Cracking the Code

Posted by MobyMax on Sep 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Motivating bored-but-gifted students using some fiery competition – and technology.

GUEST COLUMN | by Christopher Godshall 

There’s a lot of both media and academic attention paid to students with learning difficulties acting as barriers to acquiring knowledge, and rightly so. But teaching gifted and talented students poses its own set of challenges. Higher-achieving students can get bored easily or become impatient if they’re not given material that engages them academically. They can get frustrated if they find the pace in the classroom too slow. They also might yearn for a classroom that is more competitive than the one they’re in. Plus, not meeting these students’ needs for more challenging studies could squander the opportunity to push those students to new, exceptional heights.

As someone who has taught gifted and talented students for 16 years, I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to meet the needs of these pupils in a way that keeps them engaged, their parents informed, and me, as their teacher, at least a few steps ahead of them!

This summer, I turned to an edtech platform for the solution. The lessons I learned from our successes seemed worth sharing as a new school year gets underway.

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Bethlehem Baptist Church to offer free tutoring services

Posted by MobyMax on Aug 28, 2017 12:10:29 PM

From Staff Reports | Corsicana Daily Sun

Bethlehem Baptist Church Learning Center is offering weekday and Saturday tutoring to students in need of additional support. Subject areas include Math, Reading, Writing and Study Skills for students in grades third through eighth. The learning center includes access to Corsicana Independent School District student online programs such as Moby Max and I-Station. Tutoring will be open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday as needed.

“We see a need to help students, and we are committed to serving our community in this way,” Rev. Dairy Johnson said.

Tutoring is currently provided by volunteers including: Darlene Allen, George Burrell, Carla Harris, Ellender Johnson, Sherretta Lewis, Laurena Roberts, and Rev. Dairy Johnson.

“We know that when our community works together with our schools, students will achieve at even higher levels. CISD is very appreciative of Rev. Johnson and the volunteers at Bethlehem Baptist Church,” said Dr. Diane Frost, CISD Superintendent.

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Learning all summer long in the Falls School District

Posted by MobyMax on Aug 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Hundreds of Niagara Falls students are getting busy this summer — and they’re having fun while they do it.

The 900 or so students — more than ever before — are participating in the Niagara Falls School District’s Extended Learning Programs, created in response to research showing that over summer vacation, students lose too much of what they’ve learned during the school year.

“Ultimately, through the learning and instruction which we’re providing, we aim to avoid ‘summer slide’ or ‘brain drain’ when children do not continue to participate in activities and lessons learned throughout the school year,” said Cathy Sullivan, a coordinator of the extended learning programs.

Sessions are taking place at several elementary schools throughout the district and there is hope that the summer learning is making a difference in kids’ educational success.

“It’s far and away the greatest number of summer offerings ever; our best effort to increase instructional time throughout the year,” said Judie Glaser, community relations director for the district.

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North Penn Works To Stem 'Summer Learning Loss'

Posted by MobyMax on Aug 1, 2017 11:32:27 AM

Children can lose more than two months of grade level equivalency in math over the summer, North Penn School District cautions

Shared By Justin Heinze (Patch Staff) -  July 31, 2017 5:49 pm ET

LANSDALE, PA — Children can lose more than two months of grade level equivalency in math over the summer, the North Penn School District cautions.

That's why they're working to offer ways to stem "summer learning loss" by encouraging students to practice math during their off months.

Many students have access to the Moby Max website (http://www.mobymax.com/), which their teachers provided during the school year. On the Moby Max site, children are able to access lessons that are designed to match their learning needs. They are also able to practice basic facts. Retaining fact recall over the summer is important in being prepared to move ahead in math during the coming school year, the district said.

They also advised watching math enrichment videos on Youtube and accessing programing on Kids.gov and at the Khan Academy.

The district said the exercises are good for the developing mind of any child regardless of their career path, as they are often about logic and learning to think ahead. North Penn said that future scientists, lawyers, carpenters, and any number of other fields of expertise could benefit from these activities.

Image via North Penn

- Montgomeryville Patch published the original article here 

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MobyMax Recognized by SIIA as Best PreK/Early Childhood Learning Solution and Best Cloud-Based Solution

Posted by MobyMax on Aug 1, 2017 8:45:00 AM

There’s Simply “Nothing Like It On The Market,” Notes One Judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 27, 2017) – MobyMax, innovator of the award-winning personalized and blended learning curriculum for K-8 students, was named the Best PreK/Early Childhood Learning Solution and Best Cloud-Based Solution of 2017 as part of the annual SIIA CODiE Awards. The awards recognize Mobymax’s unique achievements in developing groundbreaking educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the PreK-8 sector. They also implicitly acknowledge MobyMax’s rapid rise to the top of the field, as CODiE Award recipients are known for producing the most innovative education technology products in the U.S. and around the world.

