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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.

Personalized Learning Environment

I always get frustrated when I see articles like the Top 25 Web 2.0 Sites for Education because

  1. I don't have to look at them all.
  2. I'm probably already using most of them already.
  3. Some of them actually stink really bad.
  4. Some of them require a fee.
Well, you're in luck!  Since I'm taking a class in Designing an On-line class this semester, I'm supposed to be spending time seeking out websites for my project, so I painstakingly spent a little while skimming over all of them and seeing what they are all about.  I was getting bored, angry, and frustrated, until #18.

The article describes SymbalooEdu as "a great way for teachers to share sites and resources with students".  But it's actually more than that.  It's a actually a Personal Learning Environment Tool.  What's a Personal Learning Environment?  Well, if you don't know, it's making a comeback.  And I highly recommend that you read about SOCRAIT over at Teaching College Math.

For a short introduction to SymbalooEdu, either watch the video below, or head right on over there and get started like I did:  bit.ly/jonsdash (A place in which I am going to start organizing the growing list of links for the tasks that I must complete daily)!

Jeopardy! ‘Body Count’ Category.

For some reason I happened to see Jeopardy on 1/11/11 and I found the category ‘Body Count’ really intriguing.  When you read the clues, I think you’ll find it intriguing as well:

  • 400 – Chambers of the heart squared
  • 800 – Usual number of ribs divided by 8
  • 1200 – Pairs of chromosomes times 2
  • 1600 – Permanent teeth divided by 2 and then multiplied by 10
  • 2000 – Number of bones in the average adult human body plus 0.

By the way, speaking of Jeopardy,  I found this FREE online “Make Your Own Jeopardy” Generator if you want to make a quick game for the classroom.  Now for the answers to the clues: 16, 3, 46, 160, and 206.  I didn’t get any of them right.  Apparently I know nothing about the body!

Additional Comment – Who thinks Watson could’ve gotten these correct?  (See http://www.pop.is/2e4b6 and http://bit.ly/h7bbC9)

Comment on a Few Useful Tools

This comment is more here for myself than for anyone else, as I keep on forgetting about them just because I don’t have them documented anywhere:

1.  bit.ly – You would not believe (or maybe you would) how much this URL shortener has come in handy lately to quickly and easily customize URLs to give to my students.  At one point I customized something with the student’s name because the student was afraid that he would forget by the time he got home.  You can’t forget your name, now can you?

2.  zamzar.com – Free online file conversion.  I have found this especially useful to turn YouTube videos and the like into mp3 files and to simply download videos that would not normally be downloadable.  I know there are other websites out there that do this, but Zamzar keeps a record for you rather than just a one time conversion.  Nice.

3.  I think that the video below is awesome, so awesome that I figured even if you didn’t appreciate my two comments above, you would appreciate the video.

An Interactive Model for Mathematics???

How can we take the model of the #backchannel and apply it to teaching mathematics?  How can we make mathematics interactive for our students?  How can we engage our students to the point that they would want to gather to do mathematics on their own time?

Supplemental Instruction

Last semester in the Contemporary Topics In Higher Education class that I took, my group wrote a paper on Supplemental Instruction (SI).  The future of SI is definitely toward using Video SI in the private sector.  But for now, one of the biggest struggles with SI is how we can make it seem interesting enough to the students that they will actually want to come to the SI sessions.  I think these three videos are proof that there are people out there who are actually trying.  When the time comes for me to head up an SI committee (I have no doubt that I one day will), I will definitely make a similar video.

Mathematics in the News

Sometimes as an instructor I struggle to get students to see the relevance of mathematics.  Although mathematics isn't in the news nearly as often as I think it should be, here are links to a few websites that do document real-time mathematics news, along with a website with some interesting videos that might help to get some of the most stubborn students to possibly look at mathematics from a different perspective.

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