Dear Dybuster Users

We are pleased to introduce two new features in Calcularis.

Both features mean that older students in particular can reach or be placed in the most suitable number range more quickly.

1. Feature: time for number processing tasks has been reduced.

As a reminder, we again give you a little insight into the structure of the 48 learning games. These are assigned to three competence areas.

    1. Number processing
    2. Addition and subtraction
    3. Multiplication and division

For most learners, the number processing will be completed before addition/subtraction and multiplication/division.

Previously, once the number processing tasks were completed in a number range, they were repeated for six minutes during a training period of 20 minutes. Now, this time has been reduced to four minutes. This means that more time is available for training the tasks in the areas of addition/subtraction and multiplication/division.

2. Feature: Set Calcularis training at the beginning of a specific number range.

Thanks to a lot of feedback – and because Calcularis is increasingly used as training with the whole class – we have implemented a new feature for you as a teacher to set the number range. Now you can start a learner in a higher number range or increase it in the course of the training as a first option. Especially for older learners, it can make sense to start the support in a higher number range.

Nevertheless, you should make this decision carefully and consider the following context:

Until now, every learner had to start in the lowest number range (number range up to 10). This was specified by Calcularis to ensure that there are really no gaps. If the basic connections are not correct, it is impossible to understand more advanced mathematical tasks.

Learning differences in mathematics can therefore only be tackled by working through the basic material.

Only use this function if you are sure that the preceding number range has already been mastered without gaps.

Not only do you have the option of placing your pupils in a higher number range, but also of resetting them in a lower number range.

This can come into play when you feel that a pupil has gone too far ahead and needs to go back and fill in some gaps. This may occur if, for example, older siblings or parents have helped a child, or if a child once had a stronger phase and later experiences a regression. Or you simply feel that it would be good to repeat a number range after the holidays, for example.

The following number ranges are available to let your students start or move up or down:

    • In the number range up to 10 (Previously set by Calcularis and still set by default)
    • In the number range up to 20
    • In the number range up to 100
    • In the number range up to 1000

    The number range for multiplication and division is always set one level lower than the number range for number processing of addition and subtraction.

    If, after careful consideration, you have decided to transfer to a higher or lower number range, the next time the user logs on, the number range will be reset.

    If you are unsure which is the right decision, you are welcome to call us for advice at +41 (0)44 250 7611.

    This is how you set the number range:

    1. Log in via go.dybuster.com with your login details.
    2. Select “Calcularis Coach”.
    3. Select “Student Details” in the menu on the left.
    4. Select the student or students.
    5. Select “Set Range” in the middle.
    6. Set desired number range.

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