Math, Technology and UDL: Closing the Achievement Gap
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# Brightstorm - Math Video: Why UDL?

Brightstorm has over 2,500 free math videos from Pre-Algebra through Calculus that offer actual teachers explaining and demonstrating math concepts.  What is unique about Brightstorm is that with each concept, a set of 2-3 problems that demonstrates the concept is included.

Why UDL?  This type of online tool offers multiple means of representation and engagement of math concepts that students often miss.  Having the problems explained furthers the understanding for many students who need to see and hear several examples.

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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!

## CK-12 Math Practice - UDL Friendly

Matt Bergmann shares his thoughts on CK-12 Math Practice. In just four easy step you can easily integrate it into your Edmodo grade book:

Step 3: Choose a Concept

Step 4: Assign the Assessment

Matt explains the tools that make this UDL friendly:

• There are scaffolds and supports to support student learning and build background knowledge. Students can watch helpful video clips, use flashcards, and other helpful tools.
• Challenge is built into the activity. Students can take the assessment in two different ways. They can answer questions with or without a time limit.
•  Students get instant feedback with helpful data analysis tools that pinpoint and address mistakes.
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## iSolveIt Puzzles for Multiple Grade Levels

The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) applied UDL guidelines to the design of these puzzles that can be used at different grade levels and can be solved in many ways. Here is what they say about the features of these UDL math puzzles.

"All iSolveIt puzzles are designed with the following features:

• The puzzle sets do not connect to any specific content in the math curriculum, so they can be used throughout a yearlong curriculum.
• There are several different ways to solve the puzzles, and many puzzles have more than one solution.
• Each puzzle format has multiple levels of complexity. Students can select puzzles that they find challenging and do not have to follow any specific path through the puzzle set.
• Each puzzle format has the potential for unlimited puzzles at different levels of difficulty, and puzzles also can be solved multiple times. This ensures that the puzzles can easily be used throughout the school year.
• All puzzle formats include embedded supports designed for the specific format and based on the principles of UDL. The supports will aid reasoning skills but do not reveal the solution."
Bobbi Miller's curator insight,

Might be interesting to implement in the classroom. Allows for multiple approaches to mathematics.

## Equals PreK Math Curriculum for ALL Learners

Appropriate for any pre-school setting, Equals PreK from ablenet curriculum provides instruction and materials for teaching foundational skills of counting, subitizing, cardinality, 1:1 correspondence, color and shape identification, math vocabulary, matching and sorting by attributes, joining and separating to construct sets, basic patterns, building shapes and designs with 2-D shapes, comparisons of amounts and length, one more and one less, and beginning quantitative and positional concepts.

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## TechMatrix - Math Tools to Support All Learners

Discover math tools and resources that can support learning for learners with disabilities and their classmates. A searchable database is included on this site with the ability to select IDEA disability categories, grade levels, operating systems and the Math CCSS.

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## Over 150 K-12 Math Interactives

Check out the math interactives that cover a broad range of math topics from Grades K-12. Annenberg Learner has included over 150 math interactives that are engaging and support learning in math.

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## Panther Math Paper App - Making Math Accessible

The magic of doing math on the iPad!

"Now you can do math without holding a pencil. Panther Math Paper  app integrated the principle of Universal Design into an elegant interface that allows people to work independently on "digital paper". Math Paper offers the foundations to learn simple arithmetic, and the power to do complicated equations."

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## ModMath iPad app for people with dysgraphia and dyslexia

modmath.com

A mom developed this math to help her son who is dysgraphic and dyslexic have a tool where he could set up math problems on virtual graph paper. She has shared this app for free and is leveling the playing field for the thousands of learners who struggle with making math legible.

Mod Math Specifics:

> Provide students with a virtual piece of graph paper, where they can set up math problems in a format that’s easily legible.

> Allow students to do basic math problem solving, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as fractions and equations, all without ever picking up a pencil.

> Print out the work pages to turn it at school, or e-mail them directly to the teacher.

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## New Math Games at Math Playground!

Math Playground has fun and challenging Math Games for practicing addition, multiplication, fractions, decimals, algebra, geometry, problem solving, and more. Games are free to play. Math Playground provides a safe place for kids to learn and explore math concepts online.

