# Ed Tech Ideas

Tech Integration for Busy Teachers

## Fraction Monkeys

Monkey Math (Great for IWBs)

## Gamequarium

Tutorials, games and learning activities to help with fractions.

## Math Fractions from Jefferson County Schools

Not an exciting site, aesthetically speaking, but with links to 90 different fraction games and activities, this is a great resource!

## Funbrain Soccer Shootout

Learn fractions by taking penalty kicks. Old-school graphics, but there are 4 different levels to keep it interesting.

## Visual Fractions Games

Interesting choice of characters for these games, but if you’re into helping Grampy and Grammy using fractions, these games are for you. Check out the more recent platform scales.

## Sheppard Software

Lots of fun, free games here to help students learn about all types of fractions.

## Conceptua Math

Videos and lesson plans for students and teachers to help get a better understanding of difficult concepts.

## FunSchool Action Fraction

Race a car around a track by solving fraction problems in Action Fraction.

## Melvin’s Make a Match

Fun game for learning about equivalent fractions.

## Fresh Baked Fractions

More equivalent fraction practice.

## Matching Fractions

Great matching game for IWBs or individual practice.

## Blogbooker

Blogbooker allows you to create a pdf of student blogs for them to take away at the end of the year.

## Xtra Math

Xtra Math is a good site for Basic Math Facts practice. Teachers can easily create student accounts (copy/paste first names from a list and system gives each student an easy to remember pin) and you’re ready to go.

## Student Math Movies

Student Math Movies is a Wiki dedicated to sharing movies about many different math topics, ALL created by students! There are 18 different subjects including AdditionDecimalsDivisionEstimationExponents and more. You are also able to submit a video that your students create. Here is a great example on fractions with a Brady Bunch theme:

Arcademic Skill Builders is a fun site that combines arcade style games with academics to make learning fun. There are 12 different subjects including addition, subtraction, fractions, time, geography, language arts, typing and more. Students can create a public or a private game (private games require students to create a password for that specific game).

At the time of this writing, teachers can sign their class up for the Plus version of Arcademic and have the ability to track student performance, create custom content, analyze problem areas, and earn attachments.

## Cool Tools for Math

This is part II of a series of posts dedicated to free, online math sites to help students learn their basic facts, and to help teachers help their students. You can view part I here.

## Create a Graph

Create A Graph helps students graph all sorts of data in either a bar, line, area, pie, or xy graph. To create a graph, you choose a type of graph you want to produce, enter your data, change the font and colors (optional) and then either print or save after previewing it. Students are able to save in a variety of formats including pdf, jpg, png, and others. I use this site to help my students graph data they gather when we are researching about developing countries. You can read about this unit here.

## Cool Math for Kids

I couldn’t have a post called “Cool Math Tools” without including Cool Math for Kids.  This site has so many great games, activities, lessons, and even flash cards for math learners ages 3-12 (older students can check out Coolmath.com). There is a Teacher Section with ideas on how to use the site in your classroom, as well as continued education, resources, and a few extras.

## Multiplication.com

Multiplication.com has some really fun games to help students master their basic facts. Most of the games would go well with IWBs or stand-alone computer stations, so they would be good to use as individual or group practice.  Some of my favorites include:  Math Wash Up, Space Race, Flight of the KnightSketch’s World, Castle Quests, and Grand Prix, but there are tons more on the site, so check it out!

If you haven’t visited the Khan Academy or used the videos to help enhance your math lessons, watch this recent Ted Talks video.

The idea that Salman Kahn discusses about flipping the classroom is fascinating and echoes ideas that Alan November mentioned when he came to our school last fall.

## 3 Cool Tools for Individual Math Practice

All three of the following sites would be great to use with an IWB or at a stand-alone computer station for basic math practice.

## 1. Fraction Monkeys

The goal of Fraction Monkeys is to simply hang the fraction monkey into the correct loop on the number line. The game starts out easy and progresses to greater difficulty the longer you play.

## 2. Speed Grid

Speed Grid challenges a Player (or players) to answer a set amount of questions in a pre-selected amount of time.

## 3. Practice Fish

Chose a factor to work on and then solve the math problem by clicking on the correct sea creature swimming by. If you’re using this on an IWB remind students not to hit the board too hard, as they tend to get a little excited:).

