ERIC Number: ED464600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
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Teaching Early Mathematics with PLATO[R] Software: An Overview of the New PLATO Elementary Mathematics Curricula and How To Use Them. Technical Paper.
Quinn, Bill; Foshay, Rob; Morris, Barbara
The "PLATO[R] Math Expeditions" and "PLATO[R] Projects for the Real World" curricula are designed to implement effective, research-based instructional practices. "Math Expeditions" is designed to give elementary grade users the mathematics skills and practice needed to solve real-life problems. Across the eight Levels, A through I (K-8), this curriculum provides opportunities in 134 lessons and 399 activities for students to learn number facts and operations, fractions, measurement, geometry, ratios/proportions, probability/statistics, and reasoning skills. This curriculum can be used alone or in conjunction with "Projects for the Real World," which include activities such as map reading and labeling, graphs, photos of Maya ruins and planets, planning, and writing. In Levels A through I, 46 units include 245 projects with a total of 793 activities, all with a great variety of learner activity. Learners solve math problems, and are asked to integrate the math with the full range of activities in each project. In one project, a learner can be asked to tabulate and display data, do addition in order to answer questions, draw graphs, and play learning games. Together, "Math Expeditions" and "Projects for the Real World" offer over 830 hours of instruction and practice in mathematics skills and strategies. These courses can be combined with the other highly successful PLATO courses, particularly Math Fundamentals, Pre-Algebra. Following a review of research that discusses instructional issues in six specific areas of instructional focus, this Technical Paper consists of five parts focusing on: research on early mathematics instruction; the need for new curriculum in early mathematics; the PLATO[R] early math curricula; PLATO[R] Learning's "Math Expeditions" program (including a table that lists projects and activities for specific skills taught in each grade level); "Projects for the Real World" (including a table that lists units, skill, and number of activities in which topics are used for levels A through I); and teaching with PLATO[R] early mathematics. (Contains 40 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Courseware, Curriculum Development, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Student Projects, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.