We are happy to announce that Math Buddy (http://www.mathbuddyonline.com ), has received the “Ready” accreditation status for use with SMART Technologies Inc.’s SMART Board interactive whiteboard. Accreditation at the “Ready” level means SMART finds Math Buddy to be easy to use, intuitive and interactive for use with its SMART Board interactive whiteboards.
Calgary, Alberta-based SMART Technologies Inc., the segment leader in the interactive whiteboard market, invites educational software publishers to participate in its Software Accreditation Program so that the interactive whiteboard maker’s customers “know which content and software work best with SMART products.” Approved publishers may display SMART Board interactive whiteboard logo art to indicate that their software satisfies the requirements of the program.
Teachers can use SMART Boards interactive whiteboards and Sympodium interactive pen displays with Math Buddy to demonstrate concepts they want students to learn.
Technology is fast becoming an integral part of education. As more teachers start using technology, combination of powerful tools such as interactive whiteboard and exciting, engaging software such as Math Buddy will redefine the way instruction is carried out in a classroom environment.
We are looking to work with many other technology tools that complement Math Buddy and help the teaching community to better illustrate the concepts.
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Now that Math Buddy is officially launched, we wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the contribution of one math educator who has been a source of tremendous inspiration for us. To be very frank, when we started off Math Buddy, we were experimenting with various ideas on how we can contribute to Math education, but did not find satisfaction with any of the approaches.
It was my visit to Atul Vidyalaya in September 2007 to meet Mr. Sundaram that defined our direction and gave us the confidence that what we were attempting was something that was going to be beneficial to educators and learners. I was impressed by his passion and love towards Mathematics, and his ways of explaining the concepts in very simple, logical and practical manner which he attributed to his mentor, Dr. P. K. Srinivasan. Mr. Sundaram has devoted himself to helping to improve the quality of Math education by going around the country organizing workshops for teachers to help them use conceptual methods for teaching using simple physical objects.
Mr. Sundaram had created an excellent Mathematics lab at Atul Vidyalaya, and had trained his teachers to imbibe his vision and methods to help kids understand the concepts behind Math. During our discussion, we could see that a lot of his ideas were amenable to implementation using the electronic medium and were in line with what we were trying to do with Math Buddy. He volunteered to create the first topic on teaching number systems using simple activities, which has served as the blue print for most of the topics that we have at Math Buddy.
I have met Mr. Sundaram a few times during our development of Math Buddy, and he has always been supportive, encouraging and providing newer ideas to improve on what we were doing.
Mentor magazine (http://www.mentormagazine.net) published a cover story on Mr. Sundaram in their November 2007 issue. I will try getting their permission to attach a PDF version of their article.
Thank you, Mr. Sundaram for your support and contributions to the development of Math Buddy!
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Math Buddy is now brimming with activities and a brand new website. We are now complete and ready to service you with best in primary education. Past few months have been daunting and testing time for the team Math Buddy, but as the saying goes “no pain no gain”. We are happy that our efforts have blossomed into a quality product.
Let me quickly give you a synopsis of some of the interesting activity updates.
Build your own multiplication table
We have all seen how learners commit multiplication tables to memory. They always have this misconception that a multiplication table is given and hence needs to be committed to memory. In Math Buddy, we are trying to reduce this misconception by asking the learners to build their own multiplication table. The learners will use strips, tie them together and count the dots to build tables. This would also introduce them to rows and columns which is also a base for area model.
Prime Numbers, GCF and LCM
Another important concept wherein learners have been seen struggling are Prime numbers, Greatest common factor and Least common Multiple. Here we are helping learners understand what prime numbers are by way of rectangular arrangements. Learners will appreciate the fact that Prime numbers can only be arranged in a single row or a column. An application problem (Let us tile the floor) has been used to explain the need for GCF. Again a real life application of LCM illustrates the need for learning the subject.
Perimeter and Area
Perimeter activities can be drawn from real life and we have tried to replicate the same in this section. Perimeter concept is introduced through wrapping links around the shape and using fence to enclose lawn area. For area estimation we are trying to show the need for unit squares through an activity called planting grass sods. This activity investigates why squares are used for area estimation.
