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http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specificationBlogEngine.NET 2.5.0.6en-GBhttp://schoolcountry.com/opml.axdEducationistAll about education and learning0.0000000.000000Mathaly gets Best Windows-8 app editor's choice award<p>Mathaly, every student's individual ally in <a href="http://schoolcountry.com/MathLab/Cool_Maths_Game.aspx">math practice</a>, gets best windows-8 app editor's choice award. Mathaly, earlier known as Mathlab, carefully observes a student on 500+ skills by tracking speed, accuracy, consistency and difficulty and perfectly tailors the learning environment for each student. Mathaly is being by used students all over the world and is now available to schools in India as part of their curriculum.</p>
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<p><img style="width: 600px; border: 0; margin: 0px 15px 10px 5px;" src="/blog/image.axd?picture=2013%2f12%2fEditorsPickWindows8-v2.jpg" alt="Math practice app for students of grade 1 to grade 5" /></p>
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we carefully observe a student for 500+ math skills and track their speed, accuracy, consistency and difficulty. Our ADAPTEX engine tailors learning environment and offers perfect problems to each and every child as per their learning level and pace. For example, ADAPTEX can identify that a child can perfectly add 2 digit numbers with carry but has issues in adding with 0. This information is used to offer more constructive problems to help the child learn better. The same is communicated to the parents and teachers too</li>
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Since our team gets to minutely observe playing pattern of thousands of students and schools across the globe, we understand fundamental mistakes and misconceptions that students have. For example, did you know that 82% of the students find it difficult to differentiate between length and distance or 65% of the students got confused in definition of triangle</li>
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Since Mathaly is a competitive game where students win rewards, climb the mountain and compete with their friends, you do not have to force them to practice. They will be practicing math out of their own free will and this makes the practice a lot more effective</li>
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student's performance as well as activity is shared in detail with the parents and teachers. You will know when they logged in, how much they practiced and what skills they need your help in. Also, when they win rewards and certificates, the information will be shared with you </li>
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<p>Mathaly is perfect partner in Math practice for your child. <a href="http://schoolcountry.com/MathLab/Cool_Maths_Game.aspx">Try it here for free</a>. </p>
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http://schoolcountry.com/blog/post/2013/12/07/Mathaly-gets-Best-Windows-8-app-editors-choice-award.aspx#commenthttp://schoolcountry.com/blog/post.aspx?id=2d695fa0-78d0-4836-bbf9-e8de723ba787Sat, 07 Dec 2013 05:30:00 +0500Gifts for childrenGrade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Math game and activitymath techniquesMath worksheets for kidsadminhttp://schoolcountry.com/pingback.axdhttp://schoolcountry.com/blog/post.aspx?id=2d695fa0-78d0-4836-bbf9-e8de723ba787626http://schoolcountry.com/trackback.axd?id=2d695fa0-78d0-4836-bbf9-e8de723ba787http://schoolcountry.com/blog/post/2013/12/07/Mathaly-gets-Best-Windows-8-app-editors-choice-award.aspx#commenthttp://schoolcountry.com/syndication.axd?post=2d695fa0-78d0-4836-bbf9-e8de723ba787Definitive guide to help your kids excel at Math<p> Is this the reaction of your child when you talk about Math? </p>
<p><img style="width: 300px; float: left; border: 0; margin: 0px 15px 10px 5px;" src="/blog/image.axd?picture=2013%2f3%2fMath+for+kids_fun.png" alt="math can be fun" /></p>
<p>Do you, like millions of concerned parents, spend time reading about improving math for your child? Have you searched for math worksheets and activities? Have you spent time reading articles and looking for 'expert' advice? Do you get nervous when it is results day for your child, even if it's class test? Without being boastful, let me say that I have some great math advice for you. It is something that has worked for thousands of parents who have written to me and is guaranteed to work for you if you follow it sincerely. </p>
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<h2>Math-o-phobia: Symptoms and its solution</h2>
<p>Before I move ahead with the solution, tell me if you identify with one or more of these math-o-phobia symptoms. </p>
