Audio Review #39| Geoboard

Overview

I rarely recommend that elementary math teachers use the tech version of a manipulative rather than the actual tools.  However, I make an exception with the Geobaord app or online manipulative.  This tool is awesome for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Just like with the actual Geoboards, students stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.  However with the tech version, students can focus on the math concepts rather than getting frustrated with trying to manipulate the rubber bands and worrying about breaking them in the process.  Also, on the app the pegs for the board are a different color which allows students to see their shape and uncover concepts of perimeter and area easier.  Try it out!  It’s one of my new favorites.

Concerns

I’m having trouble thinking of anything.  I guess that some may argue that this takes away from the small motor development that happens with the actual boards and rubber bands.

Sample Uses

Great for geometry and fraction lessons in math.  Most recently I use this for teaching the attributes of shapes.  The students received a “shape riddle” and had to create that shape on their geoboard and name it.  Then each student created a riddle of their own.  For some examples of lessons you can look HERE or HERE.

Do I plan to use it?

I’ve used it for the past 2 years and will keep using it in the future.

Commitment and Learning Curve

LOW.  This is super easy to use and your kids will figure it out with almost no teacher help.

Best for ES MS or HS?  

Mostly ES, but you may find uses for it in grade 6 or 7.

Cost  

Free!

Website Link:

iPad App – https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/geoboard-by-math-learning/id519896952?mt=8

Website – http://www.mathplayground.com/geoboard.html

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