Isobel Williams

Using Canvas for Maths in the K-10 Classroom

Blog Post created by Isobel Williams on Apr 10, 2019

I have been pondering how to use Canvas and other online resources in the maths classroom and have come up with a few ideas - I would love to hear from others:

Maths Journals - set up a group discussions with only one student per group.  This can then be used as an individual journal space - students can add photos of work , reflect on ideas and the teacher can respond with individual feedback

Collaborations - In Office 365 or GoogleDocs - give studenta a problem with deliberate errors and ask them to work as a group and investigate, - use it as a text based online whiteboard - provide real life projects to investigate. - include interesting images, puzzles or patterns for students to explore together.

Peer Review - use the peer review function for students to provide feedback on thinking and problem solving techniques.

Maths Displays - use apps like Padlet or Sway (office365), photostory and many others to showcase student work, problem solving skills and thinking.  - Create an eBook on topics being covered and include student solutions.

Manipulatives - embed manipulatives in Canvas pages to encourage students to explore, find patterns and try out new ideas. - try polyup or mathslearningcentre.

Word Collections - use Answer Garden, Padlet, Office365 or GoogleDocs etc to collect interesting Maths words  and definitions. - Use discussions to ask students to define a word  or find more examples  - Ask them to post images of Maths words found in everyday life.

Real Time data - Investigate real time data feeds - population, weather, energy use, disasters, traffic (search for open data) then interpret that real time data and graphs.

Flip the Classroom - provide students with the means to learn new topics before coming to class, or review topics covered.  Make this homework and use class time for collaboration and deeper understanding.

Station Rotation - Tech time, Project time, Teacher time - set up stations students cycle through to enable you to spend time 1:1 with students.

Bump it up - Place anonymous work at different levels in a discussion (small group discussions might work best here) and ask students to discuss problem solving techniques and rate the work according to a scale you can define - ask them to compare their work and consider what they need to do to "Bump it up".

Real life maths - Make your own recording of activities that need some maths - eg Choosing what to buy at the supermarket (eg what is the best value cheese), How much paint will I need? - I am building a fence - What will it cost? - many ideas here.  Students view the problem and work out how to solve it.  

Goal setting and reflection - use quizzes and unmarked surveys for students as exit cards and reflection triggers.


Would love to hear some more ideas on adding value to maths lessons with Canvas.