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What is Night Zookeeper?

Night Zookeeper is an online writing platform designed to inspire Primary School pupils to produce their best writing.

Through gamification and competition, students are encouraged to practice their grammar, spelling and composition skills.

The platform also offers teachers the ability to send Unique lessons to students using the interactive lesson library, which can be completed either at school or at home. Night Zookeeper is the perfect way to kick-start writing in your classroom this year!

Recommended Usage

Students should try to use Night Zookeeper a minimum of 30 minutes a week to get the best out of the program. This will give them time to complete their weekly assignments and check feedback from their tutors.

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Educational Impact

improve teaching efficiency
87%
increase student collaboration
77%
improve attainment
76%
CompanyHQ Location: United Kingdom
Age Range0-4, 5-7, 8-10, 11-13
FeaturesSentence Building GamesShort Writing ChallengesPersonal PortfolioProgress Tracking
LanguagesEnglish
PoliciesTerms of ServicePrivacy PolicyGDPR
RequirementsDesktop - MacDesktop - WindowsDesktop - ChromebookMobile - iPhoneMobile - iPadMobile - WindowsMobile - Android

Night Zookeeper is a web-based platform, therefore any device and browser will work for the trials. The optimum environment is a 1:1 device to student ratio.

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TrainingIn PersonWebinarsDocumentation

We provide a user guide, workshops at school and online live video demos. We do usually request that schools take part in some form of training before using the product.

Home LearningParent Access

Parents can create the account.

When parents join Night Zookeeper, they are given access to a parent dashboard to monitor their child’s writing, achievements, and the feedback they are receiving from their tutor.

Night Zookeeper Pricing


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Night Zookeeper pricing starts from £900 / year

£900 for a yearly subscription for one-form entry primary school or £1350 for a yearly subscription for a two-form entry primary school.

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4.7 out of 5

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Caren

Teacher

Woodcroft primary school, Australia

Used Night Zookeeper weekly for 3-4 years

Aug 2021

I value the creativity of your program and find it to be the most unique literacy program I have ever used. I am really disappointed that staff are not interested in any online program that they need to pay for.

Caren found Night Zookeeper:
  • Moderately increases student collaboration
    Good writers inspire others through free writing and comment function Star writing has been a weekly expectation for my students. I let it go for a while and they started asking to do this again.
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency
    Star writing inspiration for students Started reading your books and because students knew the characters I was able to practice inferring comprehension strategy because they have collectively knowledge through being online in the night zoo
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Leader board vocab count and punctuation as a tool to see gaps in writing. Your word of the day has encouraged me to choose new words relevant to students daily
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Joseph

Director

jaja Fun, Spain

Used Night Zookeeper for 0–3 months

Dec 2020

We enjoyed the material. Some direct contact line of communication which is more personal would be helpful. Also the option to pause a student rather than cancel would be better.

Joseph found Night Zookeeper:
  • Moderately improves attainment
    More inspired to write and understand grammar. Help create characters.
  • Slightly increases student collaboration
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Easier to have kids start writing.
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Bill Gauthier

Teacher and writer

Homeschool, United States

Used Night Zookeeper for 2 months

Oct 2020

Not only would my wife and I recommend it to friends, we HAVE already! Our daughter loves math and reading, but didn't like writing as much. Night Zookeeper made her much more interested in the prospect of writing and explaining, and she does it better and better every day. She loves making up the creatures and telling stories about them. As a result, she's using her imagination more and learning the functions of punctuation and spelling.

Bill Gauthier found Night Zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves attainment
    My daughter didn't really like writing her thoughts or ideas but Night Zookeeper's platform has made her excited about doing so. She has written in some form nearly every day for two or three months as a result.
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
    My daughter enjoys reading other Zookeepers' stories and leaving comments, and gets excited by the comments left by others.
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    My daughter is more willing to talk about and learn reading and writing with this program.
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Sherry Willis

Rankin Elementary, United States

Used night-zookeeper for 2 years

Feb 2019

I love Night Zookeeper. I can create lesson or use lessons that are already created. I can see each student's progress. It is user friendly.

Sherry Willis found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Students enjoy writing. I have students grow as writers.
  • Significantly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    My students love to use this program in center time.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Students make connections with classroom curriculum and the lessons on Night Zookeeper.
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
    Students often help each other with lessons. They also enjoy the competition between classmates.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
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Phillip Davis

Lacroft Elementary, United States

Used night-zookeeper for 5 months

Feb 2019

The ease of use, the student engagement, the outstanding and personal customer servive

Phillip Davis found night-zookeeper:
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    I can allow students to work at their own pace on a given task/assignment freeing me up to intervene with struggling students.
  • Moderately improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Engaged students are better behaved and Night Zookeeper keeps most kids engaged.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    I don't have enough data to give a well considered answer.
  • Not significantly increases student collaboration
    My students are often too shy to comment on one another's work. Additionally, they lack the writing skills to know what to comment on constructively.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Targeted skill lessons
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Julie Russell

Memorial School, United States

Used night-zookeeper for 5 years

Feb 2019

It's fun, engaging, motivational...and aligned to learning standards!

