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Monthly Archives: May 2013
Animoto Photo Celebration of Year 1 with 1:1 iPads
I made this Animoto movie for my students to showcase the new things we tried this year. Many of the blurbs that fly by at lightning speed are featured in more detail on this blog. Feel free to explore the … Continue reading
Teacher “Report Card” Using Google Forms
Thanks to @MrVaudrey and his blog post here, I was able to execute a Google Form today with my students, presenting the opportunity to “grade” me using a “teacher report card”. My students’ eyes grew wide at the notion that … Continue reading
ThingLink Mobile – New Ways to Explain Student Work!
I read on Twitter that ThingLink had released a mobile app, so I wanted to give it a try. If you know me, you know ThingLink has become my very favorite “preteaching” tool this year. Once I downloaded the app … Continue reading
Don’t Wait For PD – Join Twitter
I initially signed up for Twitter several years ago. Upon joining, I sent my first Tweet along the lines of: “I signed up for Twitter… now what do I do?” And there my account sat, untouched, for several years. Fastforward … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged communication, networking, professional development, Twitter
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Teachers Pay Teachers: Kids Benefit Most!
I was thrilled to see this news report out of Clearfield, Pennsylvania on wjactv.com. The emphasis on quality materials and student engagement makes my heart sing. I’ve been sharing resources on TpT since 2010, and it’s been an exciting experience … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged assessment, homework, problem solving, Teachers Pay Teachers, technology
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HCMS Shares iPad “InSite”
This past week, Hill Country Middle School hosted its third and final iPad Site Visit of the 20122013 school year. I couldn’t resist my title’s “punny” playonwords… if you know me at all you know my sense of humor is … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged Algebra, app, assessment, formative, iPad, nearpod, PreAlgebra, site visit, Socrative, techchef4u, thatquiz.org, thinglink
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Visualizing Domain & Range From a Graph
I learned a nifty domain and range trick from an online workshop about using stickie notes to help “frame” the graph of a function. The idea is to use 4 notes so that all you see is the graph, which … Continue reading
Math PSAs: A Mental Break from Testing
After 4 hours of testing, I decided to provide my afternoon math classes with an opportunity to decompress. Our mental brainbreak took a detour from the scopeandsequence toward an impromptu miniproject: Creating a “Math PSA”. I suggested several topics to … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra 1, PreAlgebra
Tagged Algebra, iMovie, iPad, PicCollage, PreAlgebra, project
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Time Travel
My algebra students have been reviewing for their Algebra EndofCourse exam, and encountered an interesting problem today. It was the very LAST problem in a problem set, and we discovered it at the end of the period! Rats! Who can … Continue reading