PlatinuMath: An Online Formative Assessment Math Game for Preservice Elementary Teachers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: edies11c0045
Agency Tracking Number: edies11c0045
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
805 Winview Drive, Greensboro, NC, 27410-4641
DUNS: 788284508
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Brewster
 scott@triadinteractivemedia.com
Business Contact
 Scott  Brewster
Email: scott@triadinteractivemedia.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Purpose: To be qualified to teach their future students in math, preservice students need to gain specialized mathematics content and pedagogical knowledge. The purpose of this project is to develop a web-based game to strengthen preservice teachers' knowledge of mathematics and provide college instructors with accurate assessments of their students' mathematical understanding. Project Activities: The team will create prototype math games by assembling curricular content, developing a comprehensive design document (including storyboards, wireframes, and technical specifications for all components), and by creating the necessary graphics and multimedia assets. Iterative refinements will be conducted as needed at major production milestones. To assess the implementation feasibility, usability of the technology, and the promise of the games to improve learning, researchers will conduct a mixed-methods study comparing 50 preservice students who use the games for a semester to supplement regular coursework with a group of 50 preservice teachers who do not use the games. Qualitative data will also be collected from preservice teachers and instructors via questionnaires. Key outcomes will include ease of use, engagement, and test scores.

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