Sunday, February 3, 2013
Exploring Manga High!
Manga High. It's a free site, with tutorials and practice. Students earn points and medals for their practice. The teacher can assign specific "games" as challenges and set a proficiency level. I uploaded my students' names just last week. My A day students used Manga High in class for the first time on Friday. So it is too early to report any significant findings. We were starting our unit on polynomials. Since adding and subtracting polynomials is a review of combining like terms from the fall I wanted students to engage in something other than our routine practice. All of my ninth graders were just issued laptops 2 weeks ago ... so almost every student could practice online. It was amazingly quiet in the room ... the talking was about math ... and students were celebrating the high scorers. Naturally I was pleased with that for sure! But will students practice on their own time? Will they go to that program when they feel like they are missing a key piece of instruction? I don't know yet!