I'm learning new things about the TI-Nspire everyday. This video is from the people over at Tech Powered Math:
Update: 50+ Twitter Links, including a Prezi about Twitter in Education.
There have been at least 3 times in the last week when I have showed a colleague this website and have gotten a surprised look of, “Where did you get all of these ideas?” When I tell people that Twitter feeds a majority of my inspiration to go looking for things, they start listening. But no one ever really seems to follow through by actually signing up for Twitter. From what I can tell, it is a slight fear of just not knowing enough. So, here I’m sharing a few links and videos to help people get in the Twitter mood -
This a cool math game for ordering decimals that I found over at Sharendipity. I hope to make some of my own soon in my spare time (hahaha)!
I have some slightly under-prepared students semester, so I suggested to them that they should try to work on their basic skills outside of class. However, this requires me to provide some recommended resources to them, and these are what I have discovered:
- Factoris – Tetris-style game for multiplication facts.
- Fun Multiplication Game that can be played with up to 4 people from around the world.
- Dad’s Worksheets – For those who just want the traditional worksheets to practice with.
Combining Like Terms
- Pac Man-style game for Order of Operations.
Believe it or not, I was searching for Prezi’s about Fractions, and I found one here: http://www.diigo.com/list/aadavis/prezi-examples. You should definitely head on over there and check out all of them!
Here are few links I have gathered for those planning to make a poster presentation, or who wish to pass these tips onto your students. This is a skill that has not come easy to me as I am colorblind. =D
- Scientific Literature and Writing: Poster Presentations
- Creating Effective Posters: An Effective Poster
- Advice on Designing Scientific Posters
- Presentation Tips from Society for Neuroscience
- Poster Presentations: Designing Effective Posters
- Tips for Presenting Your Research in a Poster Presentation – link to short 3 page PDF file
- Poster Presentation Tips – link to short 2 page PDF file
3. Get the Math – This the link to ‘Get the Math, an initiative out of the PBS Station in NYC, which has challenges related to fields such as Fashion and Video Games. I know I posted this on twitter earlier, but that’s why you need to follow along (if you’re not already).
4. Bubbl.us – This is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online (essentially a stripped down version of Mindomo), so it would be ideal for those who are beginning into the world of Mind-Mapping.
5. CamStudio – Free streaming video software. I mean, does the name remind you of something? Personally, I’m doing just fine with Jing! for now, but some people may want to check into this.
6. Poll Everywhere – Allows you to create a poll that your audience can participate in using their cell phones, twitter, or the web. I’ve personally used this in a classroom before as a quick and simple alternative to using clickers. It doesn’t give you a person-by-person tally, but you can get an overall idea of if your students understand a concept.
7. Super Saas – An online scheduler, which I want to try out for future semesters to have students self-schedule for my office hours. I think that they may be more likely to come if they can schedule themselves. Has anyone tried this successfully? I would love to hear!
8. ToonDoo – The online cartoon, comic strip creator. Create your own cartoons, comic strips, publish, share, and discuss! In fact, I’ve mentioned something similar, called ‘Make Belief Comix’ in the past. The major difference upfront is that ToonDoo is in color.
9. Transfer Big Files – Transfer files up to 1 GB. This would have been especially helpful when I was having trouble with students sending me their homework assignments last semester. Another similar website is You Send It.
10. Motivational Posters – This actually could be turned into a great class project if the students created a mathematics-related image themselves, along with a descriptor to put along the bottom. Another similar website is The Parody Motivational Generator.
This is simply another consequence of my poking around the web, and although I haven’t taught trigonometry since last summer, I would consider using either of these ideas in the future:
1. Touch Trigonometry – This is an interactive trigonometry graph and circle featuring the six basic trig functions. I wasn’t a fan at first because I’m colorblind, which made it seem like there was just too much going on, but I can see that it is a useful tool for those who are able to distinguish colors.