Reflections and Symmetry
Reflection and symmetry is all around us and finds lot of utility in day to day life. Pattern creation as an act of reflection has been effectively dealt with in our reflection and symmetry section. Reflection and Symmetry was never so much fun till we created one for ourselves.
This activity is part of the grade 4 curriculum in Math Buddy. Click here to access Math Buddy
Check out some of the activities at http://www.mathbuddyonline.com/mathbuddy/practice or simply get started with Math Buddy
The journey so far has been good but we need your continued support and encouragement. We hope you continue to visit, use and share Math Buddy math activity learning lessons and tools.
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The Math Buddy Team
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Fraction as part of life
Fraction occupies a central role in our day to day life
- A solid framework at an early stage will enable the kids understand and comprehend various aspects of math topics.
- It is thus important to design activities which are combination of both conceptual and skill learning and that is exactly we do at Math Buddy.
How do we explain fractions?
Explain what a whole /part is
- Show them a full pizza, which is divided into say 4 or 5 pieces. Ask them how many pieces are there?
- Then remove one piece and ask how many are removed from the total.
- Give a series of similar practice where the question can be how many pieces are taken out or left over.
- They will eventually understand that the top part in the fraction is the number of pizza pieces seen or missing and the bottom is the total number of pieces needed to get the original pizza.
|Taking a step ahead
Kids are naturally curious and when a real life example is shown, they associate it even better.
- One other example we provide at Math Buddy is asking the kid to water a circular lawn.
- Divide the circular lawn to say 4 portions and ask them to water 1 portion.
- Make it interesting by asking them to water a full lawn. Make the discussion lively. You will be surprised to see how each child reacts.
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Technology has been one of the biggest blessings to mankind. It is well known how technology has made life simpler and comfortable in every sphere of life. The complexity of life, clubbed with a 24×7 lifestyle, has left every one with little time to focus on things which do not fall into the day-to-day routine. Everyone wants their space and anytime anywhere access. The very thought of anytime anywhere access, especially in the field of education, gives us an opportunity to leverage technology for the advantage to teachers, students and parents.
Education in schools has also undergone a sea change compared to what it was few years ago. The educators are far more willing to experiment with newer methods of teaching and are willing to go the extra mile to help students understand the concepts through the use of technology. As we are progressing and growing, the life around us keeps changing and this requires constant change to the curriculum in order to keep up with the changes. The changing curriculum puts extra pressure on educators to ensure that the content is delivered in the right way to the students.
With ever increasing competition among schools to perform well in the assessment tests, there is growing pressure on educators to perform which ultimately impacts the students. Some schools still focus on learning by rote, which can never be a long term solution. The only way to help students perform well in standardized assessment tests and give them a long lasting education, is to help them understand the concepts at an early stage in life. Take for instance mathematics as a subject. Every second or the third child in the school is scared of this subject. Any reason why? Simple enough they have been unable to appreciate the concept. A live and interactive platform would have opened their vent for intuitive thinking.
Researches have shown that mathematics instruction and understanding of the subject will be more effective if students can visualize the concepts as they study and interactive manipulatives can be a great tool to accomplish this. To nurture the young minds and channelize their thought process in the right direction, we at Math Buddydecided to come up with a way to teach concepts in Maths and Science through extensive use of interactive manipulatives.
Today, information is available in plenty from the Internet, enabling educators to study the best way of teaching various concepts to students. However, getting the right kind and type of information requires skill, patience and acumen. Throughout the world the focus of education is moving towards activity based teaching of concepts. Our researchers have toiled day in and day out to come up with activities, some of which are already used in different parts of the world, to help students learn the basic concepts in Maths and Science.
Research has shown that students understand the concepts best when they can relate what they learn to real world objects, supplemented by an opportunity to experiment and see the results in realtime.
At Math Buddy, we have made this our mantra, and are working towards making math and science learning not only fun and exciting, but also something that lasts for a lifetime.
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Welcome to Math Buddy. After months of hardwork, we are releasing a Beta version of Math Buddy to a limited number of students and teachers. The initial lessons are primarily focused on Maths for 2nd to 5th graders.
We look forward to your feedback on the site and content, as this will help us improve the site.