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SUMMER VACATION : IT’S TIME TO RECREATE
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Summers are not just about hot sun, chilled water, ice creams and mangoes. It is the best time of the year; the long awaited summer vacations and is possibly the happiest time in the school life. It usually lasts for about two months or so.

Most of the parents during this duration think, “What should my kids do for this summer productively?”, and subsequently end up with ‘n’ number of options. It is the best time to pertain some recreational activities. You can make the summer vacation wonderful if you have made a plan for this great time! Discuss with your children and find out some topics of their interest and benefit.

Here are some things which you can get your kids started with:

Develop a hobby – Let your kids take up a hobby, for example, music, dance, craft work, art or learn new software etc. This will enhance your children’s personality and interest. By doing so, they can grow creativity and knowledge simultaneously.

Learn a new language – Learning a new language is an enjoyment and gain of knowledge at the same time.

Get a library membership – Visit the local library or bookstore and get a membership.Reading is a great activity for summer and it will help them to brush up on their reading skills.

Join a summer camp – Many schools offer summer programs to enrich children’s hobbies. Check with your nearby school and colleges in the area to see if there’s a summer program available.

Take a Trip – Assign the kids a location for a day trip into the nearest big city or the closest beach. Let them plan and help in organizing the trip. This is a great way for kids to practice their organization and time management skills.

Summer is to enjoy. Every kid should have his/her share of fun. Parents should take all efforts to make the process fun for kids and therefore should productively plan on how they can keep their kids occupied during the summer.

Happy Vacation from Math Buddy

Now you can access Math Buddy from your Tablets and iPads-01
Now you can access Math Buddy from your Tablets and iPads
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Happy to announce the availability of your favorite Math Buddy activities, smart sheets and assessments on tablets and iPads. Now you can access Math Buddy from your Tablets and iPads The Math Buddy team has been working very hard for quite some time to convert all our Flash based content to platform independent HTML5 code base. Finally, we have seen the light at the end of the tunnel, and we are happy to say that we have done our best to provide a great user experience.

We will be happy to hear any feedback (good/bad) to help us improve Math Buddy! You can write to us at support@mathbuddyonline.com.

September edition of Mathlathon starts today!-01
September edition of Mathlathon starts today!
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We are into the third month with Mathlathon 2014, and are thrilled to see the enthusiastic response from students from all over the world. We welcome all the new students that have signed up recently and hope you enjoy Mathlathon over the next few months.

The results of August Mathlathon are available on the website http://www.mathbuddyonline.com/mathlathon/. Students who participated can login to their account to get detailed question-wise report which shows a lot of details.

We wish every one all the very best for Mathlathon September edition and look forward to seeing your name on the Mathlathon Wall of Fame on September 21.

Introducing Math Buddy Question of the Day App for Android Tablets and Smart Phones-01
Introducing Math Buddy Question of the Day App for Android Tablets and Smart Phones
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Tired of Math Buddy “Question of the Day” mails filling up your mailbox?

Now you can answer Question of the Day directly from any android smart phones or tablets using the Math Buddy Question of the Day app for Android platform.

Features:

  • Answer the questions right from your phone or tablet anytime, anywhere
  • Access questions for all grades (1 to 8) from a simple to use interface
  • Track your performance and see overall statistics.

To download, visit

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.math.buddy.qotd

Introducing Math Buddy Composite Score
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As you all know, Math Buddy has been designed to be a complete system to learn math concepts through activities, get lots of practice through interactive smart sheets, and an assessment database with which teachers can create instant worksheets or assessments. Teachers can assign any of these to students and monitor their performance in real-time. There is also a question of the day published every day to make students think.

Many a times, we have noticed students spending many hours playing with activities in order to get their name on to the wall of fame or ensuring that their name stays on the top week after week. While this is a wonderful to see, students will get the real benefit of Math Buddy if they use all the different features instead of playing only with activities that are easy to score points from.

