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What's New At OAME

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What's been happening this past year?
Over the past year, a number of major changes have occurred to the OAME website, and the accompanying MCIS conference registration website. The websites have been switched to a new server with a new internet service provider, and much of the underlying code has been tweaked and rewritten to provide the same or better and faster results.

What has changed with the website ?

  • Both the OAME main website and MCIS have been made more responsive to screen size. Most pages try to resize themselves so they fit on whatever device is being used.
  • On the main OAME website:
    • When screens are narrow (either a narrow tab in your browser, or on a mobile device), the left and/or right hand panels are shrunk into "hamburger" buttons (which will then re-expand them, when needed)
    • When using really narrow screens, such as smartphones, the main menu bar (in black) switches from using words to icons to represent the major functions of the OAME website. Other text is also shrunk, and some layouts adjusted to be optimized for smaller devices.
  • On the MCIS website:
    • When screens are narrow the left panel is shrunk into a "hamburger" button (which will then re-expand when needed)
  • Many pages and functions have been tweaked and optimized for performance.
  • NOTE: If you do find something that is not working as it used to, or needs improvement, please email the webmaster (web@oame.on.ca) so that it can be corrected!
What's New at OAME and with the OAME, MCIS and mathies websites
DateLinkDetails
2019-Aug-06 MO Videos page in Member Links updated - with thumbnails and grid layout
2019-Jun-21 MCIS OAME/AOEM 2019 Leadership Conference registration open
2019-Jun-19 OAME OAME/AOEM 2019 Leadership Conference details finalized and brochure ready
2019-Jun-10 OAME OAME/AOEM Position Statement released on Access, Equity and Inclusion
2019-Jun-07 OAME OAME board of directors meeting - Fri night & Saturday
2019-May-31 OAME June 2019 President's Message from David Petro posted
2019-May-30 MO June 2019 Gazette now available online
2019-May-29 OAME OAME What's New section revamped - only showing 2 worths of "new", except for mathies, which still shows full development history
2019-May-22 OAME OAME Award Archives now list all years from 1986 to current year
2019-May-21 mathies New Tool: Use the Algebra Tiles Tool to represent integers and polynomials. Model operations, including multiplication and factoring. Change x and y to evaluate expressions and solve equations.
2019-May-18 MCIS OAME 2019 conference open for Online Evaluation - complete it and receive a Certificate of Participation
2019-May-16 OAME OAME Award winners for 2019 announced ! Congrats to Cathy, Kerri, Matt and Liisa
2019-May-16 mathies OAME 2019 begins! Welcome to Ottawa
2019-Apr-23 mathies Catch a Bouncing Ball Operations game updated to v2.0.0 with visual representations on the number line at the end of addition and subtraction games and new settings.
2019-Apr-05 mathies Pattern Blocks+ updated to v1.0.3 with three new rhombus shapes, improved undo/redo steps related to images and bug fixes.
2019-Apr-05 mathies Fraction Strips updated to v2.0.1 with improved undo/redo steps related to images and bug fixes.
2019-Mar-22 OAME OAME Board Meeting for March 2019
2019-Mar-21 MO OAMEtalks webinar with Mark Chubb posted in Members Only - Video section
2019-Mar-01 mathies Pattern Blocks+ replaces the former desktop-only version. Use any of fifteen different types of blocks to create patterns, represent numbers, etc. Includes annotation and save/load functionality.
2019-Mar-01 mathies Fraction Strips - updated to include new annotation objects, improvements to zooming, panning and save/load as well as the ability to switch between English and French.
2019-Mar-01 mathies Representation Cards - a collection of games and activity ideas together with ready-made cards for fractions, decimals and whole numbers. Available in both English and French.
2019-Mar-01 mathies French Learning Tools - Bandes de fractions and Blocs mosaïques géométriques+ join the growing collection of mathies apps.
2019-Mar-01 MO March 2019 Gazette now available online
2019-Feb-15 MO OAMEtalks webinar with Fawn Nguyen posted in Members Only - Video section
2019-Feb-05 MO OAMEtalks webinar with Marian Small posted in Members Only - Video section
2019-Feb-04 MO Video section added to OAME Members Only to house OAMEtalks webinar recordings
2019-Feb-01 MCIS MCIS website moved to new server, now with responsive design
2018-Dec-14 OAME OAMEtalks Podcast launches with inaugural episode
2018-Dec-07 mathies Rekenrek updated to v1.3.1 with minor bug fixes, correct links to support pages and bundled with Adobe AIR for new Android installs.
