Learning from Ignite

If you don’t know what Ignite is, simply put, it is a format in which speakers are limited to using 20 slides and each of those slides automatically advances every 15 seconds.  Thus, a speaker must get their point across within a maximum of 5 minutes. I learned about the Ignite format from past conferences that I have attended.  And I have attended several Ignite Events in the Detroit, MI area (they have them all around the country). This semester, I decided to have my Math for Education students give an Ignite-style talk on the last day of class.  They had two major content goals – they were supposed to summarize what they learned during the semester and they were required to have at least 5 slides on a topic that I pre-assigned to them (e.g., hexagons, pentagons, etc.).  The other catch is that they only had 30 minutes to prepare their slides and presentation. I learned quite a...
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1.653*Pi Day

Happy 1.653*Pi (5/19) Day!  Yes, I know that Pi Day was way back on 3/14 and that 2*Pi Day is coming up on 6/28.   But celebrating 1.653*Pi Day is a little more fun, don't you think?  Here are few resources that you may be able to use in your classroom: Pi Day Activity My Pi Day Exponent Activity from Pi Day 2011 Pi Day Rap Videos   ...
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Videos for New Features in MyMathLab

My friendly Pearson rep passed these videos on to me that highlight some of the new features in MyMathLab. Assign Questions from Other Books Late Submission Penalty Show Work Questions “Or” Option for Prereqs Browser Lockdown Assign Questions from Other Books:  Late Submission Penalty:  Show Work Questions:  “Or” Option for Prereqs:  Browser Lockdown:  ...
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Five Quick Classroom Ideas

I'm not sure if I've been absolutely clear on this or not, but my lack of posting lately can be attributed to the fact that I'm now posting a majority of the links I find now on my Scoop.it page (http://bit.ly/mathnews).  Nevertheless, here are five quick ideas that just didn't fit in over there: 1.  Create a Magazine Cover (http://bighugelabs.com/magazine.php) -- In one of my Pre-Algebra courses last year I had students create a magazine about a chapter in the textbook.  This website would have helped the groups easily make a professional looking magazine cover for their project. 2.  Create Printable Posters (http://www.blockposters.com/) and (http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/gallery.gas?937) -- In one of my Beginning Algebra courses last year I had students create math 'movie posters'.  Since I was working at a design school at the time, the students had the luxury of having access to industrial poster printers.  These websites would help in cases where students do not have access to those. 3....
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CPR: Compression-only, Hands-only CPR

Please let this video serve as a reminder that although we hope we never have to use CPR in the classroom, in the case that we do, we should be prepared. Please take 60 seconds of your time to watch this very important message. Thanks. And by the way, every medical emergency I have ever had in the classroom has occured while teaching during the summer semester. via youtube.com ...
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