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mathfights.com

mathfights

Ignoring the fact that they misspelt maths, I really enjoyed trying out this website. It is designed to look like a video game, with cartoony characters. Once you have created your account, you engage in a ‘maths battle’ with other players in real time. The website also allows you to track your progression, helping you to improve your results. You can also earn badges and rewards such as avatars for your profile and tee shirts. Each battle consists of three questions. I think this website would work well with students, especially younger ones, (Elementary to Middle School) because of its format. Also, I think boys especially would enjoy it, because of its resemblance to a video game.

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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.