2018-Dec-06 mathies CLIPS activities moved to the new secure OAME server. https://mathclips.ca made secure as well. References in the CLIPS wrapper to the support pages updated to support.mathies.ca.
2018-Dec-01 OAME OAME website moved to new server, now with responsive design to fit better on mobile devices
2018-Dec-01 MO December 2018 Gazette now available online
2018-Oct-20 OAME OAME Sitemap updated with live links
2018-Oct-16 mathies Number Chart Tool now works in both mobile and desktop browsers. Available in English and French. Offline .zip available.
2018-Oct-12 OAME OAME Board Meeting for October 2018
2018-Sep-01 MO September 2018 Gazette now available online
2018-Jun-08 OAME OAME Board Meeting for June 2018
2018-Jun-01 MO June 2018 Gazette now available online
2018-Apr-20 mathies Money Tool updated to v3.0.0 with saving and loading of files and latest annotation objects.
2018-Apr-11 mathies Colour Tiles Tool updated to V2.0.1 with French localization, latest annotation objects and save/load functionality.
2018-Mar-23 OAME OAME Board Meeting for March 2018
2018-Mar-01 mathies Set Tool updated to V2.0.3 with five frames, snapping to number frames, latest annotation objects and save/load functionality.
2018-Mar-01 MO March 2018 Gazette now available online
2018-Feb-09 mathies Relational Rods updated to v2.0.0 with saving and loading of files and latest annotation objects.
2018-Jan-08 mathies Notepad updated to v2.0.0 with saving and loading of files.
2018-Jan-01 OAME OAME Privacy Policy posted on website
2017-Dec-01 MO December 2017 Gazette now available online
2017-Nov-10 mathies Rekenrek updated to include new annotation objects and functionality.
2017-Oct-30 mathies Notepad app updated to version 1.2.0, includes new built-in shapes and ability to rotate all annotation objects. French wiki available.
2017-Oct-13 OAME OAME Board Meeting for October 2017
2017-Jun-19 mathies Relational Rods+ has been updated to include the ability to save and open files. Installers for Windows and Mac are available for download.
2017-May-09 mathies Fraction Strips has a brand new look and is now available for mobile devices. It includes workspace panning and zooming, annotation and image tools as well as the ability to open and save files.
2017-Apr-07 mathies Rekenrek has been updated to include the ability to switch between French and English and to copy annotations.
2017-Feb-17 mathies Relational Rods+ includes new primary colour palette and the ability to copy annotations
2017-Feb-17 mathies Colour Tiles recent updates include different shapes, increased colour choices and the ability to copy annotations.
2017-Feb-17 mathies Notepad has been updated to include the ability to switch between French and English and to copy annotations.
2016-Dec-09 mathies New Game: Catch a Bouncing Ball - Operations. Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
2016-Nov-04 mathies New Tool: Use Colour Tiles to represent numbers, explore patterns and create geometric designs.
2016-Nov-04 mathies New Tool: Use the Set Tool to generate sets of objects, sort and classify objects, create patterns. Includes ten frames and the ability to randomly generate sets.
2016-Jun-24 mathies Rekenrek now includes the ability to import images and annotation improvements.
2016-Jun-10 mathies Money Tool recent updates include annotation improvements and the ability to insert images.
2016-May-19 mathies Number line tool now includes various annotation improvements and the ability to import multiple images.
2016-Mar-30 mathies Relational Rods+ includes revised relational rods, whole number rods and new decimal number rods all bundled in one tool. Developed for desktop and mobile devices.
2016-Feb-15 mathies A new Quadratics Functions (Factored) example added to the graphing calculator together with some bug fixes. The i buttons link to a new Support Wiki page.
2016-Feb-12 mathies Money Tool revisions include: dragging multiple copies from the cash drawer, undo/redo, currency count and multi-select then copy, move or recycle.
2015-Oct-20 mathies New Tool: The Number Line Tool for Whole Number and Integer representation, comparison, addition and subtraction is available for desktop computers.
