How time flies – it is almost half term and I realised that I had not set my new classes up on **Manga High** or **Sumdog **which I have now rectified. Looking at the games again on Manga High in particular I was struck by the excellent variety of Mathematics skills involved. So many so called Mathematics games are simply Arithmetic but on Manga High students can use games to practise Algebra and Geometry as well as Arithmetic Skills. The Basic Package (free) allows access to all the games and teachers can set the excellent **Prodigi Quizzes** for a week at a time; teachers will find clear **Getting Started Guides here**. Scroll down **this page **to see some samples of the quizzes and for a very comprehensive guide to the content **check the information here **selecting **Algebra** for example shows the extensive resources available.

With my Year 9 (UK age 13-14) class we have been studying simultaneous equations and for their homework as well as the text exercises I have given them some alternatives online to support their work, as a school we use MyMaths (subscription site), I have also linked to **David Smith’s excellent site** (free) and I have just added three Prodigi quizzes to the list! It will be interesting to see which they like – I feel a survey coming on!

Returning to the games, hover over any game to check the skills tested; for example try Algebra Meltdown or The Wrecks Factor for algebraic skills.

I have written on **Sumdog** before, that post has various useful links. You will see from the **Sumdog blog** that you can now choose skills appropriate for your school; having initially chosen the UK National Curriculum – I changed my mind and went back to the Classic set – skills for 5-14 year olds, worldwide.

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