After getting its Zorbit’s Math Adventure games into elementary classes across Canada and the U.S, St. John’s-based game maker Clockwork Fox has announced success at home.
Schools in the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) added Zorbit to its approved list of resources for its kindergarten to Grade 3 students. Earlier agreements to bring the platform to teachers and students across Canada and the U.S. include multi-year partnerships with the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Greater Essex County School Board in Ontario.
“We’ve had such an incredible year, seeing Zorbit really take off across the country,” said Clockwork Fox CEO Ed J. Martin in a statement. “But nothing makes us more proud than being able to partner with schools in our own province.”
The Zorbit’s Math Adventure K-3 platform features game-based activities that help students develop their math skills and understanding of math fundamentals.
The platform offers teachers resources to help them plan and execute high-quality math lessons. It also allows them to identify students who are struggling, and find out what their problems are, as well as students who are excelling.
“In addition to the platform itself, teachers who sign up will receive access to our online professional development course, as well as live online PD webinars,” said Clockwork Fox’s Director of Education, Conrad Nickels.
“While the Zorbit games are what get the kids really excited, we’re equally invested in helping to support teachers.”
Zorbit’s Math Adventure recently launched in French, meaning that both English and French Immersion classrooms will be able to use the program. The math content in the platform aligns with the Newfoundland and Labrador math curriculum.
Clockwork Fox was backed in January 2016 by a $1 million equity investment , led by Killick Capital and Venture Newfoundland and Labrador. Venture NL is a public-private investment fund managed by Pelorus Venture Capital of Halifax. Killick Capital is a private St. John’s-based fund headed by Mark Dobbin. The other investors in the round were Newfoundland investors from Pluto Investments, Petten Holdings, and Joe Antle.