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## Contents

Description
Examples
Sample Files
Features of the Tool
How-To Videos
PDFSupports

## Description

The Notepad tool provides a vehicle for students to write solutions, sketch diagrams, create graphs and record their mathematical thinking.
Four backgrounds are available: blank paper, grid paper, isometric dot paper and lined paper.
Begin by choosing a background in either a windowed or non-windowed mode.

The French localization of the tool is called "Bloc-Notes" and can be accessed using the switch language button at the top right of the opening dialog.

Access a wide variety of Annotation tools to communicate thinking.
Insert pictures into the tool.
Work created in a mathies tool can be saved and opened. A saved file can be shared with peers or submitted to a teacher. The file will contain all solution steps from start to finish.

Take a screenshot to use as part of a portfolio, presentation, web page, etc.

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## Examples

 Create Graphs On desktop, click on the image above to open this file
 Create Multiple Representations On desktop, click on the image above to open this file
 Sketch 3D objects
 Write a solution
 Configure Grids
 Match a Grid to an Image
 Demonstrate thinking
 Use Multiple Images

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Double Decimal Number Line
Use unlabelled number lines with text labels to represent decimals.

 On desktop, click on the image above to open this file

Relay Race Problem
Lori is putting together a relay team to run a race.
She will complete 1/2 of the run. Her friend, Zach will complete 1/10 of the run.
If she asks some of her friends to run part of the run, what fraction of the run will each friend need to run?
Use a number line to represent the race and the different distances that were run.
Justify your thinking. (Fractions Learning Pathways Cell OP-D)

 On desktop, click on the image above to open this file
Adjust the number of divisions to think about different ways to partition the number line.
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Linear Expressions
Adjust the initial value and/or the interval size to explore various linear expressions.
Notice the connection between composition of functions and order of operations.

 On desktop, click on the image above to open this file

Graphing
Use number lines to quickly create axes.

 On desktop, click on the image above to open this file
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Plot Points and Extrapolate

 On desktop, click on the image above to open this file

Pythagorean Triples
Use the annotation rulers to determine the length of the hypotenuse in terms of grid squares.
In this file, the window size may need to be adjusted so that the ruler exactly matches the grid background as in this image.

 On desktop, click on the image above to open this file

Base Ten
Use the annotation grid to mimic base ten materials.
Copy the flat, rods or unit grids to represent various numbers. Shade parts of the grids using the annotation tools.

 On desktop, click on the image above to open this file
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#### Granola Bar Problem

Sky has 3 granola bars to share with her friends. She'd like to give each person 2/3 of a bar.
How many friends can Sky share with?

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#### Sample Work - Grade 5 student

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In groups of 4 students weighed and measured pumpkins. They then estimated and counted the number of seeds and filled out a collective table.
The picture was imported into the Notepad to show how students were grouping their seeds by 10s to make counting easier.

After completing the data collection, a screenshot was taken which can then be imported into the Notepad.
This is an example of a graph that could be created by intermediate students based on data collected above.

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#### Dividing Fractions Using a Number Line

This video was developed by Dave Petro and Gisele Jobin from Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board.
Thanks for sharing!

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## Sample Files (for v2.0.0 and beyond)

To access a sample file:
• click the link in the Sample column (desktop only), or
• use the Open WWW button in the Settings dialog and supply the URL, or
• download the file from the URL column (right-click and save locally on desktop, hard tap on mobile) and use the Open button in the tool, or
• add the mathies sample files Google drive folder to "My Drive" which allows convenient access on all devices.

See the File Operations page for more details.

 Sample Click to open in the tool - desktop only URL Type or copy into Open WWW text box, or save locally by right-clicking or hard-pressing Double Decimal Number Line https://mathies.ca/files/examples/NP_DecimalDoubleNumberLine.xml Relay Race https://mathies.ca/files/examples/NP_RelayRace.xml Linear Expressions https://mathies.ca/files/examples/NP_FunctionNumberlineEx.xml Graphing https://mathies.ca/files/examples/NP_LinearGraphingExample3Lines.xml Extrapolation https://mathies.ca/files/examples/NP_LakeErie2018.xml Pythagorean Triples https://mathies.ca/files/examples/NP_PythagoreanTriples.xml Multiple Representations https://mathies.ca/files/examples/NP_Ex1.xml Favourite Colour Graphing https://mathies.ca/files/examples/NP_Ex2.xml Base Ten https://mathies.ca/files/examples/NP_BaseTen.xml
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## Features of the Tool

Button Description

### Settings

Show the settings dialog to:
• adjust the background type (grid, blank, isometric or lined) and colour
• customize the various backgrounds including line/dot thickness and colour, number of rows and columns and windowed vs non-windowed options
• save and open files (see File Operations for more details)

### Information

Shows a dialog with a link to this support page, a feedback form as well as copyright details and version number.

### English / French

Switch between English and French.

### Reset

Delete all work and return the tool to its starting state.

### Insert Image Button

Insert images into the tool. More details. See an example of importing a Geoboard image.

### Layering Button

Swap the background and image layers.

### Annotation Panel

Use elements of this panel to draw, write and type.
The wide variety of Annotation Tools can be used to communicate thinking.
Several new drawing objects have been added as of Fall 2017.

### Copy

Make a copy of the selected objects.
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## How - To Videos

Videos are provided in two formats to allow for use on a greater variety of browsers and devices.
 Exploring the Basic Functionality Note: There have been significant improvements made to the annotation tools since the video was produced. The annotation video referred to in the video is not available. See the annotation support page instead. Not working? Try mp4 format Video Script

## PDF Supports

mathies Notepad Learning Tool Tip Sheet
Focusing on the Fundamentals of Math - A Teacher's Guide
Connecting Fundamental Math Concepts with mathies.ca (Draft)
Visit EDUGAINS for various Manipulative Sheets.
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