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Technology Integrated Mathematics
Elementary Mathematics Teaching & Learning
During the past several years, access to technology in the classroom has increased significantly, as has its role in mathematics teaching and learning. This technology includes a range of hardware and software applications including personal computers, graphing calculators, hand-held devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), probes, sensors, specialized software, and online resources and tools. (Masalski & Elliott, 2005) In fact, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) states that "technology is essential in teaching and learning mathematics; it influences the mathematics that is taught and enhances students' learning."(NCTM, 2000, p. 24)
The online resources that are available have grown from static text content to interactive applets and tools that provide opportunities to visualize, conceptualize, reason and problem-solve. Many tools provide graphical representations quickly and easily allowing students to predict and check multiple examples and/or ideas in a very short period of time. (Sutton & Krueger, 2002) There are many sites that host these online tools. Descriptions of many of these websites are listed below:
Interactive Math Applets
MISTM Math Portal - this website is extremely useful for finding math tools on the web that align with the Maine Learning Results. These sites are more useful in grades 4-12.
Hundreds Chart Calculator - this was shown to Grade 3 teachers by Pam Buffington on September 25, 2007.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
The NLVM is an online library of virtual manipulatives aligned with national
mathematics standards for grades PreK-12 in the areas of number, algebra, geometry,
measurement, and data & probability. This project is hosted at Utah State
University and was funded by the National Science Foundation.
The Project Interactivate website contains an extensive collection of lessons, interactive tools, activities, and teacher resources for middle level and upper elementary mathematics classrooms created and hosted by Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. While the original audience was middle level, many of the applets are very appropriate for topics covered in high school.
The Illuminations website provides lessons, standards, interactive tools, and web resources that support the vision outlined in the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics document (NCTM, 2000). Illuminations is a partnership between the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and MarcoPolo.
Arcytech Java Applets
This Web site contains Java applets to support mathematics teaching and learning. The site includes interactive Pattern Blocks, Base 10 Blocks, Integer Bars (or Cuisenaire Rods), Fraction Bars, and tools to explore the Pythagorean Theorem, the Value of Pi and Fractals. The site was developed by Jacobo Bulaevsky.
Ambleside Primary School
This Web site contains a number of interactive Flash tools to support mathematics teaching and learning. Many of the tools have been created collaboratively by the teachers and students at Ambleside Elementary School in Cumbria, England. The site contains many interactive teaching tools, interactive activities, and games.
Oswego School District Mathematics Resources
This Web site contains a collection of interactive educational links available through Oswego, NY school system. Most of the applets were created by Mark Cogan.
ExploreLearning (Fee-based website)
ExploreLearning is a commercial website that hosts interactive learning tools for mathematics and science. The resources primarily target middle and high school mathematics content.
Mathematics Online Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
A Maths Dictionary for Kids
This is an online mathematics dictionary that has interactive tools included within the definitions of the mathematics terms. It was created by Jenny Eather, an Australian K-6 teacher using Flash 5.0.
Intermath Interactive Mathematics Dictionary
The Intermath Interactive Dictionary is hosted by the Mathematics Department at the University of Georgia. It is designed for middle level students but is very appropriate for high school students as well. The definitions are clear and concise and often come with graphical representations or interactive illustrations.
Mathematics Skills Development Support
This website is designed to provide practice and testing of a number of mathematics skills. This is a free resource that can be used to manage and track student success with particular skills in the areas of Number and Operations, Algebra, and Geometry. The website only functions properly on specified browsers. On a PC you must use Internet Explore 6, Firefox, Mozilla, or Netscape 7.1 or higher . On the Macintosh you must use Firefox or Netscape 7.2.
This website contains an online glossary, homework help, mathematics calculators, skills reinforcement, worksheet generators, and more. While it contains a number of useful resources, it also includes advertisements and pop-ups.
Masalski, W. J., & Elliott, P. C. (Eds.). (2005). Technology-Supported Mathematics Learning Environments: Sixty-Seventh Yearbook . Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (2000). Principles and standards for school mathematics . Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Sutton, J., & Krueger, A. (Eds.). (2002). EdThoughts: What we know about mathematics teaching and learning : Mid-continent Research for
Websites and articles to support our math program. These resources may help families support their student at home and will help teachers teach their class.
A Collection of Math Websites
I want to know more about the curriculum and the standards:
Interested in reading about the National Math Standards(National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)? This site will give you a lot of information!
The site is valuable for other educators and parents who need more information about this elementary mathematics program. Since this site is an open forum for teachers' and others' opinions and ideas, the views represented here do not necessarily represent the views of the site's collaborators.
You can find all the information from the hand outs at this web site plus a lot more. This is the Investigations home page loaded with information about the program.
This site is rich with resources about teaching mathematics to elementary school aged children! From activities to practice and theory. It’s all here!
I would like to play some of the Investigation games online:
Factor Game engages students in a friendly contest in which winning strategies involve distinguishing between numbers with many factors and numbers with few factors. Students are then guided through an analysis of game strategies and introduced to the definitions of prime and composite numbers.
This is a game played often in fifth grade when learning about equivalent fractions. You can play this game interactively online, too!
I really would like to find a site that practices math facts:
em>This is a site where you can enter the type of facts you want to practice along with the level of difficulty.
This site offers a variety of games such as Matho and Hidden Pictures, which let you practice your math facts.
This is a baseball game which helps you to practice those facts. It’s a big hit with many kids!
This is a list of the top 20 games that are fun math games to play such as multiplication concentration.
At the math Fact Cafe you can create your own flash cards, practice with cards already made or sit back relax, and play a game.
I’d like to find challenging activities to try at home with my child:
i-Maths are online, interactive, multimedia math investigations. All i-Maths are built around interactive math applets, and some also include video clips. There are two lengths of i-Maths: single-day and multi-day, as identified below.
Just type in grade level and topic and you’ll find a wealth of interactive math activities you can do!
I’d like some great problem solving activities & brain teasers:
http://www.eduplace.com/math/brain/ A great place to find a brainteaser each week with varying levels of difficulty!
This is a great site for students who might want more of a challenge. Each week problems are posted for students to solve. There are many levels to try.
Some great brainteasers, but you have to put up with some annoying advertising first.
Go here to find a list of much of what is listed here! It’s a great resource for your child to use! Games, math help, it’s all here.
This is a list of more sites with brainteasers than you could ever need.
Okay, here’s another list if you didn’t find what you wanted in the sites above!