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Digital Manipulatives: New Toys to Think With

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Visit this site: http://web.media.mit.edu/~mres/papers/chi-98/digital-manip.html

Author:Resnick, Martin, Berg, Borovoy, Colella, Kramer, Silverman; MIT Media Laboratory
Description: Manipulative materials such as Cuisenaire Rods and Pattern Blocks enable children to explore mathematical and scientific concepts such as number and shape through direct manipulation of physical objects. Resnick et al. have developed a new generation of "digital manipulatives" - computationally enhanced versions of traditional children's toys - that enable children to explore a new set of concepts (in particular, "systems concepts" such as feedback and emergence) previously considered too advanced for children to learn. This paper discusses four of them: computationally-augmented versions of blocks, beads, balls, and badges.

Levels: Elementary
Languages: English
Resource Types: Manipulatives, Articles, Bibliographies
Math Ed Topics: Manipulatives

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