Interactive Learning Tools

The Ontario Ministry of Education has created an amazing online resource for teachers of all subjects (K – 12). Specific to mathematics, you may find the following resources particularly useful:

  • The“Gap Closing resources are designed for students who need additional support in mathematics. For each topic in the resource, there is a diagnostic and a set of intervention materials. Diagnostics are designed to uncover the typical problems students have with a specific topic. Each diagnostic can be used to tailor differentiated lessons as instructional decisions are being made for the struggling student.”

The specific interactive math learning modules (including epractice activities) are available on the Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators website: CLIPS (Critical Learning Instructional Paths Supports) http://oame.on.ca/CLIPS/. ALL of the CLIPS resources can be downloaded FREE of charge, including all of the interactive files which can be used in your SMART Board lesson!!!

In addition to the CLIPS resources the Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators designed a site specific for Ontario K-12 students and parents: Mathies (Interactive Electronic Supports): http://oame.on.ca/mathiesindex.html. The site includes a wonderful collection of games, interactive learning tools, and other resources to supports students and parents. The games and activities can be played online or downloaded FREE of charge!!! :-)

 

If you are searching for even more interactive resources you may find the following sites helpful:

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: http://nlvm.usu.edu/ is one of my favorite sites for interactive tools and great math lesson plans (including some unit plans).

Pearson / Scott Foresman Publications offers 10 good quality web-based interactive learning tools (http://www.pennsauken.net/~immath/etools/) (e.g., counters, time, base ten blocks, money, fractions, probability, graphing, geometry shapes, geometry drawing, and measurement). The etools require the most recent version of  Adobe Shockwave Player which you may need to download on school computers. The activities are appropriate for multiple grade levels. If you have internet access in your classroom they are wonderful whole class SMARTBoard activities.

Although the National Numeracy Strategies (Interactive Teaching Programs) closed in 2011, however, you can still access their archived materials at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110809101133/http:/www.nsonline.org.uk/search/primary/results/nav:49909. The site houses an amazing collection of interactive learning tools ready to use on the SMARTBoard or embed into a PowerPoint presentation. FREE to download. For a summary of each ITP click the link: A Guide to the National Strategies ITPs.

The National Numeracy Strategies has a collection of ready to use lesson plans based on their interactive learning tools. Here is an example of the lesson plans posted on their website that integrate Math and Technology: ICT Math Lessons (National Numeracy Strategies) (PDF)

The Shodor Website: http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/ An amazing collection of interactive tools. Great addition to any SMARTBoard lesson.

PBS Cyberchase (http://www.pbs.org/parents/cyberchase/lessons/lessons.html) is an on-line resource based on a PBS children’s series. Although you may not have access to all of the episodes, the web-site houses a wonderful collection of interactive FUN math games as well as access to FREE lesson plans (PDF). We have Alyse Dell (Section 4) to thank for recommending this wonderful resource :-)

Math and Technology collection of on-line learning tools: https://php.radford.edu/~ejmt/DisplayStatic.php?static_tpl=Resources.tpl

Doorway On-line: Interactive & Accessible learning activities: http://doorwayonline.org.uk/. A small collection of simple web-based learning tools focused on counting, time and money (UK site).