mathsticks Points

mathsticks pointsSpring 2014 - Time Limited Upgrade: 50 points each time you refer a new user to the site.

(Ends April 30th)
 

The mathsticks points system is there to help encourage all our users to contribute to the mathsticks site.

When you first register you receive 20 'Welcome Points', and further points are gained by participating in the site:

  • 2 points* for each comment you make.
    So, the next time you use one of the mathstick maths resources, tell us about it.Sharing ideas has always been good... now there's even more of a 'point' to it!
  • 1 point* for voting on other members comments
  • If other members think your comment is useful they may vote for it (give it a 'thumbs up); this will earn you an additional 5 points.
  • I also often give away an arbitrary (but useful) number of points for particularly helpful comments.
     
  • 50 points** each time you refer a new user to the site.
    Go to your Your Account page, and you will see a short web address (it will look something like: http://www.mathsticks.com/referral/xxxxxxx), give this address to your colleagues, copy it into an email, or add it to Facebook (or whatever)... When your colleague uses this specific address to register with mathsticks, they will earn 10 points for you.
  • 10 points* for every new user that you invite to the site and a further 40 points** when they accept the invitation! 
    Use the Invite a friend link near the end of the top navigtation bar.

mathstick badges are also displayed on any comments you make - these are related to the number of points you have; see mathstick Members Rank for more details of this.

 

IMPORTANT POINT

Of course, we can't all just accumulate points pointlessly -- we can spend some of them!

Points are used (deducted) for each file you download; 1 point per file.

Simple maths example:

You join, download five resources, write three comments and refer two friends
(20 points  -  5)  +  6 points  +  20 points      = 41 points

* - Points were increased to this level in October 2011 

 

FAQs

What's the point of the points?
To encourage active participation (comments and referrals), and to discourage mass downloading of all the resources.

Do the points have any monetary value?
No.

Will there be a prize for the person with the highest number of points?
We gave away some special resources in December 2010... and may do something similar at a later date - keep watching the site!

What if I want to download something but I've run out of points?
You'll have to do something to earn yourself a couple of points... harsh, I know!

Won't people just add nonsense comments just to get lots of points?
Maybe some will - but all comments are moderated and only the meaningful and useful ones will be added to the system (and therefore generate points)

Why doesn't the comment I've written show on the page?
Firstly, thank you for your comment. Secondly, all comments are read and moderated by Admin (see above) before they will be posted... give it a few hours (or, if Admin is busy, a day or two).

I've just downloaded a resource - why hasn't my points total changed?
This is automated so should happen instantly. However, at busy periods the points total on the main web pages will only be updated every few minutes or so. The points on your Your Account page, are updated more frequently - if you want to see the total more quickly you can log out and log back in again... but it's probably easier to wait. ;-)

You can add further questions, or make general comments about this idea, below...

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johdu's picture

That's great news all round -

That's great news all round - very pleased you are finding our maths resources and teaching ideas useful. Thanks for the comment (and all the recommendations)!

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sarahara's picture

Wow!

This site was recommended to me and I haven't stopped telling others about mathsticks. Thank you.
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johdu's picture

Ozgur, Many thanks for your

Ozgur, Many thanks for your feedback. It's good to hear that the maths resources and ideas here are proving useful. This site started as a resource library for NQT's - so it is good to know that it is still serving that purpose... although it has gone a little bit global now too !

 

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tina brown's picture

Great site

I have just browsed (and downloaded many of)the amazing resources on this fantastic site. Members' comments are sometimes a helpful addition to the description of the game (ideas for adaptations etc.) and I was thinking they would be even more helpful if members were encouraged to state which age group they had used resources with. Thank you for a great site.
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johdu's picture

Tina, That's a good thought;

Tina,

That's a good thought; it would prove helpful to know which age-group the resources were used most successfully with. We trial them in schools, but clearly all children are different so most of our maths resources can probably be used (or adapted for) children of almost any age (and even adults).

Thank you for the comment.

