Mathematics Literacy: A Study of Technology Supported Learning for 700 Preschool Children
Abstract: 700 children ages four to six have received Samsung tablets in their public-school classrooms at four elementary schools in Mobile, Alabama, USA. Each tablet is loaded with Speakaboos, an app used by more than 25,000 teachers and a million children worldwide aimed at children ages two to six. The app consists of a library of more than 300 e-stories. The user can select whether the story is read-aloud with each word illuminated along the way, the child can “read-it-myself” and some stories have a “play-and-learn” option where the user is interacting with the content. Students’ usage data is being collected on an individual, classroom, and school level. Pre and post assessments will be compared to gauge the impact of the technology on their reading and mathematics comprehension. In addition to the large-scale school and districtwide assessments, students’ classroom grades are being collected, and a sample of 70 students are being interviewed and assessed one-on-one. These assessments compare students’ understanding of numerical and fair-sharing concepts with and without technology e-stories developed for this work, as well as fine and gross motor skills, and the relationship with traditional academic performance. Our work investigates early childhood learning and development at the interfaces of technology, reading, and mathematics.