Station 1: Introduction to Manage Classes
The Manage Classes section in the left sidebar gives you access to the details of your virtual class in Buzzmath. Among other things, you can modify the details of your class or your students’ accounts, activate your students and even add a new class.
This is what the interface looks like when you enter this section:
I’d like to draw your attention to three elements in this section:
The header gives you information on your school, such as its name, number of licenses available and number of activated students. You can also select the option to create a new class.
This section contains the details of your classes, such as the name, level and number of activated students in each one.
You will also see the list of all of your colleagues’ groups, following their name.
The option allows you to see which colleagues are using Buzzmath at your school and to share good practices with them. It will also be easier for you to collaborate in implementing Buzzmath in your school.
By clicking or tapping the box representing one of your groups, you will be directed to a new page that will enable you to manage it in more detail.
On the class page, the name and level will always be displayed at the top of the page as well as the activation code or the class code depending on your level. You can also click or tap the Modify the class button to change the details, such as the name, level, number of licenses, etc.
Note that you can delete a class if it is not the only one under your name, but be aware that this is irreversible. The students’ data gathered during the school year in progress will not be lost, but the class itself cannot be recovered.
If you delete your class, the students will no longer be activated and you will lose the activities you sent to them and the progress monitoring for these activities.
Station 2: Advanced class management
On the page for a class in the Manage Classes section, you will find several options for managing the details of your classes and your students’ accounts.
In the Teachers section, you will see the names of the teachers who have access to the class and who can follow the students’ progress and send them activities. In this section, you can also add a teacher to your class.
Note that each teacher from the same group can send activities independently of their colleagues. That teacher will be the only one who can follow up using the Track Assignments report. However, all teachers have access to the students’ overall progress by consulting the other reports.
The list of students at the bottom of this page gives you a lot of information on the students in your class and offers you more options on managing your group.
A– If your class has no more licenses available, but you would like to add a new student to the class, you can click or tap Manage licenses. This button will redirect you to the class options page so that you can modify the maximum number of licenses and activate a new student.
B– By checking the box to the left of a student’s name (or to select all of the students, check the first box at the top), you will have the option of moving the student to another class or removing the student from your group.
Note that a student removed from your group will not see their account deleted from our database and will not lose the work they accomplished within a given school year.
C– The blue pencil to the right of the entry line for each student will direct you to an account management window for that student. From there, you can change or correct the student’s name, add an email address or change their password, if necessary.
In this section, you can also finalize your students’ activation or add an activated student at any time during the year.
Station 3: Reports
Now let’s look at the various tools available for you to monitor how your students are using the platform. We’ll start by exploring all of the reports you have access to.
When you send an activity, you can track your students’ progress.
1- First, the time interval allows you to target a specific period to quickly observe the assignments sent to your students, based on the send date.
2- For each activity, you have access to:
- The date the activity was sent
- The number of students who completed the activity
- The number of students who started the activity
- The number of students who received the activity
- The time spent by each student on the activity
This report gives you access to all of the activities opened by your students over a given time period.
The Content Report is therefore better adapted if you did not assign any activities to your students. For example, during a class period in which you used Buzzmath, the Content Report could allow you to see if certain students worked on other activities than those sent.
This report provides you with lots of information on each student’s account. By clicking or tapping the student’s name, you can move from one account to another. Ideal for report card meetings!
In this section of the platform, you can obtain a report that will help you stimulate your students, encouraging them to push their limits.
Your students receive stars each time they complete all of the pages in an activity. The more activities they complete, the more stars they accumulate.
You can choose to monitor one section of content in particular, or, as in this case, observe your students’ progression in all topics.
By clicking or tapping the title of each column, you can change the order of the list. The menus at the top allow you to change groups and levels.
With this report, you can easily compare the students’ usage time. This can be very revealing of the level of participation of the students in the class.
1- The first two columns in the table provide the time the students spent on the platform in and out of class, respectively.* The log in time is used to make this distinction.
*In the next station, we will explain how you can adjust the start and end times of your class day. This parameter determines if the student did the work at school or at home.
2- The last column indicates the number of times the students logged in to Buzzmath during the specified time interval
Note that for all reports, it is possible to export the table as a sheet or to print it. Simply click or tap the option you want at the top of the screen. These two options are perfect for displaying the progress of the students in your class!
Station 4: The calendar
There is a calendar on each report page. This allows you to filter, by date or period, the information contained in the reports.
