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  1. Ceri Riley
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  1. Ashley Lewis Presser
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  3. Senior Research Scientist
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Transforming Preschoolers' Spatial Orientation: Leveraging New Technologies f...

NSF Awards: 2048883

2022 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

The development of spatial orientation (SO) is a strong predictor of math skills and later school success and academic achievement. Thus, fostering SO skills before children enter formal schooling provides them with a sound foundation for later mathematical learning. Our project is titled Transforming Preschoolers' Spatial Orientation: Leveraging New Technologies for Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms and at Home. In this project, a team of learning scientists from the Education Development Center and Digital Promise Global, and public media producers from GBH, are developing and researching a preschool mathematics curriculum supplement. We are leveraging digital touch-screen tablets and augmented reality technologies with other hands-on, developmentally appropriate spatial learning activities. These activities are aimed to increase preschoolers’ SO learning and STEM identity, particularly for underrepresented and underserved groups. The project will engage 39 teachers, 50 families, and approximately 585-780 preschool children in SO classroom and family SO learning activities. In addition, the project will generate a new augmented reality tablet app, a digital teachers’ guide for preschool classrooms, a digital family guide, and a validated SO assessment for preschool students. Findings from this study will illuminate the potential for this approach on preschoolers’ SO learning. The study will also add to the literature on how to design digital activities that foster learning and knowledge that the field can capitalize on for other domains and age groups.

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  • Icon for: Carolyn White

    Carolyn White

    Director of Math Programs
    May 10, 2022 | 12:50 p.m.

    Spatial Reasoning is very important for Preschoolers and all studnets in the learning of Matheamtics.  Are the APPs that have been developed  availble to view or use  with students?

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    Kathy Renfrew

    Facilitator
    Education SPecialist
    May 11, 2022 | 10:18 a.m.

    What a difference something like this might have made in my own mathematical mindset as a learner and beginning teacher. As a failry new grandmother, I would love to know more about some of the books that were used to help children develop spatial reasoning. I am wondering about access to participation in this program especially for families. Would/will the cost of a tablet and apps be a gatetkeeper?  I am also wondering about your plans for supporting parents and childcare workers to support development of spatial reasoning

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    Ashley Lewis Presser

    Co-Presenter
    Research Scientist
    May 11, 2022 | 01:01 p.m.

    Hi Carolyn and Kathy - Great questions! Our first app-Map Adventure- is available for free in the Apple app store and the Family Guide is online. We're developing a set of hands-on classroom activities, additional family activities, and a new tablet app that uses augmented reality elements. The existing family guide does include some suggested books, but we are currently testing more books. 

    This is a great question about access! The tablets might be a gatekeeper to some, but for preschools they only need one tablet to effectively use the apps. For both classroom and home activities, we include many hands-on activities and books, so teachers and parents can engage in useful learning without the apps.  With the proliferation of tablets, we anticipate that access to tablets will increase over time too.

    Supporting teachers and families is really critical! In each of our studies, teachers receive professional learning sessions and we are also exploring ways to build a digital guide for teachers that supports teachers. We anticipate that the family guide will be accessible on phones, so that parents/caregivers can find the activities easily, and supportive elements that support parents/caregivers can help preschoolers engage effectively. 

     
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    Carolyn White

    Director of Math Programs
    May 11, 2022 | 01:29 p.m.

    Greetings Ashley, Thank you for the reply.  There are so many apps that come up when  you type in Map Adventure.  Is there another name that I should type into Apple app store.

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    Ashley Lewis Presser

    Co-Presenter
    Research Scientist
    May 11, 2022 | 01:45 p.m.

    Sure! Here is the Apple App store link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gracie-friends-ma...

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    Jillian Orr

    Co-Presenter
    Executive Producer
    May 12, 2022 | 12:44 p.m.

    For the Augmented Reality app, we're scheduled to publish that in early 2024 when our iterative development process is completed. We look forward to sharing that out that app and all of our findings then! :)

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    Margo Murphy

    Facilitator
    Science Instructor
    May 11, 2022 | 06:27 a.m.

    Wow! I am high school teacher and intentionally teach spatial reasoning through a number of topics because of changes over time in curriculum that limits students demand for spatial reasoning.  I am really interested in following the progress of your project over time.  I am interested in knowing how the goal of addressing inequity and access to technology at home is addressed.  How are parents supported to work with their children at home to both understand the importance of SO but also with the materials/equipment and internet access?  Thanks!

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    Ashley Lewis Presser

    Co-Presenter
    Research Scientist
    May 11, 2022 | 01:14 p.m.

    Hi Margo, 

    We'd love for you to follow our work! I created a link for anyone to securely enter their contact information and I will email when the app and guides are ready for the public. 

    https://go.edc.org/FOWAcontact 

    The issue of inequity and access is really important! For both schools and families, many activities were designed to use everyday materials and books. Activity descriptions are available to adults on tablets, computers, or phones. These apps will be released for free, so anyone can download the apps with an Apple device (we hope to add Android devices in the future). Once an app is downloaded, there is no need for internet access, so teachers and families can download using public wifi, then use at home without the internet. We hope that as tablets become more ubiquitous, more and more preschoolers will have ready access to these apps!

     
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    Ximena Dominguez

    Researcher
    May 11, 2022 | 10:38 a.m.

    Our team at DP is so excited to be collaborating with your team on this project! Spatial learning is often a mathematical area that is overlooked yet activities that promote it are often engaging and provide fun embodied opportunities. I was wondering if you could share some of the emerging lessons about features of the AR technology that are supporting children's learning and any challenges you've come along. 