“We are thrilled to be included in this elite group of CODiE Award recipients,” said MobyMax co-founder Glynn Willett. “Moby is made for teachers, and tens of thousands of them have made it no secret how much they love the program. But to be recognized by our professional peers further validates the unique niche our company fills for students, classrooms, and schools.”

“I have not seen anything this comprehensive for PreK or Early Childhood,” noted one judge. “As an all-in-one offering, MobyMax features extensive reporting and data analysis on student learning, plus motivational features kids love, like behavior vibes, contests, and more.” Said another judge, “the designers have thought of it all!”

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‘Lost in the Cracks’: Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth

Posted by MobyMax on Jul 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

By: Jenny Abamu| EdSurge  July 11, 2017

The American prison system has been criticized for being a place of punishment instead of rehabilitation. In states such as Alabama, where youth as young as 14 can be tried as adults, going into the system can mean a lifetime of condemnation. However, one school district hopes a personalized virtual school program will offer incarcerated learners a second chance.

Superintendent William “Trey” Holladay is credited with being the brainchild behind the Renaissance School in Athens, Alabama. In 2015, after the state passed a law requiring each local board of education to have a virtual option for students in grades 9-12, the Athens City School District created Renaissance. The K-12 school is a part-virtual and part-blended learning space—meaning students from all over the state can attend the virtual school (which serves over 1000 students, according to the principal Nelson Brown) and students within a 70 mile radius can participate in the blended version of the school (which has approximately 300 to 400 students depending on the year).

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MobyMax Named SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award Finalist for Best PreK/Early Childhood Learning Solution and Best Cloud-Based Solution

Posted by MobyMax on Jun 13, 2017 3:45:52 PM

MobyMax Expansion of PreK/Early Childhood Learning Garners Widespread Praise

June 13, 2017 – MobyMax, innovator of award-winning personalized and blended learning curriculum for K-8 students, has been named a 2017 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in two prominent categories: Best Cloud-Based Solution and Best PreK/Early Childhood Learning Solution. The award nominations recognize MobyMax’s unique achievements in developing groundbreaking educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the PreK-20 sector.

“It is gratifying to be commended for our success in helping teachers easily find and fix learning gaps in all K-8 subjects,” said MobyMax co-founder Glynn Willett. “Tens of thousands of teachers have told us how much they love the differentiation and individualization MobyMax makes possible for every student. This nomination acknowledges how critical it is for teachers to have this capability.”

MobyMax recently expanded its early elementary curriculum by adding seven new phonics and reading modules to an already comprehensive suite of tools. For early learning, MobyMax now includes for Phonics and Spelling Rules, Alphabet, Phonic Sounds, Phonics Blending, Phonics Spelling, Foundational Reading, Early Reading Trio, Sight Words, Early Math, Number Sense, Fact Fluency, Early Science, and Early Social Studies. These innovations are helping MobyMax achieve its ambitious mission to “enable children everywhere to learn twice as fast, any time, on any device.”

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MobyMax Enters the Philippines

Posted by MobyMax on May 23, 2017 11:25:47 AM

Emergent Digital Teacher becomes the exclusive distributor of MobyMax in the Philippines

May 23, 2017 - Emergent Digital Teacher (EDT), becomes the exclusive distributor of MobyMax in the Philippines and for all Overseas Filipino Workers with children living and studying in the Philippines.

With a population of over 100 million the Philippines is considered the 5th largest English speaking nation after the U.S.A., India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. The Philippines is also one of the top emerging digital economies in Asia. Over 40% of the population is online making the Philippines the second highest-ranking internet using nation in Southeast Asia and the 6th ranking in all of Asia.

We look forward to Emergent Digital Teacher introducing MobyMax to students in the Philippines. School aged children learning in English across the globe have seen significant academic improvement using MobyMax’s personalized learning curriculum.

EDT has been working closely with schools and the local market in the Philippines for many years. With MobyMax, EDT will launch an online enrichment platform, to facilitate communication with parents and teachers and guide each child’s individual learning path. We expect EDT to see rapid adoption of MobyMax in the Philippines.

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Computer programs help FUSD middle-schoolers catch up in math

Posted by MobyMax on Apr 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

By: SUZANNE ADAMS-OCKRASSA | Sun Staff Reporter Apr 27, 2017

Teachers at Mount Elden and Sinagua middle schools are catching struggling students and improving their knowledge of core courses before they reach high school with an innovative computer program and a little extra help from a teacher.

Sinagua Middle School Principal Tari Popham and Mount Elden Principal Tom Safranek said the success is due to an intensive intervention and student support program called, Response to Intervention, that both Sinagua and Mount Elden middle schools started three years ago.

Every four and a half weeks, teachers pull the grades of all of their students and look to see which ones may be struggling with a core subject such as math, writing, reading, science or social studies. The teachers meet during an early release Wednesday to talk with each other about student grades and who may be struggling.

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Helping the Greatest Number of Students

Posted by MobyMax on Mar 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM
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