Site URL: Skool.com/B_C_English_Gold/Index.html
Content: An educational partnership between Intel and the British Council, Skool.com offers interactive educational games to help students grasp academic concepts in math, science and English.
Design: Skool.com doesn’t look or act like a Web site. Rather, it feels more like an app that happens to reside online. There is no universal navigation, nor are there any site maps or other means of jumping to various areas. Instead, the user is prompted to make selections from a group of choices. Those selections eventually bring visitors to the desired game.
Review: The site aims squarely at the elementary market and hits the target with games that are easy enough to understand, yet challenging enough to make them worthwhile.
Skool.com offers plenty of standard primary-school games such as word association and choosing the correct word to match a definition. The added dimension of the technology makes these drills more appealing to students, however. A fair amount of new material and current social lessons make the site useful in the 21st-century classroom.
The site isn’t very big, but there are enough activities to make it useful as a last-minute addition to a planned lesson.
Bottom Line: While not an everyday resource site, Skool.com stands out for providing educational time-fillers that can break up the classroom routine.