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Sometimes I wonder how many people actually find this more annoying than useful.
1. Maple Worksheets for Calculus – In addition to the Applets which I previously posted about, there St. Louis University also has a series of Maple Worksheets for Calculus that could prove to be useful. That is, if Maple is your thing.
3. Using Wolfram Alpha in a Calculus Class and Google Guides Calculator Shortcuts are just two reminders of the fact that we need to continue to remind our students that these tools are available for their use. First of all, I think it is completely unfair as an educator to not tell students about these resources. Second of all, if some students know about the resources, but others don't, not all students are on a equal playing field. Learning is a supposed to be a fair process.
4. If you go to Math6.org's Black Line Master's page and click on the 'Computation' button on the left side of the page, you will be taken to a page of Computation Drill Strips. One day last week I used the LCM/GCF Drill. I cut it up into strips and had groups within the class compete against each other. They were so excited about it that they wanted to take the strips that we didn't use home for extra practice.
5. 7 of the Best On-line Collaborative Drawing Tools and Join.Me – Although I haven't checked all of them out yet, I can totally see how having on-line collaborative drawing tools would be great for working with students at a distance. And Join.Me might help also, as it is a FREE remote assistance screen sharing and remote control APP.
6. Big Free Clock – This is a direct download link to one of the best clocks I have ever seen to use in the classroom. I have used it often when using timed games/activities in the classroom, or when I have given group exams in large auditoriums without a clock, and wanted to project the time for the students.
7. NeoK12 – Science, math, social studies, history, geography and other educational videos, lessons, quizzes and educational games that make learning fun and interesting. I wasn't sure about using this website at first, but then after more careful inspection, I realized that I really do find it useful that the videos are organized by topic rather than just doing a random search on YouTube.
8. Math Nook – Very cool, free educational and fun online math games. Games target math vocabulary, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division , fractions, and other math skills. There is a really loud noise every time you first load the page, so don't be alarmed. I really thought Factor Dog was really intense. Just wait until the dogs start coming really fast.
9. ProBoards and Wallwisher are both unique in their own ways. ProBoards is a tool to create free on-line discussion forums. I know, most Learning Management Systems already have some form of discussion board built in, but I can see this being useful because the look can be customized to be more appealing. Wallwisher is an on-line notice wall maker. This could be useful if you want to collaborate with students in a different way such that everyone's updates and messages could appear all in one place.
10. xtranormal – Essentially their slogan is, "If you can type, you can make movies". Actually, I've seen some of their videos floating around the web for about the last month or so without even realizing it. I've thought that the videos were really great every time, and wish that I could make them myself, and now I know how. I will definitely be experimenting with this in the weeks to come.
In my Basic Mathematics class we just finished discussing the order of operations, and students always seem to have a problem with it, especially when division comes before multiplication (Sally has always told them otherwise). Today we discussed finding the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) and Least Common Multiple (LCM), another topic that students sometimes seem to have a problem with. I came up with the following problem, which sparked quite a lot of discussion in the classroom. But more than that, I think it is the type of problem that continues to reiterate the Order of Operations, and doesn’t back students into the hole of forgetting what they have learned from one chapter to the next.