InterestMe Math provides students with personalized MWPs based on their interests (including familiar names and their career interests) using a simple website design. I developed, designed, and evaluated the system.
Many students tend to view math word problems as uninteresting, unimportant, and unnecessary when the problems are perceived to be irrelevant and disconnected from student's real-world experiences. As a result, students may become disengaged and uninterested in the subject altogether. How could I design and develop a math word problem technology that generates comprehensible problems to increase student comprehension, engagement, and interests?
For my dissertation research, I have designed, developed, and will be evaluating a math word problem generator that outputs math word problems based on students' interests.
The system's sign up/ login homepage
Added drop-downs in addition to the write-in feature for the forms to assist students with making selection decisions
Seamless student profile set-up
Used a unique ID populated during the teacher sign up so students can be automatically added to their teacher’s roster
Designed the system to include math units (math standards) based on student’s grades and state
Including a speech synthesis that reads the math word problem to the student
Allowing teachers to add resources (e.g. video tutorials) to math units to assist students with completing the assessments
A wireframe of the system was created to gather feedback and make design iterations
Feedback was gathered from four teachers using the think-aloud method. The goal was to receive input on the functionality and features of the system. The prototype was created in Powerpoint and the pages were uploaded to Invision.