We generally understand that manipulatives are a CRITICAL part of our elementary and special education classrooms. They offer students a real, hands-on way to explore a mathematical concept and build their own meaning. Online manipulatives are internet-based math tools that allow for modeling that helps to move students from the concrete to the representational mode of thinking. These math tools are often free resources sponsored by textbook companies and other organizations to generate alternative ways to represent math content. There are SO many ways to use online math manipulatives.
Catherine Reed hosts The Brown Bag Teacher Blog and has published a nice list of online math manipulatives from websites to digital learning tools. These online tools are very conducive for use in whole or small group instruction, student practice, and home use of digital tools to support learning.
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