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.
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.
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.
Where can educators and parents go to learn more about smart choices in choosing math apps and math-related technology for young children? Here is a round-up of resources that can help think through the options.
Collaborative Instructor Dr. Mary Hynes-Berry discusses math apps on the Fred Rogers Center blog.
Jan de Lange walks through a few educational math games available online. With degrees of difficulty bridging from Pre-K through 8th grade, these games extend the idea of learning trajectories.