We are happy to introduce Math Buddy Composite Score, which has been designed to reward students that utilize all the features of Math Buddy. Students can score points from activities, smart-sheets, assessments and by answering the daily Question of the day.

How does this work?

  • Composite score is calculated by giving a weightage of 40% for activities, 40% for smart-sheets/assessments and the remaining 20% for answering the daily Question of the day.
  • In order to ensure that students do not keep playing with the same activity, a maximum limit of 1000 points has been imposed for each activity in a 7 day period. This means that if a student scores 5000 points in an activity over the last 7 days, only 1000 points will be taken for calculating the composite score.
  • Scores of smart sheets and assessments will be multiplied by 10 while calculating the composite score.
  • Each correct answer for the daily Question of the Day will get 50 points to the student.

We believe this will encourage the students to get maximum benefit out of Math Buddy by utilizing all the available features.

As always, we are happy to hear your feedback and ideas. Please share your thoughts by writing to support@mathbuddyonline.com

regards

The Math Buddy Team

Latest updates @ Math Buddy
Latest updates @ Math Buddy
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Change is the only constant thing. Yes, we thoroughly believe in that. The team at Math Buddy is constantly engaged in developing new features that facilitate the students and teachers according to their needs.

The latest features are aimed at providing even more flexibility to the teachers and help them assign activities, smart sheets or assessments according to the needs of individual students.

  • The new feature “Assign to selected students” can be a boon for teachers when they want to assign different items to different types of students according to their level of understanding. Teachers can assign basic activities, smart sheets and assessments to weaker students to bring them up to the level of the rest of the class and assign more challenging items to brighter students to keep them motivated and challenged. In a way, this feature enables a fair chance of competition to students.
  • For those teachers who are teaching multiple classrooms in the same grade, you have the ability to select students across multiple classes from a single screen, saving a lot of your valuable time. Isn’t that wonderful?
  • Teachers can add or remove students anytime for any of the assigned activities, worksheets or assessments.

We hope these enhancements will make Math Buddy even more useful for teachers. As always, we look forward to your suggestions and will be happy to hear from you anytime.

You can write to us at support@mathbuddyonline.com

Team Math Buddy

Visual Math Learning in india
Visual Math Learning
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visual Math learning happens to be among the most complex subjects for majority of students in schools. Understanding the logic and fundamental concepts seems like an uphill task for these students. Even the students who seem to enjoy mathematics in primary grades begin developing some kind of an aversion towards Math as they get to higher classes. One of the possible reasons for this could be that the concepts become more complex at higher levels of education and learning with understanding becomes more challenging for many students.

With technology, visualizing such concepts and understanding them has become much easier. There are several visual and interactive technologies that not only help in understanding the fundamentals of math, but also enhance the interest of children to a great extent. When children are able to visualize and understand the concepts, there is no reason to have any fear or hatred for mathematics. Children then start to enjoy learning math.

Our objective with visual Math Buddy has been to create visual interactive tools that help teachers to illustrate mathematics concepts in the classroom and for students to visualize and understand the concepts better. There are over 1000 interactive activities and manipulatives covering all the topics from grades 1 to 8 to help enhance math skills in children. In addition to activities, there are also smart sheets and ability to create customized assessments to help children practice math concepts.

The biggest advantage of learning with Math Buddy is to help your kid learn math with understanding and practice math concepts while having some fun.

So let us start enjoying math.

Get rid of the thought that math is a monster.

Hit the math, just do it.

 

 To know more about Math Buddy visit www.mathbuddyonline.com

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TABLETS: A BETTER PROSPECT FOR EDUCATION?
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Tablets have captured the imagination of customers. It is one of the most popular products in the market these days and has taken portable computing technology to new heights. Tablets have indeed become one of the best selling gadgets of all time in the shortest period.

