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Landmark study: Motion Math improves fractions knowledge, attitudes
First experimental study on iPad learning demonstrates learning impact
GameDesk has just published the first experimental research on iPad learning, studying 122 5th graders playing the iPad game Motion Math HD. The main findings:
- Students who played the game for 20 minutes for five days improved on a fractions test by an average of 15%. (The items on the test were taken from national and international standardized tests.)
- Students’ attitudes towards fractions improved 10%.
- Virtually all students rated the game as fun and that it helped them learn.
|“Learn addition with hungry guppies and multiplication with (nonangry) birds.” -Time Magazine, the wireless issue|
|“Interest is growing in educational apps, and this is evident in Motion Math’s download stats.” -The Unoffical Apple Weblog|
|“In our own games, we aspire not to balance engagement and learning, but to fuse them together. We believe that’s the way games can best tap into the natural drive humans have to learn, explore, and be challenged.” -Fast Company|
|“…fifth graders’ fractions test scores improved an average of over 15% after playing Motion Math for 20 minutes daily over a five-day period, a significant increase compared to a control group.” -KQED MindShift|
|“Offers proof that a hard math concept can become fun.” -New York Times|
|“The long-term goal is to develop an infrastructure that includes data on how people play and solve problems.” -Wall Street Journal Tech Blog|
|“Part of the fun comes from adding a visceral component to math instruction.” -VentureBeat|
|“Motion Math is taking a cognitive scientific approach to the problem and trying to take full advantage of the range of mobile technologies available, which sets it apart from others who are working on bringing existing material over from print sources pretty much unchanged.” -BetaKit|
|“The more young people are able to solidify these…fundamental mathematical concepts…the likelier they will be to do well in future mathematical and academic pursuits.” -TechCrunch|
|Editor’s Choice Award – 4.5 Stars. -Children’s Technology Review|
|“Motion Math has turned math into a physical activity. They link learning math with kinesthetic intelligence. This can’t be recreated on a maths sheet.” -GeekDad on Wired.com|