Check out more engaging math games at Math Playground! The new games include Puzzle Pics, Math Man, Math Monster and Number Bonds! All games are aligned to the Common Core for Grades 1-6.

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## Math Monster Game Apps

Math Monster Multiplication is a math game that you can play on any mobile device.

Check out the new interactive math games for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division designed to be engaging and fun for your learners!

Thank you to Colleen King of Math Playground who offers these great games for free online and on mobile devices. Take a look at the other great games she has recently created.

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## Solving Equations App with Narrated Lessons

Get Solving Equations on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

For Ages 9-14, Solving Equations by Brainingcamp

★FEATURES ★
✔ Lesson with visual models and audio narration to make abstract concepts concrete
✔ Questions to practice what was learned
✔ Virtual manipulative for hands-on discovery learning
✔ Game to interactively apply understanding

★ CONCEPTS LEARNED ★
1. Understand that solving an equation means to find values of a variable that make an equation true
2. Discover that you can make changes to an equation as long as you do the same thing to both sides
3. Learn to solve equations by isolating the variable
4. Solve one- and two-step equations

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## I <3 Math Videos | PBS Learning Media

"This video series introduces key Common Core concepts in 6th grade mathematics. Each video focuses on building conceptual understanding of a topic, so that students understand the “how” and “why” behind mathematical problem solving.

Use these videos with your students as topical introductions to topics including integers, the concept of ratios, unit rates, percent, and division with fractions."

PBS Learning Media has put together a set of videos to support learners in math. Take a look around and you will discover brand new, original content from PBS including Peg + Cat (Pre-K) and the PBS Math Club (Grades 6-8)!

Jane Strunck's curator insight,

"This video series introduces key Common Core concepts in 6th grade mathematics. Each video focuses on building conceptual understanding of a topic, so that students understand the “how” and “why” behind mathematical problem solving.

Use these videos with your students as topical introductions to topics including integers, the concept of ratios, unit rates, percent, and division with fractions."

PBS Learning Media has put together a set of videos to support learners in math. Take a look around and you will discover brand new, original content from PBS including Peg + Cat (Pre-K) and the PBS Math Club (Grades 6-8)!

## Mathsframe: 170+ free quality interactive maths games

Developed in the UK, Mathsframes offers a set of 170+ free and interactive games in math for children ages 7-11. These interactive games are desgned to help children visualise numbers, patterns and numerical relationships and to develop their mathematical thinking.

Bryon Worthen's curator insight,

Math Games

## Over 800 Resources to Support Math Learning

PBS Learning Media has a collection of over 800 resources to support math learning and instruction. This collection includes videos, interactives and self-paced lessons that can support a K-12 math curriculum. Your learners will love it!

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## Kid's Favorite Problem Solving Games

Play Snail Bob 2 at Math Playground! Help Snail Bob get to his grandfather's house safely.

Discover the problem solving games that kids go back to over and over at Math Playground. While you are there, take a look around to other games and word problem tools like Thinking Blocks that get kids engaged in math.

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight,

Educational obsticales can be overcome for some by using tools such as this. Thank you for the great share of information.

## Best Geometry Apps for Kids

Preschoolers and elementary age kids can all benefit from learning shapes and geometry at their age appropriate level with these geometry apps. I’ve organized them by younger ages to older so if you have older kids, scroll down about half way. Geometry Apps for Kids All About Shapes FREE with in app purchases (ages 2 …

What a fantastic set of apps to support young learners in geometry! This site should be shared with elementary teachers everywhere!

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight,

Help with education obsticales are here for some.

## Todo Math - A UDL Approach: Pre-K to 2

Todo Math is designed for all students in grades Pre-K to 2. Children with special needs, children who don't have adequate grade-level preparation, and English language learners will receive the greatest benefit from our Universal Design for Learning approach. Todo Math is a personalized 1:1 tool, but has also been implemented successfully as a small group choice activity in the classroom.

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## 20+ Fraction Games, Manipulatives, Word Problems and Videos

Fraction games, videos, word problems, manipulatives and more.

