App’s re­sults add up

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

A MATHS game is im­prov­ing pri­mary school stu­dents’ knowl­edge of frac­tions by more than 10 per cent over their class­mates, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

The Aby­dos app was de­vel­oped by ECU and St Stephen’s School and uses the theme of an­cient Egypt to teach stu­dents about frac­tions.

In re­search pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Com­puter As­sisted Learn­ing, re­sults showed that a group of Year 6 stu­dents who used the app for two ses­sions a week for four weeks scored 10.5 per cent higher than those who did not.

ECU com­puter sci­ence lec­turer Martin Masek said the app re­sponded and adapted to play­ers’ abil­i­ties to make sure they were al­ways learn­ing.

“Aby­dos has ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence built into the app, which mon­i­tors stu­dents’ answers to dif­fer­ent prob­lems,” he said.

“For ex­am­ple, if a stu­dent gives three in­cor­rect answers to a prob­lem, the app will mod­ify the next prob­lem to a lower level and vice-versa.

“This adap­ta­tion en­sures stu­dents don’t dis­en­gage from learn­ing if the game is too hard or too easy.”

St Stephen’s School an­a­lyt­ics, in­no­va­tion and spe­cial projects di­rec­tor Stephen Cor­co­ran said it was a chal­lenge to teach stu­dents the ab­stract con­cept of frac­tions.

“The Aby­dos app is a gamechanger in that it pro­vides tan­gi­ble real-life ex­am­ples to chal­leng­ing math­e­mat­i­cal prob­lems in an en­gag­ing for­mat,” he said.

“When stu­dents can grasp frac­tions, it lays a foun­da­tion for un­der­stand­ing more com­plex math­e­mat­i­cal con­cepts such as al­ge­bra.”

Aby­dos is avail­able on the App and Google Play stores.

St Stephen’s School Year 6 stu­dent Bray­den Connor us­ing the Aby­dos app.

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