Introducing GetSmart CardGames In The USA
Scandinavian popular alternative to math flash cards, getSmart cardGames, now also available in the USA
As time goes on, more and more research is done on effective teaching of mathematics. Most results point to the necessity of rethinking the teaching and learning environment. This relates both to the teaching methods and to the teaching aids. Hands-on methods using corresponding props are considered to be very effective, although they are still far from usual in the mathematics classroom. One of the main obstacles for learning mathematics is that almost all existing methods and utilities are on the opposite end of the spectrum to fun and games. And what does a child naturally like to do most? Play, of course. Games have been a natural learning environment for children through ages – they develop social skills, but also various kinds of content knowledge.
While flash cards have been around for ages, they are essentially just visually attractive versions of the usual mathematical tasks, and not true games. Therefore they do not significantly change the classical mathematical classroom. Some may be presented as games, but after a few rounds children usually get bored. Why? Simply because there is no TRUE play element in them. Math flash cards are of course an improvement because they are not as static as the usual "2+2=?" problems in the textbooks, but this improvement can be improved even more.
A good mathematics game must have both the educational and the fun component. For individual learning well-designed computer games may be a good choice, but nowadays it is more and more important to keep the social element alive: children should have time to spend with their parents and other children in an enjoyable and creative way. For ages, card games have been a simple and fun pastime. Many have mathematical elements, but are not designed with the purpose of teaching or learning specific topics. As Scandinavian teachers and parents have discovered over the last 10 years, real card games can sometimes be better learning aids for mathematics. The product series called getSmart cardGames is now also available in the USA. From basic arithmetic and geometry, over fractions to functions, children can now actually play all standard mathematical topics with their parents, teachers and friends.
About getSmart cardGames
Having fun and learning mathematics, a contradiction? Mathematical games like getSmart cardGames can show the answer is: not any more!
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