Interactive Math Tool Promoting Problem Solving and Logical Thinking
Created by teachers, the CanFigureIt Geometry tool provides an easy-to-use workspace where students can practice geometric proofs while engaging in deductive reasoning. The tool covers several types of geometric proofs—from proving facts about lines to more complicated proofs on triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles. An embedded glossary with visuals and templates demonstrates the structure of theorems, and an algebra manipulator also helps students solve for specific values. Students can work through the proofs with guided instructions or on their own. They can work forward from the provided information (called “Gifts”) or backward from the goal in a step-by-step method. CanFigureIt gives students a number of different options, from typing in choices to tapping an image provided to selecting from various preset theorems available to them. Handy hints help students when they get stuck, and a full-screen pop-up congratulates students when they arrive at the final proof. A dashboard lets teachers see student progress and assign supporting proofs as needed. Teachers can sign up to use the tool for free.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in December.
With the Math in the Media program from the American Mathematical Society (AMS), teachers can stay up-to-date with math in current events and get ideas for classroom activities. The site has two components: Digests of Math in the Media and Tony Phillips’ Take on Math in the Media.
Imagine students saying, “I get to go to summer school”—about MATH! The MIND Research Institute’s new five-week program, designed specifically for summer school use in K–5, immerses students in rich math experiences. The program provides pre- and post-assessments, number-sense games, small-group instruction, and much more. Ninety-minute blocks, five days a week is all it takes to help build confidence and facilitate a deep conceptual understanding. Get started today and make sure your students are ready to hit the ground running in the fall.