Teaching Math Online
In this guide you will find lots of useful information on how you can create engaging digital math activities. There are videos, blogs and downloadable guides to help you along.
The best tools and tips for teaching math remotely
How to teach math online
Math has often been the subject left behind in the pen and paper era as more subjects move to digital learning. As a result of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, math educators and leaders have been forced to digitize their classroom assets and consider new ways of teaching. Allowing students multiple ways to express what they have learned is more important than ever before.
Three advantages of using technology in math instruction:
- Engages students and encourages group collaboration and discussion
- Provides multiple representations of math concepts
- Provides students with rapid sharing and teacher feedback
There's more than one way to solve a math problem.
In this podcast our experts discuss ways to approach teaching math digitally:
- designing math to navigate barriers
- remote and blended learning
- help students become experts in their own learning
Math resources for teachers
We want to equip you with the best tools and resources to help you confidently move your math instruction online.
We asked Eric Curts, Technology Integration Specialist for SPARCC in Canton, Ohio to help reboot your math classroom with Google tools. Eric has been in education for 29 years. He is a Google Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides training to schools, organizations, and conferences throughout Ohio and across the country. He is the author of the book "Control Alt Achieve: Rebooting Your Classroom with Creative Google Projects".
Learning Management Systems
There’s lots of places where math can be taught digitally and remotely. Below we’ve given you a quick overview of the most popular Learning Management Systems, some of which your school or district may already be using.
Online Math Platforms
There are loads of popular online math platforms that might spark your interest, let's take a look:
Engaging your students in math.
Keeping students engaged and interested in learning can be challenging. Add to that the move to remote and blended learning practices and you’ve got a challenge on your hands. This is especially true of math and STEM subjects when the topics can seem very abstract. We have pulled together some of our favorite ways to show math in action in a blog post.
As a quick reminder the guiding principles are:
- Multiple means of engagement
- Multiple means of representation
- Multiple means of action and expression
We aren’t saying we want to take rigorous learning and make it easier for people that might struggle, we want every student to achieve their individual potential.
Here are some key focus points on how you can make math engaging for all your students:
- Proactively anticipating and removing barriers to learning
- Promoting high expectations through rigorous learning goals for every learner
- Providing options & scaffolding to help learners reach those goals
- Sharing power with learners
Ways in which an online math teacher can be effective could include providing engaging, interactive and meaningful activities that peak the interest of students and connect their brains to real life experiences.
It's also imperative that we allow our learners to show their understanding and comprehension in different ways. Whether it be our tools or other EdTech tools, providing student choice empowers learners and allowing them to collaborate using technology tools opens up a wealth of opportunities to absorb the curriculum.
Allowing students to use multiple means of expression is invaluable. Whether students show their understanding through handwritten interpretation, digital interpretation, audio recording, or by other alternate means allows for flexibility. It also shows that the teacher is preparing for students who come in with limitations and barriers.
A final point here, is that UDL opens the door for opportunities to our learners. The teacher should have the same learning goals and expectations for each of their students. It is important to hold each student to the same high standard as the next, but the manner in which we get to the solution can be eye opening to not only the student but can even make a teacher say “Wow, I never thought of that way to get to the answer.”
Equity in the Math Classroom
Back at the start of this school year we hosted a keynote with José Vilson, a math educator, blogger, speaker and activist in New York City, NY. José has written and spoken about education, math and race for a number of organizations and publications, such as The New York Times, Education Week and Huffington Post to name a few.