Magazine article Internet@Schools

MobyMax

Magazine article Internet@Schools

MobyMax

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Company: MobyMax, P.O. Box 392385, Pittsburgh, PA 15251, (888) 793-8331; mobymax.com. An online contact email form is available.

Price: A 12-month Teacher Pro license is $99, and an unlimited full school license is $699. Contact MobyMax for the cost of a full district license. A free sample is available, including unlimited student access, with online sign up.

Audience: MobyMax is intended for K-8 school use.

Format: MobyMax is a web-based, multimedia curriculum for any technolog)' that has an internet connection.

System Requirements: The only system requirements for MobyMax are an internet connection and browser. Of course, the newer the computers and the faster the internet access, the better.

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Description: MobyMax is a personalized, blended learning curriculum for K-8 students. It is an online learning tool that includes math, vocabulary, grammar, reading, and more.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/'Access: Teachers, including homes-schooling parents, sign up, create their account, watch a short tutorial, and begin using. Enter as many students as desired, even in the free edition, then students are ready to pre-test. Installation: A

Content/Features: MobyMax is one of the most complete K-8 computerized curriculums currently available. It has most of the technological and educational bells and whistles and was extremely well-designed using core and other standards.

The company continues to tinker with and improve the program. It has been tested and is used by a number of school districts around the country, although perhaps not quite as many as claimed by Moby Max's enthusiastic sales hyperbole online. MobyMax claims to be able to raise student skills by 1 year after 40 hours of instruction.

Those concerned about computers replacing teachers can use MobyMax to fill holes in more conventional curriculums or to provide primary instruction and practice in specific areas such as science or reading instruction. It also has excellent potential for summer or remedial instruction, ESL instruction, and even early elementary reading instruction.

The only other thing to point out before discussing a few specifics is that MobyMax is of limited value without students receiving adequate and extensive computer time. …

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