HeyMath! Consultant: Ye
My experience with HeyMath has so far been a very pleasant one.
I think this job is perfect for those who
- are bored of 3 years (or more) of undergraduate study and want to try something different
- like travelling around especially in a mysterious land like India
- are good at and enjoy teaching yet do not wish to be a teacher in school
- have outstanding interpersonal skills and are good at explaining complex concepts
- enjoy designing using computer
- love curry and other Indian food
I think enough has been said by my colleagues about the city and the work itself. So I am just going to add a few more points they might have not included.
There are several different roles played in the office - tutors, animators, IT engineers etc.
50% of the people in the office are in content development They are responsible for creating maths lessons/components, publishing questions and tests online, replying to teachers'/students' questions etc. Mathematicians, graphic artists and animators work together.
Usually, students from Cambridge will be working on the creative side. However from time to time we get various projects as well - currently, we are working to add some interactive maths games into our website. Also we are providing help and advice to a school in Singapore with the 2005 Singapore Mathematics Project Festival.
Other things we have been doing are:
- John - making interesting introductions to a range of maths concepts using real-life examples or by other means.
- Matt - working on interactive worksheets to do with transformations in a 2-dimensional coordinate system
- Cristina - finalising one of our first few maths games and testing
- Me - adapting some difficult maths concepts into the curriculum as enrichment
- Other tutors work more with things like responding to teachers'/students' questions or making online test/assignment.
- But the distribution of work is quite flexible - we respond to online questions from time to time and many lessons are made by other tutors than us as well.
- Last but not the least, all tutors are responsible for QC (quality control) of other tutors' products (lessons, games etc.). In addition to spotting and correcting minor mistakes, we are trained to think from the view of the students or teachers to avoid any inappropriateness in the delivery of information.
Lessons and games are produced via Macromedia Flash.
In the very first few days, Matt and I were struggling with Macromedia Flash as neither of us had used that before in such deep extent. But gradually, we started to pick up this software and by now we are both happy with it and are able to make lessons on our own using Flash.
Usually the work is handed over from tutors to animators when it comes to the stage of implementation. However throughout the entire process, tutors need to be in good communication with their assigned animator.
There are other people in the office doing various jobs etc.
For example, John has been work partially as a group leader of us - he keeps an eye on the schedule of all the lessons.
Other people like Sudha (formerly a teacher at school in India who is extremely familiar with the high school curriculum) and Sheela (administration and daily upload management etc.) are all very friendly and helpful anytime.