Teacher Review for National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Clunky interface, but functional place to demonstrate manipulatives for the whole class

My Rating
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Whole class
Great with ELL
How I Use It
If you need a quick visual demonstration and don't want to bust out all the cubes and tiles, this website is a useful tool to know about. I projected it for the whole class to see when I taught place value. It's a great visual conjunction with a lesson that is already engaging, especially for concepts where kids are using manipulatives at their desk. I also used it for differentiation, both high and low. Kids don't like using the website on its own, but they enjoyed having it as a resource when they were stuck on something else we were doing. It just depends on if they like to learn visually or not.
My Take
This website is exactly what it sounds like, just basic manipulatives online. It's not the best for students on their own because the interface is hard to use. It's very basic, but they have manipulatives for tons of different types of problems. If you have the time to really explain to kids how to navigate the website, it's a useful tool resource them to use when finishing work.