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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - teachers

What do the students learn?

As we focus on academical excellence, our content live up to the latest Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which is an initiative created and shared by a vast majority of the US states. The Standards for education which is set by CCSSI is incorporated in each state's K-12 curriculum (see list of states here: http://www.corestandards.org/in-the-states).

All videos, games, and drills we have made are closely bound to one or more CCSSI strand, and in the Teacher's Lounge section, you can download lists showing you exactly what strands each game and video cover - and what games/videos you can use, if you wish to build your education on a specific strand. We also have mathematical content, which is not required in the CCSSI. You can use that as extra-curriculum activities for some or all of your students.

We recognize that we cannot cover all strands, as we only use a certain media - and there are things you cannot do on a computer or tablet, like checking if a student is capable of explaining a certain subject orally. However, we are actually happy about that, because we think of us as a competent academical TOOL for, rather than a SUBSTITUION of, the teachers. We believe the close, personal contact is what makes knowledge into education.

How does it work?

Once you have logged in, you will see a Teacher's welcome screen. The difference between that and the one your students see, is that you have some extra things in your menu.

Mondiso works "right out of the box" in the sence that you can choose any assignment in any mission in any grade when you log on for the first time. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever assignment you want the students to work on without having to work your way through the missions. We have not locked any content for you or the students.

As mentioned we have divided the program into three parts; Levels, Missions, and Assignments:

  • The term level usually refer to what grade the child is in, however some learn faster than others. We call it levels, rather than grades, because the child should not feel bound to a certain grade, if she or he can move on - or need to take some missions from a lower level. Each level has ten missions that needs to be solved.
  • mission is our term for a main subject the students need to learn, like "Addition" or "Multiplication".
  • An assignment is the same as a problem based on a specific subject. Each mission consists of a number of assignments.

Each mission always begin with a video explaining the content of the mission. Some missions have more than one video. We reccomend that this video is demonstrated in front of the class, eg. on a Smart Board. This way you have audio, video and narration to help you explain the subject - and you have full eye-contact with your student all along, instead of looking into the board while writing and drawing examples. The videos are great for classroom discussions (who can tell me how to do, do you know any similar things etc.) as they are regularly paused, giving the children and you time to think about what you have just learned.

The games are all based on the introduction videos. They are close to being self-explainatory, which means the students - no matter their math skills - can start working pretty much on their own. Both boys and girls have been though off when making the games, which we thought was important as several reports have indicated that especially girls were often left behind in computer based learning activities.

And you? We encourage you to just jump right into it! It is fun for teachers, too!

How do I plan what the students must work with?

It has never been easier to plan your lesson in a way that can suit the individual child!

With our planning tool (found on the frontpage after logging in), you get an easy and simple tool that can help you organize your education. It's rare you have a class that is at the same level, making it hard to prepare lesssons where no-one is left behind. The planning tool allows you to create differentiated instruction in an easy manner.

It allows you to:

  • Create homework to whole class
  • Creating lessons to a group
  • Creating lessons to one student
  • Select jobs from all levels (we don't focus on grades, although the level corresponds closely to the same grade in CCSSI)
  • Select a delivery date
  • Give your students a short message
  • Choose whether the assignment should be Voluntary or Mandatory

How do I evaluate my students' progress?

When the student has solved the problems you have asked them to solve, you can see how the student has performed the task, by choosing the evaluation tool from the frontpage (after login). Here is a short list of the possibilities the tool offers:

  • Number of tasks the student has solved
  • How has the student performed the task?
  • How much time has been spent on the task?
  • Create an evaluation that shows the whole class, as well as individual students.

In other words, you can get answers on questions like:

  • How is the spread in the bunch?
  • What issues need to clarify?
  • Do some students need extra tasks at a lower or higher level?

Where can I choose what grade I am working with?

Mondiso is divided into levels instead of grades. There are three main reasons for this:

  • Some of the content might belong in another CCSSI* grade curriculum than where it "should be" according to the level number - for instance some third grade content regarding area appear in our Level 2. In other words, Mondiso is built after what we believe makes the best and most logical learning experience, rather than blindly follow a curriculum.
  • Some students might need to work with content from lower grades. It can be hard to admit that to oneself, and not least to friends. By choosing levels rather than grades, we believe it can be easier for the student to be motivated to work with Mondiso.
  • We believe that the teacher should be able to use whatever content she or he likes, whenever that fits into the lesson plans. By working in levels a single student, as well as groups of students or the entire class, can work independently, without being restricted by the term "grade" in their minds. The gifted students can advance more easily, and the less gifted students can find a level that fits.


