I’m confident that I know how I’m teaching functions in my math classroom from now on! “Kinect Math” is more than just evidence revealing the classrooms of tomorrow. It’s proof that this classroom is here, today. Created by University of Washington Bothell students and professors, this development reveals the power of custom-developed Kinect applications for mainstream classrooms. Classrooms of Tomorrow, Today: Kinect Math App Available for Download
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Planning is imperative for any technology initiative - iPad or otherwise. You need to ensure that you clearly understand and communicate how the technology integrates with your overall pedagogical objectives. Too many institutions purchase technology and then search for ways to utilize it ... or leave it collecting dust on the shelf. Planning needs to consider both infrastructure needs and the educational applications of the new technology. Without the proper preparation, technology initiatives are liable to become expensive failures.
Educational Origami is a blog and a wiki, about 21st Century Teaching and Learning. This wiki is not just about the integration of technology into the classroom, though this is certainly a critical area, it is about shifting our educational paradigm. The world is not as simple as saying teachers are digital immigrants and students digital natives. In fact, we know that exposure to technology changes the brains of those exposed to it.
*** If you need the cliff notes version of this post, skip down to the Call to Action section! Last year I had a “hunch” about learning…specifically about curriculum. That hunch turned into a full fledged idea and a mission to do better for kids.
With school fully under way, and the first quarter almost complete, kids are finding their math classes are becoming more complex. Those children in 3rd to 8th grade are working with fractions which can be difficult, but with the right encouragement can be easily mastered. Fraction Math deals with positive and negative fractions, improper fractions, whole numbers and mixed numbers. The user can also reduce the resulting fractions. This app is loaded with helpful math information and you will find below many of the ways in which kids can simplify learning and preparing math assignments: - A third-grade student can use the app to add and subtract fractions with equal denominators. Cool iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Apps: Fraction Math
NRICH Packages Packages are handy bundles of NRICH resources which you can either preview online or download for later offline work - good for interactive whiteboards or in classrooms with no internet access Three reasons why you should use NRICH packages: We've done your searching for you!
The Diigo Rich Tasks list has many resources for the classroom.With any Diigo list you can click on the green link to go direct to the website and then back on your browser if you wish to return to the list. To highlight some of the resources on the list. Rich Questions – my post on resources which give questions requiring higher order thinking skills. Diagnostic Questions - brilliant diagnostic questions – use this with your classes and find out what your students know – or are in a muddle with! Nrich has extensive resources. Jennifer Piggot has written an article on Integrating Rich Tasks, this includes a complete series of professional development resources designed to support teachers to integrate rich tasks into classroom practice. Rich Tasks
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The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated below.
As an ESL teacher, I obviously have to spend a good portion of my teaching time working with my students on their grammar. I want my students to be able to communicate effectively and incorrect grammar often gets in the way of that communication. It is obviously helpful when you are trying to help students improve their writing if you have a shared vocabulary. If they don't know what a adjective or an adverb is, it doesn't help to tell them "You used an adverb here instead of an adjective."
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