Mencap, a UK learning disability charity has been running a paper based Spellathon spelling initiative in UK primary schools for nearly 20 years. In 2011 Mencap brought Spellathon into the 21st century and launched a fully digital Spellathon in partnership with Digital Giving Ltd.
The new digital Spellathon uses interactive spelling games to educate and entertain people of all ages and abilities. It’s set in a futuristic world of spelling bees, led by Professor Bee, who is voiced by much loved British actor and polymath Stephen Fry.
Stephen Fry has said: “This is just about the best integration of imagination, education, technology inclusiveness and fun that I’ve ever encountered”
The educational games are available for whiteboard, PC and mobile & Spellathon will reach schools worldwide and encourage children to improve their English spelling through an innovative and interactive game
From the 10th of October 2012 to March 31st 2013, schools around the world can compete against each other to spell as many English words correctly as they can in the classroom and at home via the digital Spellathon resource. Open to all ages and abilities all schools and their students can review where they stand on the Spellathon leader board at anytime during the competition.
Spellathon is the biggest, best and most exciting global sponsored spelling competition ever. All Schools, Colleges and University Unions will receive 25% of the income fundraised by their students! Mencap are offering a £10,000 (ten thousand) cash prize for the school that raises the most amount of money, per head of participating pupils. They will also be demonstrating Spellathon live at the TES Resources Show on 15th September at 14.30.
Pre -registration is now open for all Schools from around the world, to receive a personal invitation from Stephen Fry and a Free Digital Schools Pack that will contain the interactive whiteboard game, assembly video, pre-populated digital marketing materials and everything else they need to take part.
Silvia Gallagher is the Head of Content for AvatarGeneration. Her background is in online learning, virtual worlds, and educational games. In her spare time she likes riding bikes over mountains and playing around with new technology.