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Mobile Devices for Special Learning

Teaching Math Without Words, A Visual Approach to learning Math from MIND Research Institute

  • Do you agree with the author that devices can be used to teach Math without words?
  • Do you agree that eliminating words is helpful?
  • Would more difficult areas of Math be able to be taught?

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6 thoughts on “Mobile Devices for Special Learning

  1. I know they have made a big difference in the work environment. Anything from a magnifier app so people can read small print, too the ability to dictate office documents for people that have trouble typing. One of our workers uses an android device plugged into a 40′ TV so he can see his screen.

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    Posted by patfisk | September 25, 2014, 5:16 pm
  2. I could definitely see how this program could help children with different abilities. But I do not understand how not using language helped anyone improve in their language skills. We know from behaviorism that practice is required. Also, I don’t know how well someone like me, who relies heavily on language would be able to learn without it. I think I would find it frustrating to not have verbal explanations until I learned how to learn without words. As far as more difficult areas of math is concerned, I would like to see the pigeon explain pi, degrees, and radians.

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    Posted by wanda7 | September 26, 2014, 2:10 am
  3. I think that this topic touches on something I think is a problem in our current way of teaching math. Math is a specific skill or subject. A student (for example, a student whose primary language is not English) may have advanced Math skills, but struggle with writing or reading English. The student’s difficulties with English should not affect the evaluation of his or her math skills. If words were removed from the equation, the skill set being evaluated could be more easily isolated and the grade or ranking of the student in that skill can be truer to reality.

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    Posted by bluewellyfarm | September 26, 2014, 1:16 pm
  4. I was truly fascinated with regards to the learning without words TED video posted. The barrier of language, even with native speakers is not necessarily something one thinks about regularly, unless he or she works with those who may fall into a category of needing more or specialized attention. It makes sense though. It is almost silly to expect preschoolers who are just learning how to use language, to read and accurately follow directions. However, programs such as the one highlighted seem to be very helpful in getting them to achieve the desired task(s). The story of the autistic child who excelled after using the program mentioned was awesome!

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    Posted by kblackshear1 | September 27, 2014, 1:35 am
  5. WOW! I love this approach and I too think that there is a disconnect between verbal comprehension and math comprehension. I also like the applications of this for those with verbal disabilities. I know of a Math professor at GSU who is using concordancers (a tool that linguists use to crunch data/words ) in order to try to see if there is something within the written language of the math problems that is preventing students from grasping the mathematical concepts. I think that this is amazing and I know that this approach is going to make many more proficient math learners.

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    Posted by kshepherd2014 | September 27, 2014, 8:22 pm

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