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<li>"My son finds math extremely boring, ..." </li>
<li>"He gets bogged down with all the load ..." </li>
<li>"She hates math. Is there anything I can do ..."</li>
<li>"My son knows all the problems but somehow forgets them in tests ..."</li>
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<p>Do some of these symptoms sound familiar? If yes, then note that these are just that - Symptoms. <strong>The real problem is that the child is not enjoying math</strong>. And if we do not enjoy something, there is very little chance we will get better at it. Ever! </p>
<p>Here is how the rest of our conversation looks like</p>
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">You - "Awesome. That is the most obvious nonsense I have ever heard or read."<br /> Me - "I fully agree to the 'obvious' part. But it is true."<br /> You - "Ok. Even if it is true, would you tell me HOW should I get my child to like math.... notice the HOW written in caps?"<br /> Me - "Look through the image below and then read about the 5 steps to math excellence. Mind you, these are not easy and there is no quick fix. It will take time and effort. But all good things in life do. First, look at the image."</p>
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<p><img style="width: 600px; border: 0;" src="/blog/image.axd?picture=2013%2f3%2fHow+to+improve+in+Math+-+selfreinforcing+cycle+of+learning_small.png" alt="math can be fun" /></p>
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<h2>1. Do NOT pass on your fears to your kids</h2>
<p>This is the most basic thing that you must do, starting NOW. Many parents I know were themselves afraid of Math and wanted to get rid of it at the earliest. Many of them, in their worry, pass on this fear and prejudices to their kids. Just because I had issues with math does not mean my child will have the same feeling for it. So relax. Do not create an environment for your child where she feeds on ready made opinion. Math is to be enjoyed and pass on the same message to your kids.</p>
<h2>2. Get Math off its high pedestal</h2>
<p>Another easy step that mostly deals with how you communicate. Over the years, Math has attained a sort of "high position" among parents, students and teachers. Heck, even the US president takes time to talk about it. This makes it sound "important", "difficult" and "beyond reach". This is what gets them afraid of math and once this matho-o-phobia (or fear of math) sets in, it is very difficult to get rid of this. At early age itself, get the kids to touch and feel math. Let them realize it is not something that is beyond them and is just part of daily life and is all around us. A lot of this can be done by good communication and some steps below would help as well. </p>
<h2>3. Make Math ACTIVE</h2>
<p>Research has proven that when we DO something actively we understand and retain up to 47 times more as against passively (see and hear). Benjamin Franklin's famous quote says that "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn". Science tells us that when we DO things, we build stories and events around it and this helps me remember. I remember that it was a sunny day. I remember the color the walls, the empty glue bottle and the empty ice cream cup. This creates a scene and thus helps build recall. Get the kids to DO math and they will build stories that will help them recall. Involve cut, paste, color and draw. </p>
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<h2>4. Make Math engaging</h2>
<p>Remember, we are dealing with kids. They love frantic activity, they love colors, they love games and they love competition. Trust me, it is not very difficult to combine math with fun and make it engaging for students. You will need to put in a little thought. Also, there are tools and aids available that do this beautifully. Do your research on math worksheets, activities and games and find tools that bring out the best in math for your kids. </p>
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<h2>5. Make math meaningful</h2>
<p>This is the last step and probably the most important one. Take a pause from reading further and think about it......</p>
<p>More often than not, we learn something because it will be useful. I put effort to pick up a skill because it will be of use someplace. It will help me sometime in the future. I took time to learn driving to improve my mobility and reduce my depandance on others. I learnt faster typing technique to help me quicken my blogging. Now think for a child and see if you can answer these questions for them</p>
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<li>Why is must that I should know algebra? I have never seen my dad use it and he is doing OK?</li>
