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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Teacher Teamwork Puts This Florida School On Track to Complete 2 Million Problems

Posted by MobyMax on Aug 7, 2017 10:29:00 AM

There’s an old African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.” Deciding they wanted to go far, the teachers at McKitrick Elementary in Florida have banded together to ensure they meet perhaps the most ambitious goal they’ve ever set: answer two million MobyMax problems correctly in one school year. 

Why MobyMax?

MobyMax has been a big hit at McKitrick since teachers first started using it almost four years ago. Third Grade teacher, Monica Contreras, and her fellow teachers particularly appreciated how the curriculum empowers students to advance at their own pace and level, often fulfilling Moby’s promise to help kids learn twice as fast. They progressed dramatically with Moby, embracing both school-year and summer learning contests (read more here).

“I love this program because it is a safe, reliable, beneficial, and fun option for students to use in the classroom and at home,” says Contreras. “One of the major advantages of using MobyMax is the ease of differentiation. During MobyMax time, students can build on skills they still need to practice that may be below the grade level material we are covering in class, or they may accelerate into above-level content. Each subject area begins with a placement test that places a student at an appropriate level and builds on that knowledge.”

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Brand New Teacher Rewards and other great updates!

Posted by MobyMax on Jul 10, 2017 10:17:29 AM

We just released a new feature: Teacher Rewards! In this module, teachers earn points when their students answer questions and pass lessons in the program. Teachers can then "spend" these points on rewards for their students. Reward students with game minutes, games, badges, Moby Friends minutes, sweepstakes tickets, or educational videos called Maxoids! We handed out a bunch of free points for you to get started - why not give rewards a try today? 

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MobyMax Twitter Party

Posted by MobyMax on Jun 13, 2017 12:22:42 PM

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Join us for our first Twitter Party on Tuesday, June 27th at 8pm ET and use #mobychat to join the discussion! The Moby team will lead a lively conversation about classroom resources, online education, and technology in the classroom. This twitter chat is a great way to share ideas and learn about new tricks that are working for teachers and administrators around the country!

We’ll follow a standard Twitter chat structure, posting a series of open-ended discussion questions over the course of 30 minutes. Follow the discussion with the hashtag #mobychat (or by visiting us at @MobyMax). Each question will be identified as: Q1, Q2, Q3,. etc. When you tweet a comment or response, label your answer as A1, A2, A3, etc.

We look forward to chatting with you on Tuesday, June 27th! Register for the event here to be eligible to win prizes.

MobyMax Twitter Party registration link:

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Topics: Exciting News

Social Studies Grade 7 and Reading Level Assessments Grades K-2

Posted by MobyMax on Jun 9, 2017 4:59:02 PM

Exciting news! MobyMax has just released Social Studies for grade 7. Click on the "Library" tab to see our new lessons on Ancient Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome! 


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Settings changes, new games, and more!

Posted by MobyMax on Jun 6, 2017 8:11:07 AM

We know how much you love to share students with other teachers, and we know that sometimes it's hard to keep track of settings when you share. To help manage settings for shared students, we've introduced the "Principal Teacher" setting. This allows any teacher to adjust who gets to control a student's default settings. Under the "Share students" menu, you will see a new tab called "Shared Teachers." Click the principal teacher name link to change the principal teacher for any given student. 

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Math Really Can Be Fun: Victory Tunnels, Theme Songs, and MobyMax

Posted by MobyMax on May 23, 2017 3:08:55 PM

MobyMax’s Amy Weiss was thrilled to see Florida elementary school teacher Trisha Quattrocchi tweeting to celebrate her students’ impressive achievement: 100% mastery of 5th grade math. What could be the secret to her class’s success? Here’s how Trisha explained it herself:


I am a 5th grade math teacher at Lake Magdalene Elementary School. None of my students are in AGP, but they are a seriously dedicated group of learners. Our focus is on mastering 5th grade standards, and boy, do we celebrate when we do!

We start out the year with a pretty classic testing process: in September, the students took their county formative tests and a MobyMax placement test. I used the formative test results to assign specific lessons in MobyMax.

Every six weeks since then, I have had students take another MobyMax placement test to see where they’d improved and if they’d mastered standards they previously missed. I also use the test results to create mini groups and assign leveled “exit tickets” using both Kahoot and paper quizzes.

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Brand New ELA Curriculum and Reports!

Posted by MobyMax on May 17, 2017 7:57:31 AM

We just released a brand new ELA module: Foundational Reading! Foundational Reading teaches fundamental reading skills using cognitive skill manipulatives that will jumpstart students’ reading ability. Aligned with CCSS Foundational Reading standards, the module focuses on key skills such as phonological and phonemic awareness, decoding, segmenting, blending, syllabication, and more. Click the "Foundational Reading" button to explore this great new module!


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New Settings and Sort Features

Posted by MobyMax on May 2, 2017 9:53:53 AM

Every student deserves to have curriculum customized to meet their specific needs. And every teacher needs easy-to-use tools to customize curriculum. To help teachers tailor MobyMax to their students, we've made some changes to the Curriculum Settings menu. When you click the "Curriculum Settings" button on the teacher dashboard, you'll now be taken to the "Default Settings" screen. Here, you can set default settings for your entire class for each individual subject, adjust settings for non-curricular modules, and hide subjects and modules from students. 

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“MobyMax made my teacher heart swell with joy” as student effort and enthusiasm soared

Posted by MobyMax on Apr 10, 2017 3:46:51 PM

Testing season is upon us. How do you prepare students in a way that ignites their internal fire to learn, accelerates their learning rate… and makes you so happy, you could burst?

Moby contests!

Recently, we helped teachers prepare students for state achievement tests by challenging them to compete in a MobyMax Math and Language classroom contest. In Moby Math, students master key topics like place value, operations, proportional relationships, expressions and equations, and probability. In the Moby Language Module, students conquer parts of speech, verb tenses, punctuation, new vocabulary, and more. Both modules align with Common Core standards, so they fit seamlessly into most schools’ educational objectives and requirements.

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