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BITLab for Math Manipulatives
Posted 01/16/2018 01:30PM

From abstract to digital to physical...and back again

By Matt Zigler, BITLab Coordinator

As a maker and an artist, seeing and touching physical representations of abstract concepts really helps me understand not just how it works, but also what the possibilities are. Often my students try to describe in words something they want to make and I have to stop them and say, "can we draw out a sketch or build a model?" This is definitely the case with math. So when I was approached to help design a Makerspace project for 6th-grade fractions, it was harder than normal for me to envision a final project. But with the help of the 6th-grade math teacher and the middle school tech coordinator we came up with a pretty fun and engaging lesson that can expand into even greater learning opportunities.

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