Brilliant.org

brilliant.org

This is such a great educational tool. It’s designed like a game, with levels, points and skills the player can earn by answering questions. Currently, the only topics you can practice are physics and maths, but the creators plan to expand to other academic subjects. Points can be exchanged for actual prizes such as a Brilliant.org tee shirt, or books like Albert Einstein’s ‘Relativity: The Special and the General Theory’. They also hold competitions where they answer mathematical questions, or in the case of their ‘Hunger Games’ competition, players had to write an algorithm to fight to the death against other algorithms. The website also has a ‘Techniques’ page, where people can train themselves on how to answer mathematical questions that involve concepts ranging from prime factorisation to Helly’s Theorem.

I’ve already started using it, and it is extremely addictive. I think it would be very beneficial to students if teachers encouraged their students to use it.

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