Math manipulatives bring math concepts to life for our young learners! But, are there ways to use these tools in an online and germ-conscious world? Absolutely! Digital manipulatives are a powerful way to build number sense without having to stress about disinfecting each and every pattern block. And for virtual classrooms, you’ll be able to give your students the learning tools they need when they don’t have access to hands-on materials at home.
This post features ideas for using digital manipulatives for your math lessons on Google Classroom or Seesaw.
Using Digital Manipulatives in Your Online Math Lessons
On a Zoom or Google Meet lesson, you can share your screen and use digital tools to demonstrate. This is so much more effective than holding manipulatives up to the webcam. Also, when kids are practicing at home, they can use the exact same manipulatives they see you using on the screen through the lesson.
All you have to do is give your students access through Google Classroom or Seesaw, and your math lessons will come to life.
Check out this quick video to see digital manipulatives in action:
Using Digital Manipulatives in the Classroom
If your students are not able to share classroom. materials, digital manipulatives are a great alternative.
Bonus – you’ll save time because you won’t need to hand out materials. Digital manipulatives are ready instantly on your students’ devices!
Where Can You Find Digital Math Tools?
Lucky Little Learners has created our own version of digital math manipulatives. The great news is that they work seamlessly with both Google Classroom and Seesaw.
If you’re not sure how to assign these, a video tutorial is included with the Lucky Little Toolkit.
Some of the digital math manipulatives that are included:
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