Many students in early UK secondary education have difficulties understanding generalisation
and perceive algebra as an endpoint rather than a versatile tool. The MiGen
Project is building a novel intelligent environment which allows students to explore
mathematical generalisation through constructing and manipulating patterns of coloured
tiles. Intelligent components within the system monitor their
interactions, offering feedback and support so as to scaffold their understanding of generalisation
without compromising the exploratory nature of the environment. Importantly,
the intelligent assistance is not designed to replace the teacher but has been iteratively
designed so as to integrate into the classroom ecology in an optimal way by leveraging
the advantages of effective classroom dynamics and the presence of the teacher.
It therefore works in concert with teachers, notifying them of difficulties students in the
class may be experiencing, suggesting effective groupings for collaborative activities, allowing
reflection on the success of their teaching strategies and generally facilitating the
design and deployment of lessons aiming to teach mathematical generalisation.
Visitors to this hands-on event will be allocated a pseudo-student profile.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 2009 conference on artificial intelligence in education|
|Subtitle of host publication||building learning systems that care: from knowledge representation to affective modelling |
|Editors||Vania Dimitrova, Riichiro Mizoguchi, Benedict du Boulay, Art Graesser|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Name||Frontiers in artificial intelligence and applications|