Math, Technology and UDL: Closing the Achievement Gap
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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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Achieving UDL: Arts, Technology & Geometry

Achieving UDL:  Arts, Technology & Geometry | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
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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Alyssa Formisano's curator insight, October 18, 2014 3:21 PM

This is a great app for kids to use to help them practice addition and subtraction!

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Math Apprentice - Real World Math

Math Apprentice - Real World Math | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
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

iSolveIt - MathScaled and MathSquared Apps | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

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).

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

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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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.

Amy Archambault's curator insight, March 4, 2016 4:14 PM

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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Interactive Learning Sites for Math

Interactive Learning Sites for Math | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
Interactive Learning Sites for Education
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Do you want a variety of interactive tools to teach math? Interactive Sites for Education has collected interactive math sites for over 25 different math topics. These interactive sites offer multiple ways to represent math content and multiple ways to engage your learners.

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Giving Choices to Support Math Learning

Giving Choices to Support Math Learning | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it
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Mr. Faleder, a 5th Grade teacher in Montgomery County Schools gives students choices of which center they would like to use that will best support their learning of math concepts. He also used these math centers to give them options in ways they could express what they knew and understood in math. Take a few minutes to review the video on how he applied UDL principles in math.

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Math vs Broccoli - Important Message on Math Education

The US is facing a STEM challenge, and math education is the top priority. It's time for curriculum publishers to step up and deliver.

 

Conceptua developed an important message in this video in that we need to change the way we teach math.  They are challenging publishers to deliver math curriculums that are designed to teach math to all learners. 

 

Thank you Conceptua for taking this bold step in math education!

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Math Videos and Games organized to CCSS | Math Chimp

Math Videos and Games organized to CCSS | Math Chimp | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

Math Chimp has organized videos and games to support the CCSS in math for Grades 1-8.  Math videos support the UDL principles of multiple means of representation and engagement. Math games often provide learners engagment to develop fluency in math.  Enjoy!

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Math Playground Activities Aligned to Common Core - Grades 1-6

Math Playground Activities Aligned to Common Core - Grades 1-6 | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

If you are looking at a way to support the Common Core State Standards in Math, look no further that Math Playground that has aligned their engaging games and Thinking Blocks to the Common Core math standards. 

 

Math Playground is an action packed math site for elementary and middle school students featuring math games, math word problems, math worksheets, logic puzzles, and math videos.  The perfect site to include when universally-designing your math lessons.

 

This link brings you to the Grade 4 alignment but if you click on "Back to Menu", you will locate links to the other grades.

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Math PhET Simulations - Why UDL?

Math PhET Simulations - Why UDL? | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

"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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An Interactive Way of Learning Math Times Tables in Many Languages

An Interactive Way of Learning Math Times Tables in Many Languages | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

Matt Bergman has shared an excellent online resource to have students learn their times table in many different languages. 

 

"In order to make connections with materials, our students often need different ways to express how they learn and understand information. Learn Your Tables International is a very unique site that helps students learn their times tables in an interactive way. Simply choose the language of your choice and begin.

 

An automated sequence of times tables will appear on your screen. Need to review your 10's, 7's, or 3's? The website will automatically go through different times tables to help you review. It also provides you with an interactive way of learning a single table (10's) or random tables."

 

Thank you Matt for sharing this site and UDL tool!

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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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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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iSolveIt - Engage Learners in Math

iSolveIt - Engage Learners in Math | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

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

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

"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

DragonBox - The multi-platform Math Game that is Learner-Centered | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

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, 2014 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

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

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!

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An important message!
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Interactive activity finder for math - ages 4-11

Interactive activity finder for math - ages 4-11 | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

Find the perfect interactive activity for your math class!

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Do you need a set of interactive activities for your instruction or do you want to give your learners opportunities to practice their math skills? Here is a resource from the UK that gives you exactly that. You will also discover other activities for a variety of content areas.

 

Why UDL? Multiple means of representation and engagement.

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Math Engagement » Creating Equation iBooks with Book Creator

Math Engagement » Creating Equation iBooks with Book Creator | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

I stand firm on the idea that students will dig deeper and work harder if they not only are allowed to create in class, but also are able to share. This project hit both those, plus pushed them to research and gather information on their own.

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This is all about "flipping the learning" where students create the tutorials for each other. This example demonstrates in how to give students ownership to their learning.

 

Thank you to mgleeson for sharing this!

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Splash Math Apps - Leveling the Playing Field in Math

Splash Math Apps - Leveling the Playing Field in Math | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

Each app for Grades 1-5 are comprehensive with virtually infinite number of questions covering wide range of topics. All the content is aligned to common core standards.

 

These apps are used to differentiate math instruction and assigned practice. What you may like so much about this app is the variety of concepts that you are able to individualize. For example, if a student needs additional work on the concept of time, then you can setup the app to only give questions related to time. Questions first appear simple, but then become more challenging as questions are answered correctly. If you prefer, Splash Math will send you a weekly update indicating the progress of each student.

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Accessible Pages with MathJax |

Accessible Pages with MathJax | | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

"MathJax was designed with accessibility in mind and has several powerful features to make math easier to see and read, both for ordinary users as well as those with print and learning disabilities. Two accessibility features, the ability to scale all math in a page or zoom in on a particular equation, are built in to MathJax. In addition, MathJax works with MathPlayer to make math accessible to screen readers, to screen magnifiers, and to learning disability software."

 

Read more about the built in accessibility features and using MathJax with MathPlayer.

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Math Paper - Doing Math on an iPad: An App for ALL Learners

Math Paper - Doing Math on an iPad: An App for ALL Learners | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

"Math Paper is by far the best option I’ve seen for doing math work on the iPad! Math Paper won’t do calculations or graphs, but it provides all the tools needed to do everything from basic computation to complex algebra. Math Paper has been developed with the principles of UDL in mind, so it’s a tool that can be used effectively and independently by anyone, including individuals with motor challenges or cognitive processing issues. Accessibility and ease of use have been addressed successfully.

 

Math Paper cost:  $19.99.  Paul Hamilton notes in his blog that this is an exceptional app and is worth the cost.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:48 PM

Here is an app that gives students a maths workbook to use in class. I am wondering if it ever pops up as free on AppsGoneFree in order to test it. I am not sure it is worth the cost but might need to look into it. 

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Braingenie - Over 4000 practice and video lessons

Braingenie - Over 4000 practice and video lessons | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

Braingenie is the Web's most comprehensive math practice site. Popular among educators and families, Braingenie provides practice and video lessons in more than 4,000 skills in math and science.

 

You can register to set up a class, have your students practice skills that are aligned to the CCSS and check on their progress.  There are multi-player opportunities and videos to demonstrate the math process or skill.

 

Why UDL?

Problems are illustated visually with video lessons that offer multiple means of representation and engagement with the content in math and science.

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Math Common Core Collection - Digital Learning Resources Aligned to Math CCSS

Math Common Core Collection - Digital Learning Resources Aligned to Math CCSS | Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap | Scoop.it

"The NSDL Math Common Core collection features digital learning resources that address concept and skills components of the Math Common Core State Standards. The collection is organized by grade level and domain, as defined within the Common Core documents. Resources in this collection include lesson plans, simulations, problem sets with explanations, student activities that provide feedback, and other interactives. The collection will continue to grow as new resources are added regularly."

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