Multiplayer Activities for Mathematical Coordination
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics emphasizes that to motivate students in math and science, curricula should include open-ended investigations in cooperative group settings. In addition to increasing the appeal of some mathematically-oriented activities, the cooperative aspect encourages the development of students' communication skills relative to mathematical content.
The METIP project has designed and developed four multiplayer activities which enable co-present or face-to-face learning. Currently these activities use up to four mice using the "Access.bus" multiple-mouse setup from Computer Access Technology. The METIP project has develope an experimental environment to support the development software using an application program interface (API). This allows us to rapidly create cooperative applications that are independent of tyep type of input device used. Activities are developed in C, C++ or Visual Basic on Microsoft Windows 3.1.
The activities developed thus far:
These activities were designed as part of the METIP project and were supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grant number MDR-9155709.