Monday, February 23, 2015


This year we have been fortunate to receive a grant for all math students to have an account in Mangahigh.  This software has 2 parts - math problems to solve and math games to play.  This software is like no math software I have ever seen before. Students actually want to do math in their spare time.  It provides competition between students as well as offering week long competitions between schools. 
Teachers can assign various math topics as it pertains to subject and grade level. They can assign topics to whole classes or to individual students.  They have the option to present the lessons as problems, games, or both. As students progress through the assignments, they can see their ranking. They squeal with delight when they see the flames at the top of the screen.  They are 'on fire' as the program states on the display.  Teachers can then monitor progress of each student as well as class progress. They get analytics as to class ranking vs. other schools in the U.S.
 The games are very varied and they are very challenging. The game to the left is called Save Our Dumb Planet. You have to protect Earth from space hazards by using algebraic equations to calculate trajectories for Earth's missiles to destroy them.

The game on the right is Sigma Prime. You must use multiplication and division to factor the primes to defeat the alien invaders. You must think quickly to defend our base.

Want to practice your times tables?  Look no further than Jetstream Riders. You must get the answers correct to keep your balloon floating in the jetstream. This multiplayer game is addicting and one of the student favorites.

Ice Ice Maybe requires acute estimates skills to position icebergs in the water to help penguins safely navigate over the shark-infested water.

If you want to try it, you can go to this website and try the word problems and games for free. ( Scroll down to the bottom of the screen for the free games.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Live with K2!

One of our assistant principals, Melissa King-Knowles (K2), has been helping construct a school in the Dominican Republic for the past 2 weeks. She was selected by Lifetouch Memory Mission to participate in the building process. Students at Canyon Vista raised over $4000 to send with her to donate to he construction and needs of the school children. This morning, we had a Google hangout with K2 live from the Domican Republic. Students were able to ask questions of students as well as K2. This unique global experience will be a valuable memory for all involved.  Here is a link to the Google Hangout....