There are some really great virtual manipulative sites out there! Remember we are teaching “digital natives.” Here are 3 ways to maximize use of them in your classroom.
1. Use them for guided math lessons. Move your group to the computers and do work with them using these sites.
2. Use them as a whole group mini lesson. Pull these lessons up on an lcd or smart board, they add a great dimension to the lesson. If you don’t have these options, go and teach a lesson to your class in the computer lab. It is worth it!
3. Set them up as one of the math center stations. It is very important that you have specific activities for the students to do. These can be powerfully potential, scaffolded, interactive learning spaces that provide immediate feedback.
4. Who out there is presently using virtual manipulatives in their classroom? What are your experiences? Please share ideas and issues:)
Check these three websites out:) http://www.eduplace.com/kids/mw/manip/mn_k.html