I have decided to start another type of posts recently. These are mostly related to learning and teaching mathematics. With all this technology around us, it was just obvious that people will start to find new interesting ways to teach mathematics, help and inspire pupils everywhere around the glob. The best thing is that everyone, everywhere can access this.
First website/app I want to talk about is Thinkster Maths. It is a learning program available on desktops, laptops (Chrome & Safari only) and iPad apps designed to boost performance in math.
One of the best thing they offer is personalized learning plan based on an initial and continuous assessment. This can be done using a combination of patent-pending Active Replay Technology (ART) that allows sharing and review of handwritten work, automatic grading, video tutorials and adaptive analytics. This is extremely important because every person is different; everyone has their own way of learning, their own pace and so on. With this technology they are really focused on the individual needs of the child.
Another thing that impressed me is their emphasizing on showing working. Nothing is more important in mathematics then showing how you got the solution or – how I like to put it – showing your thinking. The pupil gets feedback from a coach or teacher based on video-feed from the child’s tablet (app). This helps them understand where and why the child has made a mistake, giving them the possibility to further personalize future worksheets.
In addition they have a great way of showing the child’s progress. Besides the fact that you can email, text or phone your coach/teacher, there is a companion parent app. With this parents can see their child’s progress, worksheets and specific problems based on the feedback from the coach.
Moreover, pupils get rewards. They have a great reward system in place in order to encourage kids to play and complete worksheets. I am not going to talk much about this; instead I encourage you to try the 1 week free trial. Try it yourself for one week and see what you think. Plus, if you are yet not sure about it, they also have a 15-day money back guarantee.
I believe they are doing a great thing and even though people might say that there are still things to improve, it is a great start. Everything is a learning curve and I believe this is a great start!
Hope you enjoy this post. Let me know if you have found any similar websites or apps; I would love to find more and see how their are changing the process of teaching mathematics. Have a great day. You can find me on Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Twitter and Instagram. I will try to post there as often as possible.
Lots of love and don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy!