Let me start this post with a question. What are the challenges that you and your kids face in primary school Mathematics? I listed a few here:
- The method of teaching is very different from how we were taught last time.
- They can’t understand concepts.
- They feel bored doing too many uninteresting worksheets over and over again.
- They lack motivation.
- Too many assessment books in the market, you do not know which one to buy.
As a mom of a Primary 2 boy, all these struggles and challenges are no strangers to me. I admit I was a little overwhelmed with Singapore Mathematics syllabus. Our kids need to have a strong understanding of mathematical concepts, as well as applying the concepts in problem solving, reasoning and higher order thinking.
So, we need to expose them to a wide variety of questions. Through consistent practise, they will find the concepts familiar and spontaneous. However, too many worksheets will kill the joy of learning the subject. Thus, we often wonder what is the most effective and inspiring method to teach our kids math.
In short, I want an effective learning system that needs minimum efforts but produces BIG results. Ideally, it should be engaging and motivating too. Does such learning system exist? You may wonder.
KooBits Math Portal
Recently, I was introduced to KooBits Math Portal, an online math learning system for primary students. Some of you may have already using it because over 30 primary schools in Singapore have adopted this e-learning system. They are Nan Hua Primary School, Xinmin Primary School, Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School, St Hilda’s Primary School, and North Vista Primary School, just to name a few.
Here are TEN things you need to know about KooBits in terms of its features and benefits:
1. Largest collection of challenging math word problems and video lessons
KooBits ProblemSums has one of the largest collections of challenging math word problems and video lessons, featuring more than 700 mathematical skills and 10,000+ problem sum questions for our kids to master.
Yes, it’s massive! You’ll never need to shop for assessment books again. Developed by a group of innovative MOE educators, technologists and researchers over years, it’s also aligned with the latest MOE math syllabus.
The learning activities are divided into 3 main sections – Self Practise, Homework and Challenge. The Challenge section is further divided into Daily Challenge, Sunday Mini Challenge and Peer Challenge. There is an interesting Challenge Points (CP) reward system that allows the kids to earn points when they use this e-learning system.
- Daily Challenge is available every day except Sunday. There are 10 questions with varied level of difficulties for our kids to solve daily.
- Sunday Mini Challenge, as its name says, is only available on Sunday.
- Peer Challenge allows our kids to challenge their peers (random or from the same school).
2. Customized based on the child’s learning profile
Unlike other e-learning programs in the market, KooBits ProblemSums is not a ‘one size fits all’ program. It’s customized based on our kid’s learning profile over time.
By doing 10 questions each day in the Daily Challenge, our kids get to try 240 questions a month. That’s where daily bite-sized exercise makes more sense than last-minute studying for exam. The results from the challenges, self practise and homework are recorded in the system to develop our kid’s learning profile. So, our kids get a customized set of questions every day to further work on their weaknesses.
I do not know how the system can do such complex customization, but it totally wins me over.
3. Promotes self-learning and independence
All questions come with an immediate feedback mechanism to guide students, as well as detailed step-by-step solutions with necessary models and diagrams. Thus, it promotes self-learning and independence. Double bonus points for busy parents like us!
4. A differentiated skills map
The system recognizes that every child is unique, and they learn at different speed. Thus, a differentiated skills map like this is very useful. It allows our kids to learn at their own pace, and thus ease their tension. The progress is also captured in the system, and the topics are aligned with the latest MOE syllabus.
5. A smart proficiency report for parents
Another important feature of this system is the proficiency report. From this report, parents get to know the number of questions practised by their kids and their proficiency in each topic.
I’m pretty sure no one else can do this. Even your kid’s Math teacher at school won’t be able to tell you which specific topic your kids are weak at. With this report, we can help our kids leverage their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.
6. Daily and weekly homework assignments with printable worksheets
For schools who have adopted this e-learning system, the teachers can assign homework to their students via this portal. Parents can also create homework for the kids based on the schedule of MOE curriculum or randomly selecting certain skills and topics. There is another set of homework automatically created by KooBits portal. You can also print these homework assignments into printable worksheets.
7. The official Math Olympiad questions
The past 19 years of official Math Olympiad questions are also available on KooBits portal. Good news for the advance students (and kiasu parents too!). They can now stretch their thinking and deepen their understanding with these non-routine high ability questions.
8. Join competition to win prizes
KooBits has a very interesting reward system that motivates our kids in the form of Challenge Points (CP), badges and virtual credits. They can also win attractive prizes from the weekly online competitions. I’m sure this will motivate the kids to continue learning from the system, and achieve even better results.
9. Develop effective learning habits
As I’ve mentioned in point # 2, daily bite-sized exercise is far better than last minute exam preparation. By doing exercises every day, we instil consistency and develop effective learning habits in our kids since young, which they can carry on into secondary school and beyond.
10. Accessible everywhere
KooBits Math Portal can be accessed from anywhere as long as you’re connected with the internet. It also supports login from PC, MAC, iPad, Android or other tablets. Instead of playing games on the iPad, our kids can get their hands on math questions wherever they go.
The benefits of KooBits far exceed the regular paper-based assessment books and teaching method. It’s interactive, engaging and effective. Quoted from Edison, “KooBits is very fun and I like it. I want to keep practising to become the top scorer.”