<li>Why should I know my multiplication tables? This is the most boring thing in the world. Tell me why should I know the tables from 1 to 15?</li>
<li>Why should we add whenever there is a '+' sign?</li>
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<p>The bottom line is, we are asking kids to learn math without associating any meaning or utility to it. "Do it just because I say so" or at best "It will be useful in life later". So I need to learn something now so that I can find its use 21 years later? Hmm.... too much patience to ask from a 5 year old, dont you think?</p>
<p>Make math meaningful. Find its utility. And trust me, thats not hard at all. Math is important because it is everywhere. You can find math in electricity bills (decimals, percentage), in Olympic swimming pools (volume, length, temperature), fuel pries (division, volume, addition), on the surface of moon (division, multiplication), and even in pizza slices (fractions, decimals, rounding off and roman numbers). Math is used everywhere, we are just limited by our imagination. As parents and teachers, make it your duty to bring out the applications of math. Show them its value and then they will excited about.</p>
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http://schoolcountry.com/blog/post/2013/03/13/Definitive-5-step-guide-to-help-your-kids-excel-at-Math.aspx#commenthttp://schoolcountry.com/blog/post.aspx?id=2209faa9-69ab-4d39-966f-9ceb63d25c28Wed, 13 Mar 2013 05:30:00 +0500Improving learning process and outcomemath techniquesParentingadminhttp://schoolcountry.com/pingback.axdhttp://schoolcountry.com/blog/post.aspx?id=2209faa9-69ab-4d39-966f-9ceb63d25c28839http://schoolcountry.com/trackback.axd?id=2209faa9-69ab-4d39-966f-9ceb63d25c28http://schoolcountry.com/blog/post/2013/03/13/Definitive-5-step-guide-to-help-your-kids-excel-at-Math.aspx#commenthttp://schoolcountry.com/syndication.axd?post=2209faa9-69ab-4d39-966f-9ceb63d25c289 fast math tricks to supercharge your calculations<p>Just mention of Math means trouble and tension for some people, especially kids. Here we bring 9 fast math tricks to really speed up your arithmetic calculations. Knowledge of these math tricks will help you do calculations in your head really fast and more importantly, reduce your fear of math. But most of the math is about practice. So in the article, we have also shared links some really cool practice resources that you can use. </p>
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<p><img style="border: 0; float: left; margin: 10px;" src="/blog/image.axd?picture=2012%2f12%2fmagic+hat.jpg" alt="math tricks to do faster calculations and improve arithmetic" /></p>
<p>So let us get out our magic stick and pull out some fast math from our math hat. The speed with which you will be able to perform will seem nothing short of magic to others. </p>
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<h2>Fast math trick 1: Power multiplication or square of a number that ends in 5</h2>
<p>Here the speed would really amaze you. Try finding the square of 85 in your head. How much time did it take you? Now try this fast math trick here.</p>
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<li>Ignore 5 in the units place</li>
<li>Take the digit in the tens place i.e. 8 and multiply it with its successor i.e. 8+1 = 9. The result is 72</li>
<li>Simply place 25 at the end of the result i.e. 7225. Thats it. 7225 is the square of 85. That is your answer.</li>
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<p>Wasn't that fast math trick? This math trick can be used anytime you have to find square of a number ending in 5. It works with 3 digit numbers too. So the square of 135 is ..... first multiply 13 with its successor i.e. 14 = 182. Now add 25 at the end. Your answer is 18225. </p>
<p>Speed in multiplication is all about knowing multiplication tables and facts. Try this <a href="http://www.amazon.in/Maths-game-kids-Learning-multiplication/dp/B00ME8HI2Y/ref=sr_1_4?s=toys&ie=UTF8&qid=1413444504&sr=1-4" target="_blank">multiplication board game</a> to master tables. In our tests with school students, it has proven to be very effective in improving practice and building recall. </p>
<h2>Fast math trick 2: Multiplying with 11</h2>
<p>How do you multiply a number with 11? Let us take an example. Say you have to multiply 35 with 11. Just follow these 3 steps given below. </p>
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<li>Write 35 as 3( )5 (where ( ) is a space for a new digit that will be inserted in the middle)</li>
<li>Find the middle digit as 3 (3+5) 5. The middle digit is the sum of first 2 digits</li>
<li>The number is 385. As simple and as fast as that. </li>