If you have not discovered Math Playground, do not miss this incredible resource that has fraction games, manipulatives, word problems and yes, videos to support every learner in understanding fractions. This is one place that you will come back to over and over to support your instruction in math and in helping learners understand fractions. Kids just love these games!

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight,

Can they overcome education obsticales while playing a math game?

## The Top 17 Math Apps for the iPad

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has started featuring the best of web and mobile apps. We are partnering with our sister blog Free Mobile Technology for Teachers to provide you with  lists of the featured educational apps in every possible content area. Today we have chosen to cover iPad apps for Math.

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 Rescooped by Kathleen McClaskey from Assistive Technology for Education & Employment

Central Access Reader (text to speech) Reads Math Accurately! Alyssa Marinaccio, Assistive Technology Consultant & Trainer for Assistive Technology for Education, LLC, demonstrates this phenomenal program! CAR was released last week at the CSUN conference.

Via Diana Petschauer

Don't miss this reader that can make a difference in math!

Diana Petschauer's curator insight,

Central Access Reader -A FREE screen reader that reads Math accurately, is going to help so many students and individuals who struggle with literacy, processing, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and other print disabilities, as well as those who are visually impaired or aging and simply benefit from hearing the math aloud.

"Spencer Graffe, a senior in Central Washington University’s Computer Science Program, has helped develop Central Access Reader (CAR), a free computerized text-to-speech reader program that has attracted attention of institutions across the nation.

Marshall Sunnes, Central Access program coordinator and Wendy Holden, Disability and Accessibility Consultant, collaborated to determine what the program should be, how it should look, and what features were most important to include. Graffe had the skills to make it happen.

The program, developed as a tool to assist students with print-related disabilities—those with visual impairments, dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder, or other conditions—reads documents that other text-readers can’t handle, especially those with equations or symbols." Watch the video demonstration, and download CAR for FREE here:

CAR

**Alyssa Marinaccio is also the Assistive Technology Coordinator at Keene State College.

***Visit Assistive Technology for Education, LLC for assistive technology assessments, trainings, and consultation to access education and employment.

## Dexteria Dots-Best New Math App in Education

Dexteria Dots, the new math app from BinaryLabs, has been named a Best New App in Education by Apple, and is being featured on the App Store.

Dexteria Dots is a fun, intuitive math game that teaches the concepts of number sense, addition, subtraction, larger-than, and smaller-than. Equally playable on iPhone or iPad, the app will appeal to kids from age 2-8. Fast fingers earn bonus dots as the player masters a variety of challenges and difficulty levels. Parents, teachers, and OTs will love it, too!

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## Geometry Playground: Activities and Links | Exploratorium

Don't miss these fabulous resources and activities in the Geometry Playground that can support your geometry instruction and engage your learners. Take a look at the menu where there is a visual display of Seeing, Moving and Fitting Things Together in Geometry.

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## Math Playground on the Go!

Math Playground has fun and challenging learning games you can play on any mobile device.

Discover a new set of engaging math games on Math Playground that can be played online or on mobile devices! While you are there check out the Free Apps for your iPad and over 675 word problems. More great games to come!

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## Visual Algebra Puzzles

Get Visual Algebra Puzzles on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

Visual Algebraic Puzzles is another incredible math app from Colleen King that is a companion to Shuttle Mission Math!

Melissa Marshall's curator insight,

This looks like an excellent little drill-and-practise app for algebra skills.

## Math Apps and Learning Tools for Kids

Common Sense Media editors help you choose math apps and learning tools for kids. Math is always more fun when it's a game.

"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.

Bryon Worthen's curator insight,

I'm having fun .

## Operation Math Code Squad Multiplayer Math App

Go head-to-head or work together to solve all the spinning equations before time slips through your fingers. The multiplayer math app for kids.

One of the Best Math Apps that features:

> Simultaneous play for up to four different players

> Four virtual keypads built for multi-touch action

> 21 missions based on three different skill levels

> All binomial addition/subtraction equations for numbers 1-20

> All binomial multiplication/division equations for numbers 1-1

> Ability to select missions based on skill level and operators. (+, −, +/−, ×, ÷, ×/÷ and +/−/×/÷)

> Engaging narration and spy-themed soundtrack

Designed for ages 9-11.

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