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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

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.

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

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.

Dozens of Tips & Techniques for Creating High Quality Engaging Screencasts The creation of instructional videos is one of the many technology-enabled capabilities that the 21st century teacher has at their disposal. Instructional videos can be a wonderfully engaging element in teaching. Video content is also usually a fundamental element of the flipped classroom (which regular readers of EmergingEdTech know we’re a big fan of). The low cost of good quality web cams and the availability of free or relatively inexpensive screencasting applications helps to make the development of video learning content easier than ever. With the above in mind, I’ve searched the web and selected ideas from a handful of good web resources and articles on the subject. From “Making Quality Flipped Class Videos” by Jasper Fox: Keep them short (lots of these sources emphasize this – 3 to 10 minutes max is general range recommended).Embellish the slides (leverage the screencasting application’s capabilities to add notes, use highlighters, etc. Create the video with another teacher.

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.

Four Ways to Use Pinterest in Education It seems as though when one technology tool for the classroom is introduced, another one is waiting to make its debut! We’ve shared several 21st century tools with our readers; however, we have not acquainted you with a recent tool, Pinterest. Pinterest is an electronic bulletin board where users can “pin” images from around the web. These images are then categorized into various boards on the users’ profile. Pins are also shared and searchable, which makes Pinterest a wonderful resource for visual information. Lesson Plans- As briefly mentioned above, Pinterest is a superb visual resource full of pictures, videos, and website links. Pinterest can be a fun and exciting tool inside and outside the classroom. Is there a fifth way in which you would incorporate Pinterest into the classroom?

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.

Shake-A-Phrase COD - 12/5/2011 - The Math Open Reference Project [Math] The Math Open Reference Project is a web-based interactive math textbook with the goal of providing high-quality content free of charge with numerous benefits over paper textbooks. The Math Open Reference Project uses interactive tools and animations to deliver an engaging way to learn and explore math. Teachers can discover new ways to teach students in a manner that is more engaging and can be fun. The interactive and animated illustrations supply teachers with a library of "digital manipulatives" that can be used to elucidate concepts. Other features of The Math Open Reference Project: The URL of every page will never change.Printing anything for non-commercial use is allowed.Many problems and activities, with and without answers, are available. In addition to meeting the NCTM standards for content, this reference work also can be modified to comply with the standards of any state if need be. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: