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Math PhET Simulations - Why UDL?

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"PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free.

 

To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations."

 

Why UDL?  PhET simulations offers multiple means of representation and action and multiple means of engagement.  There is also a translation tool to translate any of these simulations in a multitude of languages.

 

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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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ModMath iPad app for people with dysgraphia and dyslexia

ModMath iPad app for people with dysgraphia and dyslexia | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

modmath.com

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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!

New Math Games at Math Playground! | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
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.
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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

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

I <3 Math Videos | PBS Learning Media | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
PBS Learning Media Home Page
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 "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)!

 

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 "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)!

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Mathsframe: 170+ free quality interactive maths games

Mathsframe: 170+ free quality interactive maths games | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

http://mathsframe.co.uk/

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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.

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Over 800 Resources to Support Math Learning

Over 800 Resources to Support Math Learning | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
PBS Learning Media Home Page
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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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Apps to Help Students with Dyscalculia & Math Difficulties - NCLD

Apps to Help Students with Dyscalculia & Math Difficulties - NCLD | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
Mobile technologies offer hope to students who have a learning disability like dyscalculia or dyslexia. These Apple apps are especially helpful with math.

 

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Darla and Kaila Hatton tested out these apps to help students with dyscalulia & math challenges. Here is what they had to say about them:

Ever-evolving mobile technologies offer hope to students who have a learning disability like dyscalculia or dyslexia. My daughter (who has dyslexia) and I researched and/or tested all of the apps below, and we think they’re especially helpful to the student with LD in dealing with math – whether it’s for schoolwork or some other kind of everyday challenge (like figuring out how much something really costs)."

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Math Apprentice - Real World Math

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Be a math apprentice and learn about some of the math concepts every day people do at work each day.
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Do you want to motivate kids in math? Math Apprentice engages learners in how math is actually used in 8 different careers.

 

Here is some insight from the designer of this program that is sure to make at hit with your learners:

 

"Designed for students in grades 4+, Math Apprentice invites students to play the role of an intern at one of eight businesses that use math. Students are given an overview of the math by an animated, virtual employee. They may then choose to freely explore math concepts or solve a specific problem."

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Barbara's curator insight, August 13, 2013 12:20 AM

This is a great source for ideas on real world problem solving. Grant Wiggins wrote a post last year on students ability to transfer learning and apply it to problem solving.

Specifically he says:

"Students are typically required to make four different cognitive moves to transfer learning successfully: 1) independently realize what the question is asking and think about which answers/approaches make sense here; 2) infer the most relevant prior learning from plausible alternatives; 3) try out an approach, making adjustments as needed given the context or wording; and 4) adapt their answer, perhaps, in the face of a somewhat novel or odd setting " http://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/a-clarification-of-the-goal-of-transfer-and-how-it-relates-to-testing/


I think this site gives us a way in....Creating an approach to applying math learning.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:46 PM

"Designed for students in grades 4+, Math Apprentice invites students to play the role of an intern at one of eight businesses that use math. Students are given an overview of the math by an animated, virtual employee. They may then choose to freely explore math concepts or solve a specific problem."

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20+ Elementary Math Apps

20+ Elementary Math Apps | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

From Kit Hard's "Integrating iPads in Education"

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Kit Hard has put together a collection of math apps to support learners at the elementary level.

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MyScript Calculator: A Free “Handwriting Calculator” for iOS and Android

MyScript Calculator: A Free “Handwriting Calculator” for iOS and Android | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

MyScript Calculator, a free app for any device, that can level the playing field in math!

 

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 22, 2013 3:13 PM

Paul Hamilton has shared another great app that can take your handwriting of numbers and equations into digital text. Here is just a few comments that Paul made when testing it out: "I’ve only tested it with my finger, not a stylus, but the app has no difficulty understanding my rather large and somewhat messy scrawl. The calculator works just as well for basic computation as it does for more complex mathematics."

 

A video is including that shows how it is used on an Android.

 

Thank you Paul for introducing this great app that can level the playing field!

William Emeny's curator insight, April 26, 2013 3:00 PM

I saw this today and was completely blown away. I'll write a blog post about it sometime soon. Definitely check this out...

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iSolveIt - MathScaled and MathSquared Apps

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What is iSolveIt?

iSolveIt is a mobile digital learning environment that supports the development of logical thinking and reasoning skills, which are essential competencies of algebra and mathematics in general. The environment includes a collection of tablet-based puzzles that have been designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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Introducing two new math apps that are designed based on the principles of UDL: MarhScaled and MathSquared.

 

Why Puzzles?  They note that:

"Puzzles provide a natural format for developing reasoning skills. By teaching algebraic reasoning skills in a context that does not appear to be math-specific, puzzles address affective barriers to learning (e.g., math anxiety). Providing different types of puzzles offers practice across multiple representations, which is critical for developing the ability to generalize."

