Principles in Mindspark
Mindspark is a computer-based adaptive learning system which primarily uses questions to help children learn. The questions are ‘finely-graded’ meaning that there are a very large number of questions of gradually increasing levels of difficulty. Questions are specially designed to test understanding and to help students clear misconceptions. (Increasingly, Mindspark student usage data is itself throwing up prevalent misconceptions.) There is very little emphasis on instruction due to the belief that students learn when they have to think – either to answer a question, or do an activity on the computer. This is also done as we see Mindspark as complementary to the teacher and in fact an unobtrusive professional development tool for the teacher himself.