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Students wanting to add a math major or switch to a math major can do so between February 15 and March 31, during First Summer Session, or between October 1 and the day before Thanksgiving break.
Featured ResearchAndy Norton - Portable computing devices provide new opportunities for engaging students in mathematics. The Learning Transformation Research Group at Virginia Tech is developing iPad apps that attempt to transform students' mathematical experiences by eliciting their mathematical mental actions and challenging students to coordinate those actions in new ways. For example, the Candy Factory uses an inviting context to challenge students to produce candy bars of fractional sizes by coordinating actions of partitioning (slicing) and iterating (copying). We use clinical interviews with middle school students to design games like this and to test their effectiveness in supporting students' progression along research-based learning trajectories for fractions and algebra.
Click here for more information. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Candy Factory is available for free on iTunes.