This presentation, built yesterday, is my philosophical argument for why we should be actively pursuing games as a way to teach algebra. In fact, you’ll find that many of the definitions of games and game design principles sound like they are describing algebra. Of course, the presentation misses something without my accompanying talk, but it has enough to get you started thinking about where we could be going with math education.

It took me 12 hours just to build the presentation you see below … and collaboration with my assistant and an illustrator.Â I’ve been obsessively reading and thinking about this topic for about two years.

Dr. Maria Andersen has spent most of her career teaching, writing curriculum, and developing digital products for learning. Recently she returned to the classroom, having new teaching adventures in K-12 middle and high school.