Technologies are essential in the teaching of mathematics. Likewise, they are key in student learning and in doing mathematics. Technology allows students to visualize mathematical ideas, analyze and organize data, and compute efficiently and accurately. Some students are unable or unwilling to visualize mathematical concepts that are essential to complete understanding. Technology gives those students the power to do so easily.

The use of technology allows teachers to make adaptations and accommodations for students with special needs, or gifted and talented learners. For example, students who are easily distracted, or have a hard time understanding mathematics may be better able to focus on the computer, or other technology tasks. In addition, the use of technological tools can allow gifted students to work more in-depth or at higher levels of critical thinking.

In today’s society it is important for a classroom teacher to utilize her resources. Due to the use of technology, many topics and mathematical concepts are becoming more important in the classroom. “The boundaries of mathematical landscape are being transformed.”

Gizmos

A collection of featured online math games for download. Organized by grade level and content area. Science games are also available.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Virtual math tools available for student or teacher use. Organized by grade level and content area.

Illuminations

Online database from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Includes math games and other activities (K – 12). Easy to search. Organized by grade level.

Algebra Applets

Online software for teaching algebra.

Educational Java Programs

Downloadable online applets that allow for practice with money, time, patterns, fractions, and geometry.

Web Graphing

An online graphing system that allows students or teachers to create 1-D, 2-D, or 3-D graphs of functions or equations.

Cinderella, version 1.4

Geometry software that allows teachers and students to create their own geometry manipulatives. Download here.

Number Line Applet

Online number line that can be manipulated for classroom instruction.

Math Plotter

Internet site that allows teachers to create math figures or write equations that can be copied into Word documents and used for worksheets or math tests. Includes 3-D objects, geometry figures, plots, graphs, etc.

Other Web Links

Online database from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Includes hundreds more websites with math games, virtual manipulatives, lesson plans, and other activities. Organized by content area.

Reference:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 2000. *Principles and standards for school mathematics.* Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.