2015-Oct-20 mathies New Game: Diamond Drop Whole Numbers. Students drag diamonds to complete comparison statements.
2015-Jun-15 mathies New Tool: Use the Set Tool to create a set of up to 100 objects. Explore counting strategies and sorting strategies based on shape, size or colour attributes.
2015-Apr-07 mathies New Tool: The Money tool can be used to represent amounts using realistic Canadian bills and coins. Incorporates the annotation tool. Developed for desktop and mobile devices.
2015-Apr-07 mathies New Tool: Use the Notepad tool to write solutions, sketch diagrams, create graphs and record thinking. Four backgrounds: blank, grid, isometric and lined. Developed for desktop and mobile devices.
2015-Feb-02 mathies New Tools: Relational Rods and Whole Number Rods tools can be used to represent and operate on various types of numbers.
2015-Feb-02 mathies New Game: Diamond Drop - Sign of a Sum challenges students to create sums that are positive, zero or negative. Now available from the Games Tab (Integer Category).
2015-Jan-22 mathies The Rekenrek tool has been updated to match the new mobile versions, all of which include the annotation tool.
2015-Jan-22 mathies The mathies.ca Learning Tools page and the CLIPS tools tab have links to the Rekenrek App on the App Store and Google Play Store. This is the first app created for mathies.ca!
2014-Dec-15 mathies All GSP files replaced with version 5 files that work with Sketchpad Explorer app. Various enhancements and bug fixes related to these sketches.
2014-Dec-08 mathies More informative messages for mobile users. Open links added for GSP files that will work in Puffin Academy. Bug fixes. Everything republished using Flash CS6.
2014-Oct-01 mathies Update to Linear Graphing Tool - solid line tool, resize graph button added.
2014-Sep-30 mathies CLIPS on Mobile Devices: Use Puffin Academy, a free educational app which allows Adobe Flash content to be displayed on an iOS or Android device, to visit Mathies, MathCLIPS and ePractice.
2014-Jun-03 mathies CLIPS site refresh: The first screens load more quickly and revised zip files are available for download.
2014-May-07 mathies Tool Container: Pouring Containers is a volume model used to represent and operate on fractions. This tool includes "how to" support videos accessed via the "i" button within the tool.
2014-May-07 mathies Tool Container: The Whole Number Comparison Tool features comparisons using words, symbols and a number line.
2014-May-07 mathies Tool Container: GSP Virtual Manipulatives sketch consists of a collection of virtual manipulatives including: algebra tiles, base 10 blocks, fraction circles, geoboards and tangrams.
2014-May-07 mathies Search: An updated search engine features a new search bar at the top right of the screen as well as a table of quick search topics. Search results now include all available resources.
2014-May-07 mathies Copyright: Copyright holder changed to Curriculum Assessment and Policy Branch.
2014-May-07 mathies Whats New: You may have noticed that this page has a new look. The team has also improved its method of keeping this information current, so remember to keep an eye on this page.
2014-Jan-15 mathies Games: Catch a Bouncing Ball (Whole Numbers) updated to include levels dealing with numbers from 0 to 50. These levels are designed for primary grades and feature various pictorial representations.
2014-Jan-15 mathies Games: Pyramid Solitaire (Fractions) challenges students to clear a pyramid of cards by matching fraction cards and whole number cards to form whole number products. Includes a PDF of offline games.
2013-Dec-20 mathies CLIPS site refresh: Zip files containing all CLIPS games or all tools are available for download. Cluster zip files have been updated. FAQ page has been revised.
2013-Dec-20 mathies Games Tab: The main page now features a games tab which can be accessed directly using the URL www.mathclips.ca/index.html?games=T and mirrors the descriptions and functionality of www.mathies.ca.
2013-Dec-20 mathies Tools Tab: The main page now features a tools tab which can be accessed directly using the URL www.mathclips.ca/index.html?tools=T and mirrors the descriptions and functionality of www.mathies.ca.
2013-Dec-20 mathies Games: Whole Number Representation Match, designed for early primary grades, features a variety of pictorial and numeric representations of numbers up to 20.
2013-Dec-20 mathies Games: Catch a Bouncing Ball challenges students to locate values on a variety of number lines with different scales. Current levels are designed for junior grades and use values up to 10 000.
