Popular languages app Duolingo is set to dive into the world of mathematics by designing an app to help boost kids' learning.
The popular app company is planning to tackle numbers as well as unfamiliar languages, according to their CEO Luis von Ahn in a recent interview by TechCrunch.
News was first leaked when a job listing by the company requested candidates with ‘classroom experience’ and ‘knowledge about teaching K-12 maths with younger students in 3rd and 8th grade’.
In the interview, von Ahn said that “the company plans to expand beyond language learning through upcoming acquisitions" hinting that Duolingo may acquire a company if “they have a similar mission and company culture to them.”
This, of course, comes as no surprise, with Duolingo ABC, another branch off their core app, offering free lessons teaching the alphabet, phonics, and sight words to kids.
The app contains interactive learning and bite-sized lessons to help children build confidence with mini games and rewards to make it extra fun.
As mentioned in the Duolingo EC-1, co-founder Severin Hacker and von Ahn were actually thinking of creating a maths app before Duolingo ABC. With von Ahn saying in a previous interview: “I love math, but if you learn math, math itself can’t make you any money, you learn maths to learn physics to become an engineer” which is why they stuck with literacy instead.
It seems that they’ve now changed their minds though, with a Duolingo maths app very much on the horizon.
Although we’re not entirely sure what it’s going to look like yet, or when it’s going to be released, we know for sure that it’s very much in high demand for some.
One user on the Duolingo forum said: “Does anyone know any apps for the iPhone like Duolingo that teach mathematics? Like interactive and able to do example problems.
"I have an account on Khan academy, but their mobile app only allows me to access videos and not the section where I can do actual maths problems.”
The decision has sparked controversy, with users labelling the decision as 'odd'
Agreeing with this, another user replied: “I would like to see the same thing.” So it would seem that Duolingo have listened, and they’re taking action. But first, the company needs to find the product and the overlap between learning a language and mathematics, so watch this space.
It hasn't all been positive for Duolingo though, with some avid users questioning the decision and even labelling it as 'odd.'
A rather peeved user commented on the forum: "This is a really bad idea, imo. There are already plenty of resources for learning maths and the skills that you need to develop in that field are completely different from languages."
A second user commented: "No offense but doesn't Khan Academy do that? It feels like they're trying to steal their customers/users" – ouch.
It seems like the idea is pretty controversial currently, so let's see if Duolingo can convince loyal users on their decision to branch out into the world of mathematics. The question is, will you be downloading the app?
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