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A Wii bit of math: Using the popular video game to teach mathematics focus of a class at TWU Oct. 15



October 13, 2009 — DENTON – Using the popular Wii video game to teach K-12 mathematics will be the focus of Dr. Christina Gawlik’s math methods class at Texas Woman’s University Thursday, Oct. 15.

“By connecting math to what students do on a regular basis — play video games — we can make math meaningful to students and improve knowledge retention,” Dr. Gawlik said. “We need to use every tool available to encourage future teachers to be excited about math, so they can pass this excitement on to their students.”

Dr. Gawlik’s class will include an interactive demonstration of the games and how they apply to mathematics. She also will be showcasing how the sports package that comes with the Nintendo Wii can be used to teach a variety of math skills, including statistics, probability, fractions, percentages, logical reasoning, problem solving strategies and more.

“If we can bring math concepts ‘home’ for students and show how it applies to their experiences, we can accomplish a true understanding and comprehension of math,” Dr. Gawlik said. “Plus, learning should be fun and interactive, and using Wii to teach math accomplishes this.”

Media are invited to film and photograph Dr. Gawlik’s math class at TWU on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. in room 410 of the Multipurpose Classroom Lab (MCL) Building, located off of Bell Avenue in Denton. Dr. Christina Gawlik and her students will available for interviews after class at 2:20 p.m. For a map of campus visit, ww.twu.edu/maps.asp.

Dr. Gawlik has presented on using Wii to teach math at the state and national levels, including giving the keynote address at the state’s 2009 Successfully Training Educators as Mathematicians (STEAM) conference and speaking at the 2009 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference. For more information, visit http://myweb.twu.edu/~cgawlik/index.html.



Media Contact:
Amanda Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated October 13, 2009

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