Calling all Heroes! Save Buzzcity

Looking for extra fuel to motivate your students? Tell them the story of BuzzCity! Your Buzzmathematicians can help Dr. Bowtie by collecting enough gold stars to unlock missions to recover important mathematical artifacts.

Alfred Bowtie, the great inventor, was in his time traveling machine (called the BuzzPorter) when the mysterious Mr. Haze stole the world’s math knowledge! Now BuzzCity is in shambles–there are no right angles, circumferences or diameters cannot be measured, and so on–but wait, Alfred Bowtie was safe in his time machine and did not lose his math knowledge. He plans to undo Mr. Haze’s work and restore all our mathematical knowledge.

Watch the video

Watching the mission video will introduce you to the BuzzMath storyline where you will find out why BuzzCity needs to be repaired and how you can help. The video is approximately 2.5 minutes in length and could easily be watch in your classroom!

What is a mission?
A mission is a more challenging problem solving activity that links students to math history and to the BuzzMath storyline. Students must solve each page in order to move to the next page. Each mission features a famous mathematician in a fictional storyline that is integrated with mathematical history. Upon completion of a mission students collect an object (such as Euclid’s lost Book of the Elements) that will help restore lost mathematical knowledge and ultimately the beauty and architecture of BuzzCity.

The current missions are The Lost Talisman, The Secret Rule, Mystery in the Sand of Egypt, Measure Under Pressure, Reaching the Possible,Knowledge is the Key, the Dawn of Algebra.

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As Buzzmath evolves, stay turned for more missions and more opportunities to save our city!

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Buzzmath Friday at Philippa Schuyler Intermediate School

The  Buzzmath team was  back in NYC last week to collaborate with teachers and other ed tech developers as part of the NYC DOE Innovation Zone Short Cycle Evaluation. While there, we had the opportunity to talk with the students, teachers and administrators at the Philippa Schuyler Intermediate School.

Students were eager to give us feedback on the activities they were working on and the teachers provided us with valuable information regarding the role Buzzmath plays in their classroom. From our visit we not only got to see Buzzmath in action, we also gained great insight into data reporting, parental involvement and bowties. In honor of Alfred Bowtie, the students and teachers wear bowties on Buzzmath Fridays…amazing!

GIFs That Explained Math Better Than Your Teacher Ever Did

Where was this post when I was in school? Amazing how a little animation can help illuminate the most confusing of math concepts. Thanks to Lisa Winter from iflscience website, we now have 21 GIFS that neatly illustrate math concepts better than anyone could have expected.

From solving Pascal numbers to dealing with pi, these moving pictures make everything look easy. Try it with your students! Visual-spatial learner will absolutely love this.

Our favorite? The Pythagorean theorem one.

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Click here to see the article and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Buzzmath iPad App Update !

Buzzmath iPad App Update

A new Buzzmath version is now available on the App Store just in time for back to school! Update your application now to access the following additions and improvements:

  • iPad Retina display support. Enjoy our content with absolute clarity.
  • Improved scrolling speed inside activities.
  • Fullscreen mode; making it easier to view and interact with hundreds of objects. Read our blog Say Hello to Full Screen Mode for more information.
  • Various bug fixes

We hope you enjoy these new features, so please share your experience with the others in the comment section below.

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Say Hello to Full Screen Mode !

Using Buzzmath on your interactive whiteboard is about to get even better! Teachers and students now have the ability to view many interactive objects in full screen mode. This will make it easier for users to view and interact with our activities and enhance the learning experience.

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An expansion symbol located in the upper right corner of our interactive objects makes it easy to access the new full screen mode.

This option is available for teacher and student accounts, on the web or iPad.

Volume of a pyramid   Introduction to slope   Pythagorean Relationships

We are excited to hear your feedback. Please comment below.

Video games and the future of math

Video games are the perfect way to teach Math, says Stanford mathematician.

Video game technologies – and Buzzmath would qualify – provide a User Interface to mathematics that lay the foundation for new ways of thinking.

Why ? It’s all about representation.

  • Better representation system than the symbolic representations on a static page ;
  • Interactive representation for beginner-level learning ;
  • Dynamic representation which means you can get closer to the“Mathematical thinking”.

The well-known mathematician Keith Devlin author of “Mathematics Education For a New Era” shared these insights to Forbes writer Jordan Shapiro. Math is changing. Don’t be stuck in the 19th Century and read the full interview here : 5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

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What Do Teachers Think About EdTech ?

We know there are a lot of teachers out there using technology in their classrooms.

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We also know there are a lot of teachers who aren’t – whether they can’t due to financial constraints or just flat out don’t want to (or some combination thereof).

We interact with a ton of teachers on social media who are super stoked about technology, and that makes us happy. But we do know that the folks we get to interact with aren’t necessarily a great representative sample of the entire teacher population, so we know we’re not getting quite the whole story.

