Posted on April 20, 2021


One of my tweeple is also doing duolingo for Spanish. I mentioned that I’d briefly scanned for “duolingo for math.” Yes, it’s discussed and there are several “things modeled after it.”

Sigh, though, the modeling after is … the yays and the clicks and the levels …. the stuff of “how can we structure this so that you’re invited to process this and get the right answer with understanding” is not. Of course that’s more complicated w/ math; we’re *not* as wired for it. I think that, in fact, we *are* — to a point — but that it’s easier to derail it and most folks have been pretty thoroughly derailed.

Desmos was “atted” with the suggestion that they take it on.

(Okay. CHauvin found guilty on all three charges and the hollering in the hall told me that. )

To be like duolingo, tho’ … it needs to be aimable at individuals. It needs the “onboarding” — the first sets of things that are quick and easy. It needs the “connected representations” — the way duolingo lets you touch buttons to make sentences, matholingo could let you tap visuals… the four or five standard structures of exercises (“type what you hear!” that can either be tapping the words they provide or typing it on the keyboard, depending… the “speak this” — not sure what the equivalent of that would be… the “type this in English” when it’s in Spanish, and vice versa… but mainly the way people see it done rightand experience the rightness multiple times before havign to come up with things”cold.”

Hey, @geogebra, whaddya think? It could be done in framework of Illustrative Mathematics… it could be *the thing* for the ‘resource class.’