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MrNussbaum

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Engaging teacher-created edu site helps kids learn.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn a wide range of topics in math, language arts, history, geography, and science on this educational gaming site geared to elementary school students. Many of the games and lessons are sorted by age level and let kids adjust difficulty based on factors like time and number of variables. Teachers can also customize games to use in the classroom. Though many games include instructional videos, the games tend to be very simple and they lack fancy features, including in-game help. Overall, MrNussbaum.com is a nice collection of interactive activities that, with good guidance, can be a fun way to reinforce a wide variety of topics.

Positive messages

Mr. Nussbaum -- the site and the man -- find a way to make learning fun and entertaining by framing educational experiences in positive, tech-friendly way.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Ads appear on the site through third-party advertising networks, but featured brands fall into the family-friendly variety: CVS, Hanes, Colgate. Users are encouraged to report any advertising that may be considered inappropriate. The site offers a paid premium upgrade that eliminates all advertising content and enables several premium features.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this entertaining website features a wide array of educational games and activities to help reinforce what is taught in school. Elementary aged students will find fun interactive games that hone math, science, language arts, and social studies skills. An easy-to-follow color-coding system helps visitors determine which games and activities are appropriate for their age and grade level, and most games are customizable by skill level or they progress from easy to harder rounds.

What's it about?

Greg Nussbaum is a fourth grade teacher in Virginia who began a small classroom site to assist his own students. The site has grown to a formidable online educational presence and is visited more than 5 million times per month. Full of custom interactive games and activities, MRNUSSBAUM was developed based on the idea that crucial concepts, themes, ideas, and fact sets taught in the classroom can be enhanced over the Internet through interactivity. It's widely used by K-8 teachers in computer labs and classrooms and provides a safe clearinghouse for elementary-level educational games.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Although MrNussbaum's games aren't chock full of high-end graphics or complex interactions, they are smartly crafted, engaging tools that kids can access at home for fun or practice. With dozens of games in many subjects and a variety of interesting applications (such as Draggable Math) and activities, there’s something to supplement whatever students are studying.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to find reliable information on the Internet. What are some safe places to browse? How can you tell which sites you can trust?

  • Why is it important to find age-appropriate information through a trusted site rather than through a wider Google search? What are the benefits of going to a single site like Mr. Nussbaum's that offer options and learning opportunities?

  • How does time spent on interactive learning games help supplement and reinforce traditional schoolwork? How does it make learning more interesting? Are there ways that media and time spent on computers can help your progress in school? Hinder it?

Website details

Subjects:Science: animals, ecosystems
Math: arithmetic, fractions, graphing
Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading comprehension, spelling
Social Studies: geography, government, history
Skills:Self-Direction: academic development
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, problem solving
Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Educator Written byGardenqueen June 19, 2013

Great website.

I have used this site before and my students really like it. It is safe and educational.
Kid, 12 years old June 15, 2010

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best games.......
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