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Preschool Math App
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Dec 01, 2015 2015-12-01

Mobile Learning

Develop Flexible Understanding of Number

Researchers at Stanford University’s AAALab created Critter Corral, a freely available iPad app, to help preschoolers develop a flexible understanding of number. The child’s goal is to return a Wild West town to its former glory by helping the town’s businesses. In all games, the task is to create a 1:1 correspondence with a target amount. For example, to help the restaurant, learners count customers to tell the chef how much food to cook. If they count correctly, each customer happily gets one piece of food. If they count too few, the chef does not cook enough food, and some customers are left hungry. The learner can fix the problem by adding or taking away food. This kind of feedback focuses learners on the quantitative discrepancies, which is particularly helpful for relative magnitude concepts (for example, 3 is less than 5).

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