Students who make relevant arm movements while learning can improve their knowledge and retention of math, research has shown. Now researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a model using geometry proofs that shows potential for wide adoption — a video game in which students make movements with their arms to learn abstract math concepts.
Motion capture software, popular in the world of video gaming, is being tested to see if it may be a useful tool in the classroom. Researchers know that the more engaged students are, the more likely they are to learn. In her research, SMU teaching expert Candace Walkington, assistant professor of teaching and learning in [...]
Can students learn algebra from Instagram and video games? SMU teaching researcher Candace Walkington thinks so. Walkington's new study, funded by the National Academy of Education, will test that idea. Students will describe how linear relationships approximate what they encounter in their everyday lives, such as how they accumulate followers in Instagram or score points in a video game over time
Journalist Katrina Schwartz with California Public Radio station KQED reported on the research of SMU Assistant Professor Candace Walkington, who authored a year-long study of 141 ninth graders at a Pennsylvania high school and found that students whose algebra curriculum was personalized to their interests mastered the concepts faster than those students whose learning wasn't personalized.