Motion Math HD – Fractions!

  NEWteacherwithappsCreated by  Jacob Klein, Gabriel Adauto and Amrita Thakur, all graduates of the Learning, Design, and Technology program at Stanford University, Motion Math HD - Fractions! teaches fractions,Motion Math HD utilizes movement-based learning to give players an "intuitive sense of math." From what we can see the game is doing just that! Honestly, when trying Motion Math for the first time, we said "What's all the hoopla about? This is way too easy and gets tedious real quick." WRONG! We aren't gamers and never played it long enough to get past the first level and see the wonderful variety of components this game has to offer. When left it in the hands of kids long enough, they're hooked! The kids love to challenge themselves going from level to level. In their Masters Project paper it states, "With this research and our personal experience in mind, our project addresses three learner needs: embodied learning, motivating experiences, and differentiated instruction. Most centrally, we aim to address the potential of embodied experience to deepen content mastery." In layman terms, the reference to embodied experience is best explained by movement being essential to learning. "Movement awakens and activates our mental capacities. Movement integrates and anchors new information and experience into our neural networks. Moving while learning increases learning." says Carla Hannaford, Ph.D., and author. Read more about this concept here: Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head The premise of the game is to tilt and move the star, that displays the fraction/decimal/percent or pie chart, to the correct location on the number line. If dropped incorrectly more than once an arrow pops up and indicates which direction you should aim for. If the player is still not hitting the correct spot, the number line will automatically be divided into the correct parts. The menu allows you to set up the game starting at easy, medium, or expert. The interface recognizes when a player is struggling with a particular fraction and will repeat it more often. Children’s Technology Review, written by Warren Buckleiter gives Motion Math the Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Design –  “Dynamic…you move your way toward a better understanding of numerical relationships, one bounce at a time.”    
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