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Notre Dame Faculty Member Co-Authors "Teach Math with a Wii"

January 21, 2014

Everyone is back to school from the winter break and likely more than a few kids got a Wii U or a new Wii game as a gift. Now with Teach Math with the Wii: Engage Your K-7 Students through Gaming Technology, by Meghan Hearn, an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame of Maryland University, and Matthew C. Winner, teachers can learn how to use Wii gaming technology to engage learners and help them make real-life connections to math concepts.

According to the authors, Wii activities can be engaging, student-friendly data production tools that generate scores, times, and rankings for students to explore and discuss in the mathematics classroom. As students play the games, their teacher has an opportunity to guide them through rich dialogues, posing questions to elicit mathematical thinking.

Starting with the philosophy behind teaching with Wii games, Hearn and Winner tell the reader how to think like both a gamer and a math teacher and then provide 48 lesson sparks organized by grade level and aligned to Common Core State Standards. The book even guides teachers in strategies for acquiring a Wii for their classrooms and ways to promote this instructional approach with other teachers and parents. In addition, the book demonstrates the ways that teaching math with the Wii aligns to the ISTE Standards for Students and Teachers.

Teach Math with the Wii
Engage Your K-7 Students through Gaming Technology
by Meghan Hearn and Matthew C. Winner
ISBN: 9781564843340
ISTE Member Price: $12.57/Nonmember Price: $17.95

About the Authors

Meghan Hearn is a mathematics educator and specialist in the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. She facilitates school-based professional development with elementary school teachers focusing on developing conceptual understanding through problem-based teaching. Hearn has contributed to a multitude of international, national, state and local presentations and has presented virtually at the TL Virtual Cafe and with the Maryland Society for Educational Technology. She has been published in School Library Journal and is an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame of Maryland University, where she teaches courses in mathematics education at the graduate level.

Matthew C. Winner is a teacher librarian in the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. Before teaching in the elementary school library, Matthew taught in fourth grade. He holds a bachelor's of science in elementary education from Towson University, a Master's of Science in School Library Media from McDaniel College and is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Library Media.

Winner has given presentations at conferences at the state, national, and international levels and has presented virtually at the TL Virtual Cafe. He has had articles published in Knowledge Quest and School Library Journal, and he is the author of the Busy Librarian blog. In 2012, Winner was named Maryland Outstanding Educator Using Technology by the Maryland Society for Educational Technology. His love of video games and passion for teaching have earned him recognition as a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. He is also the cofounder of the Level Up Book Club, an online book club for teachers and professionals focused on game-based learning and gamification.