We’ve shared a perplexing idea with our students. They’ve got a ‘bee in their bonnet’ that’s needling them to learn more – to find out the answer. When students are ready to resolve this perplexing curiosity we’ve shared, what tools do we have for them? Math is a tool we use to help students resolve perplexing questions. Let’s look at some technological tools to support the math students need.
Tools for Students:
- NCTM Interactives – I’ve used a variety of these Interactives to help students solve problems. Fraction Model, Algebra Tiles, and Pan Balance have been particularly useful in my classes.
- Virtual Manipulatives – National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) has a wide selection of interactive manipulatives. I’ve used Rectangle Multiplication with my students in connecting area to multiplication. There are area representation manipulatives for Division and Multiplication with Integers as well.
- Excel – Excel is a useful tool for students to make use of data to resolve a complex question.
- Thinking Blocks – is available as an app and on the internet. Thinking Blocks offers a way for students to model word problems with whole number operations, fractions, and ratio and proportion.
- GeoGebra – is an advanced tool. GeoGebra is an amazing free math software that brings together algebra, geometry, graphing, etc. You can watch a short tutorial to get you started.
Lastly, here are some resources that offer perplexing questions for students to resolve:
Tech Tips for Teachers