Is coronavirus having a positive impact on our education system?

Mohamad Jebara from MathSpace chats with Careers with STEM. MathSpace is the new way to learn maths! Throw away pen, paper and textbook, and try the program that lets you work out questions and learn key concepts on the fly. As Covid spread across the world, how do maths online learning tools help students?

Careers with STEM Founder Heather Catchpole talks to CEO and Founder of MathSpace, Mohamad Jebara, about the millions of students using MathSpace, what happened during the pandemic and why he wants to abolish the national testing program NAPLAN. New data from MathSpace shows evidence of just how widespread teaching to the NAPLAN test really is in Australia. Mo explains how the disruption caused by coronavirus is actually having a positive impact on Australia’s education system.

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How have students been learning during the pandemic? Are students better off using maths online learning tools and how has it affected teaching? MathSpace CEO Mohamad Jebara crunched the data to get a first look at how teaching and learning has changed as kids and teachers flip the classroom and work entirely from home.

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“I’ve long been a proponent of adopting a more formative approach to student assessment,” says Mohamad.

“While it’s too difficult to tell conclusively what educational impact the cancellation of NAPLAN will have given all the other factors COVID has brought on, I believe it has been a positive one. The issue with our education system is that too much valuable time is spent preparing for assessments such as NAPLAN, which instead could be focused on learning and development.”

Heather Catchpole

Author: Heather Catchpole

Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs


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