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MERLOT II


    

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Material:

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Rating: No Rating (Comment only)
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: Dusty Sykes (Student), Apr 25, 2004
Comment:
How I reviewed the material: I spent about 30 ?35 minutes using the software
and trying out different features. I used three different manipulatives.

My evaluation of content quality: The scope of the content was quite amazing.
I copied the grid that helped a user get to the section that they need. In each
category/grade level there are from three to eight activities. One activity
might show up in as many as three grade levels.

The most complete lessons have a teacher?s lesson planner, academic standards
reference and a Help tool. The standards are linked to the NCTM (National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics) standards web-site.

The manipulatives run well on the computer. Some ?fine touches? on the UIF
(User Interface) would be nice. For example, there is a simulation of adding in
base 2, 5 or 10 and the column headers remain at 1, 10, 100 with 2 or 5 in
small letters under it.


My evaluation of effectiveness for teaching or learning: I think this would
be a good center activity. Probably would have some of the more computer savvy
students go through the manipulative exercise and give me an evaluation and
things that I might need to know to have other students use it. Then I could
get on and go through it myself.

My evaluation concerning ease of use This is written in Java Script and seems
to have fairly severe UIF capabilities, but it is NOT clumsy, but neither is it
totally intuitive. Must read the instructions to get a feel of it?no bubble
help or graphic support. It?s a pretty boring presentation format, compared to
math websites for kids, but it seems more serious and involved, so it?s a great
tool.