STEAM lab, Pokemon Go, portfolios

Seesaw Features
“digital portfolios For any classroom Capture Student Learning in Any Form Seesaw empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. Students can “show what they…
Everything Teachers Need to Know about Pokémon Go ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
“augmented reality game that you can play through your smart phone. The app uses the coordinates of your GPS to determine your location in the real world and provides you with Pokémon charact…
Discover Engineering Family Day | Make Wonders Happen!
“Parents & Teachers If you’re looking for a fun, engaging way for your children or students to experience the wonder of engineering, this event is for you. We feature engineering concept…
12 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections With Educators – Teacher Reboot Camp
“connect with other educators and develop Personal/ Professional/ Passionate Learning Networks (PLNs), we participate in collective, networked learning. We are able to gather resources, ideas,…
5 Steps for a Successful STEAM Lab @coolcatteacher
“implementing a STEAM Lab Program can be a challenge. (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.) Today’s guest, Alicia Roberts has navigated this process several…
Free Technology for Teachers: A New Lesson Plan Tool for Google Docs
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Lesson Plan Tool For Docs – Google Docs add-on
“A tool to find and add aligned resources to your lesson plan Search for K-12 teaching resources to add to your google document. The Google Docs Lesson Plan Tool gives you access to all the r…

math, mind tricks, vr art

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to want to wonder and learn about things on their own, and to point them in the direction of tools (hardware, software, and mindware) the…
Open eBooks
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getting students to reflect, express gratitudes, cultivate relationships with their peers, play, and explore the world. Below, are tips,…
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Math on Pinterest
activities, work sheets, lessons, poster, differentiate

numberphile, 10 that changed the world

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students on their own decided to use the video capability on the phones to record each other solving math problems, and then created thei…
Math Portfolios – TeacherVision.com
student’s thinking, understanding, and mathematical problem-solving skills, and thus offers a picture of the student’s progress i…
Coherence Map
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NASA – NASA Explorer Schools
“NASA Explorer Schools invests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM educators to inspire and engage future s…
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Numberphile: a series of numberly videos
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“STEMbite CollectionMath in the Real WorldBiology in the Real WorldPhysics in the Real World “
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Door 24 Plus is a free iPad math app for students in grades 1-8. It works to establish students’ fact fluency and then builds computat…
Android Apps on Google Play
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guide to everything, augmented reality

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iPads4Teaching site! These pages will provide you with tips, tricks, and resources for teaching and learning with the iPad. This site wil…
Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything – Home Page
pages of resources on everything
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tech kids

Could the kids in the tech elective work on any of these?

Use WordPress to create a couple of proposals for a makeover on the
school web site. It is already in WordPress hosted on a private server
using a purchased theme that is complicated. Needs to be something simpler with a
free WordPress theme. Make a couple of different ones for comparison.

Sixth grade math and science teacher is interested in having kids work for projects like “body systems” published on the web. We talked about a couple of tools for
this. It would be helpful to have kids try using these.
http://www.wikispaces.com/
http://edublogs.org/

Maybe review some apps for classroom use such as Three Ring for
student portfolios
https://threering.com/

How about having kids help the part-time tech support guy? Lots to do. He has been doing
this stuff since he was in middle school.

math portfolios

A number of kids are struggling with math. They “get it” but they aren’t applying it. They aren’t “owning” their learning. Rather than work it out, they “need help” even though it is clear that they actually know what is required.

There are three reasons why they aren’t doing the problems

  • don’t know what to do
  • don’t know how to do it
  • don’t want to do it

Or it may be some of each. With a little prompting they know “what” and “how” so why do they need the prompting rather than just doing it – most of their classmates can? Lack of confidence? Need for attention through personal interaction? Procrastination? Learned “helplessness”?

This is an interesting opportunity to try out some different approached to getting these kids to acquire some additional learning skills – personal record keeping, reflections, monitoring progress might help. The kids have 1:1 iPads so these could be used to accumulate artifacts into a math portfolio.

  • keep lists of links to resources that worked for them, helped them solve a “hard” problem, explanations they liked – video, animation, etc.
  • samples of work they are proud of – save a showbie response page
  • math pictures
  • record their own grades, progress – create graphs, charts, checklists so they see how they are doing

Math portfolio
https://www.teachervision.com/math/teaching-methods/6380.html
student’s thinking, understanding, and mathematical problem-solving skills, and thus offers a picture of the student’s progress in math. Following are some suggestions on how you can incorporate the use of portfolios – talks about paper, but digital would work.

I was thinking digital initially but if paper would keep the “overhead” down, that might be the way to start.

Some online tools for collecting and displaying their stuff – not specific to portfolios but can be used
http://www.wikispaces.com/
http://edublogs.org/

This article (may 2014) lists 4 more.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/web-tools-for-student-portfolios-dave-guymon

Three Ring would certainly be a possibility. Device independence is a good strategy.
https://threering.com/

Some activities to consider

  • students on their own decided to use the video capability on the phones to record each other solving math problems, and then created their own repository of problem-solving videos they could use for self-remediation
  • if kids get stuck because that are missing some prior knowledge, backtrack through the Coherence Map to find step, learn that and move ahead.

any device will do

One of the second grade teachers currently has my Android tablet. She has had it for several weeks in the past and downloaded several apps. She had the kids use it along with the computers in her room and her iPad. Another platform wasn’t a problem as far as I know. Kids recognized the functions once they were in the app. The “system” knew who they were and reported to the teacher overview. Even one more device helped.

There are thousands of good/great educational apps for both iPads and Androids. Most “standard” school apps are available for both platforms. As the Android environment is easier for the developers, the Android versions frequently have more functionality sooner.

The whole app thing is getting to be a nightmare – downloads, updates, syncing, in-app purchase,.. Find something that sounds good, get tech support to get it installed on all the tablets, get the class to launch it, use it a couple of times, move on,… Going back to web apps may be the way to go. Many are adaptive – respond to the device, whatever it is, and display appropriately. Reliance on web apps requires robust internet access, but with a mix of on-device apps and internet, this works. Then platform doesn’t matter much.