Today in Mrs. Davis’ Algebra class, students continued learning about graphing linear equations using the web program BuzzMath.com. As a result of this additional instruction and practice, all students in her class demonstrated mastery of the topic earning a gold star. On BuzzMath.com, the gold star is earned by getting all 10 questions completely correct. This program allows students to learn from their mistakes, make corrections, and demonstrate their understanding by giving them different problems.
When Mrs. Davis and I attended the 2011 Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS) conference in Rochester, New York, back in October, we talked with representatives from BuzzMath.com. They showed us their program and explained how it differed from other online programs, such as Aleks and Castle Learning. Impressed with what we saw, we decided to try it in her class. According to buzzmath.com, “BuzzMath is the best way to practice your middle school math skills. It’s fun, it has immediate detailed feedback and examples that allow you to progress at your own pace.” It should be noted that it has many topics that are in the High School Algebra Common Core Standards.