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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Designing a Module to Learn Single-Digit Addition with the Japanese Abacus

Hsiang-Ju Lien, M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media

Learning how addition works is important as it will affect one’s overall learning ability in math; nevertheless, counting numbers and the use of addition are considered significant steps for many young learners.  As many students struggle to learn and succeed in math, they are in need of effective remediation to assist their learning.  Several studies have found that there are numerous advantages in using an abacus to learn math; however, it is not common in the U.S. to use an abacus in teaching and learning math.  Thus, this project proposes the use of a virtual abacus for students who are in need of a more concrete way of learning numbers.  Moreover, this project aims to design a web-based learning environment that is based on a learner-centered approach and learning theories, along with the use of multimedia elements, to support the learning process for first graders in the U.S.

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