Virtual classroom toolsWhat we all know as educators is that student learning can be enriched with the blend of technology into the modern classroom.  The teacher acts as facilitator and designs learning opportunities much like a perfect recipe. They combine a mix of virtual tools, face to face collaboration and questioning and social media platforms to engage learners, deepen learning and connect learning.

Monica Burns  from Edutopia has provided 11 Virtual Tools for the Maths Classroom. She takes a look at some simple and practical tools suitable for use on the iPad which allow students to take a different approach to learning.

We particularly love the Base Ten Blocks Number Pieces application for primary students.  It provides so many opportunities for individual and collaborative learning.

Some activities that you could structure around Number and Measurement include:

NUMBER – Getting students to visually represent numbers using the units, tens and hundreds frames

NUMBER – Addition and subtraction games and representation

PERIMETER AND AREA -Students can use the drawing tool to create and calculate shapes of different areas and perimeter and use the frames to explore visual representation.

AREA – Add some dice and get students to work together to visually represent the area that is formed by the dice.  Each student rolls the dice, draw their “Paddock” that reflects these dimensions and they take it in turns to fill up the frame.  Students will be extended when the frame is almost full and they need to look at ways of manipulating their area into multiple shapes to fit the space.

There are so many virtual tools!  Tell us what tools you use and why.


Burns, Monica. “11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom.” Edutopia. The George Lucas Educational Foundation, 25 Oct. 2013. Web. 31 Oct. 2013. <http://www.edutopia.org/blog/11-virtual-tools-math-classroom-monica-burns>.