MINDSPARK innovative computer based self-learning programme for Maths

There is enough evidence that proves that students learn best when they learn at their own pace. Mindspark has been developed with the same philosophy as an aid to the teachers and an interesting innovative learning tool for the students.

Nov 27, 2012 10:11 IST India Infoline News Service

In a classroom, there are children of different intelligence, backgrounds and learning needs. It is a great challenge for the teachers to identify these individualistic needs and address them. Often there are a few students in the class who are distracted either because they cannot keep up with the pace with which the teacher is going or they feel the teacher is unnecessarily repeating the same things. 


There is enough evidence that proves that students learn best when they learn at their own pace. Mindspark has been developed with the same philosophy as an aid to the teachers and an interesting innovative learning tool for the students. 


Mindspark is a computer based self-learning programme for Maths developed by Educational Initiatives, an educational research company. Mindspark is an interactive system where students have to attempt questions of progressively increasing complexity levels. 


“This intelligent computer system uses a complex adaptive logic to decide what problem to serve up to a student next, based on his/her response to the current problem and problems answered earlier. The system is also able to identify when a student needs help to understand a concept, and proceeds to give him/her explanations that will help him/her move ahead,” said Vinay Chousalkar, VP Product Marketing, EI.


For example, if a student of class 7 starts doing Mindspark, he is given questions of class 7 level. If the student is not able to attempt the questions of class 7, the system automatically gives him a question of class 6. If the Class 6 level question is also answered incorrectly, the student is brought down to Class 5 level and this goes on, till the system identifies the misconception of the student, addresses it and then gradually brings him to his actual level. There are two sessions of half an hour each per week of Mindspark assigned to every class.


“Keeping abreast with the technological advancements and the infrastructural challenges that schools face in the modern age, Mindspark is also available on Mobile labs (Tablet PCs). Rather than children going to the computer labs, customized Tablet PCs are brought into the classrooms,” added Chousalkar. Also designed are special trolleys to store, transit and charge 40 Tablet PCs together. 


Mindspark makes a student do atleast 2000 questions in a year, where as a regular textbook only gives about 1000 questions. It also generates detailed report for all the students practicing, detecting their individual scores, misconceptions and remedial plan for the teachers. The system has been developed on the basis of the diagnostic assessment results of close to 10 lakh students over last 10 years. 


Currently there are over 80 schools across the country that are using Mindspark including . The schools where students are using Mindspark are seeing a considerable correction of the Maths phobia among students.  




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