The Pew Internet and American Life survey addresses teacher’s attitudes on technology in the classroom.

Take a look and tell us what you think – do the findings match up with the teachers you know from your school or other professional connections?

  • 45% of US adults have a smartphone
  • 58% of teachers have a smartphone
  • 68% of teachers under 35 have a smartphone
  • 93% of teachers own a laptop, compared with 61% of US adults
  • 39% of teachers own tablets, compared with 24% of US adults
  • 47% of teachers own e-book readers, compared with 19% of US adults
  • 78% of teachers use Facebook and LinkedIn, compared with 69% of US adults
  • 26% of teachers use Twitter, compared with 16% of US adults
  • 42% of teachers think their students still know more about technology than they do
  • 18% of teachers say they know more about technology than their students do

Tell us why or why not by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Buzzmath on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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New York loves Buzzmath

To close the achievement gap in middle school math, the NYC Department of Education’s iZone challenged software developers to submit ideas. Buzzmath embraced the “Gap App Challenge” and the result was a tremendous success. Since then, Buzzmath have been featured in an inspiring video by the iZone where educators, students and professionals praise the initiative. Watch “Gap App Prototyping” below to learn how Buzzmath met the needs of the teachers and enhanced math learning for NYC schools.

How Buzzmath Excels for One-to-One Peer Tutoring

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Summary:  One-to-One peer tutoring programs require math resources that have rich activities, instructional support, and actionable data. Buzzmath delivers on this by providing a service that consistently delivers content designed specifically for the Common Core along with on-demand examples and solutions for each and every practice activity. In addition, Buzzmath’s data and administration tools make it easy for tutors to track how their individual tutees are doing while also allowing program administrators insight into the effectiveness of their tutors.

 

Challenge: Giving peer tutors what they need to provide high quality, differentiated instruction

The DPS Lear Tutoring Program, winner of the 2014 National Tutoring Association Public Schools Program of the Year, is an innovative peer tutoring program that pairs high school tutors from East English Village Preparatory Academy with third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at JE Clark Preparatory Academy for one-on-one math tutoring.

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Every tutor and tutee pair meets for forty minutes twice a week to check on the tutee’s progress in math class, learn new math skills, and reinforce prior skills.

 

Because the tutors are high school students, not trained math teachers, DPS Lear Tutoring needed a math program that would help the tutors give good math explanations. In addition, DPS Lear Tutoring wanted to fully capitalize on its one-to-one structure. They needed a math program that supported differentiated instruction.

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DPS Lear Tutoring began using Buzzmath during the 2013-2014 school year. Each tutee and tutor was set up with a Premium Buzzmath Account so that they had access to on demand examples, detailed solutions, and detailed reporting tools.

 

Immediately, Caitlin Theisen, the DPS Lear Tutoring Program Director, found that Buzzmath checked all the boxes of what the DPS Lear Tutoring needed.

Quote“What we needed was a program that was interactive, which Buzzmath definitely is, and we needed  something that would provide support in terms of explanations. Now, if our high school tutors need support in explaining what went wrong, they can click on ‘Show Example’. That was a great change for us. We also love that Buzzmath is personalized. With our previous product, the lesson plans were assigned each week so every single student in the class was working on the same exact plan every week, and it was essentially a PowerPoint presentation. Now our tutors can go back to previous activities and gear their instruction towards each individualized student.”

Results: 5% Growth on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program

The difference in the tutees’ growth on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) between the 2012-2013 school year and the 2013-2014 school year, in which Buzzmath was first implemented, was 5%.

This picture is of TreMaine Dwight and Keana Jones. TreMaine is in the class of 2015 and an NTA Certified tutor, Keana is an 8th grader. They've been working together since fall of 2013.

While the growth cannot be attributed directly to Buzzmath, Buzzmath was definitely “one major improvement,” says Caitlin. DPS Lear Tutoring will continue to use Buzzmath for the 2014-2015 school year and beyond as it hopes to expand its innovative one-on-one peer tutoring program.

 

 

 

This picture is of TreMaine Dwight and Keana Jones. TreMaine is in the class of 2015 and an NTA Certified tutor, Keana is an 8th grader. They’ve been working together since fall of 2013. 

 

 [ Download the report in PDF form ]

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Summer of Fun & Learning – Best Math Apps

We were very happy at Buzzmath to learn via Sharon Turriff from appymall that our application made it into the “Best of Apps Series to help keep your kids and students learning whilst having fun on their Summer Holiday”.

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She also had some kind words to say about your favorite application.

“This app is engaging, has more than 2,800 problems aligned with the Common State Standards, a variety of answer inputs, and single-click activity assignment. It will help students as they work towards mastery.”

Thank you Sharon and we hope you have a great summer.

To read the full post, click here : Summer of Fun & Learning – Best Math Apps

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