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The Math Learning Center Blog

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Now that all MLC Math Apps have sharing capabilities, we’ve launched an App Activities page on the newly redesigned MLC website. There, teachers can find a repository of app-based problem-solving tasks to engage and challenge students. You can search by keyword or filter by grade level, topic, or app to find an appropriate problem-solving task for your students. While I encourage you to explore...
Kim Markworth, Director of Content Development
Most of us can recall one or more favorite teachers from school. I encountered my three favorite teachers well along in my educational path. All of them were at one time professors at the University of Oregon, which may or may not have something to do with my love for the Oregon Ducks. Dr. Robert Sylwester was a professor of education, an author, and was widely known for his study of brain...
Dan Raguse, Past MLC Executive Director
In a remote environment, how can Bridges educators provide appropriate scaffolds and be responsive to student thinking? Sharing MLC apps with students can be a powerful approach, particularly when working with students in an asynchronous setting. What does it mean to share with an MLC app? Put simply, Bridges educators can build a “saved state” task that they share with their students by way of an...
Physical manipulatives are locked away in classrooms, so teachers, students, and families are turning to The Math Learning Center apps to support understanding of visual mathematics in a remote learning environment. Usage of these free virtual manipulatives and models has tripled over the last six weeks. On Friday, May 1, more than 500 educators attended an MLC webinar on how the apps can be used...
The Number Line app is the latest Math Learning Center app to be updated with the ability to share work between students and teachers. The process is the same as for Number Pieces and Number Rack: Set up your number line to pose a problem, show a strategy, or start a discussion. Select Share in the toolbar. Share the link or 8-digit code with others. Students can open the shared workspace with the...
We’ve been talking with educators at conferences, in workshops, and online about how they use (and love) our apps. This feedback is critical to making sure our apps stay useful and relevant in your classroom. Earlier this summer we updated the Geoboard, Number Rack, and Number Pieces apps. Next on our to-do list was Number Line. The Number Line app has always been a great way for students to...
Collin Nelson
The Math Learning Center is making updates to all of our free math apps. We’ve listened to your feedback, and we think you’re going to love the new features. So far, we’ve updated 3 of our 6 apps. Geoboard, Number Rack, and Number Pieces are all ready to download in the Ipad version. Web version updates will follow by April 1. Here’s a list of the new features: Geoboard Updated look and feel...
Jami Smith
MLC collaborated with the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) to establish a scholarship fund for elementary math specialists. "There is a growing consensus regarding the importance of math specialist at the elementary level" said Rick Ludeman, MLC President. "We were inspired to create this scholarship fund by a column on the topic written by J. Michael Shaughnessy during his...
Math and the Mind’s Eye has helped shape the career of Suzanne Hossler , a middle school mathematics teacher for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. As Suzanne tells the story, “During my student teaching in 1989 I was privileged to watch a fourth grade classroom using MLC materials. I was so fascinated with the materials, how the students responded, and the depth of...
Rick Ludeman, Chief Executive Officer