The activities within Elephant Learning are extremely effective, but the hidden gem of Elephant Learning is the reporting. I created Elephant Learning for my own child, and when Alvaro told me about the many studies that say math scores affect reading scores and overall scores, I became committed to ensuring that my child learns mathematics… despite me! What does that mean? Patience was not one of my virtues at the time, and the nice thing about electronic devices is they have an infinite amount of it. The key to teaching mathematics, as you now know, is working with children at their level, and when you do that, it is fun for both you and your child. So to solve the problem of teaching my child, I created our reporting system.
Our algorithms quickly detect their level, and our reporting lets you know exactly what they are working on at any given point in time. On the dashboard, the Elephant Age is the one number metric that helps you understand how your child is doing and how they are progressing. The Elephant Age graph is a graph of updates in Elephant Age which happen when your children pass milestones. As they pass milestones, we recalculate their Elephant Age based on averages and update it.
Underneath the Elephant Age graph is the active subjects section. These are the subjects that your children are actively working on; percent completion metrics are also displayed. If you click on any of these subjects, it opens more information with playtime statistics for that subject, as well as exactly what we are trying to teach in that subject. Underneath this information are the milestones that are within the subject and the percent completion of each milestone, so that you can tell when the Elephant Age is about to change. If you click on a milestone, we provide detailed information on the milestone. We also provide activities that your child is currently working on and activities within that milestone that your child may be struggling with, so that you can be aware of what they need to work on. If you click on the activity, it will let you play in parent mode and will not affect the student’s score. This way, you get a good idea of the concept that we are teaching at that moment.
Finally, one of the most valuable items provided in the reports is the activities that you can do with your child outside of our system that are exactly at your child’s level. For example, if your child is learning to count and we detect a proficiency level, we may recommend playing board games. They have to identify the number on the dice and must produce that number of spaces on the board. We’ll also provide tips to help make it more educational.
The playtime analysis helps you understand how playtime reflects against what we need for minimum play requirements. The purple line indicates 30 minutes per week, and the average fill allows you to see how your child measures against that. We also provide weekly playtime statistics, so you can see how your child is doing from week to week.
The History tab is new but is one of the most valuable pieces of our reporting system, as you can dive in deep to see exactly what your child has been working on. Furthermore, if they are struggling with any subjects, we use this report internally to determine where the gap in understanding may be. We are in the process of creating coaching videos to help you have that same power at your fingertips, and you may always contact us if there any issue we may help with. Our only goal is to empower children with mathematics, and we do not mind getting our hands dirty.