Michigan Conference
Technology Ideas for Enhancing Math Curriculum
October 20, 2003

Session Description: Learn about software and management ideas for using technology in your math curriculum. Explore Internet resources to supplement your hands-on classroom activities. Ideas for the one or two computer classroom will be shared. Experience math & technology activities that can be built into your daily routine. Curriculum ideas for using digital cameras, real world data, and graphing software will be shared as well. Lots of ideas will be jammed into this session! Come find some neat ideas for the coming year!

One Page Handout PDF
Math Jokes PowerPoint
Michigan Math Standards & Benchmarks

| Estimation | Patterns & Shapes | Problem Solving
Graphing & Spreadsheets | Time, Money & Measurement | General Resources

Software Suggestions by Participants

Blaster Series
Carnival Countdown
Worksheet Factory
Number Munchers


Counting: Fall Counting (K) Winter Counting (K) KidPix Dice (K) 100th Day of School (K) Number SlideShow (K-3)

Place Value:
In Kid Pix Studio, use stamps to illustrate place value. Assign a number. Kids can use a stamp for 1’s, hold control + stamp to make larger for 10’s, hold shift + control + stamp to make giant 100’s. In KidPix Deluxe 3, use the size tool.
Web: Place Value Playoff!

Math Facts: KidPix: Addition Sentences (1) Multiplication Arrays (3) another example of multiplication arrays (2)
Have kids create a ‘flashcard’ slideshow in KidPix. The 1st slide is the problem, the 2nd is the problem with the answer. Check the answers before you use these with other students! To make it more challenging, set the timer for each slide in the slideshow.
In Kid Pix,  students can use numbers and picture stamps to write number sentences.

Math Facts: Web: MathCar Racing (2-6) Tic Tac Toe Squares (2-6) A+Math (math facts, square roots, & rounding) Math Baseball (2-6) ChangeMaker– Figure out the correct change. Multiplication Review

Fractions: KidPix: Practice cutting Kid Pix shapes in half with the cut tool. Draw and illustrate fractions.

Fractions: Web: Visual Fractions (Identify, Rename, Compare, Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide) Fresh Baked Fractions

Web: Prime and Composite Numbers | Factors

Management Tips: Introducing Technology & Whole Class Demonstration

Estimation & Probability

Kidpix: In KidPix – estimate how many of 1 kind of stamp will fit in a large circle or square. Try this on a daily basis and soon students should be fairly accurate.

Web: Probability – Spin the spinner, roll the die and more. Estimation practice. Coin Toss

Patterns & Shapes

KidPix: Symmetry (K) Symmetry (1) Patterns (1) Create patterns or create a pattern with an error. Or start a pattern for kids to continue.

  • Stamp 20 different objects and save. Have kids use Moving Van or Grab Tool to sort them in some way and use typewriter to label each group.
  • In Kid Pix, play Barrier Games. Student creates a picture using outlined shapes, large, medium, and small sizes, placed in varying positions. Print. Color in shapes. Students practice giving and following directions by describing their picture for another student to create on the computer, then comparing pictures.
  • In Kid Pix create a picture using only the circle tool, or one color, or using 3 circles, 4 squares, 1 triangle or have each student add 1 item to a drawing. The picture would be complete when all students have contributed.

Digital Camera:

  • Find Fibonacci sequences (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55...) in the petals of daisies, iris, lilies and asters.  Count the rows on pinecones, pineapples and artichokes. Document examples of these numbers by taking pictures with the digital camera.
  • Have students take digital pictures of familiar objects (a chair, the playground, a box of markers). Print or import into KidPix or any drawing program. If printed, laminate & use vis a vis markers.  If using the computer, make sure they save as a file under their own name before doing anything on the picture.
    • Find & trace specific geometric shapes.

    • Include directions: Find all the triangles.  Label the geometric solids in this building.

    • Trade pictures with other buildings.

    • Make shape sewing cards by printing out on cardstock, punching holes around the shapes.

    • Look for more intricate shapes such as pentagons or right triangles.

    • Draw in lines of symmetry.

    • Create a slideshow of shapes or circles in our world.

    • Label and measure the angles in the photos.

    • Take photos of kids and measure the angles in their knees and elbows.
  • In Kid Pix, draw a large shape and save. Kids can find out how many rabbits (or fish, or suns, etc.) stamps fit around the perimeter. They can record this on a class list. Later, graph this info. OR stamp and count how many fit inside the shape (area).

