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All posts by Berta de Vega

Journalist. Smartick blogger. In the last four years, avid reader of everything related to education. Mother of three Smartick children.

Jan02

Happy 2019 to the Smartick Family!

Happy 2019 to the Smartick Family!

It’s impossible to know every single one of our Smartick families. However, in the last few years, we have been able to get a better idea by interviewing many of you who have worked with our method. What your main concerns are, what you hope for in your children’s education, and how you want to […]

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Oct23

Should Homework Be Banned?

Should Homework Be Banned?

We will never get tired of saying it: the battle is not against homework, it is for better homework. On the last episode of the War Against Homework, now in the UK, the protagonist was Gary Lineker, 56, former footballer and father of four who said that homework ‘drives a massive wedge’ between youngsters and […]

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Oct19

Mathematics, the Same as Sports

Mathematics, the Same as Sports

One of the most shocking things for teachers is everything that parents tolerate for sports but don’t when it comes to academics. While we sometimes complain about the amount of homework (and sometimes rightfully so, if in addition to the amount they are not well thought out), we don’t hesitate to take the afternoon to […]

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Oct10

Mathematics and Mathematicians in Fortnite

Mathematics and Mathematicians in Fortnite

“Mom, when am I going to use math in my life? Come on, let me play Fortnite”. By asking this, your child has given you the opportunity to combine math and the most popular game for millions of preteens and teenagers, even adults, around the world. And the conversation probably could go more or less […]

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Oct02

Barbara Oakley at the Smartick Headquarters

Barbara Oakley at the Smartick Headquarters

It is not every day that we have one of our biggest inspirations visit Smartick, but it happened a few days ago when we chatted with Barbara Oakley at our headquarters. She is the coauthor of the course ”Learning How to Learn,” in Coursera with two million students and has published various books, two of […]

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Jul18

IMO: The Best Math Problem Solvers in the World

IMO: The Best Math Problem Solvers in the World

Congrats, U.S. team–you’ve done it again! The U.S. just won this year’s International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), which was held in Romania. The team won for the third time in four years, after decades without a victory. We know that these Mathletes are outliers, but so are NBA basketball players. Take the team’s coach, Po-Shen Lo, […]

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Jul04

The Gates Foundation: In the Mood to Spread Math Awareness

The Gates Foundation: In the Mood to Spread Math Awareness

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has invested enormous sums of money to improvements in education, has decided to focus more of their efforts on math instruction. According to national math tests, students keep finding the subject as a barrier to graduating, and for going on to successful careers in science and technology. The […]

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Jun06

Smartick Lands in Singapore, a Country with One of the Most Challenging Education Systems in the World

Smartick Lands in Singapore, a Country with One of the Most Challenging Education Systems in the World

At Smartick, we have always been conscious that we must learn from the best and measure up to environments that have education at their forefront. The huge advantage of Smartick being online is that children can do sessions from anywhere in the world. We have had special releases in some countries, and we have just launched in Singapore: a […]

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