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Johnnie's Math Page - Fun Math for Kids and their Teachers Johnnie's Math Page is the site to find fun math for kids, math games, and even a little math homework help. Interactive math activities from across the web have been organized by topic to make math learning enjoyable and interesting. These activities have been chosen to represent the range of math learned from kindergarten to middle school. I have put together resources for middle school math. In the middle school math section you will find fantastic models for all kinds of algebra- from linear equations to quadratics. For parents and teachers, you will find math lessons and free math worksheets as well as links to other math teaching resources. For those who like a challenge, you will find free math games in the math puzzles section. Contact Johnnie

How to make RSA Animate style videos with your class… Here is a post on how to make RSA style videos with half the work and time, and with a lot less tech experience needed. And another post on RSA-lite style videos. If you like the idea in this post, then you might also enjoy my other post 24 Assessments that Don’t Suck. Nothing fancy in this post, just the nuts and bolts of how to make an RSA Animate style video with your class! What is an RSA Animate style video? Let’s start with the most popular one: And the one most popular with educators: If you want to start at the end and see a student’s final product before getting to the steps involved in making them, pause and watch an example of one of the final videos below before reading on: This is a unit that was built from the beginning to end with an RSA Animate style video. So let’s start there… 2012 was coming to a close and I still noticed some important things that my kids could not do yet. The other problem was that the words they were reading were just that…words. Day 2-Drawings

-:+:- MATH MOV!ES -:+:- As of July 1, 2013 ThinkQuest has been discontinued. We would like to thank everyone for being a part of the ThinkQuest global community: Students - For your limitless creativity and innovation, which inspires us all. Teachers - For your passion in guiding students on their quest. Partners - For your unwavering support and evangelism. Parents - For supporting the use of technology not only as an instrument of learning, but as a means of creating knowledge. We encourage everyone to continue to “Think, Create and Collaborate,” unleashing the power of technology to teach, share, and inspire. Best wishes, The Oracle Education Foundation

Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get students to own their learning for years, draws on his experiences as a teacher, principal and education consultant to tell stories about some of the ideas he sees as integral to education. November joined Steve Hargadon in a discussion of his new book Who Owns the Learning: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age, stressing the importance of global collaboration and the role of technology in making it all possible. Here are a few highlights from their discussion. School often means rules and regulations that can seem unrelated to the broader goals of education. “We might have robbed kids’ natural ability to take control of defining their own problems by spoon feeding them little tiny problems one at a time.” The lesson from this, he said, is to “teach students how to solve any problem, a general problem solving approach. Related

Best Lesson Plan Websites My hands-down favorite lesson planning resource is Thinkfinity by Verizon Foundation. Here is a portal to some of the best lesson plans in math, science, reading, writing, social studies and the arts. Thinkfinity has a portal for parents to support their children's learning, a portal for kids with games, activities, book lists and homework help. The lessons and interactives are from the most recognized content partners in the country: ArtsEdge for visual and performing arts, EconEdLink for money, finances and economics, EDSitement for federal government humanities resources, Illuminations for math, LiteracyNetwork and ReadWriteThink for language arts, Science NetLinks, Smithsonian's History Explorer, and National Geographic Xpeditions for geography. Resources from the content partners include lesson plans, interactives, primary sources, worksheets, references, media and assessments. The search feature is highly customizable and user-friendly.

Web tools from tony v Projects at High Tech High Project Based Learning at HTH High Tech High: buy the book These projects are examples of the work that is done at all of the High Tech High Schools. Contrary to what you may have heard on Oprah, not only do High Tech High students read books, but they actually produce books too. Humans have always had an innate desire to explore past the boundaries of Earth to the Moon and beyond. This senior math project was the third and final project for the "Computational Thinking" class. During this 2 week intersession course, students learned about the physics of surfboard design, and created handplanes in the woodshop, which we then used for bodysurfing. Second graders took on the role of scientists to investigate the role of bees in our ecosystem, and the various ways bees are being threatened. Everyone loves a good carnival! Overview: This project profiles our local watershed, from beginnings in the mountains, through stream monitoring, to aquafarming, and eventually to the ocean.

A Smackdown and More A couple of weeks ago, I received a surprising, but very pleasant, direct message on Twitter that went something like this, “Going to be in Surrey in a couple of weeks… want to get together?” Umm… Yeah! Absolutely! The message was from Dean Shareski! Dean presented at our district’s Engaging the Digital Learner Dinner Series in the fall and has also been involved in the #ETMooc currently being offered by Alec Couros and crew. Dean expressed interest in doing something in a classroom with kids and maybe doing something after school with educators around the district. Grade 3 teacher, Diana Williams, was very excited and took the idea and ran with it – literally. Dean Shareski and Austin Dolan (from Discovery Education) came and we all had a great time! After further assisting Diana with the technical aspects of putting the video together – taking out the green screen and adding Discovery Education photos in the background, Dean was then ready for his after-school event – a Smackdown!

Braingenie Our Skype Adventures: Creating Connected Learners in a Global Classroom The familiar sound comes through our computer speakers, and instantly my 4th grade classroom comes alive. “Is it him?” “Can I talk first?” “Can we turn off the lights?” “Can I move so I can see?” It’s a Skype call from a student in my class who moved to Hawaii at the end of April. Skype became a new and exciting way to learn in my classroom this year. I was hooked… We continued to share and learn using Skype as we participated in the Global Read Aloud. The students actually wrote their own comprehension questions to ask the other class, and then discussed their interpretations and feelings about the story. When the opportunity arose to Skype with a celebrity for Anti-Bullying Month, I got on board! Our further Skype adventures… In February, I saw a tweet from Twitter friend Paula Naugle in Louisiana. Another Twitter friend, Jan Wells, “called” the other day. Skype is a magic window… Skype enables students to connect, collaborate, and communicate with students across the globe. About the author

Web 2.0 to support the nets Web Tools that support this standard •Gizmos ExploreLearning currently has over 450 Gizmos with accompanying curricular materials, all with the aim of sharing the “Ah-Hah!” • SAS Curriculum Simulations By integrating technology and instruction, SAS Curriculum Pathways helps students master the core disciplines in an efficient, cost-effective manner. • Google Earth Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. • Earth Browser EarthBrowser is an innovative earth simulation that combines an easy to navigate 3 dimensional globe with real-time weather conditions and 7 day forecasts for thousands of locations worldwide. •Survey Monkey We are the perfect tool for educators, speakers and trainers. •SMART Response A technological way to assess students, more commonly known as Audience Response Systems. •Lego Robotics Kits This is LEGO Digital Designer. •Questionaut •Invention at Play