Maths no longer a drag as animated pals offer help

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 September, 2004, 12:00am

A new e-learning programme has been launched in a bid to improve the mathematics standards of primary school pupils.

NuMaths is a joint project by Hong Kong Education City (HKedCity) and Asian Education Network which aims to deliver the entire primary school mathematics curriculum through the internet.

NuMaths comprises 35,000 webpages and includes comprehensive teaching guides and practical exercises and activities developed by qualified primary school teachers.

The project aims to make maths more fun. Cartoon characters such as helpful dog NuNu and her animal friends act as teachers.

Subscribers will be given a password to help them access the programme at school or at home.

Students will be able to learn the subject through the internet even if they are unable to attend school.

'Being the largest education platform in Hong Kong, we are keen to encourage the new generation to embrace the knowledge-based era by learning via the internet,' said HKedCity chief executive officer Jacqueline Cheng.

'We believe children will be better equipped to learn mathematics with this innovative scheme.'

NuMaths uses two types of questions to help students in their learning process. There are questions where students click on the correct answer using their mouse, while the drag-and-drop variety allows them to experiment with different options.

NuNu praises students who give correct answers. If a student selects a wrong answer, NuNu asks them to try again, and if they are unsuccessful once more, the screen will automatically return to the relevant tutorial page.

The correct answer is highlighted on the next page to reinforce students' memory.

When a student has completed a whole series (for instance, all multiplication or addition), they are rewarded with a printable certificate.

A year's subscription to NuMaths costs $1,000, and a six-month package costs $600.

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