Getting started with our products

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Hi, welcome to the world of Oefenweb. We are part of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. We make web applications for adaptive testing, like Math Garden and Words&Birds.  Setting these programs up takes half an hour to an hour.

After this, students can access the product with the login information they receive from you and can work with our products straight away.

We advise students to play with our products on a weekly basis. They can do this independently and it will only require approximately 15-30 minutes per product, depending on how many games they have unlocked.

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Once you have logged in to the administrator environment (backend) you will find more instructions in the help menu. You can start with the “First Use” manual which explains how to add students to the program.

Do you want to read more about our program? Check out the following instructions: Playing in our products, Availability games and Results.

Logging in

Students can log in to our products in the same way as administrators and teachers. To do this the students need a username and password.

The list of the students’ usernames and passwords can be found in the backend after you have registered your students with the product (administration – player passwords).

Changing Passwords

If a student has difficulty remembering his or her password or if their password becomes known by other students, you can change it in the Backend. To do so, go to Administration Player passwords. Click Edit next to the name of the student in the password overview.
To change your own password, just click Edit following your name in the teacher or administrator overview (Menu option: Administration – Users, tab Administrators or Teachers).

Do you want to play in our products yourself?

As an Administrator or Teacher, you can play in Math Garden yourself though logging in into the Backend and clicking on the option “Game Interface”. Here you will access an identical game environment to the students. If you use multiple products, click on the ‘change’ button in the upper right corner of the backend to switch to another product.

Please note that the progress in your game interface will not be saved. As the purpose of this game interface is to try out and demonstrate the games for your students, after a day your results will return to zero.

Adaptivity? What’s that?

All products developed by Oefenweb are unique due to their scientifically proven adaptive technology, developed at the University of Amsterdam. Adaptivity means that the level of difficulty is adjusted for each student’s specific skills. If a child answers the exercises quickly and correctly, they will automatically be offered more difficult exercises. This can mean that more advanced students will be offered exercises that haven’t been covered in class yet. If these exercises turn out to be too difficult and the student starts making more mistakes again or uses the question mark, easier exercises will be offered  automatically. The exercises are chosen by the program in such a way that every student (high- or low-level) will answer 75% of the exercises correctly. When playing for the first time, the program will need some time to determine the student’s level.

Because of this adaptive system it is important that every student works solely in his/her own game interface and that parents, teachers or other students do not play in the game interface of this student and manipulate his/her results.

Problems with our products?

Our products will work without any problems on modern, well-maintained computers (no older than two years). Make sure that Javascript and Adobe Flashplayer are activated.
If games are only partly visible on the screen this could be because the screen resolution is set too low. Our products work optimally with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or higher. You can adjust the screen resolution in the configuration menu of your computer.

In Internet Explorer version 9 or higher is required. You can check your version by clicking “About Internet Explorer” under Help in your browser. Versions of Firefox 3 or higher are supported as well as Safari version from 3.2 and higher, and most recent versions of Google Chrome.

 

Let’s get started!

We hope that you and your students have fun playing and learning with Oefenweb’s applications. If you have any questions, you can send these to us through the Backend under Messages or send an e-mail to admin@mathsgarden.com. Or check our FAQ in the Backend under the Help button.

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