Fitzpatrick, Gary (2011) Technical Report: Facebook Maths Tutorial Service: Using Facebook to help Leaving Certificate Maths Students improve their skills in a more social environment. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.
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The focus of this project and the related research is to enable Leaving Certificate Mathematics student to test himself or herself and improve their skills in a more social and relaxed environment.
Facebook is the biggest social network out there and many young people use it to keep in contact with their friends. My thought behind this application was, why not use the advantages of have such a large social platform and then use the Facebook API’s in order to build an application that people could use while still being able to communicate with friends.
The Facebook platform is built using PHP so that is the main language I used for the application. I then implemented the Facebook API’s, which allow me to do things such as post to my users news feed. Thus increasing my users through free marketing and advertising.
Mathematics is the ideal problem domain as over 4,000 people failed the Maths exam and this may end up being a huge problem as Maths is one of the core subjects that are needed to go on into many college courses. If this happens then the reputation of this country as a highly skilled workforce will fall.
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