MathProject’s response to COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought panic into our lives, but also an opportunity to use technology as an innovative tool for our children’s crucial learning and academic success. In-class learning has been globally suspended for our children’s safety.

Schools and after-school programs have closed in Canada and the US, leaving students with no study options. With the math education system that needs an overhaul and with no opportunity to learn in traditional classrooms, students have become non-consumers of education; literally unable to access formal education overnight. Consequently, exams, EQAO tests, and entrance into universities are still on the line once our students return to school hence MathProject knew they had to come up with a solution quickly.

As a social enterprise, MathProject swiftly used technology to continue instilling a love for math in children during the COVID-19 situation. For years, MathProject’s primary focus has been to boost a child’s motivation to master math skills. Fortunately, MathProject has been developing an online-learning platform since last year for students who could not attend the on-site sessions. After some testing and prototyping, the program now has a solid platform to host live online sessions that allow students to interact with one another and their teachers in real-time. Students take part in learning math word problems and building strong numeration skills

Amid COVID-19, MathProject rapidly implemented online learning for all grade 1 to 12 students. An astounding 100% of its students successfully transitioned to its online-learning solution within one weekend. Shehreen Zaman, founder of MathProject opines,

“Most online sessions involve watching a previously recorded session where the teacher is not present. Listening to recorded lessons is boring for students, whereas our live, interactive online sessions create a social bond. It has all the advantages of in-class learning while being on a remote platform to ensure student’s health and safety”.

Online learning is a valuable solution during periods away from the classroom and may evolve into a critical long-term learning tool. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, MathProject is resolute in using technology to fundamentally transform the learning experience.

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