Drag and Drop Math Central


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Drag and Drop Math for the MrNussbaum XTEND System

• Create addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems sets for students, or, let the system randomly generate problems
• Students complete problems on an interactive drag and drop stage; perfect for students who have trouble organizing rows and columns of numbers
• 100% customizable: You determine the number of problems, the number of digits in each problem, traditional equations or "x" is the unknown, and much more!
• Detailed record keeping and statistical analyses.
• Aligned to nearly 30 Common Core Standards for grades 1-4 math.

Teacher Interface

The Drag and Drop Math teacher interface works a little bit differently than other apps on MrNussbaum XTEND. In the deploy menu on the left, you will see a list of six different problems sets. These are created by clicking on the "Create Custom Problems" button (the third blue button on the right). You’ll want to start by clicking here.


Naming Your Problem Set

Here, you can edit previously made problems sets, or, begin to create your own problem sets. The first step in creating your own problem set is to type a name for it and click "create." Once you make a name for your problem set, you’ll be taken to the interface where you actually build your problem set. I named my problem set "NussbaumSeptember"


Jump to Instructions for Creating Your Own Problems | Jump to Instructions for Allowing the System to Create Problems

Generating Your Own Problems

Simply type in the problems you wish for your students to complete. Click the "vary equation" box to change the equation. In this case, 118-73 will appear as 118 – X = 73 or X – 73 = 45 to students. When you have entered all of the problems, click "finished" and you’ll be taken back to the deploy page where you can deploy them to students.


Jump to "How to Deploy"


Allowing the System to Generate Problems

To allow the system to generate problems, click the blue link entitled "Click Here for Random Questions" This doesn’t mean the problems are totally random, you’ll still set the parameters. First choose addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. Then, decide whether or not you want the system to vary equations. When you check "vary equations," problems will not appear as typical problems such as 45 + 78 for example. Rather, the student will have to find an unknown such as 45 + ______ = 123 or ______ + 78 = 123.



Example of a "varied" equation. Here the missing value is 66


Then, choose how many problems to assign students, how how many digits each number of each problem should have. In the example below, I have chosen 3 by 2 Subtraction. When you determine how many digits should be in each number in the equations, the system will give you the option to make each number a multiple of ten or ten itself or a multiple of 100 or 100 itself. I chose to make the three-digit number a multiple of 100.


Then, click "next" and you’re taken back to the "deploy" page where you can deploy your problem sets to students.


Deploying Problem Sets to Students

To deploy a problem set to students, simply drag the name of the problem set from the "to deploy" menu into the "to be deployed space on its right. Select the student, students, class, or classes to deploy the problem set to and click "DEPLOY NOW." The problem set will immediately be available to students.

Student View

When you deploy a problem set to students, this is what they see. Here, seven sets have been deployed. When a student clicks on one, he or she can start the problem set as seen below.

Drag and Drop Math

Shown above is the student stage for working out the problems from problem sets deployed by the teacher. The digits on the left are meant to be dragged and dropped to the screen. This drag and drop method is perfect for students who have trouble organizing numbers into neat rows and columns. To draw a horizontal line on the screen, students simply click and drag or touch and drag. Problems are to be worked out on the stage but answers must still be entered into the "result" space. Scoring is determined by the number of problems students get right the FIRST attempt, but if an incorrect answer is entered, students have the opportunity to correct mistakes. For division problems with remainders, the quotient should be typed followed by "r" and the correct number. For example, in the problem 9/2, the student would type: 4r1 in the result space.



Here, teachers can view student results on any or all drag and drop math problem sets. The system keeps track of the number of times the set was completed, the time spent, high score, and average score. Teachers can graph student progress and can also click on the "Details" link to find out which questions students answered incorrectly.