Caribu For Teachers

 Caribu is the leading platform for children ages 0-13 to read, draw, and play games in a video-call with family and friends. Now, teachers too can use Caribu for reading lessons and culture building in their virtual classrooms this year.

To support teachers and students this year, we are excited to offer a free subscription of Caribu Unlimited for teachers to use in their virtual lessons. Teachers will have unlimited access to Caribu’s extensive library of engaging children’s books and activities that help students achieve reading goals and promote a love of learning.

So Many Great Reasons To Use Caribu In Your Virtual Classroom This Year!

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Unlimited access to our vast library of books and activities

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Unlimited access for your classroom until June 2021

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Use your Caribu ID to connect with students without sharing personal contact information

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Referral Program to share with other teachers and parents that earns you points to be used for discounts and gifts

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Why and how should a teacher use Caribu?

“Children are people, and without building relationships and without understanding them, we can’t teach them.” 

With Caribu, you can build a strong culture, community, and relationship with your students, setting your class up for a successful year of learning. The Caribu Call also allows you to share books in a video-call and support reading goals for students as they read with a partner, with you, with a family member, or on their own.

Whole-Class Read Aloud

  • Virtually engage students with interactive read-alouds where they can all follow along

One-on-One Reading and Coaching for you and your student 

  • 1-1 conference with your students virtually 
  • Build strong relationships with each student by engaging in shared activities in a video-call

Small-Group Read Aloud

  • Have virtual small group reading around a shared text

Independent Reading

  • Allow students to partner read on their own in a Caribu Call
  • Gives students a platform and access to a vast library of books to continue to engage in reading outside of class time
  • Encourage independent and shared reading time with a trusted adult outside of class
  • Help students build relationships with each other by reading a book or doing an educational activity together in a virtual playdate

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With a combined 22 years teaching in the classroom, and over 30 years working in education, our Education Advisory Council brings unparalleled expertise and experience to the Caribu platform. We have advanced degrees in Education, Bilingual Education, Educational Leadership, Business, and Public Policy and we’ve worked with organizations like Teach For America, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, NYC Dept of Education, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the Advancement Project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Education Pioneers, DC Public Schools, and the Harlem Children’s Zone. We’ve won numerous awards and honors and have been recognized as a “High Impact Teacher” by the Florida State Department of Education, “South Florida’s Hometown Hero in Education”, and Rookie Teacher of the Year.
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FAQs

Caribu is the leading platform for children ages 0-13 to read, draw, and play games in a video-call with family and friends. We are the world’s first multi-platform interactive video-call for kids and families. 


Caribu’s new web-based platform will allow teachers to open and read books on their computer as they teach lessons with Zoom, Google Meet, or any other video-calling platform. This makes it simple to do read-alouds, facilitate guided reading, and have book discussions with groups of children large and small.

“Children are people, and without building relationships and without understanding them, we can’t teach them.” With Caribu, you can build a strong culture, community, and relationship with your students, setting your class up for a successful year of learning. The Caribu Call also allows you to share books in a video-call and support reading goals for students as they read with a partner, with you, with a family member, or on their own.

 

Whole Class Read Aloud

  • Virtually engage students with interactive read-alouds where they can all follow along

Small Group Read Aloud

  • Have virtual small group reading around a shared text

Independent Reading

  • Allow students to partner read on their own in a Caribu Call
  • Gives students a platform and access to a vast library of books to continue to engage in reading outside of class time
  • Encourage independent and shared reading time with a trusted adult outside of class
  • Help students build relationships with each other by reading a book or doing an educational activity together in a virtual playdate

One-on-One Reading and Coaching for you and your student 

  • 1-1 conference with your students virtually 
  • Build strong relationships with each student by engaging in shared activities in a video-call
  1. In a Zoom, Google Meet, or any other video-calling platform with your students, share your screen. 
  2. Go to app.caribu.com. 
  3. Sign in with your teacher account. 
  4. Share Caribu’s library, full of books and activities, with your whole class.
  5. To read a book with your class on a video-calling platform, tap on a book cover, and then choose the “Read By Myself” option.

Go to caribu.com/education to download a PDF for how to help parents + guardians sign up for a free Caribu account for their child. They can download Caribu in the Apple App store for an iPhone or iPad, download Caribu in the Google Play store for an Android phone or tablet, or sign up on the web through app.caribu.com.

A separate parent/guardian account isn’t needed for students if you’re only using Caribu in your virtual classroom, however, it is needed for students to engage in reading activities outside of class time.

