# Tag: math

## Why do we use numbers?

## Is algebra worth the time?

My son struggled with required math classes in both high school and college, as did I. And suspect both of us are somewhere within one standard deviation of a normal IQ. Politically-driven, nonsensical math requirements probably make me angrier than almost anything else in education right now. To think of …

## Number Frames is an interactive math site for teaching with frames

## How a touchscreen can help students learn math

Fingers, blocks, pebbles and a myriad of other physical manipulatives are all tools helping students problem solve. But does that usefulness carry over when physical manipulatives give way to digital ones? The answer is a resounding yes! In her dissertation paper “Do Gestural Interfaces Promote Thinking?” published in 2011, Ayelet Segal, confirms that interactions with …

## Mental representations of math is important to understanding

How you view math and shown math relationships can affect your understanding of math. What does mathematics look like to you? Do you see a wondrous landscape filled with connected ideas, or a sprawling mess of symbols? The distinction matters a great deal, because your mathematical worldview is inextricably tied …

## Illuminations has lesson plans and interactives for the Pre-K – 12th grade math teacher, all free!

Illuminations has lesson plans and interactives for the Pre-K – 12th grade math teacher, all free! Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Illuminations has over 700 lesson plans and over 100 interactives available. There are also 13 Calculation Nation® games, which are games where the student can compete against other students. …

## Equatio is a new add-on for Google Docs and Forms to facilitate the entry of math expressions

As a previous math teacher, I have a soft spot for the pains teachers and students can feel when trying to use math symbols and expressions in technology. The same thing can be said in science when typing chemical formulas. Technology seems to play best with normal letters and numbers, rather than exponents, …