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Elementary Mathematics & Technology Resources

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The list of resources below was created for educator professional learning focused on the effective integration of technology in learning enduring mathematical practices and numeracy in elementary grades.

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The resources below focus on number and operations content in the Maine Learning Results and three specific Standards for Mathematical Practice: communication and critique, problem-solving, and strategic use of tools.

Resources are drawn from research, workshops, and blended professional development that integrated the work of Grades K-5 elementary teachers, special educators, university faculty, administrators, researchers, and instructional designers. Partners included Auburn School Department (ASD), faculty at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) and the University of Southern Maine (USM), and Educational Development Center (EDC).

Outcomes for educators participating in the workshops and programs included increasing knowledge and skills in three primary areas: designing data-driven instructional strategies, purposeful technology integration in Grades K-5 classroom contexts to improve mathematics learning and teaching, and/or differentiation strategies to help meet the needs of students who are English learners and learners with special needs. In addition to working with classroom educators, university faculty brought project knowledge and resources into experiences for pre-service teachers at UMF and USM.

Many of the resources were developed during the following projects:

  1. Research + Practice Collaboratory work investigating interactive technologies in elementary mathematics in Auburn, Maine (2012-2017)
  2. Maine Early Mathematics & Technology Math Science Partnership project, a sustained, hybrid professional learning experience (2017-2018).
  3. Workshop series contracted by the Maine Department of Education (fall 2017 and fall 2018)

Before using an app or other technology product in your classroom, make sure the app or technology product and your intended use meets the requirements and parameters of your school and district, including guidelines for student privacy. This page may be updated without notification. Some information may be based on older versions of applications.

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Reports & Research

  1. The Interactive STEM Briefs list has multiple evidence-based Research + Practice Briefs related to early math learning, including Supporting Mathematical Discourse in the Early Grades, Mathematics in the Early Grades: Counting & Cardinality, and Productive Struggle in Mathematics
  2. IES Practice Guides
  3. Mathematics Learning Trajectories
  4. NCTM's Position Statement on the Strategic Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning Mathematics
  5. NCSM and COSN Joint Position Paper on Mathematics Education in the Digital Age

Section overview

Creating and Managing Digital Artifacts

  1. Documenting and Sharing Student Work blog post
  2. Interactive Technology Screen Recording Checklists for Students
  3. Seesaw
            create and manage screen recordings, images & more (Web and mobile devices)
  4. Showbie
            create and manage recordings (Web and iPad devices)
  5. Explain EverythingTM
            screen recording and collaboration app (mobile devices, Chromebooks, Windows 8.1 & 10 computers)
    1. Explain Everything Web site (paid app; the free "Interactive Whiteboard" app creates recordings for a trial period then becomes a viewer; the "Classic" version for iPad has an initial cost and you can continue to create recordings)
    2. Explain Everything Help Center
    3. Explain EverythingTM Simple Interface Introduction (prior version)
    4. Video tutorial: Explain EverythingTM Simple Interface Introduction (prior version)
    5. Move Explain EverythingTM Projects to an Apple Computer

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Open Tasks

  1. The Interactive STEM Open Tasks collection has a set of related resources (some are listed here)
    1. What are Open Tasks?
    2. Example Open Tasks (.docx; adapted from Marion Small)
  2. Choosing and Creating Rich Open Tasks blog post
  3. What is an empty number line? (K-5 Math Teaching Resources; this site also has example activities if you click on the topics near the top)
  4. Selected tasks for Grades PreK to 2
  5. Selected tasks for Grades 3 to 6
  6. Web sites with tasks for multiple grades
            (some are not open tasks)

Section overview

Math Apps

  1. The PreK-6 Math Apps list was developed for previous professional development; it has descriptive information for many of the apps linked below. See also a related notes sheet (.docx).
  2. Early Math with Gracie and Friends (grades preK-2, iPad only; scroll down the page to "Early Math"; a piece of paper with Earth in the lower leftrelated research brief; note also early science apps)
  3. The Math Learning Center - Free Math Apps (open apps for problem solving; Web, Chromebook, & mobile versions)
  4. Classroom Focused Software - All Apps (do not work with iOS 11+ as of 10/2/18; grades K-6; includes apps for individual practice; some are paid apps; iPad only)
  5. EDC in Maine GeoGebra Apps (grades K-12; use in a browser on all devices)
    related sets of apps
    1. Visualizing Fractions Tools (grades K-6; related formative assessment, .docx)
    2. Visual Access to Mathematics Tools (visual tools and problems for rational number & ratio; grades 3+)
  6. NCTM Interactives (grades preK-5 shown; some will not work on mobile devices or load in some browsers without a security override [require Java])
  7. Math Playground Thinking Blocks Interactive Tutorials

