Moving to Buzz is simple, seamless, and totally worth it
Why upgrade to Buzz?
Buzz gives you:
- More opportunities to easily personalize student learning.
- The data and analysis you need to facilitate effective personalized learning.
- More intuitive navigation.
- Responsive design to provide access across more devices.
We provide a seamless transition
Here’s what you can count on:
- No data is lost when upgrading from BrainHoney to Buzz; grades, student submissions, messages, and all teacher-authored content are instantly available on sign-in.
- Buzz comes with continued, dependable support and a new online community where you can find help from Buzz’s developers and other users.
- The ability for districts and schools to customize aspects of Buzz to fit their specific needs.
What's better with Buzz?
- New Navigation: Buzz gives teachers immediate access to any tool or course from anywhere. Use the Main Menu to jump between tools and the Course Chooser to jump between courses.
- Clipboard: This tool helps teachers to act on data in the Performance or People tools. Use it to assign additional activities and resources, award badges, and send messages to individuals or groups who need additional help or more engagement.
- Communication: Teachers can post announcements to specific courses or to all courses at once; these announcements appear in the student To-do List. Teachers can also compose and send messages classes, groups, and individuals.
- Calendar: The Calendar tracks and displays all assignments and their due dates, and color-coordinates them by course. Users can choose to view a specific day, week, month, or the entire duration of the course.
- People: This tool provides teachers with at-a-glance access to a variety of student data points in one simple, customizable table. It combines grades, mastery progress, pace through the course, data from student self-assessment responses, and much more.
- Curriculum Map: This tool replaces the BrainHoney Syllabus editor. From this tool teachers can manage course items (assessments, assignments, discussion boards, etc.), search the library for new content, add thumbnails to images, align objectives, and more.
- Performance: This tool replaces the Gradebook in BrainHoney. It has been redesigned from the ground up to include many new features and performance improvements.
BrianHoney/Buzz tool comparison
Some tools haven’t changed, some have simply been renamed, and some have been entirely reworked to enhance the experience for teachers and students. However, teachers still have access to the same intervention data to make sure they can best help every student.
Review the table to see how tool names have changed.
|BrainHoney tool name||Buzz tool name|
|Critical Students List||People|
|Objectives||Mastery in Performance|
|Final Grades||Final Grades in Performance|
|Digital Library||Search Library in the Curriculum Map|
|Teach a Course||Create Course in the Home page toolbar|
|Test Analytics||Analytics in the Activity Grader (limited to current course)|
- The BrainHoney Syllabus is still available in the Curriculum Map for those who prefer that tool.
- We are constantly working to improve Buzz; follow our updates here.
- Courses created in Buzz are not backwards compatible with BrainHoney. If you want to create courses that work in both Buzz and BrainHoney, create them using BrainHoney's Teach a Course Wizard.
Web Services API Changes
All Agilix products (BrainHoney, Buzz, etc.) run on the same web services platform. When moving from one product to the other, the web services platform will always remain the same. Some customers have created more advanced integrations with an Agilix product via the web services platform, and those integrations will still work regardless of what Agilix product is being used. No data migration will be necessary and all API calls used when integrating with one Agilix product will work with any other products.
Of course, more recent products (such as Buzz) use additional API calls not present in older products (such as BrainHoney). Newer calls can be included in those existing integrations to make sure that the integrations take full advantage of all features in available in all Agilix products. However, all older API calls will still work with any new Agilix Product.