Digital Playground Exploring Mathematical Thinking
Polyup is a free digital programming environment—designed for mathematics and computer science classrooms—which translates abstract mathematical concepts and exercises into physical form. The gamifiedenvironment uses the building blocks of mathematics as its syntax so that it is accessible for a wide array of K–12 students. Polyup introduces and reinforces a range of skills, including problem solving, order of operations, sequences and series of variables, functions, computational logic, and algorithms. The environment capitalizes on students’ emerging interest in “modding,” or modifying the software and hardware of products (such as video games, toys, and robots) to change their functionality—by connecting their computational thinking skills to real-world modding applications. The flexible platform provides a variety of activities and exercises varying in length—from five minutes to one hour—which can easily be incorporated into the classroom environment. Polyup is developed by a team of mathematics and informatics education researchers and physicists with significant input from math teachers.
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resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned
to the most in 2018.
Professor Ian Stewart is students’ guide through Incredible Numbers, an iPad app from Touch Press. Interactive examples—from simple equations to a working Enigma machine—put the concepts behind mathematics at students’ fingertips.
The Esther Mendlesohn Fund of the Mathematics Education Trust and the NationalCouncil of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) are sponsoring Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for educators who are members of NCTE and are interested in incorporating music into the elementary school classroom to help young students (preK–grade 2) learn mathematics.