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Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap
Creating new learning environments in math by applying UDL principles may just close the achievement gap in the US!
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Thinking Blocks Fractions App - Free!

Get Thinking Blocks Fractions on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

 

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From the developer of Math Playground and Thinking Blocks, Colleen King has designed the Thinking Blocks Fractions App to help all learners with word problems involving fractions. Get it while it is free and please offer a rating.

 

Also check out the other Thinking Blocks Apps for ratios, multiplication and addition. All free for now!

 

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Virtual Manipulatives for iPad - App Store

Virtual Manipulatives for iPad - App Store | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

This is a great alternative to physical fraction bars. The virtual bars allow for more flexibility and provide options that physical pieces cannot.


Via kathy pryor, michel verstrepen, Smaragda Papadopoulou
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MOTION MATH IN-CLASS - Study Shows Significant Improvement in Fraction Knowledge

MOTION MATH IN-CLASS - Study Shows Significant Improvement in Fraction Knowledge | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

One of the first studies on a math app was conducted by USC Professor Michelle Riconscente  on Motion Math.  The results indicated that game play can boost kids’ confidence in and enthusiasm for academic subject matter.  Here is the research design and some of  the findings.

 

"The study evaluated whether playing Motion Math led to increases in children’s fractions knowledge and attitudes. Over 120 participants played the game for 20 minutes daily for five days, for a total of 1 hour and forty minutes of game play. Among the main findings were that fractions knowledge increased an average of 15%, and participants gained confidence in their fractions ability and reported liking fractions more after playing the game.

 

With hundreds of educational iPad apps on the market, it is important to know whether they help children learn, and whether iPad apps like Motion Math also contribute to children’s positive attitudes toward academic subject matter. Though much more research is needed to test learning apps, and to discover ways to use them most effectively with a broad range of learners, this study marks an important step toward testing educational technologies with stringent research designs.

 

In less than two hours of game play distributed over five days, the app shifted the needle on participants’ understanding of a topic that has long eluded most learners."

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Applying Universal Design Features to Fractions Instruction

Applying Universal Design Features to Fractions Instruction | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
Visual fractions tools and activities support whole class instruction, student practice and student investigations...
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