Expressive Representational Tools for Elementary Math Students

Andee Rubin
  • Andee Rubin, Senior Scientist, TERC
  • Tuesday, October 10th 2017 at 6:30 PM
  • At Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA 02451


Computers have been used in education in a variety of roles, some of which try to replace teachers and/or lead students down pre-determined paths. In contrast, the INK-12 project has studied how tablet computers with digital pens can be used to expand students’ repertoire of mathematical representations and support the growth of their mathematical reasoning with visualizations, particularly around multiplicative structures. The projects have also considered the ways in which computers can help teachers adopt more effective pedagogical strategies by providing them with timely information on their students’ work. Andee Rubin will describe the software the project created, the ways in which it has been used in elementary school classrooms, and what we’ve learned from automatic analysis of students’ representational work.


Andee Rubin is a mathematician and computer scientist who has been combining expertise in technology design, math education, and artificial intelligence to improve math and science education both in and out of school for over 30 years. She has led projects to build and study software for elementary math education (MIT ink-12), support high school teachers in having students construct infographics (Science Infographics), use log data to support learning in museums (NYSCI Connected Worlds), consider how mathematics is used in making (TERC Math in the Making) and study how students and teachers use software tools to visualize data. She was a graduate student in the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and worked at Bolt Beranek and Newman before coming to TERC in 1990.

Event schedule

6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking


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Getting there

Constant Contact is located off 128 in Waltham. 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA.

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