The results of the first edition of the Mathematics Lab, an initiative of Samsung Portugal, in partnership with the Portuguese Association of Numerous Families (APFN), the Portuguese Mathematics Society (SPM) and MathemaTIC, have been released. The conclusions reveal that technology can have a good influence on school performance, particularly on the tasks to be performed by students in the subject of mathematics.
The first edition of the Mathematics Laboratory, which began in April, was attended by 35 7th grade students who, for eight weeks, integrated a virtual class in MathemaTIC, a personalized and interactive learning platform, which was accessed through Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets, provided for this purpose. Throughout this period, students were accompanied by a tutor who ensured guidance in solving the proposed exercises, through a defined program and aligned with the content taught in class.
At the end, the students were submitted to an evaluation in order to assess the impact of the technology in the educational process, as well as in their performance in the Mathematics subject. The results obtained with the test group were compared with an independent control group of that class, in order to identify the main differences in the learning process.
After the experience in the Maths Lab, the students in the Experiment Group, as well as their parents, answered a questionnaire in order to ascertain their satisfaction with the use of this platform for learning and training.
Most of these students found the platform easy to use and navigate, considering it useful to improve their performance in the subject of Mathematics. The opinion is also unanimous regarding its contribution to consolidate knowledge.
In general, these students were also pleased to have participated in this initiative, with the majority agreeing that they should continue to use digital and technological tools as a way to help them improve their performance in the subject. Students were equally interested in having access to resources identical to the MathemaTIC platform adapted to other subjects, as can be seen from the data presented below.