In 1991, the interactive whiteboard was introduced into the field of education. The whiteboard is an interactive tool that is used in classrooms to engage and encourage student interaction in their education with the use of technology. For example, math games are used with the whiteboard to practice skills, to improve comprehension of concepts and to encourage students to use skills they should have learned or need to practice. Educators have collaborated to create and share websites with math games and other resources for use with the whiteboard via the internet.
Primary Game Series
Primary Game Series has an interesting selection of interactive math games. The games have an option to run the game with the Whiteboard either in the “On” mode or the “Off” mode. The games feature kid friendly graphics such as balloons, a dartboard, airplanes, bubbles and pyramids. The Tortoise and the Hare game challenges kids to find percentages or fractions in order to beat the hare to the finish line.
Math games on Sheppard Software range from early math games to games with mixed operations. One game I thought was particularly fun and enjoyable was Multiplication Math Mahjong. There were two levels, easy and advanced. Both levels will challenge students to use and remember their multiplication facts in an attempt to get the highest score or if using a dual interactive whiteboard to see who will finish first.
Interactive Smartboard Math and Game Resource Collections
Several sites have compiled extensive listing of resources designed to be used with the interactive whiteboards. Topmarks has the math section categorized by stages with increasing difficulty levels. They have games and activities from the foundation levels of counting and ordering through algebra and geometry levels.
On Interactive Resources from Global Classroom there are linked resources for teachers and by publishers. The range of linked activities is from basic math to advanced levels
At Smartboard Resources, the math section has over 50 links to interactive and fun sites and covers a wide variety of geometry topics.
Another collection of linked websites for interactive math resources was created by Amphitheater Public Schools. These resources are for the K-5 grades and have a good selection of resources for virtual math manipulatives.
One of the best sites for interactive whiteboard resources is compiled at Teacher LED. The games and activities are designed to help students understand the concepts and to practice them. For example, Rainbow Math uses rainbows and raindrops to illustrate the relationships between multiplication and number multiples. It is very visually focused and the directions are easy to follow and the lessons are designed for use on the whiteboard.
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