Addressing Consideration in Mathematics Instruction via Technology-Based SolutionsBy Smith, Sean J.; Closing the Gap, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 16-20
Publication Date: October/November 2008
Article presents technology-based solutions for teaching mathematics to students with learning disabilities. Web-based supports to assist teachers include MathVIDS (http://coe.jmu.edu/mathvidsr/), a free site providing video models of teachers in real classrooms using research-supported mathematics instruction for struggling learners; LDOnline’s LD in Depth (http://www.ldonline.org/indepth/math) section, offering information on math-related learning disabilities and successful interventions; and the free TechMatrix (http://www.techmatrix.org) providing information on specific technology products for mathematics. Discovery Education’s streaming, a digital video-on-demand for-pay service available via the Internet, offers visual and interactive representations of math-based problems. A similar K-12 resource is the Canadian Learn Alberta (http://www.learnalberta.ca). Teacher Tube (http://www.teachertube.com) and the Apple Learning Interchange (http://edcommunity.apple.com) are sites mentioned for exchanging and discussing ideas on visual-based instruction. Software applications such as Inspiration and Kidspiration are discussed as useful solutions for math problem solving, especially word problems, offering interactive tools and templates of pre-developed math activities. Also described are Tom Snyder’s Go Solve Word Problems and Math Mysteries applications. Web sites for math vocabulary mentioned include the interactive Math Dictionary for Kids (http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jeather/maths/dictionary.html), Math Words (http://mathworks.com), Harcourt Math Glossary (http://www.hbschool.com/glossary/math2/), and Math.com’s Glossary (http://www.math.com/school/glossary/glossindex.html). Websites for virtual math manipulatives, such as cubes, counting sticks, and blocks, mentioned include the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics (http://www.nlvm.usu.edu), Project Interactive (http://www.shodor.org/interactive), and Illuminations (http://www.illuminations.nctm.org). Finally, for analyzing, managing, and understanding data, the article discusses the use of Microsoft Excel and Inspiration’s InspireData.
Assistive Products Discussed: KIDSPIRATION
Published by: Closing the Gap, Inc. (Website:http://www.closingthegap.com)