Can tablet computers facilitate children’s understanding of mathematics?

Authors: Dubé, A. K., & McEwen, R.

Schools are adopting tablet computers at a rapid rate. Yet, the effectiveness of tablet computers as learning tools for young children has not been tested. In the present study, children (n = 36) from Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 used 3 mathematics learning applications on 1  of 4 tablet computers and completed working memory and attention tasks. Ability to successfully use the tablet, engagement with each application, and the purposeful­ness of  the  interaction were measured. The  goal  is  to  model child-computer interaction so that both the cognitive ability of the child and the affordance and limitations of tablet computers are considered.


Dubé, A. K., & McEwen, R. (2013) [abstract]. Can tablet computers facilitate children’s understanding of mathematics? Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(4), p. 276. [abstract]

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