Julie Russell found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Lessons for specific needs/skills
  • Moderately improves behaviour or wellbeing
    increases student engagement so there's less time for off-task behavior; used as reward for good behavior
  • Significantly improves attainment
    reaching different NZK levels; reaching personal goals in writing (evident in their writing)
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
    Students will sometimes work together on their writing. They like to talk about the animals they have created or collected.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Writing has been an overall weakness in our school. Since using NZK, our scores have begun to climb. Last year, 68% of our students met or exceeded standards in writing.
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Dan

Alyce Taylor, United States

Used night-zookeeper for trial period

Feb 2019

My students' really enjoyed the zookeeper writing challenges and drawing their animals. I found it much easier to give editing feedback with all of the student work in one place.

Dan found night-zookeeper:
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
  • Slightly improves behaviour or wellbeing
  • Slightly improves attainment
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
    students love to comment on each others writing
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
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Matt Peebles

Forest Elementary, United States

Used night-zookeeper for 7 months

Feb 2019

Night Zookeeper has been a game changer for my students' writing. They write more and have improved significantly as a result of using this engaging platform.

Matt Peebles found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    It allows students to creatively interact with their writing and each other through writing, commenting, etc
  • Moderately improves behaviour or wellbeing
    We are more appropriate with our online treatment of others
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Students write more
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
    Students work together and provide feedback for each other
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Students are able to see fellow students work and improve their own writing as a result
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Julie Fisher

Peculiar Elementary, United States

Used night-zookeeper for 4 years?

Feb 2019

Because you guys are so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have had several student who don't like writing, but Night Zoo has increased their desire to write.

Julie Fisher found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Our district targets can be matched to activities in The Night Zoo, and gives us instant data to differentiate teaching targets.
  • Significantly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Student engagement, students who don't like to write gaining confidence through this program
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Students are building their stamina.
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
    Students are more willing to make positive comments that will impact students writing.
  • Not significantly reduces attainment gap
    No, maybe one student who is not reaching their goal. This program is so engaging, students want to reach their goals and beyond.
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Ann Story

Nelda Mundy Elementary, United States

Used night-zookeeper for Hmmmm..... I think 3 years???

Feb 2019

I purchased NZK out of my personal funds this year as our school/district do not support it. YES, I think it's that important for my kids to have. I have watched even the most reluctant writers bloom.

Ann Story found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Kids are learning to write more and enjoying it. We use it as Center Work when I teach small groups and as work for early finishers.
  • Significantly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Keeps kids focused and engaged while I work with small groups
  • Significantly improves attainment
    I think most kids by 4th grade dislike writing and think they can't write. NZK has changed that for every student in every class I've taught over past 3 years.
  • Moderately increases student collaboration
    They enjoy reading and commenting on each other's work on the BLOG.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Even my struggling writers attempt to write on NZK. I publish ALL work so the at risk kids can still have a voice.
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Brenda Bowman

Lewis Cass Elementary, United States

Used night-zookeeper for 6 months

Feb 2019

The only thing that disappoints me is that the students can't use the tab button on their iPad to indent their paragraphs. Their rough drafts don't show indented paragraphs.

Brenda Bowman found night-zookeeper:
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    So great to look at student writing one after another in your portal.
  • Moderately improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Students don't complain when it comes time to write!
  • Moderately improves attainment
    I can assign lessons on skills that are lacking.
  • Slightly increases student collaboration
    They like to read each other's writing.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Reteaching and revising helps greatly!
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Stacie

OMS, United States

Used night-zookeeper for at least 4 years

Feb 2019

It is something I believe in, have given a PD on, and think it is good for kids.

Stacie found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Students have more writing opportunities and practice.
  • Slightly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Maybe if it was used as a incentive when other work has been completed
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Students like to see how many words they have written. They also like to see their individual, class, and team rankings.
  • Moderately increases student collaboration
    Making comments on each other's writing. Working together to help make writing better or offering ideas.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    I think it depends. In my classroom it is sometimes an option and some students don't get to it.
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Anna

The Grammar Junior School, Cyprus

Used night-zookeeper for more than 4 years

Feb 2019

Children sometimes spend too much of their time on devices and I would rather see more cooperative and team building activities not related to technology

Anna found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Improves writing skills
  • Slightly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    not really
  • Moderately improves attainment
    creative writing skills targets
  • Moderately increases student collaboration
    sharing stories, creating and sharing animals
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    not sure
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Ritsa

Axion, Greece

Used night-zookeeper for 3 years

Feb 2019

It is interesting and fun for both students and teachers whereas at the same time educational

Ritsa found night-zookeeper:
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    More interesting
  • Slightly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Can't think of any
  • Moderately improves attainment
  • Slightly increases student collaboration
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
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Liz Morgan

Murrays Bay School, New Zealand

Used night-zookeeper for 3 years

Feb 2019

It is a excellent tool and the children love it.

