Nokia launches mobile mathematics in South Africa
Nokia and South Africa's Department of Science and Technology have announced the availability of Nokia Mobile Mathematics, a service that helps learners from grades 10-12 better understand mathematics. Any person with a data-enabled mobile phone can now access more than 10,000 exercises of varying difficulties and collaborate with others, compare achievements and get guidance on how to progress. The service also gives teachers the ability to better understand learner's competence and areas of improvement. The new service is fully browser-based and works on any phone, tablet or PC without needing to download an app. After a sign-up process, students can practice problems in a number of categories like finance, trigonometry, calculus and statistics. While working on questions, learners can read background theory, see examples of solved problems and engage with others. Points are awarded for successfully completed exercises and, if a learner chooses to, they can share their points and compete with other students. To encourage uptake of the service, Nokia is partnering with South African mobile operators Cell C and MTN to zero-rate the data for MoMaths, meaning students will be able to use the service on those networks free.