Hello and welcome to my interactive educational website. My name is Barry Hoffman and I am the creator and owner of Hoffkids. In 2002 an idea came to me. As a 6th grade middle school teacher, I wanted to use the growing internet to help my students become better at math, as well as enhance my own teaching. I had so many links in My Favorites, but I needed something better.
I wanted my own site with links to sites that other people created for math skills. I wanted the links to help my students with math topics we did in our 6th grade classroom, and provide enrichment for those wanting more inquiry. Most importantly, the site needed to be purposeful (notice there aren't any outdated class photos or student work from 2 years ago). This unique site and its experience needed to be a comfortable place that was always there for my students; whenever and wherever they needed it. I now needed to create the name for my website.
I wanted the name to be simple to remember so that students could easily get to it and never forget its address. The name had to be short, easy to spell, and reflect the site. I came up with some ideas for the name and surveyed my students. I was close to using the name NoHomework.com. It was owned by someone and they wanted $500 for
the name! I almost bought it, but soon realized that my students and I wanted something that meant more, and reflected both me (Mr. Hoffman) and the students (kids) of our classroom. Thus the name Hoffkids.com was created and registered. The site was now ready to be designed.
While finding great math websites, I began to find fun sites that were not directly related to our math studies, but included games of strategy and engaging items of interest. I also wanted to show that doing math through games and fun activities, is an integral part of the learning process. This became the popular Assorted Fun zone that still exists today. Next, an important meeting was needed to help Hoffkids to begin.
I met with my A.P. Mr. Chris Shields for support. He told me in his tiny office; "This is wild and it could work. I'll fully support you." I knew after talking with him that it would take off. On the night of February 25th, 2003 Hoffkids was "born." As Hoffkids is now 14 years old and has reached over 1/3 of a million visits, I am proud of how often the site is used by my current and past students, siblings, parents, educators, and visitors around the world. I'm also proud of how it continues to develop from not just my vision,
but from the suggestions and the needs of the kids in my classroom during each new and exciting school year.
What started out as just 3 zones: Math, Science, and Assorted Fun, has now grown to over 25 unique and special areas of educational interactivity.
Some new items to come to Hoffkids in 2017 will include FORMAkids, math magic zone, and more video screencasts.
Thank you for taking your time to read this, and be assured Hoffkids will always continue to evolve and remain innovative! Let's see what Hoffkids offers in 5 years.
Please leave a message in the Comment area when you have a chance. I would love to hear what's on your mind.
Always keep reaching for your goals, no matter how long it takes you.
Founder & Creator of Hoffkids.com
Long Island, New York
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