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    I have been in the field of educational technology since 1988. I began as a computer teacher for Futurekids Inc. in Los Angeles. Soon after, I purchased one of their first franchises, which I operated for three years. In 1997, I began Computing for Kids, a computer enrichment program for young children, which operates in local private schools in Southern California. I earned a Master’s degree in educational technology in 2008 and for the past four years, I have served as the technology specialist at a private elementary school, teaching students in grades 1 – 5 in a computer lab setting.

    My goal with this blog is to provide elementary classroom teachers with Internet resources that will enhance their curriculum. Some websites are very simple to integrate into a lesson, and others require a more thorough approach. But there is something for every level of comfort with technology.

    Please let me know what you think!

Math Can Be Fun

Posted by Computing for Kids on February 17, 2011

Let’s face it, math is not always viewed as a fun subject by students.  But there are many online resources that can be used in the classroom that present math concepts in a fun and engaging way and will be sure to motivate your students.   Below are some of the best sites for students to learn and reinforce math facts.

Arcademic Skill Builders has standards-aligned free educational math games (as well as language arts and geography games) that provides both single and multi player games.  Students can practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, integers and fractions.

BBC Math has tutorials, games and quizes on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, mental math, problem solving, and using a calculator.  The colorful site is motivating and the games are engaging.  It also offers the html code for teachers to embed on their classroom website or blog.

Hoodamath has amazing and interactive  games in arithmetic, geometry and math logic.  It also has tutorials on a wide range of math subjects, worksheets for printing and movies to demonstrate difficult math concepts.

Illuminations has activities and lessons for grades K-12. It includes a library of 106 online activities that “help to make math come alive in the classroom or at home”.  The activities give students the feeling of a “hands on” activity to help illuminate math concepts.

IXL Math covers every math subject from grade K – 8.  It offers visual representations, word problems, and interactive activities to help all students learn difficult concepts.

Discovery Education Web Math is a resource for students to use both in and out of the classroom to practice their math skills.  What is unique about this site is that students can input specific math questions and problems and the site will generate an answer and show the student how to arrive at the correct answer.  A great resource for students to use at home when they need that extra help.

Math Live is a series of math videos that demonstrate math concepts in an entertaining way.  It covers basic arithmetic to geometry and probability.

Study Jams has videos and quizzes on basic math, geometry, probability, measurement, algebra, fractions, decimals, data analysis, and problem solving.Virtual Manipulatives includes activities for grades K-12 on numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, data analysis and probability.  Within each category are many subcategories to choose from.

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