SFU education professor Nathalie Sinclair is making mathematics a more dynamic experience for young learners.

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September 08, 2016
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SFU education professor Nathalie Sinclair likens doing math to reading a good novel. In her eyes, both activities offer the chance to put aside everyday matters to delve into new worlds and ideas.

However, Sinclair is well aware that many children tend to develop lifelong bad associations with the subject early on. That's why she is dedicated to changing how math is taught by making it a more dynamic experience for young learners. 

In collaboration with colleagues in Italy, New Zealand and the U.K., Sinclair crystallized her research in the form of a unique iPad app called TouchCounts. This free app lets children use touchscreen technology to engage in embodied ways of counting and performing arithmetic by using their fingers and hand gestures.