I was going through my books the other day on my bookshelves and noticed that I had quite a few maths books. Yes, I did a lot of maths in both high-school and university but upon reflection, I didn’t particularly like it. As you all know, when at Cengage, I was fortunate to work on Apple iBooks and one of the subjects we did a book on was for Year 9 Maths. Mathematics is a subject where exercises’ play an important role in learning. Generally, in mathematics text books a lot of related exercises given for practice.
I actually enjoyed working on the Maths widgets for the iBook, as it helped bring back some fun into the what traditionally is a boring subject for kids.I remember when I was searching online mathematics learning materials for help to design the widgets, we found several websites who provided different mathematics learning content for different levels of students as mathematics learning games for primary classes and mathematics learning games for middle school classes but not really many cool stuff for university maths.
Having an 8 year old daughter, I noticed in her primary school, her classes use a lot of innovative websites to provide different types learning content to help the teacher create a multimedia rich lesson plan. I feel that it gives the advantage of innovative education where students can learn easily and the computer guides the student to learn step by step. At home, my daughter learns mathematics online and offline as her convenience.
I think some schools find online learning games very useful within the classes and that the teachers can engage the students to learn on the computers or they can use whiteboard for different online learning purposes. So, this brings me to the question, is there a market for me to create a maths based e-Learning game or should I let it be?