My Experience with Spotify Premium

I was skeptical at first.  My previous experience with Pandora wasn’t the best.  I couldn’t listen to any song that I wanted to, but I could create an artist radio, where without fail, 5 songs in I would be turning off the music because Pandora would be suggesting something absolutely awful.  And why not just skip over the song?  Well, with Pandora you only get so many skips per day.  Then Google Music came along for a while.  I could listen to any song I wanted to, but only once.  That was a weird phase that Google had.  I’m glad…
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Grade Distributions

I've been inspired by my friend Johnny Hu from Whatcom Community College to post my grade distributions and passing rates.  I see the document below as a great way for me to be transparent about what is actually happening in my classes.  I'm actually a public employee and as such I believe that the public deserves access to this information.  From here on out I intend to provide this information at the end of every semester.  I will probably add the number of W's to this document at some point as well. Grade_Distributions.pdf Download this file    
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Mind Maps for Calculus, Algebra, and Statistics

This semester I decided that I wanted to organize all of the resources that I've found on the Internet onto Mind Maps for my Calculus, Algebra, and Statistics classes.  There was just too much that I wanted to tell my students about every semester that it started to become too overwhelming to repost the links on my LMS every semester (my courses don't ever seem to copy very well from semester to semester).  The results are below.  Feel free to share with everyone. For the calculus map, bit.ly/calcmap For the algebra map, bit.ly/algebramap For the statistics map, bit.ly/statmap    
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What I Learned at Screencast Camp 2012

During Screencast Camp 2012, I presented as part of three sessions: ·         Technology in the College Classroom ·         The Side Effects of Technology Overload ·         Whiteboarding with Wacom I also learned a lot at Screencast Camp.  But to hear about it, you’ll have to watch my screencast – Screencast Camp 2012 from Jon Oaks  
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Matching Activity using Hot Potatoes

This week I was asked about an easy way to make an interactive activity in which students would be able to match equations with graphs or descriptions with graphs.  I knew that there had to be an easy way to do this that didn’t involve having to know anything about java or any other type of code.  My first thought was to use Sharendipity.  However, that didn’t work out because I couldn’t figure out how to build a game from scratch in which I would be able to upload my own images of graphs and equations. After a week-long search,…
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Teaching the Properties of Addition

Here are some fresh off the press resources that I’ve created for teaching the properties of addition.  One of them is an infographic that I created using Piktochart (I pay for the Pro Version) and the other is a new paper-based game that I’ve affectionately called ASCII for Associative Commutative Identity Inverse.  I plan to use these resources with my Pre-algebra and with my Math for Education classes.   Properties_of_Addition.pdf Download this file  
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Traverse City Beach Bums Baseball

While at the MCTM conference in Traverse City, MI, I went to 3-game series at Wuerfel Park between the Traverse City Beach Bums and the Windy City Thunderbolts.  Before this summer, I hadn’t even heard of the Traverse City Beach Bums.  I know, it may seem a little strange, but who really follows the Frontier League anyway? The first night at the park, I arrived about 1-hour early because I didn’t know how crowded the parking lot would be or how long I would have to wait at the Will Call window in order to pick up my tickets.  It…
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