Utilizing a collaborative cross number puzzle game to develop the computing ability of addition and subtraction

Yen-Hua CHEN, Chee Kit LOOI, Chiu-Pin LIN, Yin-Juan SHAO, Tak-Wai CHAN

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Abstract

While addition and subtraction is a key mathematical skill for young children, a typical activity for them in classrooms involves doing repetitive arithmetic calculation exercises. In this study, we explore a collaborative way for students to learn these skills in a technology-enabled way with wireless computers. Two classes, comprising a total of 52 students in Grade 4 (ages 10 or 11) participated in the study. They used the Group Scribbles software to run an adapted version of the " Cross Number Puzzle" that was designed with the " feedback" mechanism to assist students' problem solving. In one class, students played the game individually and in the other class, students played the game collaboratively. The low-ability students in the collaborative class were found to have made the most significant progress in arithmetic skills through playing this game. Three dominant interactive collaboration patterns, one contributing to productive interactions and two to less productive interactions, were also identified in the students' collaboration. Copyright © 2012 International Forum of Educational Technology & Society (IFETS).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-366
JournalEducational Technology & Society
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Citation

Chen, Y.-H., Looi, C.-K., Lin, C.-P., Shao, Y.-J., & Chan, T.-W. (2012). Utilizing a collaborative cross number puzzle game to develop the computing ability of addition and subtraction. Educational Technology & Society, 15(1), 354-366.

Keywords

  • Computer-supported collaborative learning
  • Feedback mechanism
  • Cross Number Puzzle
  • Computing ability

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