‘The Lioness of Fire Desert’ is out now! Here’s the synopsis: Joined by his friends, Sam and Riya, Will journeys to Fire Desert, where rumours of a creature called ‘the Grip’ have struck fear into the hearts of the animals. Even Captain Claw, a fierce lioness, seems to be acting strangely on hearing the news. The animals look to Will to save them, but does he have the strength to overcome his fears, […]

A Unique Educational Project: Global Readers Theater!

A Unique Educational Project: Global Readers Theater!

We are very excited about a new project that will be starting September 3rd, organised by Sean Forde, a Technology Teacher at Chadwick International School in Korea. Utilising Flipgrid, classes from around the world will take part in the creation of a specially produced Night Zookeeper theater performance! The finished product will be a Night Zookeeper play, where the actors and scenes are recorded from all over the world. We have prepared some special Night Zookeeper masks for students to wear […]

What will students do on nightzookeeper.com? Basic Teacher Guide:

What will students do on nightzookeeper.com? Basic Teacher Guide:

How to get started? After creating your teacher account it’s now time to get your students started. First, hand out the invitations you downloaded when creating your account. If you don’t have easy access to a printer, you can just show your students the settings screen.                        Invitations Click settings and “Your Class” to see all student usernames. Next, get students to visit nightzookeeper.com and click the “Students” button.  They can […]

Night Zookeeper partners with children’s home and refugee NPO

Night Zookeeper partners with children’s home and refugee NPO

  We are pleased to report a partnership with the Japanese NPO, YouMeWE. Thanks to this fantastic organisation, Night Zookeeper is now being used by children’s homes in Japan, charity schools in the Philippines, and by children from Syria, in refugees camps. YouMeWe is an NPO based in Japan and focused primarily on the plight of over 30,000 children living in orphanages and children’s homes. Night Zookeeper has provided YouMeWe with free access to NightZookeeper.com for the children that they […]

ISTE18 Day 1 – Highlights

ISTE18 Day 1 – Highlights

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 […]

A Night Zookeeper Performance!

A Night Zookeeper Performance!

We were absolutely thrilled to see this fantastic end of year performance from a class at the Taipei European School in Taiwan. They explain so well all about Night Zookeeper and the importance of creativity! Congratulations to all the students involved, their teacher and school for such an imaginative endeavour. We love it! You can watch the perfomance below. 🙂

New Competition

New Competition

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. […]

New Dashboard – Help Videos

New Dashboard – Help Videos

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 […]

Perfect for homeschooling?

Perfect for homeschooling?

Alongside schools and districts, nightzookeeper.com is increasingly being used by homeschooling parents around the world. Shelly, a homeschooling mother of 7 and 9 year old writes: “As a home educating mom it is a time-saving resource, I can log on and there are lessons already created for the kids. As soon as I suggest the website both kids are happy.” Nightzookeeper.com has hundreds of lessons designed for each age group that children can independently work through. There is also a […]

Welcome to your new teacher Dashboard

Welcome to your new teacher Dashboard

New Teacher Dashboard Launching Week Beginning 14th May 2018 We’ve been working hard to update the website to make it easier for teachers and parents to use, and we really hope you like it! New Features to explore New publishing feed You spoke and we listened. In the old dashboard, things could get a little overwhelming to say the least so we have simplified things. We now only show you one story at a time and make it easy for you […]

Exciting new feature- Awards!

Exciting new feature- Awards!

Today we have launched our new awards for writing! Students will now not just be rewarded for how much writing they do, but for all the different types of writing they produce. Students will be able to collect awards such as “Poem” awards and “Newspaper Report” awards, as well as awards for being featured in the Night Times, or taking part in the Star Writing challenge. Each award will give them orbs to collect and use to grow their Night […]

Here’s a great project to teach citizenship to kids

Here’s a great project to teach citizenship to kids

On nightzookeeper.com, we are always looking for new ways to make writing fun for kids. That’s why throughout the school year we run lots of fun competitions to get students to practise all kinds of writing as well as to help them learn about different subjects. Every May we run the “Night Zoo Mayoral Election”, which challenges students to create their own Night Zoo Mayor character, alongside their manifesto for the Night Zoo. This helps students to practise persuasive writing, […]

Night Zoo Mayoral Elections

Night Zoo Mayoral Elections

Create the next Mayor of the Night Zoo Over the next two weeks, we are challenging your students to invent a magical animal that could become the next mayor of the Night Zoo! All they have to do is write an article of over 100 words explaining why their creation would make an excellent mayor. Your students should try to make their article as persuasive as possible, as there will be a voting process live on the Night Times. Children […]

Star Writing Winner – March 2018

Star Writing Winner – March 2018

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, […]

Become a published author!

Become a published author!

Throughout April, students have the opportunity to write a report and/or story that has the chance to be published in the third Night Zookeeper book, The Penguins of Igloo City. How to take part Students simply have to visit the Star Writing page and click ‘accept this mission’ to start writing. Challenge 1 (running 1st – 15th April) “Write a report about a magical animal that lives in Igloo City (max 500 words)” Teachers must publish and nominate writing by […]

Tips for using Night Zookeeper at home

Tips for using Night Zookeeper at home

As Night Zookeeper is a browser-based website, students can seamlessly continue learning after school by logging on at home. In fact, about 50% of all writing on Night Zookeeper is done out of school. This blog post contains 5 Top Tips for parents who would like to find out how they can help their children produce their best writing and fall in love with learning on Night Zookeeper. Comment on their work Every teacher that signs up to Night Zookeeper […]

Josh visits Harvest School in Bangalore

Josh visits Harvest School in Bangalore

It was another hot day in Bangalore and I had awoken early, after flying in from a short trip to Kerala the evening before.  I was with my wife Ishani, and together we made our way across the city from my in-law’s house to Harvest International School. Thankfully we were going in the opposite direction of most of the cars and the roads became smaller and windier as we made our way to the outskirts of the city. The school that […]

WCWM18 Passes Three Million Published Words

WCWM18 Passes Three Million Published Words

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!

New Awards Feature Coming Soon

New Awards Feature Coming Soon

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 […]

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