Algebraic patterns using virtual color tiles: Interactively engaging leaners through online constructions
Abstract: Teaching remotely is a norm at this moment in time. The transition from face-to-face learning to online learning was instant and swift; there was little room for planning. Mathematics can be particularly challenging for online learning because of the dependence on physical tools to explore key ideas. In this presentation, virtual manipulatives in the form of color tiles are used to enhance algebraic development at the middle school level. The activities can be used to support the transition to online learning. Activities presented here are appropriate for preservice teachers, middle school students, Algebra I students and their teachers. The activities provided here were explored with preservice K-8 teachers.