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Cassandra Turner's comment, March 26, 2013 9:30 PM
Wait, I meant KenKen, not Sudoku!
John Purificati's comment, March 30, 2013 10:11 AM
Thanks for this Kathleen
Jane Strunck's curator insight, April 7, 2013 5:11 PM

Designed with the UDL Curriculum Tool Kit from CAST.

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Central Access Reader-Revolutionary Screen Reader that Reads Math Accurately!

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. 


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

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, March 28, 7:34 PM

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.

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Dexteria Dots-Best New Math App in Education

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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.
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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

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http://www.exploratorium.edu/geometryplayground/resources.php

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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!

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Math Playground has fun and challenging learning games you can play on any mobile device.
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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.
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Visual Algebraic Puzzles is another incredible math app from Colleen King that is a companion to Shuttle Mission Math!

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:45 PM

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

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Math Apps and Learning Tools for Kids

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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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Bryon Worthen's curator insight, January 31, 8:47 AM

I'm having fun .

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Operation Math Code Squad Multiplayer Math App

Operation Math Code Squad Multiplayer Math App | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
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.
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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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Achieving UDL: Arts, Technology & Geometry

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From Kindergarten through Grade 6, a Common Core focus is for students to master 2-Dimensional shapes.  During grades 1-3, this is supported by students honing in on reasoning with shapes and their...
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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, August 25, 2013 1:05 PM

The author offers suggestions on how you can use technology and the arts to help learners understand and master 2-Dimensional shapes, a Common Core focus in geometry for K to Grade 6.

 

"These arts and technology based activities could be used for your multiple means of engagement, representation, or expression, depending on where/how they are used throughout a unit. Many can be used as whole-class activities, continued small-group practice, or even for assessment purposes following a sequence of lessons. These fit Universal Design for Learning nicely when considering geometry goals because there are multiple ways for learners to absorb and process information as well as convey their understanding. HOW students explore the concepts to be mastered is the key- not just giving them the WHAT."

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Thinking Blocks Addition App and More - Free!

Get Thinking Blocks Addition on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Check out this new app that helps learners understand how to solve word problems in addition and subtraction. This app is free with other Thinking Blocks apps for ratios, multiplication, and fractions for a limited time. Please provide a rating if you use them!

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iSolveIt - Engage Learners in Math

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"iSolveIt puzzles provide an engaging way for students to develop the logical thinking and reasoning skills that are essential in mathematics."

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"What is iSolveIt?

 

iSolveIt is a mobile digital learning environment that supports the development of logical thinking and reasoning skills, which are essential competencies of algebra and mathematics in general. The environment includes a collection of tablet-based puzzles that have been designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)."

 

iSolveIt is a mobile digital learning environment that supports the development of logical thinking and reasoning skills, essential competencies for algebra and mathematics in general.

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Ms. Palmer's curator insight, July 9, 2013 10:16 AM

Puzzles are one of my favorite way to quickly get to know a student

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DragonBox - The multi-platform Math Game that is Learner-Centered

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DragonBox - the multi-platform Algebra game! 

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DragonBox offers a learner-centered approach to teaching algebra where the player learns at his/her own pace. Here is the thinking behind DragonBox developed by a cognitive scientist and a high school teacher:


"DragonBox Algebra 5+ is based on a novel pedagogical method developed in Norway that focuses on discovery and experimentation. Players receive instant feedback which differs from the traditional classroom setting where students can wait weeks for feedback. DragonBox Algebra 5+ creates an environment for kids where they can learn, enjoy and appreciate math."

 

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Cindy Medeiros's curator insight, April 13, 2:43 PM

Learn Algebra without knowing it's algebra!

 

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A No-Tech/Low-Tech Integration of UDL in Math –”Fantastic!”

A No-Tech/Low-Tech Integration of UDL in Math –”Fantastic!” | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

 

"As the CCSS has been crafted with principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to support inclusive access for all students with identified learning needs and/or disabilities, English Learners, linguistic minority students, as well as students from fragile families, many educators respond with concern that without technological resources, they feel challenged to design instruction to meet the diverse needs of their students. While technology can provide expanded access, there are many “no-tech and low-tech” options that many teachers utilize that are also UDL-considerate." - Jennifer Finney-Ellison

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Don't miss this video on how to apply UDL principles in a CCSS Math lesson at the pre-kindergarten level!

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:54 PM

Thank you for sharing.

Valerie Chernek's curator insight, April 12, 2013 12:49 PM

An important message!

Valerie Chernek's comment, April 12, 2013 12:49 PM
An important message!