We are a part of the digital revolution where everything is getting digitized. Be it payment to vendors, reading e-books, or even watching movies on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. All your source of entertainment and learning has been concised in downloadable apps available via subscriptions. Innovation especially during the lockdown period is at its peak and many new start-ups have introduced EdTech solutions that can be made conveniently available to students at home. Mathspace is a forerunner in this space and is providing a competitive edge by offering interactive Math lessons digitally, without completely eliminating the comfort of the paper & pen format.
Learning from Physical Textbooks
The good old Math textbooks looked colorful with graphs and pie-charts and students could actually use a pen to scribble, make notes, underline, and solve sums on paper. Preserving the textbooks in good condition until end of last semester exams is a thrilling experience, which today’s generation may not understand. Let us highlight some Pros and Cons to debate on this topic.
- Research suggests that students who learn Math or any other subject from a physical paper-back textbook are able to recall the matter more effectively.
- Students showcase greater confidence in exams after studying from textbooks
- Physically tuning pages, highlighting important points, and running fingers over the lines, helps enhance a photographic memory, which is possible only in physical format books.
- Students are away from access to digital devices, and therefore there is full focus
- One can read the textbook without connectivity and WiFi connection
- The cost of printing a physical textbook is expensive
- One needs to handle the paperback book carefully and keep it in good condition all through the year
- Used books are discarded and it ends up in the dustbin, leading to wastage of resources
- Trees are cut in order to make paper and hence unfit for the environment
- Can’t provide an interactive learning experience
Learning from E-Books & Apps
The e-books and apps provide a fun-filled learning experience with colorful graphics that make the learning process even more seamless. Children love to interact with characters and undertake quizzes, that subtly tests their understanding of concepts. Let’s go through some points that favor this digital learning method, versus its drawbacks.
- Very cost effective, as parents don’t need to invest in buying books
- Testing students through in-app games, quizzes, and challenges
- Positively reinforce the efforts of students by incentivizing the question & answers
- The learning can be personalized to match the individual pace of students
- Parents and educators are kept in loop and get to track the progress of kids
- Too much time spend on devices may lead to fatigue eyes and spoil health
- Child may get distracted and open other tabs on the internet instead of studying
- Seriousness associated with studying might be diluted • Real retention & learning may not happen
Mathspace is an all-in-one learning app which integrates video lessons and textbooks, to make children independent learners. This platform has gained much popularity in Dubai and UAE regions, and their standardized curriculum lessons support hands-on GeoGebra applets. Giving learners dual advantage, parents have an option to print matter or choose to study on a device. Due to its personalization, schools in GCC countries and the UAE, recommends this approach to students.