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Fostering Spatial Visualization through Augmented Reality in Calculus learningTechnology changes the way we learn, and students in this millennium are already prepared tolive learning experiences through visual and gestural interaction bringing the perception of acloser and more familiar knowledge. Learning mathematics could be improved if we takeadvantage of emergent technologies bringing the opportunity to transform the way mathematicsis perceived.As an educational innovation team, our aim is to transform teaching and learning of Calculusthrough the integration of emergent technologies to foster a visual and tangible mathematics. Asan educational research team we care for developing mathematical cognitive skills that havebeen taken for granted and have not been explicitly included in the curriculum. Most of them arebasic for the understanding of mathematics and are useful in problem solving processes. Spatialvisualization, for example, has been assumed as an innate skill in students, however experiencewith the teaching of solids of revolution, for instance, may question if this is the case.We identified spatial visualization as a cross-curriculum content and took on the task ofdesigning an educational technological resource improving its development. Augmented Realityhas been our technology of choice to research and design in order to evaluate its advantagesdealing with Calculus.The purpose of this work is to present the AR Application we have developed in order topromote spatial visualization. Elements of its design as a didactic resource will be discussed inorder to situate its use in ordinary Calculus I, II and III courses at college. The experience usingthe application in 2014 let us know the acceptance that students show for this kind ofapplications for education. We want to share both aspects, design and use; and bring up thecurrent issue of working closely as teachers and as designers looking for better learningexperiences for the current and new generations.
Salinas, P., & Quintero, E., & Ramirez, P. G., & Mendívil, E. G. (2015, June), Fostering Spatial Visualization Through Augmented Reality in Calculus Learning Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24129
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