UDL Series: Mathematics

04 May


This post is the second of a six-part series dedicated to the educational technology resources available for teachers and students to use to offer the best universally designed learning environment possible. There will be resources to provide multiple means of engagement, representation, action & expression.

For more information on universally designed learning environments (UDL) please check out the UDL guidelines site.

ENGAGEMENT – the goal is to have purposeful learning and motivated students.

  • Battlesheets – take the traditional Battleship game into the 21st century with this template.
  • Cathy Yenca – tutorials from Cathy that share how she uses different edtech tools in the math classroom.
  • Chrome extensions:
    • 1-click-timer – for the timing of work time, lessons, etc.
    • Bitmoji – to add to math explanations, math comments or just for fun.
    • Equatio – free for teachers (students need a subscription) and takes digital math to a whole new level.
    • Google Keep – the mobile version allows for audio > transcription plus images that can have students explain their process.
  • Dan Meyer has phenomenal engaging lessons for students to sink their mathematical teeth found at Three-Act Math
  • Desmos Lesson: How Long Does it Take to Charge a Cell Phone? Lesson, Desmos
  • Estimation 180 – a variety of challenges
  • Jim Wilson – has many resources, take time to scroll down to Problems section
  • Ozobots – these little tiny robots can be used in K-12 math classes easily. Check out the lessons, ideas.
  • Robert Kaplinsky – always has engaging and authentic lessons.

REPRESENTATION – resourceful and knowledgeable students.

  • Chrome Extension – Equatio – as mentioned above, it is a digital math area. What I really like is that students can speak out their equations or expressions and Equatio will transcribe it which can then be inputted into a Google Document. The mathspace is also an amazing area. I highly recommend you watch an intro video or attend a webinar.
  • Google Graph Paper
  • Put Music and Math together with Incredibox and talk about patterns, sequencing, and even algorithms. Oh, and make some pretty funky music tunes too!
  • Online Reference Centre (Alberta access only) 
  • Interested in collaborative and omnipresent slide shows that allow student input? Check out Pear Deck and its TemplatesResource Link
  • The UofWaterloo Problem of the Week is designed to provide students with an ongoing opportunity to solve mathematical problems. Each week, problems from various areas of mathematics will be posted on the website and e-mailed to teachers for use with their students from grades 3 and up.
  • Youcubed‘s main goal is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math into accessible and practical forms. Create by Jo Boaler and team. There are many resources and ideas for all grade levels.

ACTION & EXPRESSION – strategic and goal-oriented students.

Use whichever tool that would fit your needs at the time and then tuck away a few more for future uses.



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