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Swedish teacher releases iPhone maths app

The Local · 6 Oct 2010, 13:04

Published: 06 Oct 2010 13:04 GMT+02:00

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Mikael Bondestam, a teacher at Gävle's Polhemsskolan, released the application on Friday, newspaper Gefle Dagblad (GD) reported on Wednesday.

Students can do math homework on the bus home instead of playing other games on their phones.

"It gives personal encouragement. As a teacher, I cannot give all 32 students individual attention at every lesson," Bondestam told GD.

Buoyed by the positive response he received for YouTube clips of maths problems that he had filmed, Bondestam forged ahead with the idea of an iPhone app.

"If the films did not receive such a warm reception, I would not have done this," said Bondestam, who spent much of the summer holidays working on the app.

Users of the programme can access assignments, tests and videos on YouTube. On completion of a successful test or task, the programme awards the student a star or other function.

The application contains the entire upper secondary school mathematics curriculum. On Tuesday, five customers bought it, four in Sweden and one in Norway.

Bondestam is responsible for the tests and exercises, while Johan Isaksson looked after the programming.

"There is a competing app in Sweden, but it only has assignments," Isaksson told GD.

Bondestam is planning ahead for future courses depending on reception for this application.

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"I have to get feedback on this first and see what is good and bad," he said.

The program is currently only available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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13:43 October 6, 2010 by G Kin
14:47 October 6, 2010 by Audrian
It is a pity children forget that education is their primary ovbjective. Extra-curclum activities are secondary activities, however important they might be. The teacher is doing his best to teach given the circumstances. I do not blame him. What I do not understand is where the parents are? Outside school, children should seat down for about three hours everyday to do home works and study. Children i Asian countries, particularly Korea and Japan, are required to spend about six hours per day studying and doing homeworks. The children in these countries exceal childrne in western countries in mathematics and science. This will show in a big way in the coming 30 to 40 years!
17:29 October 6, 2010 by mjennin2
I think this is brilliant! The teacher is finding a new way to reach children in mediums they are fond of. I want to download the app, myself! Could be useful in studying for the GMAT :P
17:31 October 6, 2010 by RememberAisha
Good idea, pity its on CrApple's iPhone though.

Not all students can afford to buy that crippled down piece of shiny hardware.
17:36 October 6, 2010 by voiceofreason
Great, that means the kids no longer need to think critically.

Just crunch the numbers and out pops the answer.
17:59 October 6, 2010 by Argentina84
I agree with Audrian!
18:22 October 6, 2010 by ngecenk
Audrian yes but the problem in asian education is too much knowledge even most of them are not practical in real life. i admire western education because they dont force student to absorb useless science and so enormously useless that the student end up hating the science.

i come from asian country, i took engineering subject and i know describe types of existing species. i was forced to draw mamals anotomy at high school even though i hate biology and to be honest i dont know what should i do with it. i think six hours for homework is a waste of time. student should have time to have fun, it relaxing the mind for heavier task in the next day.
23:39 October 6, 2010 by mjennin2
@Voiceofreason, what do you think Math is? Critical reasoning is best left to the humanities and social sciences. Mathemathics are not left open for interpretation, there is only one correct answer. This app isn't their only source of education, it is a software to compliment what they are learning and designed to give them pratice.

Math is all about crunching numbers and producing results. Duh.
07:48 October 7, 2010 by miss79
Well agree with u audrian..the standard japan, korea n in fact china were forced to study for 6 hours..n of course NOT ALL asian countries has the same way like these 3 countries does..
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