Gamifying mathematics for primary students in rural Sri Lanka

Halloluwa, Thilina C., Vyas, Dhaval, Usoof, Hakim, Hewagamage, Priyantha, & Sahama, Tony (2016) Gamifying mathematics for primary students in rural Sri Lanka. In NordiCHI, 23-27 October 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden. (In Press)

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Tablet computers can be an effective tool to improve education. While there is an abundance of studies showcasing the use of tablets for education in the developed countries, such a use of tablets is under-studied in developing countries. In this paper we present the findings of a study done in rural Sri Lanka, which aimed at understanding the effects of gamified mobile applications to achieve educational goals as well as their impact on motivation and attitudes towards learning mathematics. We carried out an ethnographic study over two weeks with grade three (8 year old) students in two different schools. Our preliminary results show a level of improvement in achieving educational goals and a positive impact on students’ as well as teachers’ motivations. We have identified design issues in our gamified mobile application and aspects of designing interactions for teaching and learning in a technologically-enhanced environment in a rural setting.

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ID Code: 96492
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Human Computer Interaction, Gamification, ICT4D, Interaction Design for kids
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Deposited On: 04 Jul 2016 22:44
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2016 01:10

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