January 6, 2016
Children with strong spatial reasoning skills are more likely to succeed in STEM fields later on in life.
Apps for kids can provide a unique opportunity for social engagement, allowing children to collaborate with their parents or peers while learning.
Research from the University of Chicago published in Science journal suggests that the math app Bedtime Math can help bolster math confidence for both children and parents. Bedtime Math takes the routine of a nightly bedtime story and supplements it with mathematical ideas. The goal is to create math learning opportunities that are consistent and non-intimidating.
Mathematician Keith Devlin reflects on the use of video games in the classroom in his review of Greg Toppo's The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter.
A new study from the University of Chicago suggests that parents can easily transfer their math anxiety to their children.
This article from The Huffington Post discusses the appropriate amount of screen time for kids. With tablets and mobile phones becoming increasingly ubiquitous, however, this variable in a child's upbringing is becoming harder to control.
Geocaching is an activity that uses the GPS technology on your mobile device to allow for some real-life treasure hunting. It can mathematize otherwise ordinary situations, as it allows children to interact with real-world maps.
MIT's Education Arcade is working to create effective educational games. Many educational games are what the directors of the project call "shooting flashcards": simple drilling exercises hidden within flashy graphics. They envision games in which the subject is a central gameplay element.
This article from NPR's ongoing education blog discusses the strength of a familiar low-tech toy: the block. Even amid a technological revolution in teaching, which is bringing tablets, apps, and smartboards into more and more early learning classrooms, the block maintains its place as a time-tested learning tool.
As more and more people begin using smart phones and tablets in their daily lives, touchscreens are becoming increasingly common. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are looking at the potential of touchscreen technology for educational uses.