Station 1: Books on the platform
To continue exploring your first steps in Buzzmath and to familiarize yourself with the platform, you need to know the various options available to you.
In this station, we’ll explore the “Books” section, which you and your children can access from the sidebar on the left side of the platform. It’s recommended that you use the child account to access the books.
In this section, you’ll find five types of books:
- Geometric Constructions
- Brain Teasers
- Ready, Set, Math!
To find out which activities your child should do, you can go to the Books section, then select your child’s level by changing the book selected at the top of the menu. Next, choose an activity based on the math concept that was recently taught to your child. If you don’t know where to start, go to the Curriculum section on the website. You’ll find the learning outcomes your child must attain and the related activities.
These books offer math activities aligned with your children’s teaching program. This is where you’ll find activities that will help your children develop their math skills.
The binoculars represent a book that contains all of the Buzzmath explorations. In Buzzmath, exploration and experimentation play a key role. Your children can use a tens cube to solve a subtraction visually. They can change the parameters of a function to test their hypotheses on the form of the graph. They can test probabilities by using spinners, randomly drawing candies or rolling dice. Math concepts will no longer be limited to symbols! And this is how math will take on a whole new meaning for your children.
The play button represents the book on geometric constructions. Your children will find demo videos on various math subjects that will help them learn math concepts.
The map represents the book that contains the riddles and Sonya's math challenges. Kids really enjoy these activities.
Sonya's math challenges are math challenges for students. For the riddles, we’ve chosen not to propose detailed solutions—the only way to solve them is through perseverance!
Ready, Set, Math!
The book Ready, Set, Math! contains math activities for the end-of-year review. Your children will discover which concepts they’ve mastered and which ones still require special attention!
Station 2: The toolbox
The toolbox can be accessed directly from the Buzzmath activity pages. It includes:
- Read to me (speech synthesis)
Children in grades 1 and 2 do not have access to the lexicon.
This icon contains 3 different types of pencils so that your children can continue to use the reading strategies in place. They can highlight a word or make notes directly in the activities.
Read to me
Speech synthesis is a support tool that appears on the left side of each paragraph once the toolbox option has been activated. To activate it, simply click or tap the speaker icon. Note that for students in grades 1 and 2, the speech synthesis feature has already been activated and is therefore not in the toolbox.
This tool is represented by a blue speaker in the margin of each activity. If you click or tap the icon, the text highlights one word at a time, as it is being read aloud.
Clicking or tapping the dictionary icon will take you straight to the visual glossary or to the glossary of formulas, depending on the level you’re in when you consult it. A glossary is a lexicon that explains certain words to your children to facilitate their comprehension.
This glossary can be used for elementary-level activities and to obtain an illustrated description of certain math terms. In some cases, it allows for manipulations that make it easier to understand the term.
Glossary of formulas
This is a glossary of math formulas that you will find in the secondary-level books.
The calculator can be used for simple calculations, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.
Station 3: Features you don’t want to miss
The feedback loop
Buzzmath offers a feedback loop to encourage your children to persevere in their learning.
If a child gives an incorrect answer, the platform shows them where they went wrong so that they can correct their mistake. If they don’t know what to do, they can be shown exactly where they made their mistake.
On some pages, your children can also choose to consult the detailed solution so that they can find another way to arrive at the same answer. Your children can start the page over as many times as they want, using different values.
This approach helps to reinforce your children’s conviction that they can find the right answer on their own, without copying their answer from the solution. This is a step towards developing a mindset of progress and perseverance!
Simply move the mouse over a word on the activity page and a direct link to its definition will appear.
In this section, it’s easy to find all the activities you saved in your favorites.
To add an activity to your favorites, simply go to the book you want, then click or tap the heart icon to the right of the activity that you wish to add. It will then be automatically added to your list of favourites.
Accessible from the homepage in the Laboratory menu, the missions are fun and exciting adventures where your children can complete math exercises while accumulating stars to unlock the 10 missions and rebuild the city of BuzzCity.
The missions are available as of Grade 5 and will introduce your children to the history of math and its key figures.
Station 4: Reports
Reports are yet another interesting tool for parents, allowing you to track your children’s progress.
The Individual Report
You can access this report in two ways: by going to the “Reports” section, in the sidebar on the left side of the platform, or by clicking or tapping your children’s name on the homepage
The Individual Report shows you the activities that your children have completed as well as the badges they earned for each one. You can also see the date on which your children completed each activity and the time they spent on each one.
To switch from the account of one child to another, simply click or tap your child’s name.
Detailed report of results
You can review the number of attempts your children made on each page and quickly see the difficulties they had.
To access this report, simply go to the activities your children completed, which you can find in the Individual Report, select the activity you wish to consult, then click or tap the “Show results panel” option.
Congratulations! You’ve completed your first steps in Buzzmath! Now you have the tools you need to start using the platform to its full potential with your children. Log in to Buzzmath and put what you’ve learned into practice!
We’d really like to know what you think about your first steps in Buzzmath! Do you have comments you’d like to share with us? We always appreciate your suggestions, positive feedback, or anything else you’d like to share.