* The Common Core State Standards Initiative

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FAQ - parents

How does it work?

Mondiso works "right out of the box" in the sence that you can choose any assignment in any mission in any grade when you log on for the first time. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever assignment you want your child to work on - without having to work through the missions first. We have not locked any content as we believe it is important to be able to practise what needs to be practised right away.

We have divided the program into three parts; Levels, Missions, and Assignments:

  • The term level usually refer to what grade the child is in, however some learn faster than others. We call it levels, rather than grades, because the child should not feel bound to a certain grade, if she or he can move on - or need to take some missions from a lower level. Each level has ten missions that needs to be solved.
  • mission is our term for a main subject the students need to learn, like "Addition" or "Multiplication".
  • An assignment is the same as a problem based on a specific subject. Each mission consists of a number of assignments.

Each mission always begin with a video explaining the content of the mission. Some missions have more than one video. The videos are great for discussions between you and your child about the subject as they are regularly paused, giving the child and you time to think about what you have just learned. The games are all based on the introduction videos. They are close to being self-explainatory, which means the child - no matter her or his math skills - can start working pretty much on her/his own.

Both boys and girls have been though off when making the games, which we thought was important, as several reports have indicated that especially girls were often left behind in computer based learning activities.

And you? We encourage you to just jump right into it! It is fun for parents, too!

Where can I choose what grade my child is in?

Mondiso is divided into levels instead of grades. This means you have much more freedom as a parent to find the right level for your child to work on. The levels are closely related CCSSI, however there are some small differences - for instance some third grade content regarding area appear in our Level 2. In other words, Mondiso is built after what we believe makes the best and most logical learning experience, rather than blindly follow a curriculum.

Also some students might need to work with content from lower grades. It can be hard to admit that to oneself, and not least to friends. By choosing levels rather than grades, we believe it can be easier for the student to be motivated to work with Mondiso.

* The Common Core State Standards Initiative

What will my child learn?

As we focus on academical excellence, our content live up to the latest Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which is an initiative created and shared by a vast majority of the US states. The Standards for education which is set by CCSSI is incorporated in each state's K-12 curriculum (see list of states here: http://www.corestandards.org/in-the-states).

All videos, games, and drills we have made are closely bound to one or more CCSSI strand. We also have mathematical content, which is not required in the CCSSI. You can use that as extra-curriculum activities for some or all of your child.

We recognize that we cannot cover all strands, as we only use a certain media - and there are things you cannot do on a computer or tablet, like checking if a child is capable of explaining a certain subject orally. However, we are actually happy about that, because we think of us as a competent academical TOOL for, rather than a SUBSTITUION of, the teachers.

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FAQ - technical

What is Flash

Our website uses the latest Adobe Flash technology (currently version 11), which can be downloaded from Adobes website. To get the latest version, go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ and press the "Download now" button. To install, just follow the instructions on the screen.

The Adobe Flash Player must be installed in order to use our software. This is, however, the only thing you need to install as our software is available through your webbrowser.

Why do I need Flash?

The Adobe Flash Player (AFP) makes it possible to watch the animations on our website. Since the site is using mostly Flash graphics and animations, you will not be able to neither see, nor play, most of the content if AFP is not installed.

You can download AFP here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Why can't I see most of your web content on an iPad or iPhone?

Currently Apple does not support Flash content to be viewed (or at least not very good) on their mobile devices. However we have developed games for iPhone/iPad/iPod as well as Android devices, which you can download and use if you are a registered paid member of our web services.

We are sorry that you cannot access our web content from apple mobile devices, but we hope this will be possible in the future - as it already is on Android devices.

Where can I get your mobile apps?

We have developed apps for both Apple iOs (iPad,iPhone,iPod), and Android cell phones and tablets. You can download the apps to your smartphone by following the links under the tab "Devices" - or by going straight to the App Store/iTunes Store (for Apple products) or the Google Play (for devices using the Android OS).

They are free to download and can be tested three times before you have to do an in-app purchase of it. If you are a paid member of our web content, you can use them for free by logging in using your username and password from the website.

We do not support Windows Mobile phones and tablets at the moment.

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