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Maths Virtual Classes

The educational sector is one of the most affected sectors by the COVID-19 outbreak.

As soon as the pandemic was declared, students and teachers stopped going to school. Many of us are teaching remotely for almost a year. As a maths teacher, I always wanted to ensure effective mathematics classes and deep learning is taking place. How do we keep our students engaged when teaching remotely?

Here are a few of my favourite apps and online tools that helped me keep the class engaging when teaching remotely

Google Slides

A simple yet versatile way to teach mathematics remotely. Google automatically saves each slide, the toolbar is user-friendly, and the slides can be shared (and saved) by students.

In my classes, I used equation slides to encourage my students to calculate maths problems. This process gave chances to students to use their conceptual knowledge. It also supports their procedural knowledge, practice calculation precision, and learn from each other as student-generated solutions appeared on the screen/chat.


A free website with interactive maths activities and a graphing calculator (also available as an app on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android).

When I was teaching how to graph polar coordinates, Desmos helped me to make high-quality images for assessments and presentations. It allowed me to support students’ learning by connecting mathematical concepts to concrete, real-world shapes, and pictures.

Pear Deck

Pear Deck is an online platform for teachers to create interactive presentations and “real-time” formative assessments. Providing feedback is challenging when teaching remotely, however, with Pear Deck it allows the teachers to see the response of the students and provide them feedback immediately.

Pear Deck can be used with Google Slides and Google Classroom. In Google Slides, the app is used as an add-on to insert interactive question directly to the presentation. At the end of the week, I can gauge how students were able to cope with their homework using an interactive slide.


GeoGebra is an app that helps students (and teachers) understand maths concepts by solving problems and checking solutions. It can be used as a dynamic worksheet where students can use to complete their investigation or create interactive materials for students to explore.

This academic year will definitely a challenging for every teacher. Learning a few apps/tools will help our teaching and will even help our students. Along with our familiar, comforting, and encouraging presence (even virtual), learning can be still be fun and engaging.

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