Hello and Welcome to My Session!
Hello and welcome, Mathematics colleagues from across Ontario to the Tap Into Teen Minds Session at OAME 2013 in Toronto! I’m excited to share some of my recent learning with you and hope I will have an opportunity to connect and stay in contact with you moving forward!
A Little About Me…
Although I know many of you from previous OAME Conferences such as 2012 in Kingston, feel free to explore my teaching and educational technology background. I encourage you to learn more about the Teacher Learning and Leadership Program as well as what I did to apply for the TLLP Grant that funded my 1:1 iPad classroom.
Are you skeptical that using iPads in school may not be worth the cost? Consider this cost comparison between an Interactive Whiteboard classroom and a 1:1 iPad Classroom.
Get Online in 10 Minutes!
Create a Google Course Calendar
In each of my courses, I maintain a Google Calendar as a quick and efficient way to create digital lesson plans and allow for students to easily follow through the course and refer back to previous material. Click on the calendar entry below to see what a typical calendar entry may look like:
Click here to see an example of an active course calendar.
Create Your Own Class Website With Google Calendar
Want to learn how to create your own course website in less than 10 minutes? Do it with Google Calendar!
Presentation & Lesson Delivery
GoodNotes PDF Annotation App – What We Use to Write!
The GoodNotes PDF Annotation App is the app we use in our mathematics paperless classroom due to the simplicity and responsive functionality. While I continue to attempt moving further and further away from anything that resembles the traditional “math note” in my classroom, I do continue to provide a PDF handout for each day as a way for students to record any important concepts as well as math practice to keep in their Dropbox folders. Click the image below to learn more about GoodNotes and how it can be utilized in your classroom.
Using Apple TV to Mirror Your iPad
Using iPad as Your Only Presentation Tool
For the first 5 years of my teaching career, I used a SMART Notebook and a SMART Board to create and deliver my lessons on a daily basis. The media filled and interactive lessons I could create with this technology had me convinced that there was no better way. However, having an iPad and Apple TV in my classroom has changed everything. Whether your classroom is a 1-to-many or a 1:1 iPad classroom, using Apple TV to mirror your iPad screen to your projector or television will take your classroom to new heights instantly.
While most educators are stuck at the front of the room with their chalk or SMART Board marker, you can be cruising around your classroom wirelessly and teach from anywhere.
Classroom management issues with Tommy at the back of the room? Spend some time delivering your content from next to Tommy’s desk and attempt to engage him in the lesson as you interact with your students!
Best of all, Apple TV in a 1:1 iPad or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom will allow students to share their work instantly via the AirPlay feature on their iPad and other iOS devices!
Reflector App to Mirror iPad
Use Your Existing Classroom Computer As an Apple TV Substitute
Although an Apple TV has a relatively inexpensive price-point of $99, it might be hard to justify the purchase if you have an expensive computer and projector already in your classroom.
Why not transform your computer into an Apple TV with the Reflector App! The Reflector App will trick your iPad and other iOS AirPlay enabled devices to think your computer is an Apple TV. This will allow your iPad to be mirrored to your computer screen and in turn, mirrored to your classroom projector or TV.
Assessment & Evaluation with iPad
Using Google Drive Forms to Collect Student Data
Quick, Easy and FREE Method for Gaining Instant Feedback
Using iPads in your classroom doesn’t mean you are not able to integrate great products released by other technology giants like Google. Google Drive provides teachers and students with some wonderful and free classroom tools for making learning enjoyable and convenient.
Google Drive Forms can be used to collect student data by creating surveys, multiple choice assessments and short-response feedback. Whether you decide to use Google Drive Forms for assessments, teacher or student self-assessments, digital ticket-out-the-door or a something unique to your own classroom, this free tool is such a quick and easy way to gain more information about the students in your classroom.
Take Our Sample Google Drive Survey!
Growing Success with Google Drive
Quickly Assess As, For and Of Learning
Quickly Assess As, For and Of Learning
You can make your assessment data spreadsheet public for students and parents to see or keep the file private for your own records if you prefer.
By clicking on the image below, you will view my current Grade 9 Academic Mark and Descriptive Feedback spreadsheet. In this case, all students are listed by student number and are in no specific order. While some educators may believe that students can determine “who is who” by using details such as “absent” or even overall mark, I find that this spreadsheet provides the accountability and descriptive feedback necessary to bump each student up to the next level. Our classroom is a mathematics learning community where each student is there to support the next and thus transparency is not intended to hinder, but rather assist in each student reaching their full potential.
eClicker Presenter & eClicker Audience
eClicker Presenter by Big Nerd Ranch is a great way to keep your students engaged by turning your iPads, iPhones, Android Tablets and even desktop computers into dynamic classroom clickers. This app is currently $14.99 for eClicker Presenter, but don’t worry – only the teacher need purchase the Presenter app. Students in your class can download the FREE eClicker Audience app or the older eClicker Host app.
Educators can create effective multiple choice classroom clicker assessments in a very short period of time. Cropping photos with an app such as Skitch by Evernote will allow you to include graphs, charts and other images with ease. All student data is recorded and can be exported as a Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet software compatible Comma Separated Value (CSV) file.
