Duolingo launches into math lessons
The iconic owl will also appear in the Duolingo Math app.
The fun language learning app now has a companion app that helps improve math skills: Duolingo Math. This new feature marks the company's first step outside the linguistic path.
Duolingo made the announcement on Friday at its annual event.
App users can expect to practice multiplication, division and fractions, in addition to practicing area, perimeter, angle calculations and telling the time , among others. Each concept includes different levels that allow you to follow the student's progress.
To ensure that the exercises offered are fun and appropriate for everyone who wants to do them, Duolingo plans to offer different levels depending on age. For now, the app offers a lesson designed for primary school children as well as a component aimed at people aged 13 and over.
Reproducing a winning formula
Duoling Math's lead software engineer, Sammi Siegel, has been working on the new app for just over a year. The objective was to use the configuration and playful pedagogical strategy that made Duolingo so successful in order to adapt them to mathematics.
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The learning approach is thus similar to that of the original application of the same company. Each exercise is therefore different and allows you to assimilate the basics of mathematical notions.
We have all these different mechanics to keep people engaged. We wanted to use everything we learned teaching languages and apply it to another subject, explained Sammi Siegel to the specialized site The Verge.
The aesthetics of the application is also similar to that well known to Duolingo enthusiasts. A satisfying little ding is still heard after each correct answer, and lessons are kept short and fun, lasting under two minutes, according to The Verge, who tested Duolingo Math.
The app will also send notifications to remind users that it's time for a lesson.
Whether calculating tipping a bill or altering portions of a recipe, math is simply essential in our lives, points out Sammi Siegel. We know that there is a proliferation of math anxiety and that people are not feeling totally comfortable with their math skills. We believe that with a fun and engaging app, we can tackle this problem.
The app for iOS and iPad iOS is currently in beta and the full launch is due later this year.
With information from The Verge and Engadget