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Conrad Nickels

Conrad Nickels
Director of Education and Lead Designer at Zorbit's Math Adventure, using game-based learning and ed-tech to make math your greatest ally.

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Unwrap These 5 Holiday & Christmas Math Activities in Your Class Today

[fa icon="calendar'] November 30, 2016 at 4:25 PM / by Conrad Nickels posted in Elementary Math, Blended Learning, Grade 1, Math Activities, Grade 1 Math, in-class activities

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Winter holidays are coming! There are so many creative ways to incorporate the holidays into your classroom - holiday themed puzzles, games, problem solving, and collaboration are great ways to keep your students engaged and remind them about the fun in math. These types of hands-on activities are some of our favorite ways to make math a meaningful and enriching experience.

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Game-Based Learning: Time to Bring Your Class Into the 21st Century

[fa icon="calendar'] October 21, 2016 at 10:39 AM / by Conrad Nickels posted in Educational Games, Video Games, Game-Based Learning

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Dinosaurs! Look out! They’re blocking your path. There’s only one thing to do - pull back on your slingshot and aim carefully…

Does this sound like any math class you’ve been part of? Does this even sound like math?

You load the slingshot with a piece of fruit and look closely at the dinosaurs. You know each dinosaur only likes fruit with certain attributes. If you can feed them the fruit they like, maybe you can get past them.

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Math Learning Difficulties: How to Keep Your Children on Track

[fa icon="calendar'] October 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM / by Conrad Nickels

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All parents have to do is look at the poor performance on standardized tests in the early grades to see that mathematics difficulties are widespread in modern classrooms.

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What is Spatial Reasoning & How Can it Improve Students' Math Ability?

[fa icon="calendar'] September 29, 2016 at 2:25 PM / by Conrad Nickels posted in Spatial Reasoning, Math Ability

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Spatial reasoning is one of three core cognitive skills people need for success in work and learning. Spatial reasoning is like the often-overlooked middle child sandwiched between two more outgoing siblings: verbal skills and numeracy.  But a growing consensus among researchers suggests this attitude is both wrong-headed and counterproductive.

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5 Grade 1 Math Activities You Need to Try in Your Classroom

[fa icon="calendar'] September 22, 2016 at 6:57 PM / by Conrad Nickels posted in STEM, Elementary Math, Early Math, Grade 1, Math Activities, Grade 1 Math, in-class activities

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Puzzles, games, friendly competition, and collaboration… get your students to dive right in with these hands-on activities.  It’s one of our favourite ways to engage and have fun with math!

RELATED: 5 Reasons Puzzles are Great Educational Resources

Math is often a subject that is maligned by older grades (and adults!).  In these early years, you have a great opportunity to help your students develop positive attitudes towards math. Activities like these are a great way for your students to experience math in a really fun way, where there is a low cost to failure and a really low barrier to entry.  

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5 Kindergarten Math Activities You Need to Try in Your Classroom

[fa icon="calendar'] September 2, 2016 at 9:59 AM / by Conrad Nickels posted in Early Math, Kindergarten Math, Math Activities, in-class activities

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There are so many great ways you can show your class how much fun math can be. Getting your students involved in hands-on activities with their classmates is one of our favorite ways!

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3 Reasons Why Math is Better with Game-Based Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] July 2, 2016 at 4:55 PM / by Conrad Nickels posted in Game-Based Learning, Math Education

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Consider this: In 2013, gamers spent an average of 6.3 hours a week playing video games!  In fact, in 2015, video games even out-earned movies by over $4 billion in revenue. Video games are rapidly becoming the new de facto entertainment medium.

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