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technology from the classroom
technology from the classroom: Pattern-block frenzy

 

September 2012, Volume 19, Issue 2, Page 116

Abstract:
Teachers share success stories and ideas that stimulate thinking about the effective use of technology in K–grade 6 classrooms. This article describes a set of lessons where sixth graders use virtual pattern blocks to develop proportional reasoning. Students’ work with the virtual manipulatives reveals a variety of creative solutions and promotes active engagement. The author suggests that technology is most effective when coupled with worthwhile mathematical tasks and rich classroom discussions.

Keywords:
Grade 6
Article
Computers
Manipulatives
Reasoning and Proof
Ratios / Proportions