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Manouchehri Azita, Ozturk Ayse and Sanjari Azin

In this article we illustrate how one teacher used PhET cannonball simulation as an instructional tool to improve students' algebraic reasoning in a fifth grade classroom. Three instructional phases effective to implementation of simulation included: Free play, Structured inquiry and, Synthesizing ideas.

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John H. Lamb

Vector properties and the birds' frictionless environment help students understand the mathematics behind the game.

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Scott McClintock

Virtual worlds, such as the one inhabited by the players of World of Warcraft, can serve as sampling grounds for students who are video gamers.

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H. Wells Wulsin

“Sound Off!” is the Mathematics Teacher's op–ed page; as such, the opinions expressed reflect those of the author and not necessarily those of the MT Editorial Panel or of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Readers are encouraged to respond to this “Sound Off!” by submitting letters to the “Reader Reflections” section of the journal as well as to submit essays for consideration as “Sound Off!”s. Please visit http://www.nctm.org/publications/content aspx?id=10440#soundoff for information.