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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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Math Apps and Learning Tools for Kids

Math Apps and Learning Tools for Kids | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media editors help you choose math apps and learning tools for kids. Math is always more fun when it's a game.
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"Learning and practicing math is always more fun when it's part of a game. We like these apps and other learning tools for how they use creative methods to teach kids math concepts."

 

When reviewing these apps, take a close look at the Learning Ratings for each app. As you will see, not all math apps are created equal.

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Matthew Peterson - Teaching Without Words

Discover how math can be taught without words in this TED talk.  Be inspired by the fact that Matthew is dyslexic and because of it, he discovered how to teach math to diverse learners like himself.

 

"In school, the dominant way of conveying ideas is through words. Words can be great barriers to learning. Matthew Petersen shows and explains how we can learn without words.

 

Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-Founder, Senior Institute Scientist, and Chief Technical Officer of the MIND Research Institute. He is the creator of MIND's Math instructional software that teaches math to students using a unique non-language-based approach. Matthew was recently featured on Discovery Channel's "Profile Series." His focus is on developing math learning environments that initially convey sophisticated concepts visually, enabling students to gain a solid conceptual understanding of mathematics regardless of language proficiency. Matthew's cutting-edge teaching methods are currently benefiting over 300,000 students. He is the author of "MIND's Algebra Readiness" textbook, adopted in California in 2008, in addition to other technical and scientific publications."


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A Resource: Hands on software for Math "MIND's Algebra"

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Desmos | a beautiful, free online graphing calculator

Desmos | a beautiful, free online graphing calculator | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
Be amazed on the equations that were created to design graphics on this free online graphing calculator! Desmos set out to re-imagine the graphing calculator from the ground up, building on the best technologies available. They are driven by a few core beliefs:

> "every student deserves access to the best tools for learning
> it's a travesty that educational tools have fallen so far behind as technology in general has catapulted forward
> learning is a process of exploration and discovery, not a series of answers
> everyone can learn and enjoy math, given the right environment
> math is beautiful and surprisingly fun."

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STEM Curricula in a Technology-Based UDL Framework: A Formula for Narrowing the Middle School Science/Math Achievement Gap?

STEM Curricula in a Technology-Based UDL Framework: A Formula for Narrowing the Middle School Science/Math Achievement Gap? | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

"Is there is a way to narrow the middle school science and math gap for children with disabilities? According to one researcher, Dr. Matthew Marino of Washington State University, perhaps it has already arrived, via a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum in a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework underpinned by nascent assistive and instructional technology. "

 

A "must read" on UDL and STEM published by The Family Center on Technology and Disability.

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