Smart Blocks: A tangible mathematical manipulative

Audrey Girouard, Erin Treacy Solovey, Leanne M. Hirshfield, Stacey Ecott, Orit Shaer, Robert J.K. Jacob

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33 Scopus citations

Abstract

We created Smart Blocks, an augmented mathematical manipulative that allows users to explore the concepts of volume and surface area of 3-dimensional (3D) objects. This interface supports physical manipulation for exploring spatial relationships and it provides continuous feedback for reinforcing learning. By leveraging the benefits of physicality with the advantages of digital information, this tangible interface provides an engaging environment for learning about surface area and volume of 3D objects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTEI'07
Subtitle of host publicationFirst International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction - Conference Proceedings
Pages183-186
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction - Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Duration: Feb 15 2007Feb 17 2007

Publication series

NameTEI'07: First International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction

Other

Other1st International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction
CountryUnited States
CityBaton Rouge, LA
Period2/15/072/17/07

Keywords

  • Education
  • Manipulatives
  • Mathematics
  • Tangible user interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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    Girouard, A., Solovey, E. T., Hirshfield, L. M., Ecott, S., Shaer, O., & Jacob, R. J. K. (2007). Smart Blocks: A tangible mathematical manipulative. In TEI'07: First International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction - Conference Proceedings (pp. 183-186). (TEI'07: First International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction). https://doi.org/10.1145/1226969.1227007