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Last Minute: Duolingo will open a new app to learn mathematics

The education business was one of the ones that changed the most due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to show the growth that this market had. According to Grand View Research, in 2021 Ed Tech generated 106.46 billion dollars and is expected to grow 16.5% between 2022 and 2030.

Given this growth, one of the best-known apps on the market for offering language courses thanks to the use of machine learning and interactive exercises is Duolingo. Now, they will make the jump to another subject: mathematics.

According to a study carried out by the same platform, people can go to great lengths to avoid the use of mathematics. As examples, the survey indicated that 30% of people would rather join a real-life “Squid Game” than take a three-hour math test; 28% would choose to get stuck in traffic to cut a cake into 14 equal parts, and 45% would give up their favorite drink in order not to perform multiplication or division.

Additionally, more than a third of those surveyed (34%) declared having had difficulties with the subject in primary school.

How is Duolingo Math

As with its language counterpart, this new app uses artificial intelligence to track the performance of its students.

The app has two course options for users: Elementary Math (school math), which covers exercises typically seen in a classroom, and Brain Training, which strengthens mental skills and some more advanced topics.

Concepts covered by the Elementary Math option include:

  • Multiplication (tables, commutative and associative properties, factorization)
  • Division (tables, odd vs. even numbers, prime numbers)
  • Fractions (normal, improper, mixed and comparative fractions)
  • Areas and perimeters
  • Geometry (angles, parallel and perpendicular lines)
  • Measurements (reading and setting clocks, use of rulers, metric conversions)
  • Decimals (conversions between decimals and fractions, floating point decimals, operations and comparisons)

Brain Training

The Brain Training option covers similar content with greater difficulty, focusing on mental training and concepts of daily life, such as conversions between pounds, ounces and kilos, for example.

In the words of Luis von Ahn, CEO of Duolingo: “As long as there are people in the world who want to continue learning, we still have a lot to do. We will not have won until we have taught everything there is to teach.”

Duolingo Math is available today for free and only in its English version for iOS users.

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