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Title of Initiative / Project
Maths Recovering
Name of Organiser
Dino Betti
Start and ending date of the Initiative
Was the initiative carried out in the framework of a funded project?
Type of deliverables
Didactical resource
Thematic area
Language of the deliverable
Target Group
Teachers, Students
Description of the initiative
This website is for those who are not confident with Mathematics. Maths should not make life harder, but it should help to live better. If someone has some difficulty means that they learnt in a wrong way at school. This website aims to understand where there is the mistake and how to overtake the difficulties.
This website is designed for those who need to recover the gap on Maths. This is the reason why there are not complex logical constructions, but only the more basic ones explained in a simple way. Even if some concept is explained in a not orthodox way, it helps the understanding.
Once the concept is clear also the Maths becomes simple and pleasant.
Unfortunately, this method requires a lot of patience and the users must continue to try to understand. To try to understand is different from to make exercises. The latter is useful just for better fixing the theory.
Once the theory is clear, it is also simple to solve the exercise.
According to these presuppositions, this website offers a wide menu of topics of Mathematics both from the theoretical point of view and from the practical one. The graphic is simple and essential in order not to divert users’ attention.
More Information
The contents of the website are in line with its name. Exploiting the resource of this website, the users will have the perception to be supported by a Maths tutor for recovery lessons. This portal is focused exclusively on Maths, but this is not a limit thanks to the wideness of the table of contents.
This portal is graphically essential and has a traditional methodological approach. These latter are two features much appreciated by teachers (even if students usually do not share the same mind).
The topics are seriously, carefully and in detail dealt with. Indeed (as the example of module equations can confirm, each definition has its respective exercises which are described and guided step by step.
Teachers’ Opinion
The approach of this website is traditional. The portal has a good accessibility and the material is easy to be read. In addition the material is commented step by step. For these reasons this initiative can be useful for the pupils with learning difficulties.
The innovation of the didactic approach is not the main feature of this website. The simple and linear organisation makes this website a valid point of reference both for the pupils and the teachers.
The layout and some graphical aspects can be improved, like e.g. the currently page background which is made with fluo-colours that are tiring for the eyes and not good for the concentration.
It would be useful the portal to provide the pupils with exercises without the solution. In this way the pupils could challenge themselves checking their eventual improvements.
Students’ Opinion
This portal is easy to surf, fast to give answers and well organised. You can easily reach the core point of the problems and understand the exercises thanks to many detailed comments.
In short, quoting directly some comments: “the website is a godsend before in class tests or exams because it is very similar to the teacher’s explanation”; “the suggestions for the exercises are written informally and a way really easy to understand”; “the website is easy to surf and the homepage is very well designed”.
It is commonly accepted that the weakest point of this portal is the colour of the background because “the bright colour and the decorations strain the eyes and divert the attention of the users”.

Comments on this Relevant initiatives

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Date: 2015.03.12

Posted by Darina Berčakova (Slovakia)

• Why is the project (selected initiative) important?
This website is easily accessible and particularly suitable for students who have difficulties with learning mathematics. It is simple and transparent. The thematic areas are arranged chronologically. The background of the pages (bright with lots of small mathematical pictograms and geometrical figures) was not very good choice – it distracts attention, it is disturbing.

• Will an initiative/project provide outputs that can help to overcome lack of students´ motivation to study science?
Thanks to the creativity of the authors of this initiative, every math teacher has available a decent database of mathematical problems, which can be used in the classroom of mathematics. The ideal situation would be if students were sitting with computers (tablets) connected to the internet and could within mathematics lessons visit given webpage and solve the given tasks and thus confirm what they have learnt.

• Do you plan to test given outputs (with your students)?

The biggest advantage of this mathematical portal is that it can explain the subject matter to students step by step and in great details. It will be appreciated especially by weaker pupils and those who do not have mathematical thinking. Website is very easy to operate with; it contains the explanation of the new concepts and many tasks to practice.
• What do you think are the possibilities of the selected project to be successful in increasing students' interest in studying science subjects?

Student-Denis Čabadaj
I tried some tasks at the portal. They helped me, as the name of the initiative suggests, update/recover my knowledge of the mathematics which I have learnt at secondary school. It's up to the student through what parts of the portal he/she will go. I recommend it for practicing and stabilising of the curriculum!

Date: 2015.02.26

Posted by Marieta Condrea (Romania)

Helping students with Maths has always been a great issue. Remedial work is very important especially when it comes to passing exams. As the portal is accessible and easy to follow it may be very useful to students whose information gaps need filling in.


Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.