Evaluation Matrix 1 for Mathletics

Name of teaching resource

Mathletics

Weblink (if web based)

http://community.mathletics.com/default.aspx?productid=1

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

Kindergarten to Year 12 (Mathletics, n.d.).

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

Individuals and the whole class (Mathletics, n.d.).

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

Mathematics

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

·         Regular diagnostic reports help teachers identify existing and emerging learning gaps (3P Learning, 2013).

·         It provides a work plan for Mathletics activities to target specific curriculum outcomes (3P Learning, 2013).

·         Problem-solving activities for greater understanding of concepts in real-world situations (3P Learning, 2013).

·         Encouraging rewards and certificates (3P Learning, 2013).

·         Allows students to compete against another student online from around the world which promotes a stimulating and exciting online learning community (3P Learning, 2013).

·          Activities could be set weekly by the class teacher for homework and tailored to the ability of individual students (3P Learning, 2013).

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

·         Doesn’t provide an appropriate demonstration of some activities, children may find it confusing.

·         Some children can be distracted from maths challenges and spend a lot of time changing their on-screen avatar.

·         Doesn’t provide a discount for low-income families with more than two children to help bridge the digital divide.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

·         I believe a helpful add-on that reads the questions will be very beneficial for students with reading difficulties.

·         Another way to improve Mathletics it to build teaching tutorials which could be a great tool for independent learning.

References

3P Learning. (2013, August 20). The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics and Mathletics. Retrieved from http://www.3plearning.com/australian-curriculum-packaged-mathletics/

Mathletics. (n.d.). Mathletics.

Retrieved from http://www.mathletics.com.au/

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