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Larkin, Kevin – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

Trying to find quality apps for use in mathematics classes can be time consuming and bewildering. This article outlines a process for evaluating apps and provides teachers with access to comprehensive qualitative evaluations of 53 geometrical apps based on pedagogical, mathematical and cognitive fidelities.

Descriptors: Geometry, Geometric Concepts, Mathematics Education, Computer Oriented Programs

Tucker, Steven; Shumway, Jessica F.; Moyer-Packenham, Patricia S.; Jordan, Kerry E. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

Teachers increasingly use virtual manipulatives and other apps on touch-screen devices (e.g., "iPads") in an effort to help students understand mathematics concepts. However, students experience these apps and their affordances in different ways. The purpose of this article is to inform teachers' decisions about app implementation in the…

Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Thinking Skills

McDonough, Andrea – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

Early years mathematics classrooms can be colourful, exciting, and challenging places of learning. Andrea McDonough and fellow teachers have noticed that some students make good decisions about using materials to assist their problem solving, but this is not always the case. These experiences lead her to ask the following questions: (1) Are…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Manipulative Materials, Thinking Skills

Northcote, Maria – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2015

Use of technology in the mathematics classroom has the potential to advance children's learning of mathematics and enhance their attitudes about mathematics. When used in conjunction with purposeful planning, teachers can use technological tools to reinforce their pedagogical intentions and to facilitate relevant learning activities for students.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology

Highfield, Kate – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2010

Robotic toys present unique opportunities for teachers of young children to integrate mathematics learning with engaging problem-solving tasks. This article describes a series of tasks using Bee-bots and Pro-bots, developed as part a larger project examining young children's use of robotic toys as tools in developing mathematical and metacognitive…

Descriptors: Toys, Robotics, Educational Opportunities, Young Children

Clark, Julie – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2007

Many people believe that the 1989 National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards heralded the biggest mathematics reform of the 20th century. Despite all reform efforts, recent studies indicate that mathematics taught in primary and middle school mainly consists of basic arithmetic tasks that use memorization and repetition. Today…

Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Elementary School Mathematics

Lowrie, Tom; Logan, Tracy – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2007

One way of providing middle-school students with the opportunity to engage in realistic activities is to ensure that mathematical concepts and ideas can be taught and expressed in contexts closer to students' own experiences. Students are expected to learn serious, substantive mathematics in classrooms in which the emphasis is on thoughtful…

Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving

Roberts, Tim – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2007

It is not often that one can introduce primary school students to a problem at the forefront of mathematics research, and have any expectation of understanding; but with magic squares, one can do exactly that. Magic squares are an ideal tool for the effective illustration of many mathematical concepts. This paper assumes little prior knowledge on…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Primary Education, Mathematics Education, Arithmetic

Hurst, Chris – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2007

The plethora of data that confronts teachers on a daily basis requires that they know more than simply being able to calculate. It demands that they understand the context in which the mathematical ideas are embedded and what those ideas are telling them in relation to that context. Also, it necessitates that they are prepared to question how…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Foreign Countries

Fitzallen, Noleine – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2007

The ever increasing availability of mathematics education software and internet-based multimedia learning activities presents teachers with the difficult task of deciding which programs are best suited for their students' learning needs. The challenge is for teachers to select pedagogical products that not only promote significant mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Multimedia Materials, Computer Software, Data Analysis

Mildenhall, Paula; Swan, Paul; Northcote, Maria; Marshall, Linda – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2008

As part of the project titled "Hands-On Heads-On: The Effective Use of Manipulatives Both Virtual and Physical" being undertaken at Edith Cowan University, there was an investigation into the use of virtual manipulatives and the interactive whiteboard (IWB). Virtual manipulatives may be defined as a virtual representation of a physical…

Descriptors: Investigations, Mathematical Concepts, Manipulative Materials, Educational Technology

Kim, Sally – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2006

As educators it is crucial to cater to and meet all learning needs of students, including the needs of gifted and talented students. It is highly probable that each year in their classrooms teachers will have students that are advanced in mathematics and this will pose a challenge for them as teachers to meet their learning needs. Johnson (2000)…

Descriptors: Gifted, Talent, Interests, Mathematics Education

Peter-Koop, Andrea – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2005

The difficulties that primary students experience when dealing with real-world related word problems have been discussed extensively. These difficulties are not only related to complex, non-routine problems but already occur with respect to routine problems that involve the application of a simple algorithm. Due to difficulties with the…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Word Problems (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries

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O'Doherty, Cassandra – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2000

Demonstrates how play can be the catalyst to undertake mathematics. Presents 15 activities on different mathematical subjects such as geometry. (ASK)

Descriptors: Educational Games, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Activities

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Becker, Colin – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2000

Reports on rich mathematical activities that integrate different mathematics strands and learning. Describes how to introduce the task and the classroom setting, set up the task, and continue the investigation. Presents student work samples. (ASK)

Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Investigations, Mathematics Activities

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