How ICTs improve education: the Mati-Tec success case study

How ICTs improve education:  the Mati-Tec success case study

The Mati-Tec project is an applied technology program to solve math exercises targeting fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders that includes readings and dynamic interactive programs.

The aim of Mati-Tec is to generate a change in the teaching-learning process in a defined group of 500 elementary school students in order to improve their performance in mathematics through the use of a mobile device with educational applications. Mati-Tec has been designed by Tecnológico de Monterrey researchers with the support of Fundación Telefónica Mexico and other strategic partners.

The Mati-Tec project tries to overcome the poor learning results detected in the elementary school level in Mexico by transforming the current pedagogical model. It consists on “transmitting the teacher’s knowledge” into a truly constructivist model which transforms the students – individually and collectively – in active agents of their own change, i.e. by favouring skills and values over knowledge.

The project includes training for elementary school directors and teachers as well as family heads that provides them with the necessary skills to transmit the importance of initiative, self-direction and responsibility to their students. The training also provides these tutors with the abilities to motivate students to use Mati-tec games in their mobile devices. The results of the first stage of the project show that the mathematical reasoning of the students has improved between a 10% and 13%.