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10 Potentially Helpful Resources

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 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.

Get Creative!

Sometimes a search for the weirdest things will bring you some of the the most useful things, like this, a link from Panola College of dozens of Free Web-based tools that can be used to spice up an on-line class.  So, do you really want to know what I was searching for?  It was a Google Image search of "Online Learning and Teaching in Comic," where the following, quite interesting image popped up:


Math Comic Strips


One point this semester I wanted to have students create comic strips about math.  I tried creating one of my own one morning at 4 AM, but was unsuccessful.  My first attempt at a good one came just a few minutes ago, and I thought that I would post it here for inspiration of what can be done with http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/.  I think what would be even better is to make a whole bunch of these comics and then shove them into http://animoto.com/ or http://prezi.com/.  What do you think?

Math Manga

I was talking with some of my students this afternoon who asked me about my interest in Anime and Manga.  Of course, I immediately was intrigued by the possibility of combining Math and Manga and did a Google search (I’m really trying to avoid using Google as a verb these days) for “Math Manga”.  Well, apparently Lerner Publishing Group has a series on Manga Math Mysteries.  And then there are the Math Games from Manga High, which include the ever so popular “Ice Ice Maybe,” a wonderful game for teaching students estimation.  It actually has taught me a few things on estimation as well, such as I have to get a little faster at it, and I can’t look away from the computer or 3 penguins will die by the next time I look back at the screen.  Maybe I can have some of my students build on these thoughts next semester and create something for College Mathematics.  We’ll see.