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John Evans

Advantages in Coding, Part 1: An Application of Math | My Experiments in Teaching and L... - 2 views

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    "Many teachers are starting to code in math classrooms.  I have integrated coding in math initially to start a coding club.  I soon realized that coding is best suited as an option in learning.  There are many benefits to coding that I have found.  The benefits are too extensive for one blog post.  So I am starting a series of blogs to emphasize the advantages.

    For my first post, I would like to highlight that coding is an excellent application of math skills.  All math can be applied to daily life.  As teachers, we have to apply learning so that our students see relevance.  Coding applies so beautifully to math.  It emphasizes these skills so naturally."
John Evans

What is MakerEd? And why math teachers should take notice… | Valerie Weage's ... - 1 views

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    "As I look back, it has been a crazy and wonderful learning experience in CEP 811 over the last few weeks. With a focus on the Maker Movement and maker education, I have read articles, blog posts, sections from books, and even watched videos to learn more about the Maker Movement. I even had a chance to try my hand at making by creating a Lego robot using the NXT program and then turning my project into a great lesson about slope I can use with my math students. In addition, I considered what inspires a maker and how I might be able to turn my own classroom into an inspirational and supportive makerspace.

    This week, I organized all of the ideas I have gathered about the maker movement and maker education into a helpful infographic using easel.ly that addresses two important questions: What is the Make Movement? Why should math teachers start incorporating it into their classrooms? "
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: 10+ Resources for Learning About the Math and Science of ... - 2 views

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    "As regular readers of this blog know, I am a proponent of getting kids involved in physical activities like bicycling, skiing, and playing team sports. I also like to see connections made between students' interest in sports and lessons in the classroom. The resources below can all be used to create lessons connected to students' interests in sports."
John Evans

Splash Math Summer Program: Summer Slide Prevention | Class Tech Tips - 0 views

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    "As teachers and families kick off summer vacation it's important to think about how students will continue to grow their skills over their break from school.  Splash Math offers an online summer program designed to help students maintain their math gains and prepare for the upcoming school year.  Their award winning eight week review program includes a Common Core aligned diagnostic assessment before and during the program and a personalized practice schedule for each student based on the diagnostic assessment."
John Evans

5 principles of extraordinary math teaching | math for love - 6 views

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    "We're just finishing up a massive project of creating a supplementary curriculum for Seattle's Summer School program. We realized that the spirit of the lessons was even more important than the content. To this end, we designed the activities to encourage students to own their mathematical experiences, to give kids an opportunity-and a reason-to fall in love with math.

    So we introduce our lessons with this list of the 5 principles that you can use in your math teaching to make the classroom hum. We wanted to share the list here, even though school is almost out. Let us know if these principles speak to you, and if there's anything you think we're missing."
John Evans

Makey Makey Math - Coding Probability Simulators #makerED | Brian Aspinall, CV - 2 views

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    "As I gear up to present student work at ETFO's ICT Conference in Toronto, I'd like to share some ideas:

    1. Coding allows for students to learn across math strands instead of in isolation.

    2. Coding is a place for students to fail safely.

    3. Coding allows students to take risks and solve problems.

    4. Computational thinking is a form of problem solving not accomplished with textbook work.

    5. "Making" is creative. Creativity is fun.

    Here is a student application coded to support our Grade 8 probability strand. We extended our projects with Makey Makeys so users had a physical interaction."
John Evans

These cups should have a place in any classroom! Making the ordinary extraordinary! - 3 views

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    "Making the ordinary extraordinary… This picture was one I picked up a couple of years ago on Twitter and it sparked a creative note. Having experimented with the approach to place value and reading numbers in this way it has very good effect. Especially when the students make the tool themselves. Younger students can get to grips with the position of numbers and the zeros prompt them to say the correct magnitude if they are a little unsure. You could write the words too underneath the numbers if necessary. Its a lovely class project for year 3 and 4 and it's cheap too. It is also great for intervention at a later stage, with older students."
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13 Cool, Beautiful and Inspirational Math Quotes - 6 views

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    "Math needs better PR. When it comes to coolness math really should be up there with the new iPad, the latest X-Factor winner and whichever color is fashionable this season. Often people actually think that it's cool to not be able to do math! As part of Maths Insider's mission to make math cool I've pulled the best math quotes from the Twitter stream @Math_Quotes, and used my limited artistic skills to add them to some nice backgrounds (Powerpoint templates in fact!). Enjoy and do share them with your friends and family! Math needs all the PR it can get!"
John Evans

Top 10 Best Free Math Resources on the Web | Edudemic - 1 views

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    "For many students, the words "math" and "fun" don't seem to have much overlap. Math is often thought of as a dry subject - equations don't get most people excited - but math lovers have been working to show the more interesting side of math to students in a number of different formats.

