Age of Learning - Game-based Curriculum Solution
Company: Age of Learning, Glendale, CA
Company Description: Age of Learning is the education technology innovator behind ABCmouse Early Learning Academy, the leading digital learning platform for young kids, and a groundbreaking Personalized Mastery Learning System that leverages adaptive learning. ABCmouse is the No. 1 kids learning app, serving 6+ million children last year. In 2015, the company raised $150 million and is valued at more than $1 billion.
Nomination Category: New Product & Service Categories - Education
Nomination Sub Category: New Product or Service of the Year - Education - Game-based Curriculum Solution
Nomination Title: ABCmouse Mastering Math
Tell the story about this nominated product or service (up to 650 words). Describe its function, features, benefits, and performance to date:
Across the globe, education systems are consistently failing young learners when it comes to developing foundational knowledge and learning skills. For example, by the time children in the U.S. reach fourth grade, only 40% are proficient in math (Source: The Nation’s Report Card). This lack of proficiency can have devastating long-term consequences as early math skills are the strongest predictor of later academic success. Game-based solutions have the potential to reverse this trend by enabling learning through highly engaging and personalized activities. However, gamification in isolation is insufficient—game-based solutions must be built upon rigorous curriculum standards to ensure effective learning in support of national standards. Merging game and curriculum design requires significant investment and collaboration; and few organizations have successfully developed solutions that effectively incorporate both.
To address these needs, Age of Learning, the education technology innovator behind ABCmouse Early Learning Academy, has developed the new ABCmouse Mastering Math app. ABCmouse Mastering Math is an innovative, game-based adaptive early learning app (available for both iOS and Android mobile devices) that helps young children build a strong number sense foundation in topics like counting, operations, and more. These concepts provide a strong foundation in quantitative reasoning that is a key requirement for success in kindergarten and beyond. Mastering Math provides the kind of high quality, personalized instruction a child would receive from a 1: 1 tutor, but delivered at scale in an engaging game environment.
To develop ABCmouse Mastering Math, Age of Learning combined experienced world-class educators, with top-tier professional game developers to create a game-based learning solution built upon a rigorous academic curriculum. In Mastering Math, every learning objective is supported by an interactive instruction level as well as several layers of scaffolding and feedback. The Mastering Math app leverages the Personalized Mastery Learning System developed by Age of Learning. This adaptive learning platform recommends and customizes learning games to deliver an individualized learning path and personalized education to every child. The app actively adapts in real time to a child’s existing knowledge, filling in gaps in understanding and teaching new material as the child demonstrates he or she is ready for more advanced learning activities. Using data from a child’s interaction, the system adapts the sequence of learning games presented, and even adapts within each activity, to optimize each child’s learning experience and ultimately help all children achieve math mastery. Students can take a variety of pathways to reach mastery, but regardless of the path they take, all students end up mastering the material and progressing to the next set of math skills.
The ABCmouse Mastering Math game development process is extremely kid-focused and involves continuous user testing with children to gain insights. Mastering Math was designed to be delightful, fun, and engaging because we know that children do their best learning when they are motivated and engaged. Mastering Math’s combination of learning science, adaptive technology, world-class curriculum, and highly polished production values help make learning math an enjoyable experience for young children.
While the app is still relatively new, Age of Learning has already conducted four research and correlation studies with more than 1,000 students to evaluate the efficacy of Mastering Math. Two of these studies were randomized control trials–the gold standard of efficacy testing–and the results have been very positive.
At Age of Learning, our purpose is to help children everywhere build a strong foundation for future academic success and to foster a love of learning at an early age. ABCmouse Mastering Math’s unique combination of high-quality personalized early education with the ability to reach millions of children makes Mastering Math a game-changing product with the potential to drive meaningful educational outcomes in the near and long-term.
In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief features and benefits of the nominated product or service:
-The Personalized Mastery Learning System that powers the app selects learning objectives, sequence of activities, and game difficulty based each child’s performance in real time.
-Game-based instruction for many foundational math topics: numeral recognition, number sequences 0 to 100, counting objects, and part-part-whole concepts.
-Combines learning science, adaptive technology, world-class curriculum, and highly polished production values to help make learning math fun and effective for kids.
-Fills in gaps in each child’s understanding and teaches new material as the child demonstrates readiness for more advanced learning activities.
-Built-in assessment functionality guides every level of every game. -Helps children achieve proficiency through practice by incorporating repetition and variation—educational methods important to successful learning.
-Engaging game content developed by top game designers and animators from major gaming companies and studios.
-Available on iOS and Android mobile devices makes it easy to learn math on the go—from virtually anywhere.