Mindspark is unique as it focuses on –
How is Mindspark different from other e-learning programmes?
- Learning by answering questions
- Understanding of concepts
- Questions tailored to a child's knowledge level
- Addressing common errors & misconceptions
- In-depth explanations
- Visuals and animations for effective learning
How will Mindspark help my child?
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 Maths 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. in any case!
In English, Mindspark focuses on engaging the learner with different varieties of reading and listening comprehension, and also strengthens knowledge of grammar and vocabulary by giving intelligent contexts within questions.
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 math and language problems.
Is Mindspark available for other subjects?
Mindspark is currently available only for Mathematics and English. However, in the future we are planning to develop Mindspark in other subjects. We appreciate your interest!
For which classes is Mindspark appropriate?
Mindspark Maths has been designed currently for classes 1 through 10 - the classes that focus on developing key Maths concepts in students. Mindspark English is currently for classes 4 through 9 – the classes where students who are familiar with basic concepts need the most exposure to language.
Is Mindspark in line with the syllabus of the boards?
Mindspark Maths is aligned to NCERT recommendations as well as to ICSE, CBSE and various other state boards. Mindspark English is not aligned to board syllabus, instead it relies on a combination of international readability indices and question difficulty for determining appropriateness of content for a particular grade level.
How can I Subscribe/Register for Mindspark?
If you represent an educational institution, you can contact us over email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and one of our sales representatives in your region will get in touch shortly. If you are an individual, you can visit the Mindspark website (www.mindspark.in) and click on ‘Buy Mindspark’ (www.mindspark.in/registrationform.php). Individual subscriptions are not currently available for English.
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 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 already indicated that students understand concepts better by using Mindspark Maths; 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 Maths 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. Mindspark English currently provides detailed reports to teachers via its teacher interface. These reports give data on accuracy, time spent, content attempted, as well as skill-specific performance.
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 Maths is 30 minutes a day for 4 days a week.The minimum recommended practice is 30 minutes each day for 3 days a week.For English it is 30 minutes a day, twice 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.
Why do some of the questions take more time to appear?
On any day a user can login for multiple sessions of 30 minutes each. However, after 30 minutes, system will automatically log out the user and the user can login again.
In Maths, the daily time limit is 90 minutes with no restriction on the number of logins (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.
In English, the daily limit is 30 minutes with no restriction on the number of logins.
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!
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?
Is there an ideal browser for using Mindspark?
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.
Mindspark has been designed to work on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome. We recommend that you use one of these browsers to relish the Mindspark experience. For the best experience, please use the latest versions of the browsers, although we also support older versions.
Why is my child unable to view the visuals and animations in some of the questions?
This is probably because the Flash Player plug-in is not installed on the browser. This is an additional software that is needed to view certain animations and visuals. You can download Flash Player from this link: www.get.adobe.com/flashplayer
What should be done when a blank screen appears after login?
Why is a correct answer marked wrong by Mindspark?
a) Please email us the screenshot of the screen to email@example.com.
b) Please clear the cache, cookies and browser history from your machine and login again.
Why does the topic progress not move ahead?
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
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?
Yes, Mindspark is accessible by students on iPads (both 10" and 7" tablets) for iOS 6 operating systems and above. On an iPad, Mindspark works only in the landscape or horizontal mode - this promises the best user experience to the student!
What logic does Mindspark use to award Sparkies?
We award Sparkies in Maths as well as English based on a student’s accuracy. The very basic rule is that for every set of 3 questions answered correctly in a row, a student gets 1 Sparkie.
We have made a small change in the rules of Mindspark Maths 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.
What is the Sparkie logic in CQs (Challenge questions) in Mindsaprk Maths?
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.
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. This feature is only available for Maths as of now.
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