Saturday, January 8, 2022

Audio, Buffalo, and Skiing - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we have a fresh layer of snow on the ground. It's going to be a great weekend for skiing at our favorite little ski mountain, Mt. Abram. One of the things that I like about Mt. Abram is that when it's closed during the week I can still skin up and ski down the mountain. That's exactly what I did earlier this week when I was in desperate need of some fresh air and good, hard exercise. But this weekend I'll be riding the lift with my daughters. I hope that you also have something fun planned for your weekend. 

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Volley - Video, Audio, and Text Messaging for Learning
2. Best of 2021 - The Science of Cake!
3. Add Audio to Almost Anything in Google Workspace
4. How to Record and Embed Audio in Google Docs
5. How to Create and Publish Your First Podcast
6. The National Jukebox - 16,000+ Early Music Recordings
7. All About American Buffalo

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Two Ways to Create Virtual Manipulatives for Elementary School Math Lessons

Earlier this week I received an email from a reader who was looking for some ideas for creating virtual manipulatives she and her elementary school students to use during remote instruction days. I had two ideas immediately come to mind that I shared with her and I'll share with you. 

The first idea I shared was to use Google Drawings to make virtual manipulatives and then distribute them through Google Classroom. You can do this in two ways. One is to make a set of text boxes and other shapes in Google Drawings and then share it as an assignment in Google Classroom. The other way is to make an assignment and then choose "Drawings" to create a new drawing to distribute to students. In this video I demonstrate how to do that. 

My other suggestion for making virtual math manipulatives was to try Lumio (disclosure, a recent advertiser on this blog). Lumio offers more than a dozen premade virtual math manipulatives that you can use to create individual and group online mathematics activities. Here's a little video overview of Lumio's virtual manipulatives. 

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