What is Mindspark?
Mindspark is a computer-based, self adaptive-learning program that helps children to improve his/her skills
in Maths. It allows each child to follow a learning path that is based on their current level and at a pace they are comfortable with.
Who created Mindspark?
Mindspark was created by an expert maths team at Educational Initiatives. The team designed Mindspark after carrying out intensive research on the data on student performance from ASSET tests conducted over many years in order to discover the different learning patterns among children.
How is Mindspark unique?
Learning by answering questions
Focus on understanding of concepts
Logic - questions tailored to the child's knowledge level
Addressing of common errors & misconceptions
Visuals and animations for effective learning
How is Mindspark different from other e-learning programmes?
Many students have a misunderstanding of basic concepts that they carry forward from an early age. It is important to identify those misunderstandings and help the student overcome them. Most often, a child does not try to clear these misconceptions due to a lack of opportunity or fear of embarrassment. Mindspark questions are designed on the basis of detailed classroom studies and research in student learning - to specifically target common student errors and misconceptions.
Over 60% of the problems in Mindspark make use of visuals and animations. The graphics in Mindspark are mostly used as serious learning tools, and not as lighthearted cartoons or games - which today's kids get an overdose of on T.V. anyway!
How will Mindspark help my child?
By explaining basic concepts and building strong fundamentals. Mindspark has a built-in adaptive logic that allows a student to proceed at his/her own pace, depending on their level of comfort in a particular concept.This helps in improving the confidence of the child when solving more challenging maths problems.
Is Mindspark available for other subjects?
Mindspark is currently available only for Mathematics. However, in the future we are planning to develop Mindspark in other subjects.
For which classes is Mindspark appropriate?
Mindspark has been designed currently for classes 1 through 10 - the classes that focus on developing key concepts in students.
Is Mindspark in line with the syllabus of the boards?
Yes, Mindspark is aligned to NCERT recommendations as well as to ICSE, CBSE and various otherIndian state boards. Mindspark is also compatible with the IGCSE curriculum.
Is it possible for my child to learn by only answering questions?
A remarkable feature of Mindspark is that it's an adaptive learning program. This means that it will examine a learner's current level of understanding in a particular topic and ask only those questions that will help the learner to gradually understand concepts that were missing in the learner's understanding of the topic. Each question, at every step, will be 'just outside' a learner's current level of understanding, but not too much as we want the learner to answer correctly and also learn in the process. This process - of learning through answering questions - has been found to be very effective all over the world as compared to simply reading a block of text along with some visuals.
Would using Mindspark help my child get more marks?
The focus on Mindspark is to help the child learn mathematics well, with understanding. We believe that when children learn the basics with understanding, this has a long term impact on how they perform on those topics as well as those built upon them. Thus we predict a strong correlation between performance in school tests and regular practicing on Mindspark. Studies have indicated that students understand concepts better by using Mindspark; we will also be conducting studies to establish the relation between improved understanding through Mindspark and improved scores in school tests.
How do I know my child's performance in Mindspark?
Every month Mindspark will mail out a detailed report to the parents and teachers. These reports will show the level the child has reached on each topic, the time taken by the child to master a concept, the success rate and number of logins and so on. The report to the teacher will provide additional information on the performance of the entire class.This will have to be modified. Why are we not talking about Parent Connect. Also, reports are not mailed to the teacher.
In Mindspark, if my child is presented with maths problems in concepts that
have not been taught in school, should my child still continue to do them?
Yes! Mindspark is designed primarily as a learning program. Children are free to continue solving if they want to attempt the problems.
If my child gets a number of questions he/she says are simple, what should I do?
Simple questions ensure that the child is equipped to take on the tougher ones. We have found that students are able to do certain questions, yet some of the basics are not completely clear. This affects later learning. Therefore, even if the questions appear simple, the child should attempt these questions.
My child says many questions are repeated. What should I do?
Questions are repeated in special conditions when the system determines that a student needs extra practice. The student should therefore attempt these questions patiently and answer them correctly.
What happens after my child has finished all the topics assigned to her?
Once the student has finished all topics, she has the flexibility of visiting any topic she wishes to revise or practice. Please note that data that is aggregated to report progress on every topic is based on the child's last completed attempt.
