Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | August 5, 2013

Montessori’s worst nightmare

Among horrors proudly shown at a recent conference on use of computers in mathematics education was a software package for primary school where pupils were supposed to enter numeric answers by moving, with a computer mouse, beads on a virtual number rack (two-string abacus) on the computer screen. Maria
Montessori introduced number rack for enhancing pupils’ TACTILE perception of number!

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  1. The abacus returns!

  2. Well, “tactile” refers to the future smartphone version using touchscreen… What could go wrong? :-(


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