by admin | Sep 29, 2012 | Math Buddy, Math Buddy Composite Score

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

by admin | Aug 28, 2012 | latest updates of math buddy, Math Buddy

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

by admin | Aug 27, 2012 | Math Buddy, math learning, mathematics education

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**

by admin | Apr 5, 2012 | Math Buddy, math learning, mathematics education

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.

by admin | Feb 15, 2012 | Math Buddy, math learning

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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by admin | Jan 20, 2012 | Math Buddy, math learning, mathematics education

Math with a good foundation leads to many benefits in life. A fine understanding of math helps to fuel middle and advanced learning in various education levels. There are times when we run into difficult topics that we cannot pass up. It is quite natural to target topics which we like or find easy to do. But we must not ignore the weak areas, especially when they are critical.

There are some topics of prime concern that are of big use in mathematics. The important point to realize is, when we know our own weaknesses and do not make any effort to correct or improve them. **This habit is a strict no-no.**

Let us understand how to overcome this habit and strengthen a weak topic in math.

Throw yourself directly into the topic that you are not too good with. Surround yourself with the information that helps to improve your understanding of the topic. In short, practice, practice and practice.

Let’s understand this with the help of some examples.

- Marathon runners practice hard to maintain their stamina and good timing.
- Swimmers practice all day long to improve their timing and flow.
- Musicians practice their musical score to the finest level.

The list can go on and on. The saying ‘*practice makes perfect’* is well known and will probably never disappear. Why? **Because it works. **Not only does this apply to math learning, it applies to any area or field that we are weak in.

Once you know the areas or concepts that you are weak, list them. Make up a plan in the required order, which means the sequence of concepts which you want to target one by one. For example:

*Addition → Multiplication concept → Multiplication tables *

Next step is to make a detailed study of the topic and further related topics. Explore the topic, understand, link and make thorough observations.

Never deny the chance to learn. It is okay if you don’t know the perfect calculation or the technique. Clarify the unknown and try not to repeat them. Denying yourself the chance to fully understand the weak topic will lead to incomplete comprehension of the principles and concepts. A false sense of achievement may arise, which can result in shameful outcome later on.

For strengthening any weak topic, seek for true understanding by immersing into the topic instead of avoiding it. By doing so, the probability of mastering the weak math topic will be quite fair.

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