Evaluation Matrix

Name of teaching resource


Geometric Solids


Weblink (if web based)


http://illuminations.nctm.org/Activity.aspx?id=3521


Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (i.e. year/grade)


I will evaluate this resource for use in a Grade Two lesson, however the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics [NCTM] identify it as appropriate for use in Pre-12.


How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)


For optimal use this resource should be incorporated into a lesson or demonstration to extend upon students understanding of solid shapes. It is well suited to whole class use for display on a smartboard or individual use to aid students in answering questions about three-dimensional shapes and exploring their features.


Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?


Mathematics, specifically geometry


Identify the strengths of this teaching resource


An alternative to using tangible shape models with the versatility to cater to a range of age levels. The manipulation of shapes is engaging, taking a constructivist styled approach. Shows solid shapes in their three-dimensional form and unfolded to their net pattern. Useful to select and count faces, edges and vertices.


Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource


Could include more shapes, especially basic shapes for use in lower grads. Some students would need initial guidance to use this tool optimally as it doesn’t have clear instructions.


Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource


This digital technology can be used to extend upon a developing understanding of geometric shapes, building on the ability to classify, recognise and describe the features of three-dimensional objects in line with the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority [ACARA] (2014) content descriptor ACMMG043. Wonderful aid to support the drawing of three-dimensional objects.


Word Count 218

References

Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority. (2014). Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum: Mathematics, Shape (ACMMG043)Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/mathematics/curriculum/f-10?layout=1

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (n.d). Illuminations: Resources for teaching math. Retrieved from http://illuminations.nctm.org/Activity.aspx?id=3521

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