Shape Space and Measure


Geoboard IWB iPad

Available on app store

This Geoboard style interactive whiteboard resource is identical to the one found on the Numeracy Basics app for iPad.  You can use this one for free while teaching to the whole class while using the iPad version for one to one assistance during the lesson.

Drag the existing triangle to the pegboard.  Add new corners by tapping on one of the existing sides.  Remove corners by double tapping them.  Remove the whole shape by dragging one of the corners of the right of the pegboard.  Choose the colour of the new shape using one of the 4 available colours.

Go to geoboard interactive whiteboard resource.

IWB Clock

IWB Clock

This new IWB resource is an update of one of the most used resources on this site. The spinnable IWB clock.  Things that were liked about this resource were its rotate the bevel to show the time advancing, giving it a spin to pick a random time and uncluttered display.  Things that were not liked were how the hands advanced past midday and the lack of assistance graphics.  Hopefully all of these have been put right.

The clock is still controlled by the bevel.  One full rotation equates to one full hour.  In addition the clock can be toggled between locking to 5 minute intervals or not vie the button with a 5 on it. If this is active the minutes can be toggled to be shown at the end of the minute hand.  Minutes can also be toggled to display on the clock face as can the coloured segmented display.

In addition this resource is identical to the new version of the Numeracy Basics clock which is available as an app on the iPad.  The IWB version will remain free to use.  If you have an iPad you may find it useful to be able to do whole class teaching from the whiteboard and then provide individual assistance by using the exact same resource on your iPad.  Using it on an iPad may also better suite small group work in rooms where there is no IWB facility.

Note: Flash Player 11 is needed on your PC to run this IWB resource.  Older computers may struggle.

Go to clock  IWB resource.

If you would like to use this resource on an iPad please see the Numeracy Basics app on app store.  You should examine the resource shown  to determine whether it would suit your needs on the iPad. See the rest of the Numeracy Basics resources here on your computer.
Available on app store

Interactive Clock



This is a departure for this site.  Instead of being an online IWB resource this is an online iPad compatible resource.  Instead of being coded in Flash this is coded in HTML5 and so is compatible with all of Apple’s mobile devices.  It is also equally usable with the interactive whiteboard as long as you have an up to date browser.  Internet Explorer users must have IE9.

This update of an older clock resource was chosen to allow teachers or teaching assistants to work with a child and an iPad on a 1 to 1 basis.   As such, and in line with the majority of the resources on this site, it is not designed for solitary learning but to support teaching staff help their student to learn.

The clock is easily interacted with.  Drag anywhere onscreen to rotate the hands.  This is not restricted just to the bevel and finer control can be achieved further from the centre of the clock.  There are 3 buttons.  The top one turns on ‘snap to 5′ where the minute hand will always snap to a 5 minute interval.  The middle one divided the face into ‘to’ and ‘past’.  The bottom one toggles minute labels. A deft flick of the clock will result in it spinning to a random time.

As already said this resource is not for solitary learning but to support helping a child learn to tell the time.  As such an adult could use this to give a child the time and have the child more the hands to that time.  Or they may have the child spin the clock and then tell them the time.  Another alternative is to set the time and ask the child to advance it by another time.

Tablet computers lack the power of desktops so not all devices will necessarily provide a suitable learing experience.  It has been tested on an iPad 2 and on and Android based HTC Desire phone and worked fine.  As such it should work fine on recent iPhones and iPod touches too.

If your class does not have wifi remember you can save a webpage to an Apple device by selecting ‘Add to Home Screen’.

As ever please feedback any suggestions or bug reports particularly in this case in relation to mobile devices.

Known issues:

Unfortunately browser differences can throw up surprises in a way that using Flash does not. 

Firefox is not displaying correctly please use either IE9 or Safari.

Firefox 7 works fine. 

When switching on the to/past clock face in IE9 there is a short delay as the image is not preloading correctly.  Subsequent toggling of this face is instant as the image is then loaded.

A solution to all is being worked on.

Go to iPad compatible Interactive Learning Clock.

