Teacher Review for National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Not bad, much more economical than the real thing!

Chava A.
Special education instructor
MTJ, New York, NY
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Basically the same way you'd use real manipulatives! I don't bother much with things like shape tiles that really are much better to play with in your hands, but for other things like base-ten blocks, fraction tiles, and such, it is great for illustrating and demonstrating concepts. You can let kids try things on their own, such as proving whether fractions are equivalent, and yo never have to worry about not having enough pieces, losing pieces, and cleaning up!
My Take
It's a bit clunky but basically works. Would be great to see it updated for touch interfaces. I believe that actual, 3-D manipulatives provide a much richer learning experience but this is a great substitute when needed due to space, budget, and time (to obtain better materials) is an issue. I love that it includes a huge variety of manipulatives all in one program. I would greatly appreciate an offline version for classrooms with no internet access.