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Introducing K-1 Equations with Online Pan Balance

30 Jan
02I’ve shared some of the reasons that I love Happy Numbers and their great resources for elementary school students.  They have recently released a pan balance feature to help K-1 students understand equations.  This online tool makes it simple for teachers to introduce a concept that young children can find challenging.
05This virtual tool can be accessed on a web browser and is perfect for classrooms with a digital projection screen or one-to-one devices.  Students can watch as their teacher models strategies for balancing equations.  The exercises move in a sequence starting out with single units before asking students to combine the correct numbers to reach the right amount.  Children can tap on items on their own screen or work together in small groups to complete the activities collaboratively.  If you’re working offline or want to send students home with similar activities, Happy Numbers also offers supplemental activity sheets.
Visit Happy Numbers website to demo the pan balance or read their post to learn more!

Prodigy – The Free, Common-Core Math Game

12 Jan

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 10.32.09 AMGame-based learning is a topic we have covered numerous times on ClassTechTips. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!06-01-2014 - Math Battle

One program that is doing a fantastic job of gamifying common-core math is Prodigy. Prodigy is a completely free, adaptive math game that integrates common-core math (grades 1-6) into a fantasy style game that your students will absolutely love playing.  Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further and provides teachers with a powerful set of reporting and assessment tools that allow them to easily identify trouble spots, differentiate instruction, and better manage classroom time.

Over 1,000,000 students and 30,000 teachers use Prodigy for free math practice. Sign-up your class for free in less than 2 minutes, and see why teaching common-core math will never be the same!

H&R Block Budget Challenge

7 Jan

X_bxD0DgnmCU-IZdOiPfTKsKS-otyy5CjrLIXxYUfocFinancial Literacy is essential for students working to become college and career ready.  This important real world skill can be strengthened with the online resources developed by H&R Block.  Their Budget Challenge provides a fantastic opportunity for students to learn and play for prizes including scholarships and grants. Students will encounter personal budgeting situations and asked to find the solution to problems in a real world context.  Teens will practice decision making skills as they make their way through an online simulation.

KGbfOxJJ_MrxG4ccCXIKhcihMcRJT1hkK_ZffktOtGgTeachers will love the benefit that this program has for students as well as the lessons that have been developed to support their work in the classroom.  Aligned to the national standards, H&R Block Budget Challenge is the perfect way to help students master financial literacy skills and prepare for the real world!

Learn more about this opportunity by visiting their website!

Todo Math Classroom Pilot Program

13 Dec
Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 6.19.24 PMEarlier this year I shared Todo Math – an engaging math app for iPads.  You can now join the Todo Math Classroom Pilot Program that is taking place through December 31, 2014.  Teachers who join this pilot will have access to Todo Math and all contents (PreK – 2nd grade), 30 student accounts, and access to teacher dashboard.  With over 1,000 teachers already enrolled in the Todo Math Classroom Pilot Program there are still spots left for teachers looking to try out this app with their students.
screen480x480Todo Math was designed to reach students in PreK through second grade and was developed by educators with a history of serving students with special needs.  This app goes beyond a one size fits all approach and can be tailored for individual students.  Learn more by visiting the App Store and watching their demo video.
Click here to apply for the Todo Math Classroom Pilot Program!

Math Shake for Word Problems on iPads

10 Dec

SS1Math Shake is an engaging, playful app that helps students learn to solve word problems.  It contains thousands of questions which students turn into an equation by looking for keywords and clues in the problem. Once students have discovered the equation, they can use a variety of built-in learning tools such as number lines, tens frames, fraction pieces and counters to work our their answer. Teachers and parents can also use these tools to teach effective strategies.

SS3With Math Shake students can record and share their thinking by making videos about how they solved the problem. These can be saved to the iPad’s camera roll, uploaded to a student’s blog or AirDropped to their teacher. Math Shake was developed by teachers and math specialists for students aged 6-14.

Download Math Shake for free today!

Monster Math for Practice on iPads

27 Nov
monster-worldMonster Math is an engaging, adaptive game for students learning math facts.  With this app children will practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as they follow the adventure narrative of the two cartoon characters.  Inspired by the Number Munchers game from decades past, this iPad app has high quality graphics and animation.
ReportsStudents start off with simple skill practice and the app provides new activities for kids based on their performance.  Children move at their own pace and receive help when they need it.  Teachers and parents can access reports that show how well students have mastered content.  Monster Math addresses second and third grade Common Core standards and is great for intervention.  Download this app for free and upgrade for extra activities.
Download the free or paid version of this app or learn more by watching the video overview!

MyBackpack for Early Learning on iPads

25 Nov
unnamedMyBackpack is a new iPad app that let’s students access Waterford Early Learning software from an iPad.  With this app children ages four and younger can can sing and read along with interactive nursery rhymes.  Older students can read, listen and sing along with 16 traditional tales books and 35 reading, math and science songs.  Kids can practice and drill their math skills with the game Mental Math.
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unnamed-1There are more than half a million students already using Waterford Early Learning software and MyBackpack is available for the general public too, letting them gain access to select curriculum straight from an iPad.  With MyBackpack students can access supplemental lessons for the classroom and home.
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Download MyBackpack for iPads and check out the learning activities for your students!
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