Teaching math whole group or small group is always better whenever the students are better to able to see what you are teaching. The technology you use, the way present to you class, and the level of engagement are all part of having an effective lesson.
I have recently found a great app to help make teaching math more engaging and exciting. This app is called Teaching Table-math with addition and subtraction for kids by Openset. Previously I used other apps and tried to upload photo after photo of manipulatives for lessons. I always hoped that there was an app to make this easier. That app is Teaching Table.
Their website states that creating lessons take only minutes. After testing it out all the features for awhile and going through their sample workbooks, I would completely agree. Once I got the hang of all the features, I was able to create a lesson for the day in under 20 minutes.
There are so many different manipulatives that you can choose from within the app. They even make it easy to duplicate them to make teaching very engaging.
The manipulatives include:
Presentation and engagement pieces include:
When creating your workbook, you can interact with the manipulatives in your presentation. You can have them move wherever on the page, resize them, make them negative, change the colors, and duplicate them as well.
What I enjoyed about this app was being able to easily move the manipulative on the page and use the other features to have students check their work. I recently had students count money using the coins and the Counting Areas feature. They simply dragged coins in the box and clicked on the green box to check their work.
I will soon be having students try this out on their own. Students will work on base ten blocks, counting coins, answer multiple choice questions, and open ended answers.
There are two versions: a lite version where you can only create one workbook and opened up emailed workbooks or a paid version for $2.99. I highly recommend the paid version because you can create multiple workbooks, email them out to other peers, and even share them with parents.
If you want to check out more, visit http://teachingtableapp.com