Using Touch-Based Input to Promote Student Math Learning in a Multimedia Learning Environment
Tuesday, June 25 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Location: Sidney
Presider: Michael Menchaca, Univ. of Hawaii, United States
Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of touch-based input using a tablet device on students’ math learning. To this end, a virtual manipulative environment was designed to introduce the concept of multiplication by connecting students’ manipulative actions with on-screen objects to relevant mathematical notation presented visually and aurally. Ninety-seven (N = 97) first grade students used the virtual manipulative environment for 10 sessions using either a laptop computer or a tablet device. All participants took mid- and post-tests. The results show that when using the touch-input method, students took less time to complete the tests while making fewer attempts to answer questions. Furthermore, students learning through touch interactions showed higher test scores than students who used a computer mouse. The results suggest that touch-input has the potential to facilitate student learning outcomes in digital learning environments designed to take advantage of such interactions.