WIRIS news #10 - Around the Mediterranean - May 2013

If you haven't had enough fun playing around with the Hebrew, Chinese or Korean demos of our formula editor, you can now check our latest one! Arabic, including a lot more than right-to-left writing and mirroring of the formulas. On the other side of the Mediterranean, 5,000 students from the Madrid region have been examined on mathematics, technology and chemistry using WIRIS quizzes.

WIRIS editor in Arabic

Screenshot WIRIS editor in Arabic

WIRIS editor has been developed following W3C Arabic Mathematical notation recomendations. The key features of the Arabic version are:

  • Right-to-left notation, with mirrored formulas
  • Arabic-Indic and Easter Arabic-Indic number sets:

Arabic-Indic number sets in WIRIS editor

  • Ligatures of the written language

This items are combined according to different standards used in different countries, as described in the technical document «Arabic numbers and math notation by countries». We'll be glad to get your feedback if you feel that your country standard use is not represented correctly. 

Case-study: 5,000 students examined with WIRIS quizzes
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The Madrid region has been examining their students on a pilot involving 15 schools and 5,000 students. We have recorded over 350,000 quiz executions in two test periods, December 2012 and March 2013. The most interesting part is that we were informed in advance of the amount of students being examined at any time, so we could monitor the load on our calculation engines and get information on how they reacted with over 300 concurrent users on a single site.

Our performance records were outstanding and gave good return on the work done to speed up WIRIS quizzes, as informed in our last newsletter.

A long call with our colleague Álvaro Cabeza Ramis from the Consejería de Educación at Comunidad de Madrid provided us with a deeper pedagogical insight on this case study: The students faced random questions on Mathematics, Technology and Chemistry. These examinations were not only assessing the level of proficiency of the students, but also the impact of technology on learning, which is being evaluated in an annual plan.

From the technical point of view, the students had had experience on using WIRIS quizzes as a self-learning tool and were presented with random questions built on Moodle, Geogebra and WIRIS. Some questions required an open answer, introduced with WIRIS editor, plus some required the full development of the answer, which was introduced via a WIRIS CAS session in the answer presentation.

WIRIS travels around the globe
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This term we go really intercontinental with our trips. US and China become larger in our customer base, so must our trips and habits... We have also added a US toll-free number plus a Chinese number to our contact information.

WIRIS team @ Maths for More

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