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"I think that Bamboo Math is a must-have for any parent interested in helping their children learn and retain math." -Sherry Garrison Taylor, mother of three from Brooklyn, New York.
Today, Bamboo Learning officially unveiled Bamboo Math to consumers- the first education-focused, voice-first Alexa Skill that combines rich visual elements with voice interaction to help students practice arithmetic as part of their math education. Anyone with an Alexa-enabled device, including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and the all-new Echo Plus, can use Bamboo Math. Students with screen-based Alexa devices such as Echo Show, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Fire TV Cube also can take advantage of Amazon's new visual Alexa features to view images to help them learn using auditory and visual skills.
Bamboo Math can be enabled for free by saying "Alexa, enable Bamboo Math" to an Alexa-powered device. Bamboo Math can also be enabled using the Alexa app or via Bamboo at: http://www.bamboolearning.com. A video demo of Bamboo Math is here: http://bit.ly/BambooMath.
"We're excited to introduce students to a new way of learning with Alexa. For the first time ever, students can practice math while exercising their auditory listening skills and visual comprehension through number and word problems on Echo Show, Fire tablets, and Fire TV," said Ian Freed, CEO, Bamboo Learning. "We chose Alexa because we believe voice interaction is a powerful, fun, and engaging guide to learning that reinforces and supplements what students are learning in school."
The second in a series of Bamboo Learning offerings (the first of which - Bamboo Music
- teaches music theory), Bamboo Math features a colorful and interactive interface that intersperses numeric problems such as: 3 + 2 =? with word problems like:
Four frogs crossed a bridge. Five times as many foxes followed them. How many foxes crossed the bridge?
For students who have a screen-based Alexa device, Bamboo Math automatically displays images of animals and objects in different environments to enhance students' cognition and keep them entertained while they are learning.
"Research shows that instructional materials which incorporate both auditory and visual content help students learn more quickly while better retaining the material," said Irina
Fine, COO and Senior Vice President of Content for Bamboo Learning. "Using Amazon's new Alexa Presentation Language and Alexa-enabled devices, Bamboo Math is a unique voice-first education tool that combines audio and visual elements to help students deepen their understanding and knowledge of mathematics."
Bamboo Math offers addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems, initially starting at Level 1 with simple problems for each arithmetic function. Students can ask for more difficult or easier problems by simply saying "Harder
" or "Easier". At the highest levels of multiplication and division, many adults may have difficulty answering the questions without some practice, thus beginning math students have plenty of room to improve their math skills.
Additionally, just like Bamboo Learning's existing music theory skill - Bamboo Music, students automatically gain new levels in Bamboo Math to challenge them appropriately as they master easier exercises. Once a student has mastered all levels in a particular arithmetic function, Bamboo Math promotes the student to the new functions. For example, students mastering addition are automatically promoted to subtraction. Also, students can switch at any time to other arithmetic problems by simply saying "Addition", "Subtraction", "Multiplication", or "Division
"I introduced my children to Bamboo Math to see how they'd like it," said Sherry Garrison Taylor, mother of three from Brooklyn, New York. "When Bamboo Math asked them a question about tarantulas falling off a trampoline, my children's laughter immediately filled the air, followed by chatter and many, many tries to see what other fun word problems Bamboo Math had in store. I think that Bamboo Math is a must-have for any parent interested in helping their children learn and retain math."
About Bamboo Learning
Based in Seattle, Bamboo Learning is an education-focused software and services company with a mission to become the most trusted guide to lifelong learning using voice-first devices and software. Bamboo Learning is focused on developing skills for Alexa that enable children and adults to have fun learning and practicing different subjects while listening, viewing pictures, and using their voice. Bamboo Skills, including Bamboo Math and Bamboo Music, automatically get more challenging as children and adults master different levels.
Bamboo's co-founders are Ian Freed, CEO, and Irina
Fine, COO and SVP of Content. Ian Freed is a thirty-year veteran of the technology industry, including twelve years at Amazon.com, having served as vice president of Amazon devices, where he led both the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Kindle businesses, and served as technical advisor to Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos. Irina
Fine is a thirty year veteran of elementary education curriculum development and teaching, having worked in public and private sectors of education in New York, Washington DC, London, and Moscow, after receiving her M.Ed. in Curriculum Development and an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance and Music
Education. Learn more at: http://www.bamboolearning.com