Ziptales is a primary literacy program. It was created with the aim of making reading a pleasure. Its philosophy is to offer a vast range of reading experiences, very much like a digital version of a real library, where above all the child actually enjoys the reading.
Ziptales was founded by two ex-teachers, Richard and Valerie McRoberts. Richard has been a writer, editor and publisher working at all levels of primary and secondary publishing. He has a Masters in Education and specialised in literature and reading. Valerie was a teacher, editor and publisher. She has an Honours degree in Literature, as well as a Masters in Education, specialising in “gifted” education. Both had previously been directors of a successful print publishing company (Wizard Books), with sales throughout Australia and overseas.
For schools, Ziptales is available as a whole school site licence (see the “Pricing” area). The fee is structured around the size of the school. We also offer two or three year pre-paid licences at discount rates, as well as our NEW home licence allowing your pupils to use Ziptales at home as well. For this home licence, we have dedicated worksheets for parents to use with their children, or for teachers to use as homework tasks.
For libraries, please contact us for our pricing sheet.
Schools can subscribe as a whole – the most economical way of taking the service - or ask for a single class licence. If a school wants to add on a “homework” licence (access from the children’s home computers), this is possible at a small extra cost. Just get in touch with us or see our "Pricing" page.
For libraries, please contact us for more information.
It is important for teachers to know that there is a whole “Staffroom” of essential information and class support. We also offer amazing phone and email support.
Every year, Ziptales adds new content, as part of our pact with teachers to continually “refresh” the site. It is important for schools to read the regular newsletters, to keep up with what is new.
Ziptales is focussed on the pleasure of the child’s reading experience, and sees “assessment” as secondary. There is no automatic “tracking” of children’s scores. We ask teachers to use one of the two tracking devices (see “Staffroom - How to - Student Tracking”) to record what their children have read and what scores obtained.
Ziptales will work on any type of computer, both PC and Mac, as well as any device like iPad or Android Tablet. All you need to do is goto ziptales.co.uk in your local browser (we recommend using Google Chrome as its the fastest and free).
Yes! The 300+ stories are now all available to view on the iPad and we are working hard on the last couple of modules.