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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Games in Math Education

A recent study from Carnegie Mellon University shows that using board games can develop number sense among children. The study used a game similar to "Chutes and Ladders" and measured improvements in students math skills.

I certainly played a lot of board games as a kid, and to this day, my mental model of integer addition is competing RISK armies. We also had a game called PAYDAY where you moved along a one-month calendar. There was a wide range of math skills that one developed.




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