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Designing playful learning experiences: Exploring embodied mathematics through electronic music
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

I present a research based project that asks for a discussion about the role of technology in education. It is a question about how to design learning experiences and how to improve the experience of learning through interactive objects. More precisely, this project tries to explore the possibilities of an embodied learning of math using music in a playful way. Superbleeper, the name of the product, is an electronic music instrument that is played using math concepts. It invites 3-6 year old children to play with the math they have to understand according to the Swedish curriculum. This math foundation for the youngest kids is about measurement, shape, patterns, time, change, quantity, sets and order. The tests carried out with children in different contexts show that electronic music can be a way to embody and enjoy the use of math concepts in a creative way.

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music, math, learning, embodiment, play, preschool, education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124025OAI: diva2:947219
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Interactive Institute
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Degree Project, Interaction Design
Educational program
Master's Programme in Interaction Design
Pedagogical Interactive Math Visualizations
Available from: 2016-08-15 Created: 2016-07-07 Last updated: 2016-08-15Bibliographically approved

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