Teaching math with Instagram

Middle School students may soon tap into social networking and video games to understand algebraic ideas.

Candace Walkington, assistant professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, will test that idea in a new study, funded by the National Academy of Education.

Approximately 200 pre-Algebra students in eight classrooms at schools in the Dallas Independent School District are participating in the study. Based on results from earlier research, Walkington hypothesizes that authoring the stories will elicit students’ interest in the content to be learned by drawing on their knowledge about home and community.

A pilot version of the study begins Spring 2015. The full study starts Fall 2015.

Links:

http://blog.smu.edu/research/2014/10/20/study-will-teach-algebra-via-student-authored-stories-that-draw-on-their-own-interests/

http://www.smu.edu/Simmons/AboutUs/Directory/TeachingLearning/Walkington

SMU Simmons Department of Teaching & Learning: Research in Mathematics Education