Creating Interactive Math Tasks With Google Sites


Interactive Math Tasks With Google Apps

Recently, I wrote a post summarizing the Stacking Paper Tasks multi-touch book for iBooks. If you had a chance to download the multi-touch book, you’ll notice that it is interactive and collaborative leveraging embedded padlet walls for students to share out their work.

However, I’ve had some folks on Twitter asking how they could do something like this without an iPad:

Never fear, Chromebookers or “Anti-Appletes”. you can still get your students engaged in this series of interactive 3 act math tasks via your favourite web browser!

Stacking Paper Tasks on Chromebooks & Google Apps

By creating a Google Site via the Google Apps for Education account I created for my school, I was able to create a similar environment to that which I created for iBooks with the Stacking Paper Tasks multi-touch book.

Interactive Math Tasks With Google Sites

Check It Out!

Google Apps Features Used

One of the great things about Google Sites is how easy it is to get a website online. Google makes creating a website much like creating a Google Doc and they even provide easy ways to embed content via “Gadgets” like YouTube videos, padlet walls, and more.

Let’s have a look at what the interactive Stacking Paper Tasks looks like in Google Sites.

First, we begin on a page with a YouTube video that will show Act 1 of the Stacking Paper 3 Act Math Task:

Interactive Math Tasks With Google Sites - Act 1 Video

Then, as we did in the multi-touch book, we ask students to share out any questions that come to mind on a padlet wall. Instead of the padlet wall being embedded into an iBooks Author widget, I have used the iframe gadget to embed the padlet wall into the Google Site page:

Interactive Math Tasks With Google Sites - Questions

Again, using the Google Sites iframe gadget, I have embedded another padlet wall right into another Google Sites page for students to share out their predictions:

Interactive Math Tasks With Google Sites - Make Your Prediction

Next, I’ve embedded the Act 2 YouTube video using the YouTube gadget:

Interactive Math Tasks With Google Sites - Act 2 Information

Now, I want students to figure out the solution. They can do this on paper and take a photo later, or they can actually write on a whiteboard (awwapp.com) I have embedded into a Google Sites page with another iframe gadget:

Interactive Math Tasks With Google Sites - Figure It Out

Next, students will be asked to share out their solution on a padlet wall so they can quickly see different strategies and solutions from their peers. You can also ask students to offer feedback to their peers at the same time:

Interactive Math Tasks With Google Sites - Share It Out

Finally, students will move on to the next page and see the Act 3 YouTube Video embedded on the page to see what really happened:

Interactive Math Tasks With Google Sites - Act 3 Video

While I think multi-touch books created in iBooks Author offer much more in terms of visual appeal and even functionality, Google Sites does offer a quick way for teachers to create interactive math tasks that students can access on any device, at any time.

Interactive Math Tasks With Google Sites

Try Out The Tasks!


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