Math and technology integration are powerful partners in meeting standards
Free access for schools that are online
Available anywhere, anytime, to anyone
Easier to store, and clean up
Older children may view using virtual manipulatives as more sophisticated
Unlimited numbers available, can print out work
Offers options for students with special needs
Challenges of using Virtual Manipulatives
Teachers need ongoing professional development
Teachers need up to date tools and time to understand how they fit into the curriculum
Locating Resources that meet curriculum standards
Using Virtual Manipulatives in the Classroom In this video, a third grade class studies probability. To help enhance students' understanding of probability, the teacher introduces a software program designed to simulate the rolling of dice on a large scale. Students predict the outcome and then examine the results to see how accurate their predictions were. This lesson uses the Silver Burdette Interactive Mathematics software, but many similar programs are available online or with other mathemetics curricula. To play the video, click "Watch this clip" under the photograph. http:// nces.ed.gov/nceskids/probability /
How to Find Virtual Manipulatives
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives http:// matti.usu.edu/nlvm/nav / Utah State University Bar Graphs Base Ten Blocks Subtraction
Extensive collection of interactive applets for grades 3-8. Activities to accompany each are provided. You can download an E-Lab activity and use it without being connected to the internet. While working on internet, Microsoft Java VM is recommended. Later versions of Java will be supported soon for online activity.
Arcytech's Educational Java Programs are primarily for elementary and middle school students .