Each time, the process for modifying the calendar is the same. Click or tap one of the dates marking the period for which you wish to display a report. Click or tap the Modify/Add button to adjust the number and duration of the school terms.
Note that modifying the calendar will affect all of the classes at your school.
You can modify the duration of the school year and the start and end dates of each term for your school. Once you have completed your modifications, remember to save them by clicking or tapping Save on the calendar.
You can also change the start and end time of the class day. This parameter determines if the student did the work at school or at home.
You can access this parameter when you are in the Time Report. Simply click or tap Define at the top of the In class column.
Station 5 : The collections
Collections, accessible from the Collections section located in your menu, enable you to create self-paced, personalized lesson plans for your students. It’s an efficient way to share homework, enrichment, review, or remediation learning paths for different needs.
In addition, these collections will be linked to your profile and will follow you from year to year. So no need to start over!
How do I create a collection?
You can create a new collection from three different places:
1) In the Collections section. Select the Create button.
2) In the Books section. When viewing the list of activities, select the + icon to the right of the title of the activity to add. Select the "New collection" option.
3) In the Books section. Open the preview of an activity and select the + icon Add to collection and select the option New collection.
In each of the three cases, when you select "New collection," a window will open where you can enter the title and description of your collection.
How do I share my collection with my students and/or colleagues?
1) In the Collections section, select your collection to share.
2) In the Collections header, select the Share button (top right corner).
3) A management table will appear. To share your collection with your students, click on Share with students. Then, check the box located next to the group's name or number in order to share the collection with the whole class. You can also open the group to view your students' names. Check the box for one or more targeted students. It is also possible to share your collection with individual students from different classes.
Note that if you have not shared collections with your students, the collections will not appear in the Collections section located in the student menu.
4) To share your collection with your colleagues, click on Share with colleagues. Then, select the Generate shareable link button.
Copy the generated link and send it to the relevant colleague.
Important: The generated URL and the URL from the browser bar are not the same thing.
It is also possible to share your collection by selecting the 3 small dots to the right of the title, then, select the Share button.
What's the difference between sharing a collection and assigning activities?
Sharing a collection with students and assigning an activity are two very different things.
Sharing collections requires you to create a collection, which is a group of activities that you have selected and organized according to your needs and those of your students.
You can then share this collection with your students. This sharing does not constitute assigning the activities contained in the collection. These activities will not appear by default in the Track Assignments report.
However, you will have the option of assigning the activities of a collection using the icon intended for this purpose so that they appear in the Track Assignments report.
How do I edit a collection?
It is possible to make changes to your collections, such as the title, description and the order in which the activities appear.
To modify the title or description:
In the Collections menu, find the collection you want to modify.
To the right of the title, select the 3 small dots.
Make the changes you want, then Confirm.
It is also possible to do this by selecting the collection you want to modify. In the header of your collection, you will find the pencil icon in the upper right corner. Select and make your change.
How do I edit the sequence in which the activities appear?
In the Collection menu, find the collection you want to modify.
Identify the activity you want to move. Select the icon illustrated by 6 small dots.
Move the activity up or down the list to the desired position.
Note that you will have to notify your students of any changes made to a collection. These are reflected automatically in their profiles, but the platform will not send them any notification.
How do I delete a collection?
There are two places where you can delete a collection:
In the Collections menu, find the collection you want to delete.
To the right of the title, select the 3 small dots.
Select Delete, then Confirm.
It is also possible to proceed by selecting the collection to delete. In the header of the selected collection, select the 3 small dots located on the far right. Select Delete, then Confirm.
Note that when you delete a collection that you have shared with your students, it will disappear for your students as well. Your students will not receive any automatic notification of the deletion. It is therefore important to let them know.
How do I remove an activity from my collection?
In the Collections menu, find the collection you want to modify.
Find the activity you want to remove.
Select the 3 small dots located to the right of its title
Select Remove the activity.
Your students will not receive any automatic notification that an activity has been removed. It is therefore important to let them know.
If you remove an activity from one of your collections and it was also assigned to your students, it will only be removed from the collection. The activity will remain assigned to students and will continue to appear in the Assignments section of their profiles, as well as in your Track Assignments report.
Congratulations! You have completed the Start with Buzzmath tutorial! You now know every aspect of the platform. We hope that you feel in complete control and are ready to take full advantage of the platform with your students!