At the end of nine days, Kiwi students in every group from Kinder to Year 6 are on top... and running 1-2-3 in several. Students have attempted more than 5 million questions and spent over 100,000 hours on the website. And it's not all hard work... students are having fun at the same time.
Matific's Twitter feed is loaded with images of children working on their questions and enthusiastic comments:
Student: (a big, relieving sigh) "I LOVE Matific!"
Me: "that's great, what do love about it?"
Student: "I just love it...it gets me, you know what I mean?"
"I think that Matific is amazing because it helped me with what I was struggling with and it's cool because it has monster cards that keep me wanting to win to get them." Aidan Year 8 Tapora School
Parent feedback received by teachers:
...i'm really impressed with the games
...A great variety of exercises
...My child loves earning the cards and exchanging them
... I have trouble getting them off the app
My favourite quote is from my Year 2 boy who was doing the activity when you count the pieces of washing on the washing lines. he gave this great sigh (after getting it wrong) and said "This is why my Mum always moans about doing the washing." Hahahahaha. Classic!
The Matific Games is free to enter and there’s $50,000 in cash and prizes available including a swag load of goodies from Matific’s sponsors – think drones and other STEAM-type products.
Competition is based around Matific’s games suite for K–6 with competing at three levels; as a school, as a class and as an individual.
The major $20,000 prize will go to the school with the highest student average activities completed and there are other generous cash prizes for the winning classes and students.
“There’s plenty available for competing schools and students, on top of the winner’s cash awards there are prizes for top 10 students and schools and lots of opportunities to win. Schools can use the cash to buy technology, sporting equipment for the students, anything they might need,” Teacher Educator Brent Hughes from Matific says.
Winners will be named based on the accumulation of stars which are awarded according to the number of games completed; the focus is on effort over ability. Each completed game can earn the student up to five stars, the more games completed the better. Matific will average out the number of stars won so all schools are on an even playing field.
Cumulative results are online at https://www.matific.com/au/en-au/matificgames/contest
So much to do, so little time. It is a trite phrase, but when I found myself as the only DigiTech teacher in the school, it suddenly gained a lot more meaning.
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