Mathigon contains amazing content for the entire mathematics curriculum. Simply pick a chapter and tell your students to work through it – as a homework assignment, or on within a flipped classroom setting. A teacher dashboard shows detailed analytics on their progress and mastery.
Mathigon works on tablets and laptops, and every student will automatically get a highly interactive and personalised experience. Our content is aligned to the Common Core (US) and other national curricula.
Every chapter comes with a corresponding lesson plan for teachers, and we have a library of all the interactive games and components to use.
Everything in our world follows mathematical laws: from the motion of stars and galaxies to the transmission of phone signals, bus timetables,
weather prediction and online banking. Mathematics lets us describe and explain all of these examples, and can reveal profound truths about their underlying patterns.
Unfortunately the school curriculum often fails to convey the incredible power and great beauty of mathematics. In most cases, school mathematics is simply about memorising abstract concepts: a teacher (or a video, or a mobile app) explains how to solve a specific kind of problem, students have to remember it, and then us
e it to solve homework or exam questions. This has changed very little during the last century, and is one of the reasons why so many students dislike mathematics.
“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”
– Albert Einstein
In fact, the process of studying mathematics is often much more important than the actual content: it teaches problem solving, logical reasoning, generalising and abstra
ction. Mathematics should be about creativity, curiosity, surprise and imagination – not memorising and rote learning.
Mathigon is part interactive textbook and part virtual personal tutor. Using cutting-edge technology and an innovative new curriculum, we want to make learning mathematics more active, personalised and fun.
Rather than telling students how to solve new kinds of problems, we want them to be able to explore and “discover” solutions on their own. Our content is split into many small sections, and students have to actively participate at every step before the next one is revealed: by solving problems, exploring simulations, finding patterns and drawing conclusions.
We built many new types of interactive components, which go far beyond simple multiple choice questions or textboxes. Students can draw paths across bridges in Königsberg, run large probability simulations, investigate which shapes can be used to create tessellations, and much more.
As users interact with Mathigon, we can slowly build up an internal model of how well they know different related concepts in mathematics: the knowledge graph. This data can then be used to adapt and personalisethe content – we can predict where students might struggle because they haven’t mastered all the prerequisites, or switch between different explanations based on students’ preferred learning style.
A virtual personal tutor guides you step-by-step through explanations and gives tailored hints or encouragement in a conversational interface. Students can even ask their own questions.
Using Mathigon requires much more effort and concentration from students, compared to simply watching a video or listening to a teacher. That’s why it is important make the content has fun and engaging as possible.
Mathigon is filled with colourful illustrations, and every chapter has a captivating narrative. Rather than teaching mathematics as a collection of abstract facts and exercises, we use real life applications, puzzles, historic context, inter-disciplinary connections, or even fictional stories to make the content come alive. This gives students a clear reason why what they learn is useful, and makes the content itself much more memorable.
All these goals are difficult to achieve in a classroom, because a single teacher simply can’t offer the individual support required by every student. Of course, we don’t want to replace schools or teachers. Mathigon should be used as a supplement: by students who are struggling and need additional help, students who want to go beyond what they learn at school, or even by teachers in a blended learning environment.