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Exploring the potential of a multi-touch classroom to develop adaptive expertise in primary mathematics

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Professor Steve Higgins, Durham University

SynergyNet, one of the final round of TLRP -TEL projects, is investigating the potential of large multi-touch surfaces in a lab classroom environment. One of the recent investigations has been into the potential of the classroom for within and between group collaborative learning, facilitated by the digital environment. NumberNet is an example of some exploratory software which aims to support pupils in becoming more flexible and creative in their solutions to an arithmetical challenge.

Steve Higgins will present an overview of the SynergyNet project and a summary of the NumberNet investigation which aimed to support the development of adaptive expertise with Year 6 pupils. Results from an experimental study of 86 students (44 using NumberNet, 42 using a paper-based traditional activity) indicated that all students increased in fluency after completing these activities, while students who used NumberNet also increased in flexibility and adaptivity.

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