TEACHING MATHS AT PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THE CONTRIBUTION OF A COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT

M. Dova1, C. Pilarinos2, A. Spai1, L. Koutsikos1, M. Rangoussi3, C. Merentitis1

1National Kapodistrian University of Athens (GREECE)
2Ibiscus (GREECE)
3Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus (GREECE)
The present project concerns the teaching of the square root to pupils of the final year of the Primary school. It’s been done an effort of interdisciplinary approach of learning in order to create a holistic understanding of knowledge, to highlight (emerge) and to engage also other school subjects, such as geography and in particular the chapter on the solar system and mainly to make the educational process more attractive to the students.

The two cognitive subjects, of mathematics and geography are connected by the theory of Gauss on the method of calculating the planetary orbits and on this method was based the development of this specific study. More precisely, it’s been designed a website (http://stars.ibiscus.co/) which illustrates our planetary system and gives the opportunity to the users to browse and to absorb information about it and eventually to play a game where they are invited to perform arithmetic operations with forces in order to design the imaginary circle of the planets around the sun of Gauss.

Twenty two students took part in the survey (9 boys and 13 girls). The basic research methods used, were observation and questionnaires.The data analysis has helped us to draw conclusions for the structure of knowledge on the concept of the square root and the contribution of the computing environments.