Digital Math = Accessible Math

Discussion created by japgar on Apr 13, 2018

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In this session participants will be reflecting on the the importance of using and embedding digital tools in teaching and learning mathematics for diverse learners.


This session will spotlight:

  • how and why goals in the Grades 1-8 Math Curriculum and the 21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document for Discussion support the use of digital technologies in mathematics learning.
  • why and how digital tools support learners in making connections between the real and mathematical world
  • how digital math manipulatives and environments can provide necessary differentiations for students with diverse learning needs (including exceptionalities and accommodations in formal IEP’s).

Participants will become familiar with the free online Mathies tools, relevant to their practice.
mathies Learning Tools allows students to explore and deepen understanding of mathematical concepts. These free Learning Tools continue to be developed by The Ontario Ministry of Education and are similar to the manipulatives students commonly use in today’s classrooms. They are available to be used in web browsers and the newest tools are also available for free the in Apple App Store and Google Play Store.Visit www.mathies.ca/learningTools.php. Framed in the Mathematical Mindset work of Jo Boaler Stanford researcher, professor of math education, and expert on math learning, participants will participate in ‘rich open math tasks’ using some of the mathies tools for their thinking and learning. ‘Rich Open Math Tasks’

  • Open tasks promote a growth mindset because they provide opportunities to struggle and understand content more deeply.
  • Small changes in tasks can reinforce “learning,” not just “performing.”
  • Asking learners to make choices in tasks spurs a learning process.
  • Learners at various stages of math learning and understanding can find a place to start and grow in, and through open tasks.

We will also discuss and explore strategies and next steps for capturing learning processes and student voice while using these tools.