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Can "Cyberchase" apps teach math?

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App with character (screen grabs courtesy of Thirteen/WNET)

App with character (screen grabs courtesy of Thirteen/WNET)

Teachers College and WNET, New York’s flagship public media provider, have received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop prototypes for mobile games to teach fractions to children ages ages 8—11.  The mobile apps will incorporate the stories, characters, math content and research of Cyberchase, WNET’s Emmy Award-winning math television series and multimedia project, into Teachers College’s research on embodied cognition theory and gesture-based simulation games. John Black, TC’s Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Telecommunications and Education, is Principal Investigator for the project. A doctoral Research Fellow, Michael Swart, will lead a team of TC students and consultants in app development and field testing in collaboration with WNET.  


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