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The iPad and Maths – Are we there yet? Pt 1

The iPad and Maths – Are we there yet? Pt 1
My last two posts on iPads and good teaching have focused on teaching and learning writing. Now I’m moving on to my favorite subject as a teacher – Mathematics. I love Maths – both learning and teaching it. For those who don’t know me ( which is obviously most of you reading ), I am a Primary ( Elementary ) School teacher but I have spent most of my 25 year teaching career also tutoring High School Maths on the side, supporting many children who have missed out on understanding important Mathematics concepts. Maths involves an incredibly diverse range of processes, ideas, skills and concepts. The challenge facing us is that, while education training is rightly focused on the latter approach, the traditional process system still holds sway in many homes and can sometimes be a fallback for teachers who are unsure in Maths. Maths Bingo They are all Fun games or sound step by step procedural apps for practising newly developed skills, monitoring progress or challenging students to improve. Related:  Maths

8 Great Free Web Resources Focused on Using the iPad in Education The popularity of the iPad in our schools continues to grow, and with it, the proliferation of related web articles, tips, how-to's, and so on. This week we searched out some excellent free Internet based web sites and resources dedicated to the use of the iPad in the instructional setting. 1. Apple's Education Resources for the iPad It should come as no surprise that the iPad's maker has done a good job of putting together pages dedicated to education related applications and uses for it's popular tablet. Here Apple has put together links to apps grouped by Academic Subject. For each subject section, they provide a few specific app examples, plus one or more links to applicable subsets of apps in the iTunes store (e.g. 2. 3. ( This is a unique site, in that it has a great side bar for searching for content. 5. 6. 8. Bonus!

GRMS : Atelier # 307-609 : La tablette numérique s’implante rapidement dans notre quotidien La tablette numérique s’implante rapidement dans notre quotidien GRMS Mai 2013 1. Ajouter un outil dans son coffre ne fait qu’augmenter son poids pour certains, alors que pour d’autres ça multiplie les possibilités. 2. 3. 4. Géométrie Algèbre Réalisez avec Desmos Calculator l’activité suivante sur la droite ( EPUB ) Le tableur en mathématique Démonstration Avec EduCreations , créez une vidéo présentant une ou des notions en mathématique Question: Quelles sont les activités réalisables avec cette application en classe? 5. Desmos Calculator : Application Web très intéressante, fonctionne très bien sur le iPad Dr. 6. Il n’y a pas seulement des applications pour votre iPad: le contenu adapté à vos besoins est aussi important sinon plus que les applications elles-mêmes. Afin de construire son contenu , voici quelques pistes à explorer: 7. Note: Géogebra en HTML5, un exemple.

A Win for Math Students and a Win for the Web: Desmos Goes HTML 5 Last month, I chose Desmos as one of my picks for best new education startups of 2011, in no small part because of the company's mission to create educational software so that interactive content is Web-based and works across multiple devices and platforms. In light of my recent screed about Apple's recent education event -- the app-ification of iTunes U, a new proprietary file format for e-books, a purported education "revolution" that's iOS-only -- it's probably pretty clear that I believe strongly that if we are to invest in technology tools that we must do so in ways that are accessible and interoperable and that actually benefit learners. And with that, folks, I give you... the World Wide Web. So, clearly, when Desmos launched last year, I was thrilled, particularly when co-founder Eli Luberoff showed me a little side project his team was hacking on: a free, Web-based graphing calculator. So the launch of a free graphing calculator is a blow to that hardware monopoly no doubt.

Apps in Education Most Popular Posts of the Year - #2, 11 Mathematics Resources Like a lot of other people are, I'm taking this week to relax a bit and do some things that I haven't had time for lately. Therefore, all this week I'm rewinding the year with the 25 most-read posts of the year. I hope that those of you who are also on vacation this week, enjoy every moment of it. To start off the new year, each day this week I'll be posting a list of eleven resources to try in a particular content area. Brain Nook is a virtual world in which students can practice their mathematics and English skills. Learn Your Tables is a neat little site for students to use to learn and develop multiplication skills. Ten Marks, an online mathematics tutoring service, offers a free program for teachers. Yummy Math is a website designed for the purpose of sharing mathematics problems and scenarios based on things happening in the world today. Web2.0calc is a free online scientific calculator. Math Open Reference is a free online reference for geometry teachers and students.

Exploring the impact of Apple's iPad on schools & schooling. Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 – Powerful Free Maths Software I wrote about the Mathematics Add-in for MS Word and OneNote in February of 2011. As of December 2011, this remains one of my most frequently visited posts. Today’s post is prompted by a comment left there by Murray Bourne. Murray kindly informed me that Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 is available as a free standalone program, not just as an add-in for MS Word or OneNote. Mathematics 4.0 can be installed and run on its own in Windows 7, Vista or XP. Mathematics 4.0 enables the user to “do” math on the computer. The Microsoft Mathematics Add-in can help you with the following tasks: My math skills are such that I am not competent to review Mathematics 4.0 properly. Microsoft promotes Mathematics 4.0 as a teaching tool, and it can indeed be used to great effect by teachers of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Physics, or Chemistry. Pictured below are the two main user interfaces of the program.

40 Most Awesome iPad Apps for Science Students Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2011 by Staff Writers The iPad has found its way into hospitals, retail stores and homes across the nation, but it’s also making a big splash in the classroom, even with some of the best online colleges. With a great selection of apps focused on everything from word processing to keeping in touch with classmates, the tablet computer can be an invaluable tool for learning — no matter your age. Online science students haven’t been left out, of course, and there are a wide range of applications offering help with chemistry, biology, astronomy and even the math that comes along with certain fields. Chemistry Get beautiful photographs of the elements or explore what happens when you design your own molecules using these great iPad apps. The Elements: A Visual Exploration: One of the most celebrated apps on the iPad, this periodic table is much more than a list. Biology Astronomy Many of the apps that have best showcased the power of the iPad are astronomy apps. Tools

3 iPad apps to assist teaching mathematics Mathboard Featured in the recent iPad TV ad "Learn". This is the best integer practice app or program I have found in 34 years of teaching math. - Tim Seiber, Math Teacher MathBoard is a stunning app for teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems. MathBoard has charm without losing track of its fundamental purpose (Arithmetic drills). - MacWorld (4 out of 5 mice) MathBoard is a fantastic math learning tool for your iPad. -- MathBoard is appropriate for all ages from kindergarten (with simple addition and subtraction problems) to elementary school where learning multiplication and division can be a challenge. MathBoard features: - Random problem generation (up to 250 questions per quiz) Wolfram Alpha Algebra Assistant Taking algebra? This app covers the following topics applicable to Algebra I, Algebra II, and College Algebra: The Wolfram Algebra Course Assistant draws on the computational power of Wolfram|Alpha's supercomputers over 2G, 3G, or WiFi connection.

Could Doceri be the IWB killer? Just before Xmas I reviewed a potential IWB killer app called Idea Flight. This was the first of a batch of iPad apps that I have found which attempt to replace the need for an IWB. Idea Flight attempted this by enabling the networking of groups of iPads and one of the primary criticisms that readers pointed out with this system is that it was limited to contexts in which students all had iPads. Doceri takes a very different approach though. Doceri requires that you have a data projector with either a laptop or desktop attached, but using a small app on the iPad and a small piece of software on the computer, it enables you to take control of the main computer with all it’s installed software, and Flash functionality, directly from your iPad. Here are just a few of the features of the Doceri app shown as iPad screen grabs. You see the computer desktop on your iPad and can access all the computer's software through the interface. You can call up an onscreen keyboard for text input. Best