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<p>But what if the sum of first 2 digits if more than 9 i.e. a 2 digit number? Let us take an example again. Say the number is 59 that has to multiplied with 11</p>
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<li>Write 59 as 5( )9</li>
<li>Find the middle digit as 5(5+9)9 = 5(14)9. Since the middle digit is not actually a digit but a 2 digit number, so add 10 to first digit and retain 4 in the middle</li>
<li>The number is 5+1 (4) 9 = 649. As fast as that</li>
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<h2>Fast math trick 3: Multiplying with 5</h2>
<p>To multiply any number with 5 is same as multiplying it with 10 and dividing it by 2. Right? We can use this rule to speed up our multiplication with 5. So here is the trick. Say you want to multiply 236 with 5.</p>
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<li>Divide the number by 2 i.e. 118</li>
<li>Now add 0 at the end. The answer is 1180</li>
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<p>Was that fast math or what! But wait, what if the answer is in decimal? The rule still holds. Try and multiply 1305 with 5</p>
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<li>Divide the number by 2 i.e. 652.5</li>
<li>Now multiply it by 10 i.e. 6525. This is same as adding a 0 at the end or moving a decimal point one step to the right. </li>
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<h2>Fast math trick 4: Multiplying with 9</h2>
<p>Suppose you want to multiply a number by 9, is there a fast way? Well, there is something that will help when you are dealing with large numbers and especially if you are fast with subtraction. Say you have to multiply 81 with 9.</p>
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<li>At 0 at the end of the number i.e. 810</li>
<li>Subtract original number from the new number i.e. 810 - 81 = 729</li>
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<p>This rule works every time. The only thing is that it gets a little cumbersome when you are dealing with mid sized numbers say a 4 digit number or so. But this math trick will still make multiplication with 9 faster and less error prone for most of us. So that was our fast math trick for multiplication with 9</p>
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<p><img style="width: 120px; border: 0; float: left; margin: 10px;" src="/blog/image.axd?picture=2012%2f12%2fBrainx+logo.jpg" alt="practice faster math tricks till numbers begin to pop out of your head" /></p>
<p>Tricks are OK and they help. But the main focus should be practice. Practice these math techniques till numbers begin to pop out of your head, something like the image below. The more you practice, the faster you get and more interested you get.</p>
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<h2>Fast math trick 5: Multiplying with 25</h2>
<p>What if you have you to multiply a two digit number with 25. Say you have to multiply 57 with 25. Can you do the math fast? Can you do it in your head without reaching out for a pen and paper? We teach you the fast math trick to do this calculation in your head</p>
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<li>Add two 0 at the end of the number i.e. 5700</li>
<li>Now find the half of this number i.e. divide it by 2. So you get 2850</li>
<li>Divide it again by 2 i.e. get its half. 1425. This is your answer. i.e. 1425 is the product of 57 and 25. Don't believe me, check your calculator. </li>
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<p>This will work for large numbers too and will be as effective. So try it with 185. Find the product of 185 and 25</p>
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<li>Add two 0s at the end. So 18500</li>
<li>Now divide it by 2. So you get 9250</li>
<li>Divide it again by 2. So you get 4625. That is your answer.</li>
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<p>Quick and can be easily done in your head. So that was another fast math trick. Hungry to find more ways to speed up your arithmetic calculations? Keep reading.</p>
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<h2>Fast math trick 6: Divide by 5</h2>
<p>Enough of multiplication tricks. What if you have to divide by 5. Say you want to divide 565 by 5. Just follow this 2 step math trick. </p>
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<li>Double the number i.e. multiply it by 2. So you get 1130</li>
<li>Now move decimal point one step to the left i.e. reduce one 0. So the answer is 113.</li>
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<p>This works with any number, even decimal numbers. So try it with 142.3</p>
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<li>Double up the number. So you get 284.6</li>
