By joining CitySpokes as a Board of Education, you will be provided with Sign In credentials where you will be able to quickly and easily create your own StudySpokes prize apps, and assign the data entry to a teacher or other designated individual. The interface is ready to go -- all it needs is your data.
The process of entering data is simple. Just follow these steps:
Your app will then be available to all residents within your county. They can also use it with their students to foster a self-motivated learning environment by setting goals and earning prizes. You might even have local businesses contribute the prizes as well.
CitySpokes is a free website that will help you become a model Board of Education. However, if you choose to spread the word as quick as you can, you may wish to activate a Gold Sponsorship included at no charge with each Board of Education membership.
A Gold Sponsorship includes a graphic ad on your city or county Home Page, that you manage. The concept is you are able to "reward" a local business that contributes the costs of social media advertising, promotional items, postage, flyers, postcards, or whatever you choose to do. For example, a local radio station could provide PSAs to promote this opportunity in exchange for a graphic ad on your Home Page.
We at CitySpokes are not involved in any agreements or payments you decide upon. Once you want to acknowledge the contributions of local businesses, you ask them to send you a graphic and the URL it should point to when clicked. You then Sign In and upload it. It's very quick and easy. You also determine how long the graphic will be displayed based on the level of contribution. If a business made an in-kind contribution worth $1000, you could display their graphic ad for a year. You have total control over which ad is displayed and for how long.
Your Gold Sponsor can also be further divided down to day of the week. For example, if Gold Sponsor #1 provided a major contribution, you could provide them with an ad that would be displayed to all visitors. But if you had another four or five businesses that wanted to contribute to your effort, you could provide Business A with an ad on Monday and Thursday, business B with an ad on Tuesday and Saturday, and business C with an ad on Sunday. Once daily ads are set up, which is also really quick and easy, the system will display the correct ads on the correct days, and nothing else needs any maintenance until you choose to make changes.
Math for Prizes can easily be configured to match the needs of each individual student. One student can focus on their 9 times tables and another student can focus on their 7 times tables.
Math for Prizes is available in Practice mode without the student having to be registered in CitySpokes, however, if the student wants to race against the clock to see if they can earn their prize, a teacher will have to add each student from their Member Dashboard and set the parameters for earning the prize. A prize could be extra credit, not having to take the quiz on Friday, or a prize offered by a local business.
Math for Prizes is one of the best apps available to learn math. The reason is it creates a self-motivating experience to earn prizes while learning. Imagine being able to tell your parents you have earned a chocolate milkshake, all while learning your math.
To play Math for Prizes, or any other StudySpokes prize app, the parent or teacher needs to join CitySpokes, which is free. As a resident, they can then create student memberships, as well as configure the criteria for practicing and going for the prize. For example, the resident could create a membership for Susan and set the number ranges, the minutes, the number of problems and the prize. The same resident could also create a membership for John and set a different criteria for him.
Now, both Susan and John have memberships in Math for Prizes where they can practice and go for the prize. To get to the Math for Prizes app, the resident or the student would need to go to their city within CitySpokes. From there, they could select Math for Prizes and Log In with their student credentials the resident created. The student could then either practice and not be limited by the clock, or they could see if they could earn the prize established by the resident.
Or, they could check the prizes offered by local businesses to see if they wanted to try for that prize. Typically, a student can earn unlimited prizes from the residents, but can only earn one prize per business per campaign. Businesses can also offer larger prizes where the student would be entered into a drawing, depending on the business and the prize.
In addition to parents or teachers providing prizes like a candy bar, an extra hour of TV, skipping a quiz, etc. local businesses can also easily add prize options for the student to select like ice cream, miniature golf, slice of pizza, etc.
The StudySpokes prize apps in CitySpokes contain four reusable templates that can be used by teachers to provide challenging and rewarding learning experiences for their students. And once a student learns how to use one prize app, they will have generally learned how to use them all. The templates are as follows:
Why be forced to use the pre-programmed data in other national apps when we can customize your apps to match your local curriculum. All our database-driven apps are already created and all we need to do is enter the data from your curriculum into the database and our app and your curriculum will match.