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lmorris218's picture

Fab Site

Hi, I have just found your fab site and can't wait to use some of your great resources with my Year 1 class Off to explore Place value!   Lynne    
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sarahara's picture

Number bonds

I have only just found out about this site and the number bond cards are a great  resource for my Y1 class. They love the characters and get excited when they show the corresponding number correctly. Thank you.
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ThomasJPitts's picture

Looking good

I've only just discovered this site and so far feel it will be useful in the future. Like anything, it's only a starting point and it's what you do with it that counts. I'm considering a maths trail in school, and your photo shape cards may be the jumping off point for me to go further with it!
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johdu's picture

Thanks for the comment - I

Thanks for the comment - I couldn't agree more!
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j.neal's picture

Tens and units

A great visual teaching resource. Thanks
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j.neal's picture

General comment

It's official I am actually addicted to this site. The best maths resource site around. Keep putting more ideas on please.
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j.neal's picture

General comment

It's official I am actually addicted to this site. The best maths resource site around. Keep putting more ideas on please.
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j.neal's picture

Maths co ordinates faces

Wow - so much better than battle ships. Can't wait to make this game and what a great bonus game to have to hand for those children that finish their work as well as to be used when teaching co-ordinates. This is the best maths resource site ever.!!!!
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j.neal's picture

Tug of war

The children are going to love this one. Thanks again
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j.neal's picture

Maths share circle for key stage one

What a great resource. The best thing about this site is all the ideas for allowing children to take responsibility for their own learning. The activities are meaningful opportunities to consolidate skills taught in direct teaching sessions. More importantly the children are having fun whilst learning. My children choose to use these resources in their free time. What more can one say?
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johdu's picture

Thank you very much for your

Thank you very much for your comments - very much appreciated.

Cheers,

John

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What a great site!!!

Just found this website recommended on a blog!! I can't wait to get started and download some of the fab ideas!! Thanks!!
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Cat woman's picture

Number line and inspiration

A while since I have been onto the site (just downloaded the number line). It never fails to inspire me to try something new or give me a new way in with a group who are struggling to 'get the idea'. Thanks again.
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Lyndsey537's picture

New User

I love this site, so handy for great-looking maths resources, my pupils love the grpahics. I have just downloaded the space 10 number bonds game and my children have been fighting over it!
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dynamo1908's picture

Discovering this website again!

I registered last year but then with so many jobs/tasks to do I totally forgot about it! Today though via Twitter I saw people talking about Mathsticks and remembered once more how useful the ideas and games were to my learning last year.
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johdu's picture

Welcome back. Good to hear

Welcome back. Good to hear you found us again - and that it was worth it!

This also shows that Twitter works too.

 

John

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Yipee- a new site!!

I can't believe I have never come across this site before- it's fantastic! Everything just seems so practical and easy to use- very much a 'why didn't I think of that' collection- my favourite kind. So excited!!!
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johdu's picture

Sammy, good to have you join

Sammy, good to have you join us. I'm glad the maths games and ideas are proving useful. We've been around for a couple of years now... but still a bit of a secret - you can help us change that!!!  
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hannahwalsh's picture

Referral

Hi, I am really impressed by thus sit! is it really free??? How do I recommend/refer people and earn some points?
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johdu's picture

Hi Hannah, I'm glad you are

Hi Hannah,

I'm glad you are enjoying the matstick resources. You can 'refer' colleagues by asking them to login using a special referral link. Go to your Your Account page, and you will see a short web address (something like: http://www.mathsticks.com/referral/xxxxxxx where the "xxxx" part will be a series of letters/numbers). Give this link to your colleagues by copying it into an email adding it to Facebook, or whatever... When anyone uses this specific address to register with mathsticks, they will earn 5 points for you.

I hope this helps.

Admin

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Dizzydeb's picture

Early Years

I have just found this site while looking fo rvisual aids to use at playgroup. I love the number balloons and will be using them to aid number recognition at registration time.
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angiemull's picture

practical maths

We try to do as much practical maths as we can in our lessons and games that encourage the children to use their learning are a perfect way to assess what they have remembered. Thankyou for putting a collection together that enables me to find suitable materials quickly and easily. I will be recommending this site to others.
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bec0811's picture

this site

WOW just stumbled over this site when looking for KS1 place valse resources, managed to download the same resource as my internet is so slow it is like having dial up again. AS a new maths co-ord. I'll be giving out the address at staff meeting on monday, hopefully I'll earn loads of points so I can keep down loading. Great site - thanks
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johdu's picture

 Thank you for the very

 Thank you for the very positive comments (and the recommendations)! I hope the maths material here continues to be of value.
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Jenna-B's picture

New Teacher

I am about to start teacher training in September and I've been looking around for resources which look appealing but are also a little bit different. Needless to say, mathsticks is now on my 'favourites' list,
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