What’s Mathletes all about?
Last year, Mathletes burst on to the Irish education scene with great backing from the Department of Education and educational institutions. It is based on the very successful Khan Academy, which took the world by storm a few years ago, by collating a load of videos together to teach certain topics. It has evolved to become an interesting Learning Managing System where users learn at their own pace by solving problem using some of these videos to help achieve mastery in chosen topics.
Mathletes is an Irish competition based on the Khan Academy model. Students can work at their own pace solving problems and developing mastery in various topics in the Maths curriculum. Mathletes has DCU on board to match Khan Academy content to the curriculum for students to use. Every time a student uses Khan Academy, they receive points for completing activities. The competition element happens each week when the top scores are collated by Mathletes and over the coming months, the highest point earners go through to play-offs and finally to a grand final where a Mathletes champion is declared.
For teachers, they are able to track pupils’ progress in the areas of maths that they are working on and assess how they are getting on. It’s great because