     
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    Jillian Orr

    Co-Presenter
    Executive Producer
    May 12, 2022 | 01:06 p.m.

    Hi Xime!

    This work has been so interesting and exciting. As we're continuing the research and development, we're gathering a list of design principles and things to consider in subsequent iterations of the AR app.

    Many of the emerging lessons are around considerations of the user--at what height will children be playing, will they be at a table or near a flat surface, will they be sitting in a chair or have the ability to move around 360 degrees, and to what extent can they safely move around their space while also using the tablet?--which has huge implications on design. We're also considering the size, number, and placement of digital augmentations--what makes the experience exciting and manageable and what makes the experience overwhelming or too challenging? And of course we're exploring the limitations of the technology and how spatial orientation can be supported specifically by this technology. We've explored various onscreen elements and character reactions to support the learning in addition to designing the interactive gameplay with spatial orientation goals. 

    We're still early in the development process, so there's much more to come in the coming year!

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    Lelli Van Den Einde

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 11, 2022 | 04:42 p.m.

    I am so excited to learn more about your study as I am also in the area of improving spatial reasoning skills but through hand sketching as opposed to Augmented Reality. I am a firm believer in what you are doing especially related to the role that "active" learning plays. So the fact that kids can walk around and observe where they are in the real world will ultimately help with their spatial skills. We have developed software to teach spatial reasoning through sketching but it targets middle and high school ages. We are definitely looking to develop something at the early childhood education and elementary ages. Perhaps it would be interesting to collaborate with you in the future. 

    One question I had was related to how you are going to demonstrate efficacy of your app in the classroom. And perhaps what have been the biggest challenges you have faced in your research so far. 

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    Ashley Lewis Presser

    Co-Presenter
    Research Scientist
    May 12, 2022 | 09:41 a.m.

    Hi Lelli - Your software for hand sketching sounds really promising! Yes, our team would be interested in a collaboration! 

    For the demonstration of efficacy, that's a great question! We are piloting right now and will revise the hands-on and AR app again prior to a small comparison study next year. We'll likely need a larger study in a future project, as our focus at this point is on designing the AR app in a way that's educationally beneficial. I'd love to do a lab-based study focused on the app prior to a full RCT. 

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    Margo Murphy

    Facilitator
    Science Instructor
    May 12, 2022 | 05:49 a.m.

    Reading through the comments and responses I find it really interesting that you might also design specifically for phones because that is what caregivers or parents might have greatest access to. I do think short, accessible video could be really helpful ways to support parents in using the materials with their kids.  Have you thought of video as a way to support implementation?  I know the need to read through materials and synthesize it all can be a deterrent simply because time is often the limiting factor for parents.

     
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    Ashley Lewis Presser

    Co-Presenter
    Research Scientist
    May 12, 2022 | 09:43 a.m.

    That's an excellent point, Margo! We hope the final AR app will be available on phones. We have used video for teachers on other projects successfully and we hope to do that here too. For parents, a series of short videos is definitely something we've been thinking about :-)

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    Kathy Renfrew

    Facilitator
    Education SPecialist
    May 12, 2022 | 11:50 p.m.

    I want to echo what Margo said as I am reading posts all the way through again. The use of short videos 5-10 minutes might also be a good professional learning format for busy teachers especially after the initial learning.

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    Latrenda Knighten

    Facilitator
    Mathematics Content Trainer
    May 12, 2022 | 10:39 p.m.

    This project is so exciting and engaging for students!  I agree with you about the important role spatial orientation plays in a child's development of early mathematics concepts.  Many people overlook the important role spatial awareness activities play in the classroom. I LOVE the clips you included of the students exploring the apps - the expressions on their faces are priceless!

    What types of professional learning activities do you use to prepare teachers and parents?  I especially like that you include family learning activities. What's a typical family learning activity?

    Thanks for sharing your project.

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    Ashley Lewis Presser

    Co-Presenter
    Research Scientist
    May 17, 2022 | 10:11 a.m.

    Hi Latrenda,

    Great question! How we prepare teachers and parents to engage with preschoolers around spatial orientation is really important. For our current project, we meet individually with teachers to review activities and, most importantly, highlighting the particular mathematical goal for each activity and discuss ideas for implementation. We will use teachers' feedback (along with advisor feedback) to revise activities for the next study, so we highly value what teachers think these activities should entail. For example, in our user study, teachers and families found that children really struggled with aerial views of objects and in our revision, we stepped out activities that included this aspect, so that preschoolers had more and deeper experiences with viewing objects at ground view and with an aerial view.

    For parents, we have short description of the lessons and directions. We also provide all the materials for parents piloting the activities. With parents feedback from this pilot, we'll both revise the activities and create a digital family guide to provide parents greater access and direction. Family activities include books and hands-on activities, such as creating a map of a room in the house, using a treasure map to find objects, and singing songs. 

    Thanks for your questions! 

     
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    Latrenda Knighten

    Facilitator
    Mathematics Content Trainer
    May 17, 2022 | 07:06 p.m.

    Ashley,

    Thanks for your response.  I love that your project design is so responsive to teacher input - I'm sure this ensures greater engagement and buy-in from the teachers.  The parental involvement activities sound very engaging for all.

    Thanks for your work with students.

  • Icon for: Judith Uchidiuno

    Judith Uchidiuno

    Researcher
    May 17, 2022 | 08:16 a.m.

    This is such an amazing project!! Can't wait to follow you all for more updates. 

  • Icon for: Ashley Lewis Presser

    Ashley Lewis Presser

    Co-Presenter
    Research Scientist
    May 17, 2022 | 10:11 a.m.

    Thanks, Judith! We look forward to sharing more as the project progresses!

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