Digital programs, apps and resources

An excellent and very large U.S. site is Illuminations, a project of the U.S. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The site, which services each of the conventional math strands from Pre-K to grade 12, describes its mission as helping teachers access to quality standards-based resources for teaching and learning mathematics, including interactive tools for students and instructional support for teachers.
The site,which features more than 100 online activities, games, and free app downloads, also provides at least 17 online geometric and spatial reasoning digital games or activities suitable for Pre-K to Kindergarten students which you can find by clicking here, or you can search the site with the following search criteria: Interactive, NCTM Standards, Pre-K-2, Geometry. The online activities are apparently optimized for tablet and desktop, though we found they run consistently best on Internet Explorer.
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The website houses Ontario Ministry of Education developed interactive electronic
resources to support mathematics learning from kindergarten to Grade 12. The games and learning
tools by mathies and the mathies logo are copyrighted by the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education, 2016, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Council of Ontario Directors of Education.
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TVO's mPower is a creative online game that teaches fundamental K-6 math skills while enabling students to have fun and learn more about the world around them.
It is:
- Ontario curriculum-based, supporting the development of global competencies,
- Student-centered, tracking student progress and responds to learners' needs,
- Assessment-driven, including teacher dashboard and educator resources, and
- Always free for Ontario students and educators.

Ontario Educational Resources Bank (OERB)

These files are available at the Ontario Education Resources Bank (OERB) . Teacher's in Ontario can access these files directly online by signing in to the OERB site. You can also download them here. In order to use them, you will need to download them, unzip (extract) them, and you may need to have ActiveX installed on your computer.
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You can safely download this free program from:
ActiveX download from cnet .

Let's Build With Shapes
Resource ID : ELO1301780
Description : This interactive learning object shows four different shape characters that each describe their characteristics. Pictures of various things that may be seen in the student’s environment show that shapes can be seen all around us. This interactive learning object has a building activity using shapes to construct and deconstruct structures.
Keywords : shapes, two dimensional, circle, square, rectangle, triangle, geometry, structure, construct, deconstruct

Grocery Store
Resource ID : ELO1275520
Description : In this interactive learning object, students will explore, sort and build with three-dimensional figures.
Keywords : 3-dimensional figures, sorting, geometric shapes, grocery store items, classifying

Positional Words
Resource ID : ELO1080650
Description : In this interactive Learning Object, students show their understanding of positional language by following oral directions. Students are presented with a visually appealing selection of 4 animal icons, representative of the 4 exercises that they will work through. The icons may be selected in any order. Once having chosen their animal, students will proceed to a picture that shows 5 images of that same animal, located in various positions in a picturesque setting. Now, students will be directed by the audio to select the animal that is "on, near, inside, infront of, etc." Two incorrect attempts are allowed. Upon third incorrect attempt, the correct animal is auto-identified, and students will continue with the exercise. When the students have correctly located all five animals, they are returned to the opening screen, and select their next animal. Upon successful completion of all 4 exercises, a congratulatory message will appear. Replay option available. While there are in total 20 challenges among the four exercises, some of the same positional words have multiple appearances, so there will be some reiteration and reinforcement of select positional words throughout the resource.

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A virtual manipulative similar to the physical ones commonly available in classrooms, made up of an unlimited number of triangles, hexagons and other shapes that can be placed, rotated and manipulated in a workspace to model patterns, show number operations or represent fractions. It is from
Pattern Block Tool

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Geometry for Young Learners (G4YL)
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Led by Dr. Nathalie Sinclair of Simon Fraser University, Geometry for Young Learners is a group of mathematics educators working together to improve student learning. One of the group`s goals is to identify effective ways of allowing young children to develop sophisticated mathematical ideas while drawing on their powerful visual and kinaesthetic capacities.
On this site teachers can access Web Sketchpad, a type of dynamic geometry software (DGS) considered as a powerful tool for improving student learning. Incorporating an engaging visual component, it allows learners to explore, test conjectures, discover patterns, and think creatively. The basic tools of DGS are more than appropriate for the primary school mathematics curriculum. Students are excited to interact with the software and it offers many opportunities for collaboration and discussion.
The group has also developed and posted a few lessons at the primary and junior levels on their site.

Simon Fraser University: Geometry for Young Learners

The Geometer's Sketchpad(GSP)
Geometer’s Sketchpad™ (GSP) can be used to create dynamic shapes to explore mathematics. Approximately 110 activities
with pre-made sketches are available for studfents to explore number relationships, geometry, measurement, and patterning.
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In order to use .gsp files supplied on this site, Sketchpad must be downloaded and installed on the computer.
Installation Instructions
1. Download the correct version of the software for your operating system from:
2. Run the installer.
3. When you are prompted, enter the License Name and Authorization Code supplied by your school.

Sketchpad Explorer App for iPad allows you to view and manipulate Sketchpad files.
All CLIPS Geometer’s Sketchpad (GSP) activities have been updated to GSP5 so that they can be accessed with Sketchpad Explorer app for iPads. For a complete list of these activities, visit and search for GSP files.

Math Practice
Although arguably less engaging for young children than some of its competitors’ newer, visually and aurally stimulating games despite its badges and certificates, another good interactive online option for developing spatial skills is IXL Math Practise. Its kindergarten mathematics section is well
organized, businesslike and conforms to the criteria for high quality digital resources outlined in the 2014 article “Finding the Missing Piece: Blocks, Puzzles, and Shapes Fuel School Readiness” by author-researchers Brian N. Verdine, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, and
Nora S. Newcombe. The IXL site contains are approximately 40 spatial and geometric activities for kindergarten organized into five mathematics sections: sorting/ordering/classifying, two-dimensional shapes, three-dimensional shapes, patterning, and positions. It is located at:
IXL Math Practise.