Evernote for Assessment, Evaluation and Feedback
Many teachers in my board are using Evernote for many different educational purposes on a daily basis in their classrooms. Evernote is a free, cloud-based note taking app for iOS, Android, Mac and PC. Teachers (and students) can create their own Evernote accounts to keep their notes organized in “Notebooks” by subject area, assessment type or any other organizational strategy.
Some teachers are utilizing Evernote as an easy way to organize assessment, evaluation and feedback data for each student. By simply setting up an Evernote Notebook for each student in their course, they can take snapshots of student work, record audio comments and type descriptive feedback for students as they roam their rooms. Best of all, teachers can share their Student Evernote Notebooks with each student and even parents to keep the lines of communication open between all stakeholders.
Great Math Apps
Algebra Touch Math App
An Interactive Way to Introduce New Algebra Concepts
If you are looking for an iPad app to help your students with learning basic rules and concepts of algebra, the Algebra Touch app by Regular Berry is a must-have! Simple user interface allows even an inexperienced iPad user to jump right into the app and begin learning the foundation of algebra and the concepts required to build a strong base in mathematics.
Check out my post on Edudemic about Algebra Touch!
DragonBox Algebra 5+ Teaches Solving Equations Without You Knowing It!
Aimed for Ages 5-12, but enjoyed by all ages!
Dragon Box is an interactive PC, Mac OS, iPad iOS, and Android app which quickly teaches the player the concept of opposite operations and other rules required to solve complex math equations. Best of all, the player has no idea that the purpose of the app is to teach you math concepts!
What starts out as a game which requires the player to isolate the box on one of the two “sides,” quickly progresses into students solving for ‘x’ on two sides of an equation. By the time the player realizes that they are doing math, they are in too deep and will be eager to solve the next equation.
Video of my Grade 9 Academic Students Using Dragonbox+
DragonBox Algebra 12+ Released This Week!
Aimed for Ages 12+ but enjoyed by all!
DragonBox Algebra 12+ is a must-have tool for students so they can gain confidence in algebra and mathematics. Based on the award winning game DragonBox Algebra 5+, this new version covers more advanced topics in mathematics and algebra:
- Parenthesis / Brackets
- Positive and Negative Signs
- Addition of Fractions (Common Denominators)
- Collection of Like Terms
Write On Your Calculator!
With MyScript Calculator, students can perform mathematical operations naturally using handwriting. This app is easy, simple and intuitive, just write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript Calculator perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result immediately.
Bring Your Handwritten Math to Life!
Bring your handwritten math to life with FluidMath! FluidMath 2013 is the first handwriting-based educational math app designed for teachers and students in grades 6-12 and applicable to pre-algebra through calculus courses!
Students can easily create, solve, and graph math and physics problems all in their own handwriting! Teachers can use this app as another way to create dynamic instructional material for the classroom and to enable clearer presentation of concepts. The ultimate graphing calculator!
Motion Math HD – Fractions!
Put the Action in Fractions!
Motion Math HD follows a star that has fallen from space, and must bounce back up, up, up to its home in the stars. Moving fractions to their correct place on the number line is the only way to return. A rigorous, published experiment showed that by playing Motion Math HD for a week, learners improved by 15% on average in their ability to estimate fractions and their attitudes toward math. Learn more in the Motion Math Study.
ScreenCasting and Recording Video for Communication
Explain Everything Screen Capture App
Explain Everything is an iPad video app that allows you to create screencast videos on your iPad. Although it can be a useful app in many fields, I find it especially useful in the classroom. The app is setup in a manner similar to a presentation application like PowerPoint or Keynote, since your content is organized in slides. The benefit being that you can record each slide individually, instead of creating a video in one take like many of the other iPad video apps currently available.
Use Doceri to Record Your Lessons for YouTube
Similar to Explain Everything, Doceri is a free whiteboard screencast app that allows you to quickly record videos in your classroom on the fly while you teach! Why not record that homework question students wanted to go through at the beginning of class for posting to your course website later? I’ve been recording at least one video a day for the past week and both the students and I love it!
Check Out This Video Recorded With Doceri on iPad 2
Create Real World Math Problems
Recently, I led a session for secondary math teachers in the Greater Essex County District School Board about Creating Real World Math Problems. Using the approach made famous by Dan Meyer and his Three Act Math Tasks, I have been striving to create Real World Math Problems using the iPad Video Camera and a few edits in iMovie on a Mac. The same edits could be completed directly on the iPad and I’d encourage you to try it out in your own classroom!
Allow Students to Collaborate Digitally in Baiboard
Baiboard is a free collaboration app designed for education. The teacher or students can create their own Baiboard rooms and share the room number with peers to collaborate during class time or at home. The app provides 4 different pieces of digital chart paper that the students can write on, import pictures and save for future reference.
Book Creator for iPad
Book Creator for iPad is the simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad. Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBookstore. Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on.
Other Tap Into Teen Minds Suggested iPad Educational Apps
I hope you enjoyed the session and would appreciate any comments, questions or improvements that could be made for sessions I will deliver in the future!
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