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In Part 1 of our series on Digital Work Places, we considered how students might use these tools in an asynchronous environment or when partner work isn’t possible. When social distancing ceases to be a focus of concern, students will be able to pair up and work on a single device to play a game, much as they would with a real game board, spinner, or card deck. Until that day arrives, teachers are finding new ways to think about gameplay, even
Work Places play a critical role for students, providing skills practice with engaging, developmentally appropriate games, independent activities, or more open-ended partner work. Cognizant of the key role they play, and responding to requests from Bridges teachers, MLC has created Digital Work Places, versions of the Digital Display Materials that students can use on their own computers or tablets.
In a two-part blog series, we will explore how these new digital tools might be used during either synchronous or asynchronous instruction, with or without partners. Let’s begin by considering how the Digital Work Places might be used when opportunities for face-to-face interaction are limited.
As each new school year begins, teachers consider how to help students build confidence with the tools and manipulatives they will use throughout the year. In Work Places, for example, we allow students to explore materials like Unifix cubes, pattern blocks, and dominoes before they use them in actual gameplay. In this relaxed setting, students generate interest and excitement in classroom resources while they investigate materials and establish norms for their use and care.
To minimize the sharing of physical items in the classroom, and to facilitate hands-on learning opportunities at home, we have created two options for providing students in Bridges schools and districts with their own materials kit:
Student Kits: Each boxed kit provides the key manipulatives and other components needed by one student.
Completer Kits: Additional quantities of selected items that, when combined with existing Bridges classroom kits, provide enough materials to create 30 individual student kits.
Patrick Vennebush, Chief Learning Officer and Nicole Rigelman, Chief Academic Officer
Jun 9, 2020
With the end of the school year approaching, districts are making plans for a highly uncertain future. To assist schools and districts with their planning, The Math Learning Center is preparing a collection of resources that can be used whether schools re-open or if remote learning continues.