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Virtual Manipulatives in Elementary Math

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Virtual Manipulatives for Elementary Math

Instructor: Lizz Askine

Date: 6-19-2013

Location: Carney Elementary

Time: 10am-12pm


 Workshop Description: Participants will explore the ways in which virtual manipulatives in ActivInspire, Pearson eTools, web sites, Pixie software, and Kidspiration software can support an elementary school math objective under the Numbers and Operations standard.


Outcome:  Participants will increase skills in the use and integration of technology in classroom instruction. 


Indicator: Participants will explore virtual manipulatives and identify how they can be used to present information and content in different ways, differentiate the ways students can express what they know, and stimulate interest and motivation to learn.


Prerequisite Skills:  Participants must have a basic understanding of ActivInspire, Pearson eTools, Pixie 3, and Kidspiration and have some experience using them in instruction.  This is not a basic workshop.




    • Finding great ideas for math manipulatives in the resource library
    • Making drag-a-copy manipulatives and resetting the page

Web Sites

    • Using web-based manipulatives from Pearson Successnet and the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
    • Linking web sites into your flipchart


    • Using ready-to-go manipulatives from Kidspiration Math Tools, and Pixie Stickers  
    • Linking Kidspiration and Pixie documents into your flipcart





21st Century Skills and Environments.doc

Levels of Implementation of Technology and Information Literacy Integration



ActivInspire Resources

Drag A Copy

Create virtual manipulatives with unlimited copies.

Resource Library

Use ActivInspire’s built in search functionality to quickly and easily find flipchart resources.

Your computer may need to index the library the first time you search.

Downloading Resource Packs

Learn how to download and install resource packs in ActivInspire.

BCPS math resource pack


Pearson SuccessNet

Use the eTools from the Pearson SuccessNet


Kidspiration Math Tools Webinar

Sign up for the free webcast Learn to Use Kidspiration's Visual Math Tools


National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Use a variety of virtual math manipulatives from NCTM


Teacher Resource PortaPortal

Trailblazer set of links useful when creating digital lessons


NCTM Illuminations

Explore the library of 108 online activities that help to make math come alive in the classroom or at home


Math Playground

Interactive activities aligned to CCSS


IXL- K-12 Math

Interactive activities.



If you have already seen this video, take some time to explore Cast Learning Tools





Exit Ticket- How will you use Virtual Manipulatives to support the math curriculum?   Add your ideas to this Google Doc.






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