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BuzzMath for Middle School is among the first apps in the newly launched education category of Google Apps Marketplace

We are excited to announce that BuzzMath for Google Apps is now available to the thousands of middle schools out there using Google Apps for K12 for classroom collaboration and email. It is among the first apps in the new EDU category of the Google Apps Marketplace, thanks to Google’s support. You can now ask your school administrator (who also happens to be your Google […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Calculating Slope

(Algebra > Relations & Functions > Functions) In our previous document Introduction to Slope, students learned that the ratio of the vertical distance to the horizontal distance between two points describes the slope of a line. In this document, Calculating Slope, we allow students to explore common errors when computing slope. The important concept here is for students to recognize […]

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BuzzMath 1.37 – Disabled calculator, “Show me an example” bug squashed, comparing and ordering rational numbers

We updated BuzzMath.com to Version 1.37 on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010. We created a new document with Bonnie: Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers. Feedback welcome! While navigating the middle school book, teachers will have the Contents view by default. Great view to browse the content and give assignments. For some specific mental calculation pages, the calculator is disabled. Thanks to […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers

(Numbers and Operations > Relationships Among Numbers > Comparing and Ordering Numbers) In the new document, Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers, students use equivalent forms of fractions, decimals, and percents as well as employ common benchmarks such as one-half to help them compare and order rational numbers. The lesson begins with its focus on the benchmark of one half in […]

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Teacher’s Tip of the Month: How to Send Assignments (Part I)

We love that your students can freely explore the variety of lessons in BuzzMath, but we also recognize that there are situations that warrant assigning specific lessons. That’s why we’ve created the Send an Assignment feature for sending assignments to individuals or to entire classes. It may be that your entire class needs additional practice with order of operations, or […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Absolute Value

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) The new Absolute Value document begins with a quick visual of two girls walking on a number line followed by the related standard notation to get students understanding the concept and notation of absolute value. Selection and ordering questions further test students’ understanding of the concepts. The […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Integer Addition Using a Chip Model

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) For an alternative to the number line model, try our new Integer Addition Using a Chip Model document that has students representing sums of positive and negative integers with marked chips. The document begins by introducing the addition of two negative integers through students’ familiarity with addition […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Introduction to Slope

(Algebra > Relations & Functions > Functions) One of the more difficult concepts for teachers to teach and for students to grasp is linear equations. To begin, students must understand slope. Since most students already understand “steepness” you can stress that slope is the measure of the steepness of a line. You can later discuss rate of change, after they […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Integer Subtraction by Adding the Opposite

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) Success with integer addition can easily translate into success with integer subtraction! In Integer Subtraction by Adding the Opposite, students rewrite each subtraction expression as an equivalent addition expression. Then they apply their knowledge of integer addition to find the solution. Since the first four pages focus […]

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Discover BuzzMath at NMSA Annual Conference in Baltimore!

On November 4th, teachers and administrators can be involved in BuzzMath firsthand as they join former middle school math teacher, Bonnie Spence and the Scolab crew in an interactive workshop at this year’s NMSA annual conference. The 75 minute workshop, entitled “What’s All the Buzz About?” will be held at 12:30 pm on Thursday November 4th, in room 327. Much more […]

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BuzzMath 1.34 – Individualized assignment and reporting

We updated BuzzMath.com to Version 1.34 on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010. Note: previous release 1.33 was done on September 7th, 2010 and was not newsworthy. We mainly worked on enhancing our editorial side. Differentiating for student learning is important and so teachers now have the option of sending individualized assignments in BuzzMath. The process is the similar to sending an assignment […]