MATHLETICS Mathletics – what is it? : an educational website or e-learning application an on-line learning resource which helps students enjoy mathematics and improve their results a range of mathematics activities from various topics which cover the full primary and secondary mathematics curriculum is developed in Australia using cutting edge technology
MATHLETICS Mathletics – who uses it? : used in Australia and by schools all around the world in countries such as New Zealand, UK, Europe, USA, South Africa, China and other Asian countries! used by 40 000 students each day
MATHLETICS Mathletics – Mission: to engage every student every day with a personalised, responsive, intelligent, and challenging learning resource that inspires a delight in mathematics and an innate drive to better results.
MATHLETICS Mathletics – Benefits for Students: students are engaged and motivated to learn easy to use – ‘kid’ friendly interface assisted by an on-line, process orientated support centre provides immediate feedback
MATHLETICS Mathletics – Benefits for Students … questions are tailored to ability of individual students so they can work through the curriculum at their own pace 24 hour access at both home and school provides a link between home and school mathematics work weekly report emailed to parents
MATHLETICS Mathletics – Benefits for Schools: access to the latest developments as they happen ongoing, individualised training and technical support can be integrated into the existing school maths program easy to use interface for teachers fully aligned to syllabus outcomes visually supports every curriculum concept class reports readily available interactive and fun way to encourage student interest in mathematics, while enhancing IT skills
MATHLETICS Mathletics – Resources: automatic marking on-line report generation customise content to suit student needs set class homework tasks in seconds up to the minute records of student progress <ul><li>Report by Student : </li></ul><ul><li>Progress within each domain </li></ul><ul><li>Progress within across levels </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths/Weaknesses </li></ul>
MATHLETICS Mathletics – Features: hall of fame and certificates recognise and reward participation and achievement ‘ live ’ mathletics allows students to compete against the computer or another student on-line from elsewhere around the world - fostering a stimulating and exciting on-line learning community
MATHLETICS Mathletics – Costs: individual students can purchase a regular licence, purchased directly over the internet by their parents, for $99 per year. an annual licence is available to schools who make a bulk purchase of one or more complete classes - $30 per student. schools are entitled to use the Teacher and Admin Centre which contain Course Creator, Task Manager and Class Markbook.
MATHLETICS Mathletics – Research: It is documented that “current digital technologies have the potential to enhance primary children’s mathematical learning. The internet allows children to venture into the enormous world of mathematics beyond the classroom”. The subject of mathematics websites and their value to enhance learning is covered extensively. Specific reference is made to the characteristics of such websites including global interaction and communication with peers and mentors, dynamic information access and far-reaching independent research potential. Source: ICT and Primary Mathematics, edited by Jenni Way and Toni Beardon
MATHLETICS Mathletics – Research: Recent research titled “Mathletics: Does it enhance achievement in mathematics?” was conducted by Deakin University on behalf of the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV). After 73 pages, it concludes that “to summarize these findings in a single sentence is difficult, but in answer to the original research question, ‘Does Mathletics enhance achievement in mathematics?’, the answer is demonstrably “Yes”. It goes on to state that “engagement in, and enjoyment of, mathematics was enhanced for students using Mathletics”. Parents, too, were pleased with the effects of Mathletics on their children.
MATHLETICS Mathletics – Conclusion: Based on the available research and our own use of the mathletics program, we agree that it is an effective e-learning resource for enhancing mathematic enjoyment and improving results. The program was very easy to use and covers the full spectrum of topics which are aligned with the Victorian maths curriculum. Some of our favourite feature of the application were: the opportunity to create our own avatar, which personalises the process; Competing against the computer and international students; Receiving immediate visual feedback and support