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Math Rocks!

Check out the National Library of Visual Manipulatives website from Utah State University.

This site makes math concepts and math problems fun, visual and interactive which should make learning easier as the youngster(s) will be more open to the experience.

There are five catagories of “games” (Numbers and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis/Probability) and four grade levels (Pre K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12).
I am not sure what this says about me, but I am struggling with some of the Pre K-2 level problems!

You (or your teacher/school) can also purchase these Visual Manipulatives on CD (so the computer would not need to access the web).

From the website:
Project Information
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). The project includes dissemination and extensive internal and external evaluation.

National Science FoundationAward Number 9819107
Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires student engagement. Mathematics is not, as has been said, a spectator sport. Too much of current instruction fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of manipulatives, physical objects that help students visualize relationships and applications. We can now use computers to create virtual learning environments to address the same goals.
There is a need for good computer-based mathematical manipulatives and interactive learning tools at elementary and middle school levels. Our Utah State University team is building Java-based mathematical tools and editors that allow us to create exciting new approaches to interactive mathematical instruction.

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