U.S. Math Recovery Council (USMRC) Project
This project forms a partnership between LTRG at Virginia Tech and the U.S. Math Recovery Council (USMRC) to further develop the CandyDepot educational game on iPads for the purpose of supporting students’ mathematical learning.
This project aims to refine the CandyDepot app in ways that would further integrate it with USMRC’s Add-Vantage courses for elementary school teachers and teacher leaders. We view this project as a pilot study that would lead to a larger partnership between LTRG and USMRC.
|Anderson Norton (PI) is Professor of Mathematics at Virginia Tech, where he teaches mathematics courses for future secondary school teachers. His research builds on Piaget's structuralism by building psychological models of students' mathematics, especially their fractions knowledge, algebraic reasoning, and conjecturing activity. Dr. Norton is interested in studying the mental actions necessary for meaningful mathematical engagement in various learning environments.|
|Osman Balci (Co-PI) is Director of Mobile/Cloud Software Engineering Lab and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. His current areas of expertise center on iOS mobile software engineering, cloud software engineering, digital game-based learning, and modeling and simulation. Dr. Balci is interested in creating interactive visual simulations, educational games, and animations that run on mobile devices such as iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone as well as cloud software applications for the purpose of improving the effectiveness of learning STEM subjects in K-12 curricula.|
|Taiwen Jin is a senior student in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. His expertise centers on iOS mobile software development and cloud software development. He works as a Lead Software Engineer for the project.|