Tysha Douglas demonstrates how the Wii program works.

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Wii love math

Published 3:50pm Friday, January 28, 2011

Pencil, calculator, compass, Wii?

Tysha Douglas is making Wii gaming part of Math class.

Douglas and her math classes at Buckhorn Middle School have worked together to design a “Wii Love Math” program.

Her students created questions to use with the gaming system, and Douglas uses the Wii to generate numbers.

“We can use Wii to generate that information rather than using the book,” Douglas said. “It keeps students more in-tune and more focused.”

Douglas takes the numbers generated by games like Wii Sports to teach concepts. 

“We bowled today, and then we used our scores to learn how to create frequency tables,” said Griffin Blake, a seventh grader in Douglas’ class.

Douglas also uses the Wii to teach percentages and averages to her seventh graders.

“We played basketball to find differences,” said Martina Ingrum.

Douglas said the response from students has been overwhelmingly positive.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Cassidy Ambrose.

Douglas purchased the gaming system with a $1000 grant she received from the HATS foundation, an organization that funds math and science education.

This was Douglas’ second grant from the foundation.

She was also awarded a grant to purchase a camcorder in 2009.

She began a student led program where students taught lessons on camera and then edited their own videos.

Douglas said the grant process has to be focused on the students.

“It’s about what your kids are going to do and how they are going to benefit,” Douglas said.

Douglas said she thinks the gaming system has had great effects on her students.

“They absolutely love it,” Douglas said.

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