OAMEchat 2015 Twitter Chat Graphic

Join the Circle! #OAMEchat During @...

Join the Discussion During The OAME Annual Conference! A couple weeks ago, Jim Pai tossed out the idea of creating a Twitter Chat that will run in ...

Desmos Test Mode is EQAO Compliant and Approved

EQAO Guidelines Allow Use of @Desmo...

New iPad App Compliant With Ontario Grade 9 Math Standardized Test Rules Recently, I came across a post by Carl Hooker explaining how the Eanes Ind...

Let's Make an Online Assessment Tool That Rocks!

Let’s Make An Online Assessment Too...

Back in January, with only a few days until semester 2 was set to begin, I was lucky to have come across a post by Jon Orr and a new idea he was goi...

We Can Teach By Talking, But Are They Listening?

We Can Teach By Talking, But Are Th...

A few weeks back, I was reading a book called Teaching Minds (Kindle/Hardcover/Paperback or Audible Audiobook) by Roger Schank and really enjo...

iPad Tutorials & PD

How to Hack iBooks Author HTML 5 Widgets

How to Hack an HTML 5 iBooks Author Widget

Creating Your Own Interactive Content WITHOUT Bookry https://youtu.be/qd6Dxuw72zE Many educators using iPads as a tool in their classroo...

Join the Circle! #OAMEchat During @OAME2015


OAMEchat 2015 Twitter Chat Graphic

Join the Discussion During The OAME Annual Conference! A couple weeks ago, Jim Pai tossed out the idea of creating a Twitter Chat that will run in the style of #slowmathchat by Michael Fenton. A group of Ontario Math Educators including Jon Orr, Matthew Oldridge, Amy Lin, Mary Bourassa and myself jumped on-board. If you are unfamiliar with #slowmathchat, be sure to check out Michael Fenton's p...


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EQAO Guidelines Allow Use of @Desmos Test Mode App


Desmos Test Mode is EQAO Compliant and Approved

New iPad App Compliant With Ontario Grade 9 Math Standardized Test Rules Recently, I came across a post by Carl Hooker explaining how the Eanes Independent School District managed to get Desmos Test Mode approved for students writing the Texas State math tests (also check out Cathy Yenca's post here). I'll be honest and say I never really read too deeply into these posts until I heard from Jon ...


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Let’s Make An Online Assessment Tool That Rocks!


Let's Make an Online Assessment Tool That Rocks!

Back in January, with only a few days until semester 2 was set to begin, I was lucky to have come across a post by Jon Orr and a new idea he was going to implement to improve the assessment process in his classroom based on Alice Keeler's original work around Levelling Up and Awarding Badges. I was quickly convinced that what Jon was aiming to do with his Google Sheet Skill Evidence Record could...


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We Can Teach By Talking, But Are They Listening?


We Can Teach By Talking, But Are They Listening?

A few weeks back, I was reading a book called Teaching Minds (Kindle/Hardcover/Paperback or Audible Audiobook) by Roger Schank and really enjoyed it. As a Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University after his faculty experience at Stanford and then Yale, he is known for the quote: There are only two things wrong with the education system - What we teach; and, How we teach...


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How to Hack an HTML 5 iBooks Author Widget


How to Hack iBooks Author HTML 5 Widgets

Creating Your Own Interactive Content WITHOUT Bookry https://youtu.be/qd6Dxuw72zE Many educators using iPads as a tool in their classrooms are turning to iBooks Author to create interactive multi-touch books that bring life and enjoyment to learning. iBooks Author is filled with many great tools and widgets to embed photos, video, self-assessment tools, and many others to load teachers up wit...


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Explain Everything Angle & Triangle Journey (Part 2)


Explain Everything Math Learning Journey - Opposite Angles & Interior/Exterior Triangle Angles

Kicking It Up A Notch With Visual Angle Proofs Yesterday, I posted about my first attempt at creating an Explain Everything Math Learning Journey by providing students with an Explain Everything Project File with some questions intended to have them discover some angle theorems. We began the journey today and I hope that we will have some video footage to share in the coming days. The stu...


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Explain Everything Math Learning Journey


Explain Everything Math Learning Journey - Exploring Geometry and Angles

Exploring Geometry By Discovering Angle Relationships *Wed Apr 8, 2015* - The Explain Everything Project File has been updated to correct an error. The Geometry portion of the grade 9 applied course is one that I have always struggled to make meaningful for my students. The curriculum has students exploring angle theorems, but really never goes deep enough for finding these angles to be...


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Why We Must Model The Interconnections in Math


Why We Must Model The Interconnections in Math - Orange-Gi EQAO Sample Open Response Unit Rate Problem

An Example of Tricks and Quick Fixes Leading to a Dead End Recently, my students were just starting their weekly assessment that interleaves/spirals our math learning goals from the year. The first problem was taken directly from an EQAO Standardized Test open response release question about unit rate: My students have been working with ratios, rates, and proportional reasoning delivere...


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Two Groups of Math Students I Created in My Classroom


Two Groups of Math Students

Check out a recent talk I gave in regards to the two groups of students I used to see forming in my math classroom each year or jump to a written summary: http://youtu.be/A3FKdAXkv5I When I was in school, I can remember a distinct lesson framework that I could recognize in most every math course: Take up homework; Learn New Definitions, Formulae, Procedures/Algorithms; Do a b...


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Desmos Math Journey: Representations of Linear Relations


Jump Into a Desmos Math Journey: Representations of Linear Relations

Using Desmos to Create Interactive Math Investigations Just recently, I have really been extending the effectiveness of inquiry/discovery based learning in my classroom by having students work at the whiteboards around my room. Students in grade 9 applied math are usually disengaged in math class because they have likely struggled with mathematics in elementary school. While I'm thoroughl...


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