Interactive Teaching Programs for Mathematics and Numeracy were produced by the Department for Education as part of a National Numeracy Strategy. These were designed to be used by primary teachers in helping support the teaching of a whole range of mathematical and numeracy concepts .
Teaching and Learning
They were not designed for use as standalone tools with any pupil working on their own, but were designed to be as adaptable to the needs of the teacher and pupils together in explaining concepts in mathematics and numeracy.
Each tool has a similar interface for ease of use by the teacher. This includes an on-screen help guide – so as a teacher hovers over any item it is explained. There is the option to display or hide elements, meaning only the element required for the teaching point is necessary to display (or to reveal as it becomes relevant to the teaching and learning process). The control panel can be shifted from left-hand to right-hand side, with use with an interactive whiteboard or other display device having been inherent in design of the tools. Feedback (such as numerical data) can be kept hidden or revealed so that in the process of teaching the teacher can guide the pupil to work out an expected answer, which the pupil can reveal to provide confirming feedback.
For each tool there is an extensive helpguide available as a pdf for viewing either on-screen or printing out. These tools are designed to support the teaching and learning process with a teacher guiding a pupil, group or class of pupils, through their learning, and a pace appropriate to them. They are incredibly flexible tools so can be used at many stages in primary school.
Numeracy and Mathematical Topics
The range of topics for which interactive teaching tools are available include: Area, Calculating angles, Coordinates, Counting on and back, Data handling, Decimal number line, Difference, Division Grid, Fixing points, Fractions, Grouping, Isometric grid, Line graph, Measuring cylinder, Measuring scales, Moving digits, Multiplication facts, Multiplication grid, Number dials, Number facts, Number facts, Number grid, Number line, Number spinners, Ordering numbers, Place value, Polygon, Remainders after division, Ruler, Symmetry, Tell the time, Thermometer, and Twenty cards.
Where can you access these resources?
These resources are no longer available from the Department for Education’s own website but are available from the following links:
Primary National Numeracy Strategy Interactive Teaching Programs - this site take you straight to the list of programs, click on chosen program which will take you to a Guide for that specific tool which will start in the browser on clicking “Run..” in the top right corner of each page. The guide for the complete range of tools can be accessed as a PDF from the “ITP Guide” link on the main page. If you wish to download the programs for use offline (perhaps to embed in the likes of SMART Notebook software to be included in a sequence of support materials for a lesson), then instead of clicking on the program to run any tool, simply right-click on one, and choose “save target as” to save the file to your computer (as a flash swf file) which can then be dragged into SMART Notebook to run from there without the need to be online.
55 Interactive Teaching tools for Mathematics on RuperCollins.com - this includes other resources which can also be either downloaded or used online.
National STEM Centre Interactive Teaching Programs for Mathematics - this site provides further descriptions of each tool and requires signing up to the STEM website to access the resources.