Voqal’s Education Opportunity Project (EOP) seeks to measurably reduce educational opportunity gaps by providing capital and strategic advice to entrepreneurs and organizations working to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged populations. In this month’s Education Opportunity Project feature, we take a look at EOP investee, MathTalk.
MathTalk uses augmented reality, designated installations and a mobile app to develop what they call “hotspots for early math learning” to initiate and sustain positive adult-child early math experiences. It is a community-based educational technology lab located in Boston focusing on the research and design of early math products and services for parents, caregivers, teachers and children. More specifically, MathTalk focuses on four specific areas:
MathTalk Books enable parents to discuss day-to-day experiences with their children in a way that creates opportunities for math and language enrichment.
Mathscapes are citywide art and education installations in Boston communities that provide parents outdoor opportunities to engage their children in conversations that lend to math and language enrichment.
The MathTalk app leverages augmented reality technology to turn Boston communities into an open-air classroom for parents and their children.
MathTalk workshops instruct parents, teachers and education specialists in the techniques and insights generated through MathTalk research.
MathTalk products and services are meant to inspire and equip adults with tools that prompt high-quality early math experiences and conversations with children. It is MathTalk’s goal to develop products and services that serve as a model for changing two of the initial sources of inequity in education outcomes: children’s early math literacy and language development.
Learn more about MathTalk at math-talk.com.