When Sokikom set out to change the way students learned mathematics, they knew they shared a common goal with the U.S. Department of Education in ensuring students had a means to not only learn math, but get excited about it as well. Sokikom leveraged six SBIR awards from the Department of Education to create its patented online learning platform, which has been used across the United States and in 120 countries worldwide. Sokikom is the only collaborative K-5 math program where students help each other learn through a team-based game. Instead of focusing only on individual results, students’ scores are dependent on how well their team performs; encouraging teamwork and cooperation.
Former educator and Sokikom Founder Snehal Patel didn’t want to create something that would replace the teacher; rather, Sokikom is complementary to the existing lessons and helps the teacher to accurately assess skill levels. In the past, math was taught in a mechanical step- by-step fashion. Tests today are more rigorous and students must explain how they got to their solutions. With Sokikom, teachers are organically getting students to talk to one another, helping them to learn and understand the process. In this way, Sokikom is transforming the entire math learning culture in the classroom.
More than one million student accounts have been created by teachers within Sokikom, while students have completed over 250,000,000 math questions and continue to complete questions at a rate of one math question every 500 milliseconds, or roughly 200,000 questions per day.