<li>Now move the decimal point to the left by 1 position. So you get 28.46. That is your answer</li>
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<p> One of the ways to boost your calculations is to boost your familiarity with numbers. Again, a good fun way we found was this <a href="http://www.flipkart.com/logic-roots-math-operations-board-game-builder-build-mastery/p/itmdzs6yjcbyurzp?pid=ETYDZS6Y7ZXZCD46&otracker=from-search&srno=t_2&query=math+builder&ref=5496968c-3b9a-445e-ae52-8b5c147b138f" target="_blank">math strategy game</a> that was sent to us for trial. The game involved a lot of thinking. Though makers say that it should be age 7 and up, we recommend it for 9 years to adults. If you like thinking games, this is one that you should try.</p>
<h2>Fast math trick 7: Subtracting from 1000</h2>
<p>What if you have to subtract a number from 1000? Say the number is 739. There are a lot of carry overs involved and so it is not really that easy to do it in your head. But may be this nifty little math trick will help to speed up your calculations and accuracy. Try and tell me if it was fast for you.</p>
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<li>Subtract the digits in units position from 10 and subtract the digit in hundred's position from 9. That is your answer. So here we have 9-7, 9-3, 10-9. So the answer is 261. That is it. This is only one step. </li>
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<p>So that was fast, one step subtraction trick. This, math trick for subtraction works for any number like 10, 100, 1000, 10000, 100000 and so on. Just subtract all the digits from 10 and the last digit i.e. the digit with largest place value from 9. That is your answer.</p>
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<h2>Fast math trick 8: Multiplying by 15</h2>
<p>What is 15? Remember, 15 is 10 + half of 10. So if you to have to multiply any number with 15, this trick or simple math rule will help improve your arithmetic computation speed. Say you have to find the product of 67 with 15. </p>
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<li>Write 0 at the end of the number. Here we have 670</li>
<li>Divide this by 2. So we have 335</li>
<li>Add up the 2 numbers i.e. 335+670 = 1005</li>
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<h2>Fast math trick 9: Fast addition of 2 digit numbers</h2>
<p>What if you have to add 67 and 24. Can you do it in your head? Can you do it fast? Try this arithmetic trick and see if it helps in your calculations.</p>
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<li>Add the numbers in the TENs place. i.e. 6+2 = 8</li>
<li>Now bring one of the numbers in the UNITs place behind 8. Say we bring in 7. So your number is 87.</li>
<li>Now count up from 87 by 4 i.e. the other number in the UNIT's place. So you up 4 places from 87 i.e. 88, 89, 90 and 91. 91 is your answer. </li>
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<p>Let us try this again. Add 75 and 89.</p>
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<li>Add the numbers in the TENs place. We get 7+8 = 15</li>
<li>Bring in one of the numbers in the UNITs place. We get 159.</li>
<li>Count up 5 places from 159. So the answer is 160, 161, 162, 163 and 164. Your answer is 164. </li>
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<p>This trick is especially helpful for young kids who are learning 2 digit addition in their class. It will help them do their math a lot quicker and hence get them more interested in math. Again, the most reliable and generic way to boost addition is to practice more mental calculations. We found this really amazing <a href="http://www.snapdeal.com/product/logic-roots-multi-color-ocean/1100471475#bcrumbSearch:ocean%20raiders" target="_blank">addition game</a>. In one game session, we practiced about 60-75 addition problems and it was a huge amount of fun for us and the kids. </p>
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<p>The thing to know and understand is that these 'tricks' are really nothing but application of basic mathematical rules. For example, multiplication with 9 is like multiplication by (10-1) which means multiply by 10 and subtract the number from itself etc. If you have some more math tricks up your sleeve, you can share them below. We will include the best ones in this blog with your name in it. Who knows, it might help a lot of people do their math faster and better. Ultimately, the secret to fast math is practice. <a href="http://schoolcountry.com/MathLab/Cool_Maths_Game.aspx">Practice your math</a> skills, avoid using calculators and you will see your skills improve. </p>
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