  • Assign pairs of students to go on a walk through the school to find examples of geometric shapes (circles, triangles, parallel lines, obtuse angles, etc).

Slideshow: Find examples of patterns and series.  Collect images and create a slideshow or print for a book.

Software: Tesselation

Web: Oddball – Which one is different? Fun Match – Concentration game at varying levels and difficulties. Pattern Blocks: Fractions – A Java site to create cool fractions and patterns (or tesselations).

WebQuest: Geometry Meets Poetry (6-12) What's Your Favorite Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem? (9-10)

Management Tip: One Computer Classroom Scheduling Ideas

Problem Solving

Kidspiration: Word Problems: Shopping for Presents (3-4)

Digital Camera & KidPix/PowerPoint:

  • Take a series of pictures showing how to add a column of numbers or extend a pattern or create a graph. Students can use a "storyboard" to plan their pictures. Mix pictures and have students sequence them. Place pictures in KidPix or Powerpoint and add students' voices explaining the process of adding/patterning, etc.
  • Kids can create problem stories with KidPix. Have them select a background to print out and use as the ‘setting’ for the story.
  • In Kid Pix, set up a Math story problem, and let kids use stamps or draw an illustration for the problem. OR illustrate a problem and let them write or record a matching problem. OR have one child illustrate a problem and let a partner create a problem to go with it.

  • Take pictures to illustrate a story problem and its solution.

Web: Dare to be Square – Create more squares than the computer. Logic problems.

Arithmetic Activities – Wow! This site will keep kids busy for months!

Daily/Weekly Routine The Internet Math Challenge has a new problem each week. Better for the higher grades. The Math Forum also has Problems of the Week divided up by levels.

WorkSheet Generator: Math Worksheets to Go and Worksheet Generator (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, FOIL)

WebQuests: Searching for Solutions (3-8) Design a Dream Vacation (6-8) Franchise (6-8) Roller Coaster Statistics (6-8) Hockey Salary Calculator (9-12) Yellowstone Caldera (9-12) Call Me (analysis of 10-10 numbers) (9)

Management Tips: Student Helpers

Graphing & Spreadsheets

Digital Camera: Use digital pictures of your students' faces.  Transfer the pictures to a word document.  Resize each picture to about 1" square. Print on cardstock, cut out, laminate, and add a piece of magnet to the back. Use for graphing, survey, Venn diagrams. Label points to teach kids about coordinate graphs.

KidPix: In KidPix Deluxe, select the Brush. Flip through the selections on the bottom of the screen till you find a picture of a die. Select, click on screen. Each time you click your mouse, the die will randomly change. Now, you can use the line tool to create a 6 column graph, save. Kids can record the "rolls" of the die.

Overhead Projector: Need a graph grid? Pull out the overhead projector and use a grid you’ve put on a transparency with permanent marker (in case any of your helpers help a little too much!). You can shine this grid on your chalkboard/whiteboard and write away.

Graphing Programs: Graph Club, Graph Master

Web Graphing: Create a Graph | m&m’s Graphing | Jan Brett: online interactive hat graphing activity based on The Hat (works in Internet Explorer).

Real World Data Graph Examples:

Real World Data for Graphing


Excel Projects (Instructions)

Management Tips: Lab Ideas

Time, Money, & Measurement

KidPix: Telling Time (K) Counting Pennies, Nickels, and Dimes (1) Assign each student to write and illustrate what they would be doing at a particular time of the day. Assemble into a SlideShow labeled 24 Hours in a Day.


General Resources


  • Math instruction can be enhanced by the techie teacher Math is such a large part of the school day – and technology can enhance what you’re already doing. If you haven’t already thought of some of these activities, you might want to try one or two tomorrow morning.
  • Teaching and Learning about Whole Numbers Several short articles and student examples are shown here for teaching students to count, subtract, multiply and more. Choose at least one of the articles. How can technology help teach or reinforce these levels of learning? Note: Some of them include short movies of students counting and working math problems. You may need to install QuickTime on your computer to view them.
  • Do the Numbers: A new generation of math software that really adds up. (Software reviews from 2000.)
  • Explore ISTE's NETS Standards for Students Lesson Plans and Units. ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, created the NETS: National Educational Technology Standards. You will find some useful lesson plans here! Check out the Math ones.
  • QuickTime Movies for Math Concepts This professional development web site is devoted to the demonstration and support of effective mathematics teaching methods. Through the use of cataloged video clips and related support materials, teachers can explore specific math concepts at their own pace.


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