Does my child need to do Mindspark everyday?
The recommended frequency of practice on Mindspark is 30 minutes a day for 4 days a week. The minimum recommended practice is 30 minutes each day for 3 days a week. Mindspark provides a student with regular practice and we believe that there can be no substitute for that. In cases, when the student misses practice on some days, he can spend a little more time on the remaining days. The daily time limit is 90 minutes with no restriction on the number of login (sessions). If a user has completed 90 mins of Mindspark in a day, the system will not allow further logins. The 90 minute time limit is allowed mainly to allow students to catch up on sessions they missed. Remember that the recommended usage still remains 30 minutes a day for 4 days a week. It is desirable to space out sessions over an entire week, rather than do many sessions intensively over one or two days followed by long gaps!
Why do some of the questions take more time to appear?
One feature of Mindspark is that it's an intelligent program. Many times, while the child is trying to working out the answer for a question, Mindspark will try to find the next best question to ask the child. This may involve examining the child's answers to the previous questions and identifying the gaps in the child's understanding that need to be addressed. Thus, there could be a few questions that take a little more time than others to appear.
Will there be page loading issue at home?
This issue could happen due to several possible reasons. You can open the site www.speedtest.net whenever you are experiencing slow speed in Mindspark and send us the results of the speed test. This may give us some insights to the problem you are facing and will help in sorting out the problem.
What to do when not able to login or the error message 'Session Expired' appears?
a) Mindspark is designed to help the child learn but there is a limit after which the rate of learning decreases very quickly. To address this problem, Mindspark will automatically logout the user after every 30 minutes of a session.
b) Please clear the cache, cookies and browser history from your machine and login again.
Is there an ideal browser for using Mindspark?
Mindspark has been designed to work on Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome(latest version). We recommend that you use one of these browsers to relish the Mindspark experience.
What should be done when a blank screen appears after login?
a) Please email us a snapshot of the blank screen to firstname.lastname@example.org.
b) Please clear the cache, cookies and browser history from your machine and login again.
Why is a correct answer marked wrong by Mindspark?
This could happen when a student
a) has not understood the question and answered incorrectly.
b) has made an error while typing the correct answer by typing the wrong characters or added extra characters or space e.g. yes,2/
c) has entered the answer in the wrong format. e.g. Yes, yes, y, Y
Why does the topic progress not move ahead?
When a child has difficulties with a learning unit in a topic, Mindspark gives select questions to improve the child's understanding of the basics. These questions do not increase the progress. When the child achieves a better understanding of the basics, Mindspark again starts asking you the regular questions. The progress percent increases as the correct answer percent for the regular questions increases.
Does Mindspark work on iPad?
Mindspark has been designed to work on Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome. We recommend that you use one of these browsers to relish the Mindspark experience.Yes, Mindspark is accessible by students on iPad (both 10" and 7" tablets) with a minimum iOS6 version. On iPad, Mindspark works only in the landscape or horizontal mode - this promises the best user experience to the student!
When does a child get a Sparkie?
A sparkie is given to you when three consecutive questions are answered correctly.
What logic does Mindspark use to award Sparkies?
We have made a small change in the rules of Mindspark to award sparkies. The number of sparkies awarded in a topic that a child had already completed before will be fewer than in those the child has not attempted.
Our suggestion is that you do not give too much emphasis to the number of Sparkies and encourage the child to keep working on the units normally! The new Sparkie rule has been implemented to help a child learn new topics even better than before.
What is the Sparkie logic in CQ (Challenge question)?
5 Sparkies are awarded for getting a correct answer in the first attempt and 2 Sparkies for getting a correct answer in the second attempt.
How is the 'Sparkie Champ of the Week' selected?
There is no definite number of Sparkies to become the weekly champ. The highest Sparkie earner is announced as the Sparkie Champ of the Week. If a child's usage is high along with a higher number of accurate answers, the child has a greater chance of becoming one.
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What is Mindspark Super Test?
Mindspark Super Test is a series of regular tests for individual subscribers (for grades 4 to 10) that allows them to know their strengths and weaknesses in a particular topic while also providing practice. The Super tests are available every alternative weekend for a test window of 3 days.