Mathletics was first created in 2005 by 3P Learning, an Australian company. The site includes instructional curriculum aligned with state and Common Core standards in math ranging from counting to calculus, and practice problems that give students immediate feedback after each answer (or the option of reading through the correct process for solving the problem), with the level of difficulty progressively increasing with each correct answer. With a heavy dose of in-program rewards and certificates, Mathletics caters to students who need a lot of extrinsic motivation to make math fun. One of its most popular features seems to be the live math challenges, where students who have completed their assignments can play math games against matched peers from all over the world; winning students’ names appear in the site’s Hall of Fame. (The company behind Mathletics, 3P Learning, also operates the annual World Education Games, in which millions of students from all over the world compete against one another in math, science and spelling.)
As of 2012, Mathletics was being used by 3.5 million children in more than 14,000 schools – many of which are presumably in Australia and the United States, but also in other countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait thanks to an Arabic version. The annual cost per student is about $30 for schools and $100 for home use (if students’ schools have not purchased a license). The company also offers mobile versions: student-facing Mathletics apps for iOS and for Samsung Galaxy tablets, and teacher-facing apps for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
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