    Students who find math boring  now may just need to be given a new way of looking at it. Naturally, the internet has come to the rescue with a wide range of math resources designed to help students see how math can be fun and useful."
John Evans

Amazon math app aims to slow kids' summer learning loss - CNET - 0 views

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    "My sixth-grader has challenges with math during the school year, so I can only imagine what a three-month break is going to do to his already tenuous grasp of the subject.

    Amazon company TenMarks is hoping to combat this kind of "summer learning loss" with its Summer Math Program, a personalized course tailored to nearly all grade-school students. Normally priced at $39.95, the program is free for the summer."
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A Great New App to Help Kids Practice Math Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile L... - 4 views

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    "MathSmash: Animal Rescue is a free game based on the popular collapse gaming mechanic that kids love, but driven entirely by students ability to answer math questions correctly."
John Evans

Free Online Program for Math and English from PracTutor | Class Tech Tips - 0 views

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    "This summer PracTutor is offering their online curriculum completely free for students.  This personalized curriculum includes a diagnostic pre-test that measures current learning levels and customizes a learning path for every student.  This summer your students can practice Math and English skills through various question types, manipulatives, and videos with scaffolds and support."
John Evans

Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other Common Core math surprises - The Hechinge... - 1 views

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    "t's time to debunk the myths about who is good in math, and Common Core state standards move us toward this worthy goal. Mathematics and technology leaders support the standards because they are rooted in the new brain and learning sciences.
    All children are different in their thinking, strength and interests. Mathematics classes of the past decade have valued one type of math learner, one who can memorize well and calculate fast.
    Yet data from the 13 million students who took PISA tests showed that the lowest achieving students worldwide were those who used a memorization strategy - those who thought of math as a set of methods to remember and who approached math by trying to memorize steps. The highest achieving students were those who thought of math as a set of connected, big ideas."
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Stanford Study Shows Dramatic Math Improvement From Playing Video Games Just 10 Minutes... - 3 views

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    "Third graders played for just 10 minutes per day, 3 days a week, for four weeks. The comparison group's class received the same materials and the same instruction, but didn't play the game. The result of playing was a staggering 20.5% improvement after just two hours of self-guided play."
John Evans

5 Math Apps for Math Averse Students | Edudemic - 4 views

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    "Math is a core subject and one used in everyday life, especially throughout the K-12 years. Students who enjoy and generally perform well in math classes will have their choice of an amalgam of apps to aid them in both study and enjoyment. There are, however, a fair number of students who simply don't like to do math at school and who certainly won't easily be tempted to do extra math at home. Luckily, there are a series of apps available to help math averse students. Some of these are geared towards students who need visual stimulation such as colors, patterns, and graphics to remain engaged in general math concepts. Other students, those who are geared toward auditory stimulation, will be interested only if sound and music come into play. In addition to focusing on multiple communication preferences, some math apps disguise learning in the form of game play. Students who have fun while learning can greatly benefit from these math 'games', especially if they are in the younger grades."
John Evans

MyScript Calculator with Handwriting Recognition to Solve Problems | Class Tech Tips - 1 views

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    "There are lots of apps that ca n "wow" a crowd and MyScript Calculator is definitely one of them.  Write an equation (simple or complex) onto your screen and the app will use handwriting recognition software to solve the problem.  This fantastic free app can be used by students to check their work, especially order of operations.  If you've tried this app before update to the most recent version to access all of their great features.  You'll need to try it to believe it!"
John Evans

Petals Around the Rose - Life-Long-Learners @bkmeltcalfe - 1 views

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    "I believe that problem solving is one of the most important skills that our students can acquire in our classrooms today. In a recent post, entitled "Problem Solving with 'Aunt Emma'", I described an engaging activity which helps students look at problems from a variety of different perspectives. Today, I want to share with you a similar problem solving classroom activity that you can use to challenge your students to think laterally."
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