Liz Morgan found night-zookeeper:
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Engagement in writing. Boys particularly
  • Slightly improves behaviour or wellbeing
  • Moderately improves attainment
  • Slightly increases student collaboration
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Students feel a sense of accomplishment. Takes away the barrier of paper and pen for many kids.
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Neil

Used night-zookeeper for Month

Feb 2019

Too early to tell efficacy

Neil found night-zookeeper:
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
  • Not significantly improves behaviour or wellbeing
  • Slightly improves attainment
  • Not significantly increases student collaboration
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
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Trish best

Murrays Bay School, New Zealand

Used night-zookeeper for 2 years

Feb 2019

I just find it a very usable program and the kids love it

Trish best found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    children very keen to use the program. Incentives and enjoyment of the programme are very motivating
  • Significantly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    The boys in particular seem to enjoy the fact that they are using a device rather than pencil and paper but also appeals to their competitive side where they can see their word count mount up
  • Significantly improves attainment
    They can see their errors and can share theie work more readily
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
    My students spend a lot of time reading or showing their stories to their friends
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    If anything less able students are proud of their work and don't perceive the gap so much
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Brenda Bowman

Lewis Cass Elementary, United States

Used night-zookeeper for 6 months

Feb 2019

The only problem I have is the kids can’t indent their paragraphs by tabbing on our iPads

Brenda Bowman found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Easy to search out lessons and grade and give feedback
  • Slightly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    No effect noticed
  • Moderately improves attainment
    Not sure what you mean by attainment. Writing proficiecies?
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
    Love the blog!
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Can key in on deficit skills
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Bronwyn Clegg

Hunua School, New Zealand

Used night-zookeeper for 2 years

Feb 2019

Bronwyn Clegg found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
  • Significantly improves behaviour or wellbeing
  • Significantly improves attainment
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
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Jodi Hill

Tauranga Intermediate School, New Zealand

Used night-zookeeper for 4 years

Feb 2019

I love Night Zookeeper and the impact it has on my students. It is easy to see the engagement of students across age levels.

Jodi Hill found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Conferencing with students about their writing is simpler and can be done with minimum interruption to the class.
  • Moderately improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Students reluctant to write enjoy using the gamification aspects of Night Zookeeper.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    The feedback from peers and teachers is more likely to be read than that when it is in a book.
  • Moderately increases student collaboration
    We offer opportunities for students to work together and collaborate on writing.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Have not measured this to be able to comment.
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Brittany Seibert

Longfellow Elementary, United States

Used night-zookeeper for 6 months

Feb 2019

It motivates the students to write and use their imagination more!

Brittany Seibert found night-zookeeper:
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
  • Moderately improves behaviour or wellbeing
  • Moderately improves attainment
  • Moderately increases student collaboration
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
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Liam Murphy

Used night-zookeeper for 4 to 5 years, on and off.

Feb 2019

It is a useful tool to add to any primary classroom.

Liam Murphy found night-zookeeper:
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    The writing text type lessons allow follow up writing opportunities to the writing done in English lessons.
  • Slightly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Children's behaviour is generally very good. The children do find the website and its contents very engaging.
  • Moderately improves attainment
    The more children write, the better writers they become. This is an engaging place from them to try our and refine their writing skills.
  • Slightly increases student collaboration
    Students read each other's work and leave comments. For in-the-moment collaboration, we use G Suite.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Have no evidence of this.
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Laura

Northeast Hamilton, United States

Used night-zookeeper for 6 months

Feb 2019

This is the best interactive writing tool I've come across in 24 years.

Laura found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    My students have written more this year than any other year in my 24 year career!
  • Slightly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    NZK gives the students who finish other things early something productive to work on.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    The students are remembering different forms of writing easier than before.
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
    Many times students are working together on stories or asking each other questions about their writing.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
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Sacha Curry

Stanley Elementary, United States

Used night-zookeeper for 3 years

Feb 2019

When teaching English to student's first language is not English teaching writing is one of the main ways that students show independent progress. If a student has the ability to write their thoughts clearly you know as a teacher that the student has the tools they need to succeed in the regular classroom. NZK just makes this process of writing so much easier for both the student and the teacher.

Sacha Curry found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Students expand their vocabulary
  • Significantly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Writing scores continue to improve
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Using NZK as a tool to measure comprehension of the text that was read while embedding focused vocabulary.
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
    students work together to edit and revise stories that have been written as well as showing their finished product so that others may comment on their work.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Because writing gives a concrete lens into a student's comprehension the teacher can easily look at the a student's strengths and weakness
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Tami

New Hampton Elementary, United States

Used night-zookeeper for 2 years

Feb 2019

I have recommended Night Zookeeper to several teachers/colleagues.

Tami found night-zookeeper:
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Students are engaged, therefore they are learning without really realizing that they are learning.
  • Significantly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Student engagement, keeps their attention and focus, less time for behavior issues.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Students are writing and rewarded for their writing. This helps them to want to continue to try and be successful at writing.
  • Significantly increases student collaboration
    Students, when creating games, will often look at each others' characters and then learn how to utilize them in their work.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Students learn from others as they work, and this reinforces skills that others may have learned and helps teach those that don't.
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