To understand why this resource is different to the previous ones on this site see the supporting site

Mars Angles

IWB Resource

This interactive whiteboard resource is another that was initially designed to form part of a space themed set of lessons.  It can, however, be used perfectly well in isolation on a lesson on angles.  Within the themed leson I give the backstory that the solar panels of their satellite have become unaligned and need correcting manually.  The resource is designed to encourage children to estimate angles.  On the left of the screen 4 values for the optimal angle of each “panel” is given as well as its error value which shows how far from optimal it is.  Tap the appropriate dial and drag the brighter of the two green lines into a position that you believe makes the angle closest to the optimal position.  Then do the same for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  Once all 4 panels have been set click enter.  This will show the new error rates and if necessary a fine tuning attempt can be made. 

A combined error rate of less than 20 needs to be reached for the challenge to be beaten. 

This resource can work well as a team exercise with 4 members per team with each setting one dial.  The winning team is the one that succeeds in the fewest attempts.  There is a post showing how this resource is used in a space themed set of lessons on the supporting blog for this website here.

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A useful resource to explain measuring angles is this Angle Measurer.

Soma Introduction

Soma Cube Intro

This interactive whiteboard resource forms the first part of a themed series of resources that support the use of a Soma Cube in teaching.  If you know about the Soma Cube then this resource is useful for showing a class the basic pieces and some of the shapes that can be made from them. Choose either shapes that can be made from a set of Soma pieces or the individual peices themselves and scroll through them using the arrows at the bottom of the screen.

Depending on your screen resolution you may need to set your browser to full screen. On IE press F11.

If you would like to know more about using the Soma Cube for problem solving lessons or developing spatial reasoning please see the supporting article on the new site designed to support the resources here.  A number of activities and suggestions are made here.  Alternatively the following book includes the original publication by Martin Gardner that brought the puzzle to the masses:The Colossal Book of Mathematics

View this Soma Overview interactive whiteboard resource.

There are two more resources designed to be used in a Soma themed series of lessons and these are:

Soma Bingo

Soma Isometric Drawing

Please feedback on these themed resources with any problems suggestions or ideas in the comments or follow this site on Twitter.

Soma Bingo

Soma IWB Resource

The third interactive whiteboard resource in a series to aid using Soma Cubes in lessons.  This one is to facilitate adding a competitive element to their use.  Break the class into groups and allocate them to  one of four colours red, green, yellow or blue.  Set a goal.  This may be to complete a horizontal line, vertical line or any line.   When a group shows you that they have completed a shape they can capture that square by pressing the appropriate colour on the appropriate box.  That square is then captured for 2 minutes or permanently if you activate that option.  To take take a closer look at a shape click the small picture inside the box. Click the larger picture to close it.  There is far more detail on how to use this resource on the link below.

Go to Soma Bingo Interactive whiteboard Resource.

To learn more about using Soma Cubes in lessons for practising spatial awareness and problem solving skills see this the supporting site to –

View Soma Cube Introduction IWB resource.

Soma Isometric Drawing

Depending on your screen resolution you may need to set your browser to full screen. On IE press F11.

Please feedback on these themed resources with any problems suggestions or ideas in the comments or follow this site on Twitter.

Soma Draw

soma isometric draw

This interactive whiteboard  resource can be used as part of the Soma Cube themed resources on this site or as a standalone resource for demonstrating how to draw using isometric dotted paper.  By clicking the appropriate button either a piece from the Soma Cube or one of the shapes it can make are shown along with a an isometric dotted grid.  Students and teachers can demonstrate how to draw the shape isometrically using these.  To draw click and hold on a dot and move to another.  Once you touch another dot the line will be straightened and you can progress to the next dot.  If you make a mistake click undo to step back through the lines.

Go to Soma Cube isometric drawing resource.

Find out more about using the Soma Cube in lessons on the supporting site’s article “Soma Cube“.

View Soma Cube Introduction IWB resource.

View Soma Bingo IWB resource.

Depending on your screen resolution you may need to set your browser to full screen. On IE press F11.

Please feedback on these themed resources with any problems suggestions or ideas in the comments or follow this site on Twitter.