Hooda Math Unveils 50 Math Games for Mobile Devices, All Free

Site offers 500+ web based and 50+ mobile math games, perfect for 1:1 and BYOD schools

(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN) – Hooda Math, K12’s leading resource for completely free, web based math games announces the release of more than 50 non-flash based educational games.  The 50+ mobile games can be accessed safely through any browser, from any device, along with the more than 500 web based games at www.hoodamath.com.

Every game offered by Hooda Math is absolutely free, including the newly released mobile games and makes correlations between standards and skills practiced in a game.

“As a middle school math teacher, I realized that my students needed more than a textbook or curriculum to stay engaged and improve in math.  5 years ago, Hooda Math was born as a completely free, web-based educational gaming site.  Today we see more than 3,000,000 visitors each month,” said Michael Edlavitch, founder and CEO of Hooda Math. “However, in recent years, BYOD, BYOT and 1:1 initiatives have changed the game, Hooda Math is adapting to meet learners where they are, no matter what device they are using.”

Each of the newly released mobile games are non-flash based and compatible with any web-enabled device. Student favorites like Hooda StackerHooda Dissection and Hooda Remover were among the first games to be created specifically for mobile platforms.

The shift to mobile is already proving to be beneficial for students – this past December alone, just three months after the site began offering mobile games, nearly one million kids played Hooda Math games from their iPads, Kindle Fires, Android tablets and more.

“Teachers have enough on their plates, worrying about whether or not they can get an app installed on devices their students are using shouldn’t be one of them,” adds Edlavitch.  “We take a lot of pride in being a reliable, trustworthy, educational and safe resource for teachers and parents to further engage their students in math, anything we can do to make their lives easier is top priority.  Students accessing our math games from their tablets’ browser are automatically routed to our mobile site.”

Hooda Math releases new, free, math games on a weekly basis, from basic skill practice to brain-challenging escape games, a favorite among older students visiting the site. Edlavitch is committed to keeping every game on Hooda Math completely free, visit them at www.hoodamath.com and see which games may be perfect for your students, no matter what device they are using.

About Hooda Math

HoodaMath.com is a free online math games site. Founded by former middle school math teacher, Michael Edlavitch. Hooda Math offers more than 500 free math games that are played online by more than 3 million students a month. With more than 50 HTML5 games, students can now access the site from their iPads, Kindle Fires, Android tablets and more.

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outh Carolina, Texas Educators Receive 2014 AASA Women in School Leadership Awards

Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 14, 2014 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2014 AASA Women in School Leadership Award. The outstanding educators honored today are Karen C. Woodward, superintendent, Lexington County, School District One, Lexington, S.C., and Linda Carrillo, principal, PSJA North High School, Pharr, Texas.

The award, sponsored by Farmers Insurance and AASA, was presented at the AASA National Conference on Educationin Nashville, Tenn. Each honoree will receive a $1,000 check and a one-year membership to AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

“We are excited about bolstering today’s education space, which is why we are so pleased to honor the outstanding women in this field,” said Randy Rice, national manager, Education Programs, Farmers Insurance. “Congratulations to Superintendent Woodward and Principal Carrillo for receiving this award. As we increase the number of women in educational leadership roles, the better off America’s education agenda will be.”

The Women in School Leadership Award recognizes the exceptional leadership of active, front-line female administrators who are making a difference in the lives of students every day. The award pays tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools.

“It is an honor for AASA to recognize the exemplary leadership by women educators in this country,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We’re grateful to Farmers Insurance for supporting this important program and supporting the many contributions made by these extraordinary women. Thank you, Superintendent Woodward and Principal Carrillo for making a positive difference in public education.”

The award is given in two separate categories: the superintendent/assistant superintendent category and the central-office administrator/principal category. The criteria include demonstration of strength in both personal and organizational communication, professionalism and community involvement.

The applicants were measured against the following criteria:

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system.
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

The National Selection Committee, comprised of educators, business leaders and government officials selected Woodward and Carrillo from four national finalists. The other national finalists were:

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About Farmers Insurance
Farmers Group Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services, an insurance-based financial services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Farmers® is the nation’s third-largest Personal Lines Property & Casualty insurance group. Property and casualty products are underwritten and issued by the Farmers Exchanges and their subsidiaries, which Farmers Group Inc. manages but does not own. Headquartered in Los Angeles and doing business in 41 states, the Farmers insurers provide homeowners, auto, business, life insurance and financial services to more than 10 million households.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visitwww.aasa.org. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage. Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.

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ALAS CONGRATULATES DR ALBERTO CARVALHO.

Alberto M. Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) in Florida, was named the national 2014 Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). Carvalho completed his term as president of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) board of directors in October 2013, and is now serving as the immediate past president. The announcement was made at AASA’s national conference on education in Nashville, TN on February 13, 2014.

 

Since 2008, Carvalho has overseen the nation’s fourth largest school system, serving a diverse student body of over 400,000 in Pre-K-Adult, with an annual budget of almost $4.3 billion; 53,000 employees; and over 47.5 million square feet of facilities. He is a nationally recognized expert on education reform and finance, as well as an outspoken advocate for high quality education for all students.

 

“We have been proud to call Alberto Carvalho one of our own for years,” said Veronica Rivera, executive director of ALAS. “His input and influence have been invaluable to this organization that supports Latinos in leadership and promotes educational success for all students. While he was transforming the Miami-Dade public school system, Alberto also has been influencing educational reform at the national level for a number of years. We look forward to continuing our relationship with him and benefitting from his guidance.”

 

Under Carvalho’s leadership, M-DCPS’ business operations were restructured, resulting in an increase in financial reserves of over 2000 percent, despite the national economic downturn. Insisting on transparency in the budgeting process, he restored public trust and community support for Miami-Dade’s public schools. By bringing a renewed focus to the classroom, student performance has improved significantly. In 2010, the District posted its highest high school graduation rate ever and through a data-driven approach to school performance improvement, decreased the number of “F” high schools in Miami-Dade from 13 to one. Additionally, as a leader in innovation, Carvalho is spearheading the transformation of education, pushing for the migration from textbooks to digital content and is developing cutting edge educational environments to meet the demands of today’s learners.

The AASA National Superintendent of the Year applicants were measured against the following criteria:  leadership for learning; communication –both personal and organizational; professionalism; and community involvement.

 

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About the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS)

The ALAS mission is to provide leadership at the national level that assures every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with an emphasis on Latino youth, by building capacity, promoting best practices, and transforming educational institutions. ALAS was established in 2003 in response to a lack of national advocacy and representation of Latino students.

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