University of British Columbia (UBC)
Dean of Science at UBC. Director of E-GEMS, an interdisciplinary project studying the design and use of computer games and activities for mathematics education in grades 4 to 8. Over the past six years E-GEMS has conducted a wide range of research studies and developed innovative prototype games that are available to educators for use in the classroom. E-GEMS research demonstrates that computer-based games and activities can be very effective in increasing both motivation and achievement in mathematics learning. The results also pinpoint the critical importance of detailed elements of game design, the role of the teacher, and the integration of computer games with other forms of mathematics education. E-GEMS work has also identified important differences, as well as similarities, in girls and boys interactions with games and computers.
for Education Research