2013-Dec-20 mathies Tool Container: The Rekenrek tool has been revised to align with development of an app version which is coming soon.
2013-Dec-20 mathies Support Videos: "How to" videos are available for Fraction Strips and Partitioning sets tools. Videos can be accessed via the "i" button within each tool. Wiki tool support pages revised.
2013-Dec-20 mathies Warnings: Improved the information given to mobile users who try and access the site without a suitable version of Flash.
2013-Dec-20 mathies Bug Fixes: Several minor bugs have been fixed thanks to user feedback. Specifically, quiz results now print more reliably and text renders more consistently on a variety of platforms.
2013-Dec-20 mathies Removed the option to show activities in development from the settings dialog. Authorized testers will be provided URLs to access activities and tools in development.
2013-Dec-20 mathies Support Videos: "How to" videos are available for Fraction Strips and Partitioning sets tools. Videos can be accessed via the "i" button within each tool. Wiki tool support pages revised.
2013-May-01 mathies Tools: Partitioning Sets and revised Fraction Strips tools added to the collection.
2013-Feb-05 mathies Tool Container: The tool container is integrated into the wrapper much more seamlessly. The downloads link gives access to the tools for offline use.
2013-Feb-05 mathies Tool Container: Fractions tools are in the process of being refined.
2013-Feb-05 mathies Download Tables: The SWF Links tab of Resources (accessible using the Links button) displays the available downloads in a fashion similar to the Tools download dialog.
2013-Feb-05 mathies Download Tables: ePractice activities are available using the .swfs link in the Info section or by visiting www.oame.on.ca/gapclosing.
2013-Feb-05 mathies ZIP Files: There is a zip file for each cluster and one for the entire CLIPS and ePractice site. These files can be copied and run from any location trusted by Flash much more reliably than before.
2013-Feb-05 mathies Bug Fixes: Feedback reports now automatically appear in our new bug ticketing system and notify developers directly.
2013-Feb-05 mathies Improved Warnings: There are now notifications if the environment is not trusted or if links that require an internet connection are requested when a connection is not available.
2013-Feb-05 mathies Accessibility: Many CLIPS activities are now accessible to users who are not able to use a mouse. Unfortunately, most scenes that require drag-and-drop are still not keyboard accessible.
2013-Feb-05 mathies Accessibility: A transparency filter is available from Settings (gear icon) to add a shade to the screen, for those with a sensitivity to white backgrounds.
2013-Feb-05 mathies Accessibility: A Magnifier is available from the camera icon, which takes an image of the screen at a specified magnification.
2013-Feb-05 mathies Bug Fixes: All activities have been tested and any bugs found have been addressed. Please use the Feedback link at the top right of the wrapper to report any issues.
2013-Feb-04 mathies CLIPS Site refresh - Version 4.13 of the wrapper made live.
2013-Jan-10 mathies CLIPS sessions at OAME 2013 approved.
2012-Nov-07 mathies ePractice Activity 16:Dividing Fractions released.
2012-Sep-01 mathies The MathCLIPS.ca site has been refreshed in advance of Semester 1.
2012-Aug-14 mathies ePractice Activity 15:Multiplying Fractions released
2012-Jul-20 mathies CLIPS development of Integer Addition activities continues.
2012-May-01 mathies The CLIPS Graphing Calculator has been improved to allow entry of equations from the Number Entry Pad (123 button), scales that are multiples of pi, saving and opening work files, and the use of param
2012-May-01 mathies The MathCLIPS.ca site has been refreshed in advance of the OAME Conference CLIPS sessions.
2012-Mar-21 mathies Three new ePractice Activities, based on the Grade 9 Gap Closing Materials are available: 12. Comparing Fractions, 13: Adding Fractions and 14:Subtracting Fractions
2012-Feb-12 mathies CLIPS tools featured in Fractions Strips and Fraction Towers manipulative tip sheet available at http://www.edugains.ca/newsite/math2/tipsformanipulativeuse.html
2011-Oct-21 mathies CLIPS development weekend - work continued on CLIP 1 of next set of activities : Multiplication of Fractions - stay tuned for pre-release !