A Tablet offers most of the advantages of the notebook PCs used in the classroom and some more. They in fact have become a tool on the other side of the desk as a way for teachers to use multimedia content as a learning aide in a classroom. According to recent trends in education, Tablet has a lot to offer in the context of student behavior. Let us explore some of the ways tablets can impact the way students learn.

  • Tablets can add a lot of power to textbooks – Tablet can offer a better look for books in the form of ebooks with additional features of audio and video. For example, look at the picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. and hear his “I Have a Dream” speech. The result is a wonderful integrated learning experience. That’s the power of technology. Also, reading through ebooks through tablet can save so much of paper and in turn trees. It has recently been announced that by 2015, South Korean students will replace textbooks with tablets.
  • Tablets fit students’ lifestyle – They’re lightweight and thin, carrying them is so easy. Tablets allow students to listen to previous lectures or lessons that they have missed, highlight text, take notes in the margin and a complete access to dictionary. Tablets match almost everything that a traditional classroom offers.
  • Availability and content readiness – Tablet manufacturers are mushrooming everywhere. There are so many options available in the market now with varied prices and features. Increased competition will drive the prices down in the near future. In addition, content developers are scrambling to adapt their content for the tablet platform. Over the coming years, expect to see more and more tablets popping up in the schools.
  • Mobile tablet trolleys – Some schools have started using mobile tablet trolleys with 30 – 40 tablets that move from classroom to classroom in a bid to save space that will otherwise be required for a computer lab. Students can sit in their own desks and access interactive content to learn concepts.

 Great, so are there any things to be worried about tablets?

While tablets can be a boon for education, it can also impact negatively unless sufficient care is taken.

  • Most importantly, there needs to be good access control software that helps to control the content accessed by the children to ensure that they do not get exposed to undesirable sites.
  • With the advent of calculators, many students stopped applying their minds for calculations and started depending on calculators for simple arithmetic results. Similarly, tablets could take a toll on students using their hands to write things with pen and paper.

However, with proper controls and with the right guidance, tablets will add a lot of value in the way our children learn.

We always look to the upcoming and ask “What’s next?”. The technology that we have right now can help create better, smarter and more informed students with so much resource.

how to Improving Math Score
Improving Math Score
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Math has been a puzzling mystery for many students since ages. It has been clearly misunderstood, mistreated and noticeably demonized by children. Let us understand the ways to deal and break the myths of fake Math realities, which are being assumed by students.

> Hit your math anxiety:- There are students who love to go to school but dislike their math classes. A part of the math fear belongs to the teaching methods of teachers or the basic practice going in school. Also you would simply be better at math if you think you are good enough to handle. Not able to do math is only a temporary feeling because you just don’t understand the logic or concept. Do not get scared of word problems; instead think that getting the right answer for them will improve your scores a lot. For example, word problems always have a fairly good weightage in examinations.

> Befriend who like Math:- There are people around you who love Math. You see them in class, know them and wonder why they always raise their hands to answer or how they know the answers. Find someone who likes to do math. It could be your teacher, class mate, parent or tutor. Be with them and find out how really they developed the logic.

We are considerably not as good as at things we believe we are bad at, although the very first thought may have been formed because we were actually not very good. Discard these opinions and pave a new path for Math-itude. There are plenty of options which can improve your math but only when you help yourself. Then, you’ll be able to succeed at the intricately interesting part of our life that is math and logic.

 Tips for Writing Correct Math

  • Symbols (like the + symbol) that have a specific mathematical meaning are reserved for mathematical use
  • Use complete sentences, correct grammar and correct spelling
  • Don’t use abbreviations
  • Don’t end a line with an equal sign or an inequality sign
  • Two mathematical expressions or formulas in a sentence should be separated by more than just a space or by punctuation; use at least one word
  • Conclude the solution of a problem with a clear and complete statement of the conclusion

 Common Math Writing Errors

  • Incorrect english
  • Incorrect mathematics
  • Using the same symbol for different quantities
  • Too many words and too few symbols, or vice versa
  • Leaving too little space for possible corrections

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