    (browser versions work on iPads with iOS 11+, but iPad apps from the App Store do not work with iOS 11+ as of 10/2/18)

    1. Thinking Blocks Modeling Tools (all current themed, game-like versions; see below for legacy versions)
    2. Math Playground iPad apps list (includes Thinking Blocks)

    Links a-e below are the old/legacy version, which may work on a computer browser (they will not work on mobile devices since they require Flash Player)

    1. Thinking Blocks Jr.
    2. Thinking Blocks Addition
    3. Thinking Blocks Multiplication
    4. Thinking Blocks Fractions
    5. Thinking Blocks Ratios
    6. Thinking Blocks Modeling Tool (open tool)
  8. Splat Square (a 100 chart app that can be used for many activities; will not work on mobile devices [requires Flash Player])
  9. Sieve of Eratosthenes

Lesson Planning

  1. Activity Planning Form (.docx, .pages) is a general template for planning activities that may include digital tools
  2. Strategy Planning Form (.docx, .pages) can be used for lessons that include student recordings & digital tools
  3. Purposeful Integration of Technology in Mathematics Strategic Planning Form (.docx, .pages) is a template for multi-year school or district initiatives focused on high quality mathematics instruction that includes the purposeful integration of technology
  4. Developing Efficient Computation with Mini Lessons: Addition & Subtraction
  5. Developing Efficient Computation with Mini Lessons: Multiplication
  6. 3 Reads Strategy Organizer (.docx) outlines a structured process that students can use to help them understand and start work on a math word problem
  7. Curriculum Mapping
            includes templates with example lesson connections from teachers for 5 curriculums
    1. Curriculum Mapping template (.docx, Google doc)
    2. Crosswalk for CCSS and Contexts for Learning Mathematics curriculum
    3. Bridges in Mathematics
      1. Bridges Grade K(example entries for routines)
      2. Bridges Grade 1(blank template)
      3. Bridges Grade 2(example entry for unit 1)
      4. Bridges Grade 3(example entries for unit 1)
    4. Eureka Math
      1. Eureka Grade K(blank template)
      2. Eureka Grade 1(example entries for routines and unit 1)
      3. Eureka Grade 2(blank template)
      4. Eureka Grade 3(blank template)
    5. Everyday Math
      1. EDM Grade K(example entries for routines and units 1 & 3)
      2. EDM Grade 1(example entries for unit 1)
      3. EDM Grade 2(example entries for units 1, 2, & 3)
      4. EDM Grade 3(example entries for units 1 & 2)
    6. Investigations in Number, Data, and Space
      1. Investigations Grade K(blank template)
      2. Investigations Grade 1(blank template)
      3. Investigations Grade 2(blank template)
      4. Investigations Grade 3(blank template)
    7. Origo Math
      1. Origo Grade K(blank template)
      2. Origo Grade 1(blank template)
      3. Origo Grade 2(blank template)
      4. Origo Grade 3(example entries for unit 1)

Additional Resources

  1. The Video/Artifact Reflection template (.docx) can structure analysis of student work
  2. The Reading Reflection template (.docx) can organize your thinking while reading an article or report
  3. The Supporting Equity Through Co-Investigation article described the rationale, process, and tips for using student videos during educator meetings
  4. The Sharing Protocol with Notes Template (.docx) can help formalize the process of sharing and discussing student artifacts
  5. Standards for Mathematical Practice: Commentary and Elaborations for K–5 (Illustrative Mathematics)
  6. Young Mathematicians at Work books
    by Fosnot and Dolk have information related to the strategies and tasks included on this page; they were read by teachers as part of professional development that included many of these resources.
  7. Presentation slides from workshops in September, 2017 (also used in the overview videos on this page)
  8. Presentation slides from PreK-2 workshops in October, 2018
  9. Presentation slides from 3-5 workshops in October, 2018