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TouchCounts App Credits

Research Direction and Project Coordination: Nathalie Sinclair

Application Design and Software Development: Nicholas Jackiw

TouchCounts’ development was made possible by a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant to Dr. Nathalie Sinclair, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. Mina Sedghatjou was the project research assistant.

Kirsten Johnson provided TouchCounts 1.0 graphic design, and Nadège Jackiw was the voice artist. German translations were coordinated by Dr. Silke Ladel.

About This Project

TouchCounts is a product of the Tangible Mathematics Project at Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, British Columbia (Canada). Our apps aim to create mathematical experiences that develop and deploy young learners’ embodied cognition, and their abilities to perceive and comprehend number and arithmetic concepts through explorations involving their fingers, hands and body gestures. Rather than focus on numeric computation and procedural repetition, our learning tools aim to endow childrens’ mathematical ideas with the representational power of their fingers, and to personalize and make tangible their early experiences with number and operation.

  • TouchCounts (this app, addressing counting, addition, subtraction, and equiparitition) is intended primarily for children aged 3-8.
  • TouchTimes (addressing multiplicative relationships) is intended primarily for children aged 6-11.

More information on the neuroscientific and educational research that influences the design of these tools' gesturo-haptic arithmetic can be found in the Research Bibliography.