Perse plus maths AI equals Blutick
7 Feb 2019
The Perse School is delighted to announce a partnership with Cambridge-based education technology entrepreneur and former maths teacher Rob Percival to create a new, artificial intelligence platform for maths learning, Blutick.
Blutick is an extra tool for teachers and students to use in class or at home. It can form part of a lesson or a homework or be used as a revision tool. We think that Blutick will help those who find mathematics more challenging and those who wish to explore more advanced areas of maths whilst still in their early years at the Upper. It is aligned with GCSE and IGCSE syllabi.
The Perse has an exceptionally large and talented maths department with 23 specialist maths teachers. Many of our mathematicians already contribute to mathematical education through teacher training and the creation of textbooks and other learning resources. Blutick is a digital extension of this commitment and four Perse teachers have made short videos which explain every topic in the syllabus and provide the necessary instruction so that students can attempt the digital learning tasks.
As with many technology products, Blutick was born from a conversation about frustrations with existing systems which might be good for basic assessment, checking the given answer against the correct one, but offer much less to help support the overall process of learning. Blutick uses artificial intelligence (AI) to give line-by-line feedback, thus marking the working as well as the final answer. This means that students can see at each stage of a mathematical process whether they are on the right lines or not.
Blutick is now available as a free beta version but all Perse students will maintain free access to the system after it starts to take subscriptions later this year.
Blutick was first shown to the wider public at the BETT Show in London at the end of January.
Ed Elliott, Perse Head, commented: “Not only is Blutick a great additional help to our own students but we believe it could be a first for a school to be involved in an education technology enterprise that has such wide, even global, application. There are schools in Canada, India, Pakistan, Spain and the USA who are already starting to use the system as well as others from across the UK who are attracted by the quality of the mathematical content as well as by the clarity of the teaching and learning that it helps to support.”