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Digital Manipulatives

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Virtual Manipulatives are computer programs that simulate the actions of traditional manipulatives like Integer Rods (Cuisenaire Rods), Pattern Blocks, Attribute Blocks, and Algeblocks etc. The best of these applets apply a sense of play to overcome physical and conceptual limitations of traditional blocks, for example allowing users to "glue" blocks together, or chisel them apart with virtual tools, or to drag a line of symmetry in real time and see what happens to block groupings. Some sites that feature Virtual Manipulatives include:

Pattern Blocks

see the Cuisenaire Rod section

University of Utah Java applets

George Mason University


Physics Simulations

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