2011-Oct-19 mathies Latest set of ePractice activities now available in revised wrapper - available alongside CLIPS activities
2011-Sep-23 mathies Two modules of ePractice activities now available - Representing Fractions (for Junior and Intermediate Divisions)
2011-Sep-14 mathies ePractice.ca website domain secured to permanently house links to Gap Closing online practice activities
2011-Sep-14 mathies GapClosing.ca website domain secured to permanently house links to Gap Closing resources
2011-Sep-13 mathies First module of ePractice activities available (based on Fractions - Grade 6 Gap Closing learning materials)
2011-Aug-01 mathies CLIPS activities being catalogued for inclusion in the OERB - to be made available in Fall 2011
2011-Jul-28 mathies Video created demonstrating the CLIPS - Exploring Different Representations tool (diff reps of Linear Growing Patterns)
2011-May-11 mathies CLIPS standalone Tools made available, and highlighted at upcoming OAME Conference
2011-Mar-16 mathies CLIPS development camp - work has begun on the next set of activities : Multiplication of Fractions - stay tuned !
2011-Mar-02 mathies CLIPS.ZIP file (615MB) updated to include latest cluster Integers - Representing, Comparing and Ordering
2011-Feb-14 mathies New CLIP of activities available: Integers- Representing, Comparing and Ordering - CLIP 4 - Representing Integers
2011-Jan-21 mathies New CLIP of activities available: Integers- Representing, Comparing and Ordering - CLIP 3 - Using Integers to Describe Change
2011-Jan-09 mathies New CLIP of activities available: Integers- Representing, Comparing and Ordering - CLIP 2 - Comparing and Ordering Integers
2010-Nov-02 mathies CLIP activities updated with audio: Integers- Representing, Comparing and Ordering - CLIP 1 - Using Integers to Describe Location
2010-Apr-13 mathies Integer cluster - CLIP 1 - now publicly available ! (Representing, Comparing and Ordering)
2009-Dec-04 mathies Two more Integers activities available in Pre-Release mode: 5.2.1 Minds-On: What is My Floor and 5.3.6 Consolidation: Arcade Fun
2009-Nov-02 mathies New Integers activity pre-released - Integer Drop Ball game - CLIP 1 - Activity 5
2009-Oct-21 mathies Updated Navigating CLIPS one-page PDF to include new features available (Search, Number Entry Pad, inDevMode URL)
2009-Oct-20 mathies Pre-release of two Integers activities. To view these and future pre-releases use this URL: http://oame.on.ca/CLIPS/index.html?inDevMode=Y
2009-Oct-19 mathies Updated download functions - Save feature now generates download pod with progress bar to track file transfer. (pod can be minimized if desired)
2009-Oct-18 mathies New Number Entry Tool developed for CLIPS activities to make it easier to use with text entry boxes on an Interactive Whiteboard. Initial deployment in Periodic and Sine Functions cluster.
2009-Oct-16 mathies CLIPS development weekend - extended CLIPS team working on upcoming activities and planning new clusters
2009-Oct-07 mathies Updated version of LARGE zip file containing ALL current CLIPS activities and resources (CLIPS.zip) for local installations (433MB)
2009-Sep-25 mathies Online version 1 of Robot Rule Game released (Linear Growing Patterns cluster)
2009-Sep-24 mathies Updated version of Exploring Different Reps tool (Linear Growing Patterns cluster)
2009-Sep-17 mathies Search feature now includes lists of CLIPS games and downloadable resources
2009-Sep-11 mathies Whats New feature added to top menu - check to see what has been added or updated recently.
2009-Sep-10 mathies Wrapper update - added a Search feature to allow you to find a specific CLIP or Activity quickly
2009-Sep-09 mathies Added link to large CLIPS.zip download (744MB) in Downloads tab of Resources area in each cluster (for those who wish to install CLIPS locally)
2009-Sep-08 mathies Added link in Teacher Notes - Supports tab - to "Navigating CLIPS" - one page PDF on how to get around the various CLIPS screen.
2009-Aug-02 mathies Fractions Memory Match Game created - comparing and representing fractions
2009-Jun-28 mathies Memory Match Games for Periodic Functions revised - straight Match game version / magnify option
2009-May-20 mathies Very Large (744 MB) ZIP file posted containing all of CLIPS - for standalone installations.
2009-May-10 mathies Representations of Linear Growing Patterns - New cluster of CLIPS activities released