## Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds on the TI-Nspire

I'm learning new things about the TI-Nspire everyday. This video is from the people over at Tech Powered Math:
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I'm learning new things about the TI-Nspire everyday. This video is from the people over at Tech Powered Math:
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Taking a moment to share a couple of finds of the day...
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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 -
Links:
10 Steps for New Educators to Twitter
50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Education
100 Free Tools to Make Your Teaching More Entertaining Videos:
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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)!
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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:
Multiplication
Factoris - Tetris-style game for multiplication facts.
Penguin Jump - 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
Combining Like Terms Quartet - This like terms game requires you to match the center term with its the appropriate like term.
Matching Game - Identify the matching terms in two columns.
On-line Jeopardy Game - Distributive property, combining like terms, evaluating expressions, solving equations.
Integers and Order of Operations
Arithmetic Math Man - Pac Man-style game for Order of Operations.
Circle 0 Puzzle - adding positive and negative integers to sum to zero.
Circle 3 Puzzle - adding positive and negative integers to sum to three.
Circle 21 Puzzle - adding positive and negative...

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!
Fractions, Decimals, and Percents on Prezi
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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
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After a recent afternoon meeting about statistics, I needed to find a few old links that I had buried away. Well, here are a few odds and ends I found while looking:
1. Virtual Math Lab at Texas A&M - This is a very good resource for College Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Beginning Algebra. When I opened my link, it actually opened on 'Absolute Value Equations', which means that's probably what my students were struggling with when I initially discovered this website back in 2009.
2. Quick-and-Dirty Guide to the TI-83, TI-83+, TI-84, and TI-84+ - Although it seems like it would be most useful for the beginning calculator student, I have to say that the time I used this website the most was when I taught Calculus, and I couldn't remember many of the calculus-related functions.
3. Pete Falzone's On-line Office - I have been borrowing handouts from this guy for the longest time. The pre-algebra resources are especially good for...

Here is the most recent set of helpful resources that I have sort of stumbled upon out of well over 200 hundred that I've looked at today:
1. Broad Texter - This is a service that allows you to create a group so that your students can join so that they can receive text messages from you. In fact, I've set up one for my students that I hope to use in the near future. Feel free to sign up at the top of the page if you're so inclined.
2. Smart Teaching Blog - My biggest advice when looking at this blog is to start scrolling down and to not get overwhelmed, as there are probably 1000s of resources listed, including this list of the 100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers.
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...

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.
2. Serving Unit-Circle Trigonometry on a Paper Plate - At first I thought this was an awful idea for the college classroom, but then one day last summer one of my students came in with something very similar. I asked him where he got it, and he said that he made it in high school, and that it was one of the most useful things he's ever made. And apparently he's...