Smartick: The path of an adaptive online method within a system that rewards homogeneity
Tania Alonso Sainz
In 2009, an idea came to create Smartick, an online method for teaching mathematics to children aged 4-14 years. There are three main facts underlying its creation. First, the poor performance of primary school students in the area of mathematics, according to international tests of student achievement. Second, the potential to harness the digital native language, ie ICT for teaching purposes. And thirdly, the labor demands of the future, in line with the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), making mathematics an undeniable need for children and young people.
Although ICTs are attractive, are no guarantee of innovation themselves. Innovators are experts in content, technology and pedagogy that are behind them. Therefore, since 2011, the tool and its team have been growing in following fields of educational action: detailed training of cognitive skills, stimulation of logical-mathematical ability, verbal understanding through problem solving and complete feedback for the child tutors. In turn, the intelligent algorithm that adapts in real time to the student's needs, offers unparalleled educational potential, mainly because of the information provided about their daily progress; this being a level of detail that today would not otherwise be possible.
Tania Alonso Sainz
Master in Philosophy of Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. Degree in Education from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), with honors final year. She has worked at CSIC in the area of philosophy applied to education; and she has participated in the European project of the Lifelong Learning Programme from MECD. She has also worked in the Department of Quality and Evaluation at Francisco de Vitoria University. She is currently working on the pedagogical team at Smartick, she is an active member of the Research Group on Supranational Education Policy (GIPES), and is an associate professor in Graduates of Education at Universidad a Distancia de Madrid (UDIMA), and in the Department of Teaching and Theory of Education at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM).