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07 Mar 2012
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App-tastic Middle School Mathematics

I had the pleasure of delivering a staff development workshop to 25 Middle School Mathematics teachers at South San ISD this past weekend. The workshop began with a Google Form Survey to model how teachers could gather data and information from students using Google Forms and the iPad (the form could be accessed from a QR code and a bit.ly address). The rest of the day broke down into several categories:

  1. Apps that support vocabulary (also check out Flashcards & Quizlet lesson)
  2. Using Math Games purposefully (see link for Math Game evaluation rubric)
  3. Tips on how to utilize Surprisingly Educational apps like Pizza Time! and Slice it! Begins
  4. How to build iLessons and apptivities around tools like Check Please Lite and PercentDiff
  5. How to utilize Infographics in the iClassroom
  6. How to create student apptivities that utilize note-taking, problem-solving, and product-based assignments in the iClassroom

 

Symbaloo of 60+ FREE MS Math Apps


 
The beauty of presenting to others is the collaboration of minds. As the day was designed to be a workshop, teachers had plenty of time to explore apps, collaborate with fellow teachers, create apptivities for their students and their classroom, and share their resources with the rest of the class. One teacher had used a pairing of three different apps that I had never thought of linking together to create a grid on a map that could be measured and annotated. She opened the Maps app (resident on the device), took a screenshot of an area on the map, opened the screenshot in Tracing Paper Lite to create a grid on top of the map, took a screenshot, and then opened that screenshot up in Skitch to annotate it. What a great testament to how the iPad can be used to piggy-back on resources and create unique iCreations.

Create Griddable maps using a combination of Maps, Tracing Paper Lite, and Skitch


24 Feb 2012
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Math-tastic iVocabulary

After taking a look at the 8th Math Benchmark Exam and perusing the student data, a few things became abundantly clear: Much of the test involved vocabulary AND successful problem-solving was based on the knowledge of that vocabulary and the ability to assimilate the given terms and information in order to draw an object, produce a table, or complete a graph.

While this is not really a shocking revelation (especially to those who teach Math as I did), I instantly began thinking of apps that could support math vocabulary in engaging ways.

All of our Math classrooms at Ed White have access to a class set of iPods. Thus, I focused on three FREE iPod apps that could be used in small groups and stations.

Doodle Buddy: The Math Facilitator had mentioned an activity where students work in pairs. One student would have a vocabulary word (e.g. isosceles right triangle) and the other student would have a dry erase board. Student 1 would be provided with a word and a sample drawing/representation or definition for that word. Student 2 would then draw the word without looking at the representation. Students would take turns reading and drawing.

  1. iPodsibility: Student 1 would use teacher-created Quizlet vocabulary deck imported into Flashcards* app to provide the words and definitions (pictures can be included in the deck for $15/year). Student 2 would then draw the figure using Doodle Buddy (with Dots & Boxes background). Doodle Buddy app can be shaken to clear the board for the next object much like an etch-a-sketch. (More iClassroom Examples of Doodle Buddy: Apps for the Classroom & Techchef4u.)
 

Doodle Buddy

 

StoryLines for Schools: This is a surprisingly educational app and a modern day app-ification of the telephone game! The classroom application would be vocabulary.

StoryLines for Schools: Student 2 View

 

  1. iPodsibility (1 iPod): Students could work in small groups of 3 with 1 iPod. Using 1 iPod: Student 1 would type in the definition of a word (e.g. “a triangle with two equal sides”) and then pass the device to student 2. Student 2 would draw an example of this definition and then pass the device to student 3. Student 3 would then write the word that is associated with the picture (they would not see the definition).
  2. iPodsibility (3 iPods): This idea is very similar to using 1 iPod but each student would enter in a definition and then pass the device. Thus, there would actually be three vocabulary words going around at the same time.

 

StoryLines for Schools: Student 3 View

 

TypeDrawing Free: This app allows students to draw with words and is perfect for illustrating vocabulary in a beautifully graphic and memorable visualization.

  1. iPodsibility: This would be best executed at a station or with individual students. The idea would be to think of all of the components and words that make up a shape. For example, the following words could be associated with an isosceles right triangle: leg, right angle, height, base, hypotenuse, acute angle, triangle, etc… Students would generate a list of vocabulary words (on a sheet of paper or in the Notes app). These words would then be used to describe a shape and then illustrate the shape given those words.

 

TypeDrawing Free

 

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