Sokikom introduced the first web-based massively multiplayer online math social learning game to thousands of educators from around the country at ISTE 2011. The game is specially designed to help students in grades 1-6 build skills while developing a love for learning math.
In a press release, Sokikom founder and CEO, Snehal Patel, said, “It was alarming how many students weren’t excited about and engaged in learning math. As a result, these kids were missing out on building the foundation in math skills that they were going to need to succeed in high school, college and beyond. I saw, however, that math games – especially those that were social – got these same kids excited about and engaged in learning math. This made me think: how many other students in the U.S. face this same problem, and how can we use online technology to address it? That was the genesis of Sokikom – a highly engaging online math game with community and team-play elements.”
The game has already been implemented in schools around the country. It involves more than 30 students at a single time, which should make it more interesting. Sokikom currently features three games: Frachine, which focuses on fractions, decimals and percents; Opirate, which emphasizes mathematic operations and algebra; and Treeching, which concentrates on the principles of measurement, algebra, patterns, time and money. The company plans to launch the fourth game focusing on geometry in late summer 2011.
The U.S. Department of Education provided funds to Sokikom for the initial research studies. The department added that the games lead to measurable progress in both test scores and student motivation to learn math.
Sokikom was recently in news when it was announced as one of 2011's Most Innovative Internet/Social Networking companies in a competition by TiE50, which recognizes the world's most enterprising technology start-ups.
Sujata Garud is a TMCnet freelancer with three years of writing/editing experience and two years of market research experience. As an editor she has covered the IT, electronics, banking, pharma, construction, mining and healthcare industries. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves