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 …

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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. …

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Using an Abacus to boost math skills

The abacus counting device dates back thousands of years but has, in the past century, been replaced by calculators and computers. But studies show that abacus use can have an effect on how well people learn math. In this excerpt adapted from his new book Learn Better, education researcher Ulrich Boser writes about the abacus …

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Sharing: Coding and math

Coding Can Help With “Math War” In the article Jonathan pushes to make kids doers of math instead of just doing math. The difference focuses more on creating an open ended math environment (Seymour Papert called this Mathland) and less on drill and skill, which unfortunately, is the model our math …

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