Seminar: Finger Counting in the Era of Touchscreen-Based Technology

Join Dr. Mina Sedaghatjou, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, for a Math Ed Seminar Series @ Brock event on Feb. 12 at 10:00 a.m. in TA403.

In this presentation, Dr. Sedaghatjou will describe how the use of touchscreen-based technology can enable young children’s sensory engagement in learning mathematics through introducing a novel iPad application called TouchCounts. TouchCounts connects touchscreen-based technology with finger-counting and encourages the child to use their fingers to summon objects (numbers) and associate specific gestures to numerical operations.

Drawing upon Nemirovsky’s perceptuomotor integration theoretical lens and other foundational aspects of Husserlian phenomenology, the study reports on a preschool child named Alex developing mathematical tool fluency and expertise. Overall, this case study demonstrates that one-on-one multimodal touch, sight and auditory feedback via a touchscreen device can serve to assist in a child’s development of number sense.

All undergraduate(including teacher candidates) students, graduate students, and faculty, from Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Faculty of Education are welcome.

The seminar takes place on Feb. 12 at 10:00 a.m. in TA403.

For more information, contact Chantal Buteau ( or Joyce Mgombelo (

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