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Amplify acquires K-12 mathematics education innovator Mathigon
Mathigon’s beautiful, interactive online learning platform will continue to be offered for free and will strengthen Amplify’s math offerings.
(Brooklyn, NY – 13 October 2021): Amplify, a publisher of next-generation curriculum and assessment programs, announced today that it has acquired K–12 mathematics online learning company Mathigon. The London-based edtech startup develops and publishes unique, highly interactive, and visually compelling tools, activities, and courses that enable students to explore the beauty and power of mathematics.
Since 2016, Mathigon has provided free content and tools to teachers, students, and parents in more than 20 languages. Polypad is a “mathematical playground” that features best-in-class virtual manipulatives and other tools to enable exploration, creativity, and problem-solving. Mathigon’s interactive courses for middle and high school cover topics such as algebra, geometry, fractals, graph theory, and cryptography. Every course contains dozens of simulations, animations, games, and interactives, along with a virtual tutor that provides hints and encouragement. Storytelling, real-life applications, and historical content show students why what they’re learning is important and meaningful. Mathigon is used by more than 600,000 students and teachers every month around the world.
Polypad and other Mathigon resources will continue to be freely available, as Amplify is committed to removing barriers to high-quality math instruction and supporting all students in becoming creative problem-solvers. Polypad and other Mathigon tools also will be integrated into Amplify’s in-development math programs, inspiring students to explore and discover mathematics and empowering teachers to see students’ thinking and facilitate meaningful dialogue between students.
“I have almost never seen a product that inspires such pure intellectual delight in children and adults. Delight may be the hardest outcome to achieve in education. Mathigon achieves it over and over again,” said Larry Berger, chief executive officer of Amplify. “When we saw the beautiful, easy-to-use tools that the Mathigon team had built, we knew we wanted to help bring them to even more teachers and students across the world. We also knew we wanted the Mathigon technology and team to be part of our journey of creating the highest quality and most delightful math programs available.”
Mathigon Founder and CEO Philipp Legner will join the Amplify team as vice president, Mathigon Studio, overseeing enhancements to Mathigon’s offerings and integration of key elements into Amplify’s programs. Legner will help spur innovation and power up the company’s already robust product design and engineering teams. His contributions will boost Amplify’s ability to deliver high-quality, student-empowering instructional tools in K–12 mathematics.
“From the very beginning, my goal with Mathigon was to make online learning more interactive and engaging than ever before. Rather than just watching a video and ‘consuming information,’ students should explore, discover, and be creative,” said Philipp Legner, founder and chief executive officer of Mathigon. “Mathematics is both incredibly powerful and surprisingly beautiful, and I want every student to enjoy learning. I’m incredibly excited to work with Amplify to reach even more students.”
A pioneer in K–12 education since 2000, Amplify is leading the way in next-generation curriculum and assessment. Our captivating core and supplemental programs in ELA, math, and science engage all students in rigorous learning and inspire them to think deeply, creatively, and for themselves. Our formative assessment products turn data into practical instructional support to help all students build a strong foundation in early reading and math. All of our programs provide teachers with powerful tools that help them understand and respond to the needs of every student. Today, Amplify serves more than ten million students in all 50 states. For more information, visit amplify.com.
Mathigon is an award-winning platform for learning mathematics, and completely free to use. It’s apps and website contain games, puzzles, activities, virtual manipulatives, and interactive textbooks, allowing students to explore, be creative, learn problem-solving and critical thinking. A unique new content format lets abstract concepts come to life, a virtual personal tutor provides real-time support, and storytelling and real applications make learning more fun and engaging. Mathigon has been used by more than six million students and teachers from all over the world. For more information, visit mathigon.org.
Mathigon raises seed round to build the “Textbook of the Future”
(London, December 2019): Mathigon, a London-based EdTech startup, has raised $500k to create the next generation of online resources for mathematics education.
The company started as a spare-time project by former Google engineer Philipp Legner, who volunteered with mathematics outreach projects while studying at Cambridge University. Mathigon quickly grew in popularity, won some of the most prestigious awards in education (GESS Awards Winner, QS Reimagine Education Awards Winner, The Edtech Podcast Festival Pitch Winner, BETT Awards Finalist, EdTech Digest Awards Finalist, Webby Awards Honouree, UCL EdWards Recipient), and now has over 600k active users per year. But this is only the beginning, and Mathigon’s mission is bold: to ensure that every student enjoys learning mathematics, and to create the “Textbook of the Future”.
“I loved mathematics throughout my education, and built Mathigon so that all students can have a similar experience”, Philipp says.
Unlike existing apps and platforms, you don’t just consume information and memorise procedures by watching videos or answering multiple-choice questions. At every step, students can actively explore and discover, be creative and curious, learn problem-solving and critical thinking. These skills are becoming increasingly more important, especially in a future defined by artificial intelligence and globalisation.
The content can seamlessly adapt to different students’ ability. A virtual personal tutor provides real-time help and feedback in a chat interface, and students can even ask their own questions. Mathigon developed a completely new curriculum to take advantage of its platform. Every course is filled with colourful illustrations, real-life applications and captivating stories – engaging even the most reluctant students, and showing that mathematics is so much more than just equations.
Mathigon’s new content format is beautifully designed and uniquely interactive. It has been called “a true mathematical wonderland” by The Guardian’s Alex Bellos and “a front-runner for a new generation of textbooks” by Common Sense Education. Mathigon was one of the first companies to participate in UCL’s EDUCATE program and has received phenomenal feedback from students and teachers all around the world. It is completely free to use and has been translated into several languages.
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“Beautifully designed and interactive courses. A front-runner for a new generation of textbooks.”
“One of the most accessible and engaging maths resources available on the web, a true mathematical wonderland.”
“A mathematical wonderland.”
“I think Mathigon is going to transform maths education.”
“Mathigon is a lush feast for the world of mathematics. Just like Willy Wonka’s factory was playful and interactive, so is the world of Mathigon.”
“Mathigon is absolutely flippin amazing. For goodness sake go and have a play on everything!”
“Textbook is the wrong word, because this is something totally new. Unlike the other online interactive textbooks I’ve seen. It’s more … alive.”
“The content of Mathigon is superb. It educates and teaches the relevant knowledge, but some sections are also highly readable for pure interest's sake.”
“Mathigon’s content and features transform the reader to a different world.”
“Some of the best interactive environments online.”
“One of the most amazing new developments in EdTech!”
“Mathigon does a great job of mixing history and modern-day applications. Interactive elements and visuals help students in a much more engaging way.”
“A treasure chest full of advanced math concepts.”
“Mathigon is one of the greatest math resources out there on the internet, no question.”
“I am simply blown away by the beauty and accessibility of Mathigon's courses: real mathematics, curriculum mathematics in fact, made human, meaningful, and simply joyous. Bravo Mathigon! You are a gift to the maths teaching world.”
“Wow, to say this is the Textbook of the Future would be an understatement!”
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“I got super excited this morning when I stumbled upon this incredible website for math manipulatives. The rest of the website is just as amazing!”
“Beautifully designed reinvention of the traditional textbook.”
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“The most promising alternative to textbooks that I’ve seen!”
“This free online interactive math textbook is blowing my mind!”
“Completely free to use, forever, and teachers seem to like their work a lot!”
“Innovative and highly attractive activities to challenge secondary learners.”
“This is the most beautiful presentation of subject matter that I have seen. I’ll be recommending mathigon.org to all teachers.”
“This app is simply amazing. It really shows the amazing beauty and complexity of mathematics. A true masterpiece. Rarely do I ever say that…”