Mathematical Sense-Making through Virtual Manipulatives

Hands-on explorations using real manipulatives is important for learners to make sense of mathematical concepts at a concrete level. But digital tools also provide opportunities for meaningful exploration and learning, and virtual manipulatives have some interesting advantages. Come explore some free web-based tools, with a specific focus on Polypad which is a newly developed tool that has a lot of things to get excited about! Please bring a laptop or tablet (eg. iPad).

Target Audience



1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

This session is full.


  • District Education Centre
    Marc Garneau

    Marc Garneau is a Numeracy Helping Teacher for the Surrey School District, in which capacity he supports the teaching, learning, and assessing of mathematics across grades K-12. Marc has served on the BCAMT Executive since 2001 in various roles including President, conference chair, and the NCTM/NCSM representative. Marc has also served on the K-12 BC Math Curriculum Committee, as well as nationally for the NCTM and NCSM. Marc has a passion for professional learning, and has done workshops provincially, nationally, and internationally. In recent years, Marc has focused much of his own learning, and workshops, around supporting the curricular competencies and on transforming assessment.