Mathletics - All the kids are doing it.

Mathletics - All the kids are doing it.

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Earlier this year, my dauighter Emma came home and told me about this new thing she was doing called Mathletics. I had images of girls in classrooms doing 100s of equations against the clock. She showed me what show me what she was doing, and it was a remarkable Flash app which allowed her to do maths exercises online, while competiting with the other girls in her class, and her year.

She was really enthusiastic about this and each evening would spend 30 minutes on line doing these math exercises, so that she would be listed in the top 10 of her year. It was so cool to watch her play online, while learning addition and substraction. She even designed her own little avatar.

Then a few weeks later, Billy came home and told me that *HE* was doing Mathletics in class too. Huh? Is he competing against 8 year old girls too? Nope, he's competing againsts ALL Year 7 students in Australia. Now he's spend 30 minutes each night to get into the national top 10.

Then this term, Antony, or as he likes to be know, 'Rigo, comes home and says that he is doing Mathletics too, and he is in Year 9.

WOW.

So, these Mathletics folks must have a good salesforce, because there are a lot of schools and a lot of kids online.

I was intrigued about this, so I did a "view source" of the homepage and found the following

Mathletics is Australia's most used educational website!

It is the next generation in learning, helping students enjoy maths and improve their results. Mathletics covers the full Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum.

Benefits of Mathletics

  • Students love it, becoming highly motivated to improve.
  • Phenomenal improvement rates.
  • Used and trusted by more than 700 Australian schools.
  • Weekly report emailed to parents.
  • Less than $2 a week!

About Mathletics

The Mathletics Curriculum

Mathletics cover the Kindergarten to Year 12 Australian Mathletics curriculum.

What do parents say about Mathletics?

We asked parents what they would say to other parents about Mathletics and this is what they told us:

"It is fantastic, it makes maths fun. My son loves Mathletics." Linda Hamilton, NSW
"It is very good and well worth the money. My daughter has learnt things on Mathletics that she hasn't done at school yet so I think it's a great headstart." Pauline Smyth, QLD
"My daughter has been on it now for 6 months and has come from getting 25%-30% is now achieving 80%. It's fantastic and affordable." Denis Rogers, VIC
"Definitely a fantastic piece of software and if your school isn't using it then it should be." Susan Bainbridge, NSW

How to get the most out of Mathletics

  • Take an active role in your child' s mathematics progress.
  • Encourage your child to use Mathletics 3 to 5 times a week.
  • Encourage a balance between the Full Curriculum section and Live Mathletics.
  • Take time to work together with your child. The Support Centre in each activity will help show how to solve a particular problem.
  • Encourage your child to do activities that challenge, rather than those he/she finds easy.
  • If the Course is too difficult or too easy, then change to a more appropriate Course.
  • Celebrate your child' s successes. Print the Certificates out and put them on the fridge!

Minimum Requirements

  • PC or Mac that is less than 5 years old
  • Internet Connection - Broadband preferred
  • Flash Player 8
  • Pop-ups enabled
  • Javascript enabled
  • Cookies enabled

Purchase

Affordable for Everyone!

Annual Subscription = $99

This provides a student with 24 hour, 7 days a week access to Mathletics for 12 months.

I did a little more investigating and discovered it's a service developed in Australia, by a company called Scaffold Education. Turns our we're paying for the software and service in our school fees.

An interesting example of a hosted application, with a rich user interface and with an element social networking too. In fact, it's quite "Web 2.0", *AND* it's got lots of customers using it. *AND* the server platform is IIS6 and ASP.NET - Cool!.

Why haven't we heard of these guys before?? Could this be a Aussie "Web 2.0" success story???

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  • All the kids are doing it!  When my son has friends over and they get on the computer instead of playing traditional games they all want to do Mathletics!
  • Thanks for this, my five year is now addicted to this (thank god, before it was a deal or no deal flash game), I think your totally right about this being a 'web 2.0' success, they got my $99, I think I want to play with it more than my son :)
  • mathletics is the best way to learn maths
  • I have 4 kids . They have grown up using computers and I have written some of their stories - Dale and

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