“I'm loving my students' motivation… teacher dreams do come true!”

Posted by MobyMax on Dec 20, 2016 9:30:39 AM

Last week, we challenged teachers to have their students compete in a MobyMax Fact Fluency classroom contest. We wanted to make sure teachers were aware of this simple but exciting way to motivate students to master math facts.

Teachers easily learned how to use Moby’s contest module to set up their classroom contest in less than 2 minutes. Teachers could also decide what rewards and incentives to put in place in their own classroom. Thousands of teachers participated! One big take-away? A little competition makes a big difference!! 

Why were the contests such a hit? Here’s how some of the teachers explained it.

Today when my kids found out that kids teachers in other states won yesterday, they were first of all SHOCKED that kids across the nation were participating. They thought it was super cool that there are kids at different age levels and cities and states using this as well, and our small chat turned into a spur-of-the-moment geography lesson! It was great! :) It made them want to try even harder and do their best on their facts today! This morning my top student has 4,018 seconds and a score of 90 points. He's excited to see his points growing as well as his confidence!” ~ Kayleen Renee Durant, Griffin School

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Introducing Moby Phonics Sounds, Phonics Blending, Phonics Spelling

Posted by MobyMax on Nov 21, 2016 10:21:53 AM
We have added Phonics! This new curriculum uses interactive manipulatives and automatic read-aloud sound to help students master letter sounds, segmenting, blending, and spelling. With four different modules (and more on the way!), you're sure to find the right tool for your early readers.

Phonics Sounds introduces students to consonant and vowel sounds with direct instruction, practice, and focused speed drills.

Phonics Blending teaches students to blend sounds together with a list of more than 4,000 words.

Phonics Spelling quizzes students on spelling words, re-teaching them the words that they miss with drag-and-drop manipulatives.

Spelling Lists allows students to practice spelling thousands of Moby words. You can even create word lists of your own!
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The perfect lessons for Thanksgiving

Posted by MobyMax on Nov 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM

While MobyMax has 21 modules, you and your students will love the Social Studies lessons on Thanksgiving. Your students can take these lessons on their own, or you can use the lessons on your smartboard or projector for the entire class.
Here is a partial list of some of the lessons that cover the Thanksgiving holiday:
Grade 1     Customs
Grade 2     National Holidays
Grade 2     Traditions: Connecting with the Past
Grade 3     European Explorers and Settlers
Grade 3     Cultural Holidays and Celebrations     
Grade 4     European Exploration and Colonization            
Grade 4     History of the Southeast, Part I            
Grade 5     The Pilgrims and the Puritans

Here’s a quick look at the lessons that are just right for the holiday:

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“MobyMax makes life as a teacher a little easier”

Posted by MobyMax on Oct 27, 2016 3:49:47 PM

This week, we challenged teachers to have their students test out MobyMax Science and Social Studies.  MobyMax Science takes advantage of our proprietary Touch Curriculum™ technology by using more than 20,000 cognitive skill manipulatives to deepen students’ mastery of science concepts. MobyMax Social Studies lessons also use cognitive skill manipulatives to push students to think critically about history, geography, government, and economics.

MobyMax Science and Social Studies 2.pngWe were thrilled to hear from over 1,000 teachers about the progress their students were making using these two tools! Here's what teachers had to say:

“My top 3 students blew me away. I teach 5th grade special education in a resource room. My top three students completed, respectively, 32 problems with 89% accuracy overall, 28 problems with 92% accuracy, and 28 problems with 92% accuracy...Moby has been a true blessing...Thanks for the awesome technology! Makes life as a teacher a little easier.” ~ Ashley Nicole, National Road Elementary School

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Motivate with certificates and Social Studies curriculum for grade 5

Posted by MobyMax on Oct 17, 2016 2:08:15 PM
MobyMax Certificates are back, and now they're better than ever! Now students can design their own certificates after they reach a learning milestone. Students can choose their own certificate frame, colors, and even a medal. Take a look at our cool new certificate builder below!

We've also released Social Studies curriculum for grade 5! Click the library button under Social Studies to see our lessons on geography, government, economics, and history.
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How one 4th grade teacher uses MobyMax to find and fix missing skills

Posted by MobyMax on Sep 22, 2016 4:14:04 PM

When learning gaps go unrecognized and unaddressed, students fall farther and farther behind. Learning gaps create problems for teachers, too, because they can be so time consuming to identify, address, and fix.

Unless, of course, you’re using MobyMax. That’s what Jen Lindquist, a Moby Champion an outstanding 4th grade teacher from Kane Area Elementary in Kane, PA, discovered. Here’s her inspiring story.

Fourth grade teacher Jen Lindquist started using MobyMax a few years ago while she was still teaching sixth grade. Even though she had to pay for it herself, she thought it would be a valuable tool to help teach her students English/ Language Arts. And it was, for a few key reasons.

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Make Back-to-School a Success With These Top 15 Moby-Inspired Bulletin Boards

Posted by MobyMax on Sep 2, 2016 5:34:41 PM

MobyMax makes going back to school super fun, especially when kids have a cool bulletin board they can track their progress on. 

Thousands of teachers have already created boards to get their kids inspired, motivated, and excited starting on Day One. We've picked the top 15 to give you some ideas for a MobyMax bulletin board that will be perfect for your own classroom.

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Contests Improved

Posted by MobyMax on Aug 25, 2016 11:52:11 AM
Contests are a fantastic way to motivate students; a little friendly competition can push students to learn more than they could even imagine! This week, we added new features to MobyMax Contests, including contests in multiple subjects and contests for time spent working in Moby. To give all students or groups a fair shot at winning, we added weighting points by fractions and equalizing points among groups with uneven numbers of people.

Once your contest is complete, print out certificates for your students to reward all of their hard work. You can also award them game time or even unlock a game for them!

We'd love to see these contests in action! Snap some photos of your students working on a MobyMax Contest and send them along to support@mobymax.com. You can also share photos of your contest with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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Is “The Learning Gap” Your Biggest Classroom Hurdle? MobyMax Gives You 3 Unique Ways to Close It.

Posted by MobyMax on Aug 23, 2016 3:33:34 PM

The “learning gap.”

It may be the biggest hurdle you face on that first day you walk into your classroom.

In the “old days,” you probably would have used the same assessment tool to evaluate every student, then tried to find the time to analyze the results, figure out what a particular student did and didn’t know, and devise a plan to help that student get up to speed. All the while, you’d be trying to keep your entire class on track. Given the many other demands on your time and perhaps increasingly crowded classrooms, some students might never have had their learning gaps identified and filled.

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Florida School Turns to MobyMax to Fend Off 'Summer Slide'

Posted by MobyMax on Jun 14, 2016 4:08:26 AM

Third-grade teacher Monica Contreras became a MobyMax advocate as soon as she saw it in action years ago. Many of her fellow educators at McKitrick Elementary School in Lutz, Fla., quickly followed suit when she began to introduce them to the leading e-learning platform for K-8 students.

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