- Michael Bailey
Virtual manipulatives contain precise representations allowing for accurate and efficient use (Moyer-Packenham & Westenskow, 2013). Their accuracy and efficiency enables students to "off load" processes from their working memory by having the computer do the tedious calculations (Suh, 2010; Thompson, 1985). This allows students to focus on learning new and more complicated concepts.
This manipulative allows students watch a rotation happen, rather than try to picture it from a set of fixed figures. The computer quickly takes care of redundant task of determining where the next set of points go, while the student's minds is freed up to focus on the concept of a rotation.