Add item to your planner: Scheduled Event: Workshop 5: Using technology and TACTivities to engage learners in mathematics classrooms
March 29, 2021
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Teachers often use hands-on activities and manipulatives to engage their students in the learning process. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has made this type of learning less accessible with the use of remote teaching. Teachers are left with the challenge of how to motivate and engage their students without being able to provide them with concrete items that help students be actively involved in the learning process. In this workshop, we provide one way in which teachers can still provide their students with these hands-on experiences using tactile learning activities that we call TACTivities. The term “TACTivity” is a portmanteau of the words “tactile” and “activity.” Thus, a TACTivity is a tactile activity. We emphasize that with TACTivities, it is the students, and not (just) the instructor, who are engaging in the tactile experience. We provide options for virtual TACTivities, as well as ways in which some of the activities can be printed and completed remotely. Our TACTivities were originally created for the mathematics classroom, but they could be modified for any grade level and any subject area. An emphasis on free technologies to make the classroom more active will also be emphasized.