Editorial Review Updated May 2016

Mangahigh

Phenomenal adaptive math games with a killer teacher dashboard
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Graphite Rating 5
  • Games are more ridiculous and exciting than you'd expect, and will keep kids doing math.
  • The Prodigi challenge system makes quizzes and practice easy, pushing students to reach deeper levels of understanding.
  • The teacher dashboard is beautiful and extremely easy to use.
  • Rich analytics help teachers keep tabs on mastery and target areas for extra support.
  • Just a small sampling of the ludicrous fun students are in for.
Pros
Learning tools are solid and adapt to students' levels, fun games promote learning and retention of concepts, teacher dashboard is a wonder.
Cons
Drill-and-practice activities could get old, some games are a bit slow-paced, and the manga-inspired interface might not be exciting for some.
Bottom Line
Fantastic tool for flipped or blended classrooms, formative assessment, or extra practice in any setting. It's gamification that really works.

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Galen McQuillen
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Graphite Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 5

Games are ludicrous, easy to play, absurdly addictive, and manage to make the actual learning fun (not just the game itself). Kids will be quickly hooked, and initial game-inspired interest will soon give way to authentic intrinsic motivation.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 5

The Prodigi learning system and standalone games work in conjunction to promote skill acquisition and conceptual understanding. Solid constructivist underpinnings mean students build knowledge intuitively, rather than being forced to memorize.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 5

Teacher dashboard is best-in-class, with incredibly useful and well-designed class management tools, robust analytics, and content previews. More built-in help for students would be nice, but given its discovery approach that's not a big problem.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Mangahigh is ideal for blended classrooms, homework replacement, or extra practice. Teachers can use the dashboard to create different classes, add students, choose specific games each class can access, and monitor students' activity. Under Challenges, teachers can search the games and Prodigi quizzes that target specific Common Core standards and assign them to students.

Older students are better off in the Prodigi section, where activities on numbers, algebra, shapes, and data are text-heavier and involve some multiple-choice critical thinking. Keep these tutorials and exercises in mind as a great resource for test prep, as refreshers after summer break, or for teens moving into more advanced math classes. Another nifty feature is a search tool that lets you assign Prodigi tutorials based on grade level or Common Core standard. You can also inject a little healthy competition into the mix by adding your class to public leaderboards, where students can see how they stack up against other schools nationally.

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What's It Like?

Mangahigh is a web-based platform that boasts dozens of math games and hundreds of tutorials and quizzes -- all aligned with Common Core standards. It teaches and reinforces a wide variety of math fundamentals, from counting and number sense all the way up to beginning algebra and geometry concepts. Students can play through games at their own pace, or work on teacher-assigned challenges and lessons. For extra competitive flavor, students can earn medals, badges, and rewards, compete in social games with students across the world, or take part in school-wide challenges against other schools (Fai-Tos). 

An impressive teacher dashboard lets instructors manage the whole experience with a gorgeous gradebook system, easy class set-up, comprehensive analytics at the class- or student-level, and full interactive previews of all games and lessons. Classroom Mode allows teachers to lock down student access to teacher-assigned tasks (games or activities) for up to 90 minutes. 

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Is It Good For Learning?

Most learning happens either in challenges, interactive quizzes, or standalone games. The quizzes and arcade-style games are expertly combined with meaningful learning content to push students to reach more sophisticated levels of understanding. Mangahigh does an impressive job of letting the math content drive student engagement. With progress, speed, and accuracy all displayed, and infinite re-tries available, students will readily push themselves to master content just for the thrill of achieving their personal best. 

The games are ridiculously fun in their own right, but seamlessly promote learning goals as part of the play. Students make use of math concepts to progress through challenges involving interstellar travel, gardening, piñatas, and more. They'll make kids laugh, make them strive to win, and most importantly, keep them practicing their math skills day after day. Combined with a dashboard to manage all of this, Mangahigh is a surprisingly powerful practice tool for all levels. 

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