Integrating technology into math instruction is a way to help visualize mathematics, provide opportunities for students to work with multiple representations, and more importantly make connections that help deepen their mathematical understanding. With time constraints, standards-alignment, and standardized-testing pressures (just to name a few ‘obstacles’), teachers don’t have the time to create these technology-rich activities themselves or even the time to help students ‘learn’ the technology, so instead opt NOT to even attempt to integrate technology or find ready-to-use activities online or in other resources. There are several places to find technology resources for mathematics instruction, but again, often these are not necessarily aligned to learning goals or they require a bit of a learning curve for both teachers and students to implement, and therefore create yet another roadblock. With that in mind, ClassPad.net and the team of teachers have been working hard to build our lesson library to support teachers who want something they can do with their students tomorrow.
I’ve been working with ClassPad.net from the start to make sure that we are creating a math tool that allows for teachers and students to quickly get into the mathematics and not be bogged down in the ‘learning’ of the tool – instead, the tool and the math work together. Part of this is helping to create ready-to-use mathematics lessons that allow for a teacher or a student to get right into doing math. As a mathematics educator and someone who has utilized technology in all the teaching I have done throughout the years (in middle school, high school, and now higher ed), I value the technology as a tool for supporting math learning. Activities that help students see and do mathematics themselves so they can find the patterns and create the generalizations and understandings is a goal of helping students develop conceptual understanding, and ClassPad.net is a great tool for this since it provides a space for multiple representations, including a place for students to share their thinking and justifications.
Those of you who have already created your free account in ClassPad.net, and have been exploring it’s capabilities, know that there is the option to share your work, either by URL and/or publicly, where anyone who has an account can search and find relevant, content-related activities that they can use in their classroom, save into their own account, and modify/edit to make it your own. We’ve now made these activities easier to find and available for use even if you haven’t created an account, meaning you can work on them yourselves or if you want students to work on them, they can, even if they are not logged into a ClassPad.net account. As long as you have a device (computer, tablet, phone, etc) you can start doing the math. Obviously, if you want to save your work or save the activity for later use, you will want to create an account so there is a place to save it to, but you can also just work on it and explore and test things out without an account.
ClassPad.net is still brand new – less than a year officially, so we are still building up our library. We have a team of teachers who are working on activities, and then of course, all our users who are creating their own activities and deciding to share them publicly, so the library grows every day. If there are activities you are interested in, please let us know. And please feel free to create your own activities and share them with our worldwide network of teachers and students who are using ClassPad.net.
This video shows you how to find a current list of activities without needed an account. You can use these activities without an account and any web-browser. But – if you find something you love or want to keep any work you do, you need to duplicate and save the activity into your account. If you still don’t have your free account, I have also provided some video links that show you how to set up your account so you can save things you find, modify them as you see fit, or just create your own activities.
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