ninemsn invests in Mathletics

From Ben Barren – 400K Mathletics X $99 Per Annum = 35% ninemsn

It is good to see Aussie startups making it, Mathletics seems to be one of those with a recent investment by PBL’s NineMSN.  This is of interest to me as a parent who’s child uses Mathletics (and Spellingdrome their other tool), I hope NineMSN don’t ruin it!

Mathletics is a fantastic tool and the company has done a great job of promoting within the education system, signing up schools on a 5 x 8 basis for student access either all year or for a specific duration, want to use it more?  Then the parent’s have to pay up.  Last year our son got hooked and so when the school subscription ran out, out came the credit card.

As Ben highlights one of the key things I like about the tool is the weekly reports that parents get on their child’s progress.  This provides parent’s two great benefits, they can see that their expense is still returning value and they can get in their child’s learning.  Only negative comment is now our son is using a school subscription again and we no longer get the reports as he has had to create a new account, the ability to merge accounts would be a great feature.

Oh and today March 14 is World Maths Day and as of writing there are 2,160 kids online with over 7 million correct answers provided today!

5 thoughts on “ninemsn invests in Mathletics

  1. “Only negative comment is now our son is using a school subscription again and we no longer get the reports as he has had to create a new account, the ability to merge accounts would be a great feature.”

    This is not correct.
    Parents can register for reports on link
    http://www.mathletics.com.au/parent.
    Chris Lock
    Customer Service Consultant
    3P Learning Pty Ltd
    http://www.mathletics.com.au
    http://www.spellodrome.com.au
    “Inspiring Better Results”
    Tel: (02) 9880 2945
    Fax: (02) 8214 5869

  2. We bought two registrations for Mathletics today, and I’m pleased to say my two boys (7&8) are really into it already, my eldest son is very competetive!

    The concept is brilliant! I even find myself agreeing with Ben Barren on something – “money well spent”.

    I have just one gripe with it, and it’s a fairly significant one. I use IE’s Content Advisor on my kids computers, so they can only view sites which are whitelisted. Despite whitelisting mathletics.com.au the Content Advisor asks for the password seems to ask for the password at every turn, each time they go into a new section of the site for the first time in each session, and when playing against the computer, every time the ‘submit’ button is clicked due to the javascripts used.

    I got a prompt response from tech support but it just quoted some inane FAQ which didn’t help one iota (they never do!).

    Surely a site designed for young children would be designed to work better with IE’s Content Advisor. I’m certainly not turning it off!

  3. Good investment by PBL. It will be interesting to see if Mathletics can diversify into other areas of education. It would be great to see similar services available for english and history etc. Very lucrative if they can pull it off as well.

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