## Stop Teaching Calculating. Start Teaching Math

“Math is very popular. Just not in education.”  Conrad Wolfram gives a great talk about how to bridge the math gap between the real world and the classroom by using computers to make math relevant to learners.

What do the math teachers out there think about Wolfram’s ideas?

## 46 Stellar Math Sites for Kids You’d be Obtuse Not to Visit

Kids can always use some extra help with mathematics. From fractions to basic math facts; problem solving to number sense; geometry to algebra, there is always room for improvements. Here are 46 sure-fire sites that will engage, enlighten, educate and Einsteinify your students. Most of the sites listed below are geared towards students in grades 1-6.

# Basic Math Facts

• Multiplication.com
• Number Lines
• The Math Page
This is a really great site from Manhattan Community College
• A+ Math
This site is great fun for third graders and up.
• Math Dictionary for Kids
Great math dictionary for kids.
• DiscoverySchool.com Worksheet Maker
A super way to make math worksheets. Try it!
• Aunty Math
Aunty Math presents math challenges that encourage thinking skills for students in grades K-5.
• Cool Math
Cool Math is “designed for the pure enjoyment of mathematics.” This interactive site features games, puzzles, calculators, and lesson plans.
• Harcourt Animated Math Glossary
This is a complete online dictionary of math terms.
• Math.com
Math.com: The World of Math Online is chock full of everything to do with math from the most basic to advanced topics. It includes homework help, calculators, games, practice, and much more.
• Teach R Kids Math
I dislike educational sites that misspell words on purpose (in this case, r instead of our) to look cute. However, this site provides online interactive math practice that covers a range of topics from simple to advanced for elementary school children.
• AAA Math
Hundreds of pages of basic math skills to more advanced challenges.
• BBC Math
Math game wheel.
• Multiplication Mystery
Drag numbers into the multiplication grid.
• Fun Brain
Multiplication Baseball
• Multiplication
Multiplication Speed Grid Challenge. Fun game where you race against the clock to complete multiplication problems.
• Powerlines
Cool game – students arrange numbers in lines that have to add up to a certain number. Harder than it sounds.
• Practice Fish
Help Jungle Jim catch fish by solving multiplication problems. Good for IWBs.
• Math is Fun
Assorted math puzzles and quizzes.
• Mrs. Glosser’s Math Goodies
Math Goodies is a free math help portal featuring in-depth lessons, worksheets, and homework help. A pioneer of online help, this site has been reviewed on television and in other media. Math Goodies has hundreds of resources for students, educators and parents.

# Miscellaneous Math

• Graphing
Create-a-Graph
• Clocks – Teaching Time
This resource, produced by the Franklin Institute Online Fellows, takes an educational look at timepieces in the collection of the Franklin Institute Science Museum
• Polygon Playground
• Builder Ted
Number line – help Builder Ted fix the roof by putting decimals in order on his ladder.
• BBC Maths File Game Wheel
12 games here categorized by: Shape Space & Measure, Algebra, Number, and Data Handling.
• Magic Squares
Lots of links to magic square games and activities.
• More Magic Squares
• Yet even more magic squares
• Allmath
The last magic square site here.
• Math Cats
Explore the Polygon Playground to explore symmetry, make tessellations and pictures. Good for IWBs.
• Math in Everyday Life
When you have a student ask, “When am I ever gonna use this?” You can direct them to this site.
• Math Stories
The goal of this math website is to help elementary school (Grade 1st through 6th) children boost their math problem solving and critical-thinking skills. MathStories.com has over 15,000 online and printable NCTM compliant math word problems for children to enjoy. Word problems are available in both English and Spanish.
• Prongo.com
Prongo.com is an educational website for Kids. We offer fun, interactive, and educational games for kids. For teachers, Prongo.com also offers Quizstation. Quizstation allows teachers to create online quizzes for their students.

Got others? Share below.

## Sites for Kids

I’ve added a plethora of sites for a variety of different subject areas today.
You can find sites that promote healthy living, research sites to learn more about insects, a bunch of math sites and much, much more.

Most of these sites are geared towards kids in grades 3-5, but older and younger students will find them fun as well.

Just click on “Sites for Kids” at the top of the page.