NECC Fabulous Find #5: The United Kingdom, ITPs, and Math Manipulatives

There are three types of workshops:
==>Why am I wasting my time sitting here?
==>This is good stuff
==>With the Halleluiah Chorus in the background, you-forget-to-breathe-because-this-is-GOOD-stuff-and-I-can’t-wait-to-share-this! good.

I was blessed to listen to Helen Crompton, member of the Visiting International Faculty, as she presented a new initiative by the British Government to support educators in teaching various mathematical concepts. Do not fear–these are as useful in the U.S. as they are in Britain! Especially useful for those with interactive white boards, slates, or data projectors, you can download for free (yes, you read right) Flash electronic manipulatives that cover such things as area, line graphs, grouping, place value, number lines, telling time, measuring ruler, and MANY more.

To access the ITPs, just go to this website, type in ITPs in the search bar, and click the hyperlinks that come up. There are many other links that I haven’t explored, but this is well worth investigating. For further information, feel free to email Ms. Crompton at

Here are some instructions to give you examples:
place value
ratio and proportion

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