To connect to your students so that you can make one-on-one Caribu Calls with them, have their parent or guardian add you as a contact using your Caribu ID which can be found in the menu.

  • Thousands of Books, Activities, Coloring Sheets, and Games
  • Books in 8 languages (Majority in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese)
  • Activities like recipes, word searches, math games, financial literacy, art walks, origami, and more
  • Social Justice books in the Courageous Conversations: Anti-Racism category
  • Social Emotional Learning Category with books about mask-wearing, social distancing, grief, and mindfulness

Caribu books promote social awareness through its wide library of socially conscious and social and emotional books focused on the five core competencies of SEL (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making).

 

The Caribu Call, our video-call feature, helps children build critical relationship skills that are essential during this time of social distancing. Students have the opportunity to engage with their teacher and peers in a meaningful way by reading a text with each other or bonding over a virtual activity which reinforces responsible decision-making as they read text, turn pages, and color together.

 

  • Pre-K through 5th grade but has content for children up to 12 years old (6th grade).

Caribu puts children’s security first and is guided by leading cyber-security experts.

  • All accounts are adult accounts – no child accounts or child profiles 
  • COPPA compliant by default
  • Contacts can only be added through individual double-confirmed invitation requests to known family/friends
  • Caribu video-calls are 1-1 with trusted contacts
  • All calls have end-to-end encryption

For Teachers

When you sign up as a teacher, your subscription will be FREE for the 2020-2021 school year. You will have unlimited access to Caribu’s extensive library of engaging children’s books and activities that promote a love of learning.

For Parents/Guardians

Caribu has a freemium model. The Caribu Free Plan includes access to 15 “Experiences” each month. An “Experience” is reading a book, playing a game, or doing a coloring activity and can be used inside or outside of a Caribu Call with a trusted friend or loved one. Once they use up all of their 15 Experiences for the month, a user can wait until the next month or upgrade to the Caribu Unlimited Family Plan which is $9.99/month and $99.99/year.

  • Unlimited access to our vast library of books and activities
  • Unlimited number of contacts you can add to your teacher subscription
  • All access included until June 2021
  • Referral Program to share with other teachers and parents that earns you points to be used for discounts and gifts

Caribu provides hundreds of books and activities in an easy-to-navigate library. Pick by grade level or topic to read about subjects like dinosaurs, space, families, plants, animals, and more. Choose introductory texts from publishers like Baby Einstein, Creative Teaching Press, and Languages 4 Kidz, or try some more challenging books for older students. Read stories that include important life lessons, from Thomas and FriendsTM, Storybook Genius, Be Books, the Alycat Series, Usborne First Experiences, and Lucy Tries. Explore Caribu’s Courageous Conversations: Anti-Racism category to launch meaningful discussions about inclusion and bias. Get to know wildlife in series like Animal Superheroes, and learn about history in Caribu’s large selection of Highlights books. Plus, you can find classic fairytales, sing-along nursery rhymes, and many favorites, old and new.

We sort our books by age ranges and grade level bands to help parents and guardians make the best choice for their children. Since Caribu focuses on children starting at birth, reading levels do not always apply.  We recommend that teachers begin by searching in the age range or grade level that meets the needs of their students and use each book’s summary page (after you click on the cover) to help decide on the appropriateness of the content. We trust that teachers are best positioned to know the books that are most appropriate for their students given their reading levels, needs and interests. 

Caribu is the world’s first multi-platform interactive video-calling experience for kids and families. 

Caribu is available on the web, on iOS phones and tablets, and Android phones and tablets.

You only need one Caribu login to access your account on mobile, tablet, and web. 

DISCLAIMER: We are excited for you to use Caribu as a technology tool to keep your classroom running while practicing social distancing. Caribu was built to be safe and secure for families and trusted contacts. Adults set up the Caribu account and add other trusted family members so that their kids can do an activity in a video-call with a trusted adult.

We recognize that this is an emergency situation and Caribu’s technology would greatly help decrease interruptions to your classroom. We expect that every account created is created by an adult and those two adults are known to each other before a child engages in a Caribu Call. We expect that all organizations have done extensive background checks and fingerprinting to ensure the safety of children in Caribu Calls. We cannot take on liability for any callers, participants, or content of calls, and we disclaim any third-party claims or issues. We implore you to ensure that you have the strictest protections in place before using Caribu to create your program virtually, as you should when you use Caribu for any purpose. Please use your own discretion in offering our program to chosen readers and participants, and take all possible precautions to keep your children and families safe.