Here's one reason why I'm in the educational software business. We're pilot-testing one of our new products (called Fraction Nation) at a local school. The teacher gave all the kids surveys to fill out, there were a lot of great responses. This response made my day.
Do you enjoy playing Fraction Nation?Or this one from another kid...
I don't enjoy playing Fraction Nation. I Love it! Very Inspiring! You guys probably change my life and others! Wonderful Job!
If you could change something about the program, what would you change?Another kid, same question:
The thing I would change would be nothing 'cause I really liked it!
If I were to change something, I would change the background.Oddly enough, several kids said the background thing. I say if the background is the biggest thing they want to change, that's a big win.
Universally in that class, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Making a product that teaches fractions that kids like isn't very easy to do, but I think we might have nailed this one.
And here's a doodle one of them made on the back of a survey for us.
The thing that really scares me is almost every one of these kids has better handwriting than I do now.