Here’s a summary of what I’ve learned from presenting my prototype to my classmates, new ideas that I got from testing, and ideas for moving forward.

Critical feedback from classmates:

  • How can you validate if kids are learning or not
  • Do you think the use of characters can teach kids a visual representation of numbers?
  • Does the card go with any math framework?
  • Who is the target audience age?
  • Can this help kids learn on their own or with an educator?
  • Does the card provide tactile feedback for users
  • How do kids learn about the card in the first place?


For this week’s exercise, I had to find products, services, and companies and ideas that overlap with my thesis concerns and identify my competitor’s strengths and weaknesses are. This method will allow me to see any gaps and opportunities in my idea where it can have the most impact.

The blue zones are where my product will fill in the gaps. I want to utilize current game mechanics along with dyscalculic teaching approaches will have a more significant impact than most competitors. However, I can’t guarantee if my product will support an inclusive platform in which every child who struggles in math will learn everything about basic mathematics nor help those who have a learning disorder similar to dyscalculia.

  1. Creature-Character based narrative
  2. Collectible trading card game
  3. Teaching children how to add and subtract in an unconventional way

Now with break behind me, its time to refocus my mind toward the end goal of my thesis and finalize a solution I’m proud of and willing to present.

Restating what I know so far:

Goals
Provide fun and education games to help children develop their number sense by learning how to up to 10. Counting is one of the essential early skills that students learn and use to find out “How Many?” Knowing how to count to 10 is memorization and is an abstract concept.

Hypothesis
Utilizing multisensory instructions within the game will memorizing and developing fluency with the number first hand.

If…children have visual…


Summary

My focus for this week is to understand the challenges that children with dyscalculia face and what key strategies and skills they develop to overcome them. I have many assumptions as someone who isn’t an expert in child psychology nor special education; thus, I will have to go into this thesis fully blind to all the respected notions and procedures practiced throughout. I’m fully aware that I will misrepresent most facts and undermine the true nature of these studies. But that’s apart of the thesis journey. …


1. Tutoring service

With understanding Dyscalculia, children are getting supports and services in school to help with their math issues. However, that’s only 50% percent of the time when they are in school; the other half they receive proper tutoring outside of school the other half. Especially for people who are specialists with this specific learning disability. A tutor who uses the Orton–Gillingham approach where uses a style of instruction that focuses on particular features. They are: multisensory, structured, step-by-step, data-driven, and personalized.

Pros:

  • They will work on assessing the gaps in math knowledge that exist and go back to where the differences are…

With hanging out teachers, It helpt to understand my topic with working special education on how the dynamic of collaborative teaching works with a school curriculum. After speaking with both general-Ed teachers and special-Ed teachers, they stated that teaching a vast spectrum of students can be challenging and exhausting, especially for with student to teacher ratio is 4:1. Also, with the limited resources and time, not every student get that one-on-one help they need.

I met with Mr. Drozd, a special-ed teacher that is both an expert in both math and design. He teaches a special-ed class on geometry and…


Assumptions Map

With my perception of my core problem, HMW make math more engaging for those who have dyscalculia? I have to think about the assumptions that are popping up through my research and process. I know that basing this assumption from what I research and what I currently know (trust me when I say that there is a lot I don’t know about the subject). When speaking to Eric about my exploration, he asked me to define what dyscalculia is clearly for anyone who foreign to the topic. I struggle with this since describing dyscalculia, in a nutshell, is a challenge…


For this history thinking exercise, the notion is to trace your thesis idea or problem area as far back in human history as you can. In the sense of mathematics, the field of study based around familiarity mathematical connotations and methods. However, when researching the history of dyscalculia, the information seems unclear from when it’s as described in history to when people first decided to research the topic further. The term ‘dyscalculia’ neologized in the 1940s, but it was not completely recognized until 1974 by the work of Ladislav Kosc.

Dr. Ladislav Kosc discovered dyscalculia as a learning disability in…


Partnered with Luigi

We sat down to brainstorm proposals for my thesis, covering everything from possible extremes to conditions to the limitations of support.

Currently, my goal is to help those who have dyscalculia build skills to understand math better. I am talking to a few Special-Ed teachers and other experts in the field.

If I had a million dollars, how would I approach my thesis idea?

I explained that I want to create a strategic framework to help schools and teachers develop curriculums to make math more accessible for students with dyscalculia.

This framework relies on two essential elements…


Think about the different forms a thesis can take (if not every thesis has to be an app, then what can it be?)

An object/product/thing

For this option, I would design a physical component or toy where a student can get learn math by understanding the problem present, learn how to use analytical thinking then apply what they learned. Like in early stag children, they use shape match toys when the match shape block with the corresponding hole.

A process/tool/framework

With teaching students, creating a structure can be beneficial since the student already has the means to be successful in mathematics. Tutoring services and…

Kenrick Ramsay

Interaction Designer

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