Kids. Teens. What do they have in common? They hate math. They have trouble in math. They cannot process key arithmetic and algebraic concepts. For them, MATH IS NOT FUN!
So I ask you, Math Nerds, Programmers, Engineers, Math Teachers, and other Math Lovers:
- How can we get kids to learn math in this technology-centered world?
- How do we get kids interested in ze mathz?
- How can we make math fun?
- How do we teach fundamental algebraic concepts to the person who's
been sitting in that third-row, second-column seat for three years?
I know what you're thinking, just send them off to KhanAcademy. That may appeal to you, me, a self-learner, or some really anxious math-illiterate valedvictorian, but to somebody struggling in math or algebra? Most likely, no.
So how do we make math sexy? How do we attract kids and teens to math? How do we teach fundamental algebraic concepts to the math-illiterate? KhanAcademy and other math websites/programs are either 1) too costly, 2) too plain, 3) too audienced towards someone who has some desire to learn as opposed to math-illiterates, or 4) all of the above.
I have personally seen that anything can be turned into a game and made fun through competition and peer-to-peer activities. I'm talking about Words With Friends and The Wiki Game. Browsing wikipedia to search for something without searching for it? Spelling words on a board horizontally and diagonally? *gasp! The whole idea is EXTREMELY BORING! I propose that SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY, we can do the same thing with algebraic concepts. My only issue is how?
I KNOW IT CAN BE DONE!!!
How do we get people to come home and log on to (COOL MATH GAME NAME HERE).com and learn math FOR FUN during their FREE TIME? How do we make math cool? How do we get math-learning to be what 1/3 of a class is distracted with playing on their phones (as they're going to do anyway), instead of WWF, Zenonia, Fun Run, etc?