Many teachers are finding that creating and assigning remote learning lessons every day takes hours and hours, so we thought a video on “How to automatically assign lessons for students at home” could help.
When a student’s learning environment changes overnight, the mental and emotional impact is jarring. Social interaction is diminished or gone entirely, routines are thrown into disarray, and school doesn’t look like school anymore.
Fortunately, MobyMax has multiple measures in place to promote a sense of community and collaboration so often missing in a remote learning scenario.
Our team at Moby is focusing all our energy on making teaching and learning from home as easy for you as possible.
We’re putting together some videos with that exact goal in mind, and the first two are ready!
Follow three easy steps to create assignments using MobyMax using Moby Learning, Quick Checker, and Interactive Class.
It can be tricky to motivate students when they’re four feet from you in a classroom. It’s another story altogether when they’re worlds away, in pajamas, on the couch. That’s why it is so important to give students a reason to keep moving forward in a remote learning environment.
MobyMax tackles this challenge from multiple directions, starting with the naturally gamified format of lessons and further supported by features aimed directly at rewarding, recognizing, and continuously encouraging both effort and achievement.
We know this month has been overwhelming for everyone. So many folks have sought out Moby in the wake of school closures, hoping to find a way to teach their students while staying safe and practicing social distancing. That's a big change, and we wanted to make that transition a little bit easier.
Today, we released some updates to the Moby Central screen. You'll now see a series of links on the left sidebar that allow you navigate throughout the program more quickly.
Communication is one of the biggest obstacles to effective remote learning. Student outreach poses a much larger challenge when you lose the ability to respond to non-verbal cues, provide on-the-fly coaching, and offer much-needed, face-to-face words of encouragement.
In week two of our Remote Learning with MobyMax series, we're diving in to the array of secure, self-contained messaging and discussion features for student, parent, and whole-class communications.
What can you do if your school unexpectedly closes down, but you have to keep teaching?
Florida’s McKitrick Elementary School has turned to MobyMax.
Teachers at McKitrick have been able to make MobyMax a big part of their eLearning plan using using MobyMax’s award-winning suite of remote learning tools—including quizzes, contests, assessments, reporting, and Moby Benchmarker—which will help this year’s teachers convey student progress to next year’s teachers.
“We are in a great position to keep teaching our students," said third-grade teacher Monica Contreras, “as they have been using MobyMax for some time. Students just sign in and Moby teaches them as they go along. I tell parents, if they feel overwhelmed with other applications or assignments, their go-to is Moby.”
Here at MobyMax, we are getting lots of questions from teachers and administrators working on the transition to remote learning.
For many districts across the country, students were initially sent home with a list of resources for optional remote learning. But, as reality sets in that school closures could last for months rather than weeks, educators are working on more formal remote learning plans.
Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing information on how MobyMax can be used to support this transition. Each week, we’ll explore a best practice for keeping kids learning during an extended closure.
This week, we’re looking at how to communicate expectations, monitor work, and share visibility with parents. Covered topics include:
- Setting time and skill goals so students know what is expected of them
- Tracking goal attainment so teachers can monitor student work remotely
- Getting to know your Student Dashboards where progress is charted
- The Parent Portal where parents can follow along
“Our students will be able to continue to learn from home, and our teachers can easily track their progress.”
Since March 6, MobyMax has provided 1,567 schools closed due to COVID-19 with its award-winning educational software for free. MobyMax will continue to do so through the end of the current school year. Any school administrator that still needs online learning tools should contact MobyMax immediately to sign up at no cost.
Teacher response to the free offer has been overwhelming.
We wanted to share some of the feedback and ask educators to comment on what is working well and how they are utilizing MobyMax to continue learning at home.
"On behalf of my school, I would like to say thank you,” said one teacher.
"Providing our school with a license for free during the time of school closure is truly appreciated. Our students will be able to continue to learn from home and our teachers can easily track their progress."
With the majority of states now experiencing school closures, students are using MobyMax at home more than ever.
For some, it’s the first time their parents and guardians are seeing Moby, and you may be getting lots of questions!
We’ve put together a handy guide for parents that details how to use MobyMax at home with their children.
It includes a description of the program, sign-in instructions, and suggestions for what students should work on. The guide can easily be printed to send home with students (if you’re still able) or emailed to parents directly.