Three Free Tools to Engage and Empower Your Math Students


Giving students the opportunity to “see” how the parameters of a function affect its graph can be challenging for teachers. So is sitting with a student one-on-one as they solve or simplify multiple problems while other students await the same valuable time. But with the use of graphing, solving, and simplifying math tools that enhance student learning, teachers can successfully demonstrate whole-class discussions as well as facilitate self-paced explorations. When used effectively, computer-based activities have increased student motivation and student outcomes in math classrooms.

By giving students access to engaging tools, teachers can focus on deeper learning, challenge their students, and enhance intrinsic motivation. The free tools from Curriculum Pathways allows students to make observations while changing parameters of graphs. No more back and forth between the equation and the graph as with a calculator. Students then test those observations as they develop learning strategies to achieve personal learning goals. Additionally, the tools support building mastery and encourage perseverance by providing instructional feedback through practice problems that vary in type and difficulty.

Want to learn more?

Are you attending ISTE this year in San Antonio? If so, stop by our poster session, Three Free Tools to Engage and Empower Your Math Students on Wednesday, June 28 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. We’ll do the following:

  • Explore using technology to increase understanding
  • Discover ways to increase student engagement
  • Collaborate on integration strategies

About Author

Staci Lyon

Staci Lyon is a mathematics curriculum specialist with Curriculum Pathways. She taught high school mathematics for 12 years in Wake County and Granville County. She also taught with North Carolina Virtual Public School. She received both a M.Ed. degree in Instructional Technology and a B. S. degree in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University. Working alongside a team, she enjoys developing the award winning online math resources for Curriculum Pathways that allow teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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