1. Dennis Pearl
  2. Professor
  4. Pennsylvania State University
  1. Lawrence Lesser
  2. http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/index.html
  3. Professor
  5. University of Texas at El Paso
  1. John Weber III
  2. Assistant Professor
  4. Georgia State University, Perimeter College

Project SMILES: Student Made Interactive Learning with Educational Songs

NSF Awards: 1544237, 1544243, 1544426

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12, Undergraduate

Remember how you learned the alphabet by singing it? What if songs could also help you learn, and better engage with, a difficult college subject like statistics?

This project features an online collection of 26 high-quality interactive songs designed to span learning objectives of introductory statistics. The songs are interactive in that the interface solicits (and provides hints and feedback on) student contributions (concepts or examples) and then plays back the song with student inputs integrated with a synthetic voice and highlighted in scrolling lyrics.

Results show that students find this to help their learning and to reduce the anxiety commonly experienced when learning statistics.

In this video, researchers Dennis Pearl from Penn State University, Larry Lesser from The University of Texas at El Paso and John Weber from Georgia State walk you through the implementation and successes of this novel intervention.

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