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'Calculation Nation' Puts Gaming in Mathematics

As a follow-up to yesterday's post about the Florida Virtual School and their new game-based American history course, we received an e-mail about another resource for teachers and students who are interested in educational games. Calculation Nation, created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, or NCTM, has a series of online math games that allow students to challenge the math skills of students around the globe.

The games are standards-based, according to the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and Curriculum Focal Points, and are designed for late elementary and middle school math students. There are five different games to choose from, which tackle concepts such as fractions, multiplication, and factors, all of which can be voted on and rated, so you can see which games are the most popular.

Calculation Nation is part of a bigger project by NCTM called Illuminations, which has links to lots of online activities and lesson plans for math teachers.

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