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Mathspace: Step-by-Step Math Handwriting for iPad

17 Mar

Mathspace2Students can now show every line of their math work on iPad and other tablets, writing all their steps by hand on screen. Mathspace digitizes each handwritten line and grades it automatically, giving students immediate, formative feedback at every step of the way – like having a teacher at their side. This is a huge step forward from multiple choice or single-input response math questions that most students and teachers are used to seeing on digital platforms.

Mathspace1Available for Grades 6 through Algebra II, Mathspace’s powerful adaptive engine selects questions tailored to a student’s ability, creating a personalized learning path. Teachers no longer grade work, and have diagnostic tools pinpointing where their students and classes have conceptual difficulties. With over 12,000 interactive questions, instructional videos and lessons, and a points-based incentive system Mathspace makes it easy to keep students engaged.

Learn more by watching this video or download the app for free!

Creature Caretaker for Critical Thinking

14 Mar

IMG_9607Happy Pi Day! GlassLab is an innovative company that has developed a new game that helps build students’ critical thinking and proportional reasoning skills.  With Creature Caretaker students receive instruction and feedback on finding unit rates and using proportional reasoning to keep their creatures happy. Designed for grades 5-8, Creature Caretaker can also be played by younger students ready for a challenge, or older students in need of review.

IMG_9650GlassLab is hosting a field study and they are looking for teachers and students to participate.  Students must be in grades 5-8, have a basic understanding of multiplication and division, commit 2.5-3.5 hours over a half dozen session, and available April 6-17, 2015.  The only technology they need is a Chrome browser on PCs or Macs (computers or laptops).

If you and your students are interested in participating, please send them your info as soon as possible to reserve a spot in the field study!

Super Fun Approach to Teaching Geometry on iPads & iPhones

9 Feb

Screenshot 2015-01-02 13.11.10The Land of Venn is a powerful iOS game that seamlessly integrates learning on both iPads and iPhones.  Perfect for a wide range of students, it uses a storytelling narrative to engage children with math vocabulary and math concepts.  Students are given the task of saving The Land of Venn by creating different shapes.  As they make straight lines, quadrilaterals, and triangles kids will strengthen their understanding of geometry concepts and build their math vocabulary.

Screenshot 2015-01-02 13.10.46Students move through levels in this math adventure to tackle problems that increase in difficulty.  The Land of Venn is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for first through fourth grade.  It can be used as an intervention tool or refresher for older students who need to have a solid foundation of geometry concepts as they move through middle school.  Students will interact with content in a hands-on manner and walk away with a better understanding of geometric shapes.

Learn more by visiting the App Store or watching this video!

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CueThink for Dynamic Math Problem Solving on iPads

4 Feb

CueThink Thinklet

CueThink is an iPad app designed to improve students’ math problem­ solving skills.  The platform is centered around a “thinklet,” a showcase for student problem­ solving.  This video vignette captures the steps each student takes as they solve a problem and can be shared with the teacher and classmates. CueThink provides a framework for critical thinking and integrates the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.

CueThink Understand PhaseCueThink builds off Polya’s 4 phases of problem­solving and encourages peer annotations for feedback. The app guides students in making observations in the Understand phase and considering strategies in the Plan phase. In Solve, students record their work and voice and are prompted to Reflect on their solutions and communication in review. Together, these four phases form a “thinklet.”  Students can view their classmates’ thinklets and give feedback to their peers.

Learn more about CueThink by visiting their website!

 

 

 

Introducing K-1 Equations with Online Pan Balance

30 Jan
02I’ve shared some of the reasons that I love Happy Numbers and their great resources for elementary school students.  They have recently released a pan balance feature to help K-1 students understand equations.  This online tool makes it simple for teachers to introduce a concept that young children can find challenging.
05This virtual tool can be accessed on a web browser and is perfect for classrooms with a digital projection screen or one-to-one devices.  Students can watch as their teacher models strategies for balancing equations.  The exercises move in a sequence starting out with single units before asking students to combine the correct numbers to reach the right amount.  Children can tap on items on their own screen or work together in small groups to complete the activities collaboratively.  If you’re working offline or want to send students home with similar activities, Happy Numbers also offers supplemental activity sheets.
Visit Happy Numbers website to demo the pan balance or read their post to learn more!

Prodigy – The Free, Common-Core Math Game

12 Jan

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 10.32.09 AMGame-based learning is a topic we have covered numerous times on ClassTechTips. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!06-01-2014 - Math Battle

One program that is doing a fantastic job of gamifying common-core math is Prodigy. Prodigy is a completely free, adaptive math game that integrates common-core math (grades 1-6) into a fantasy style game that your students will absolutely love playing.  Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further and provides teachers with a powerful set of reporting and assessment tools that allow them to easily identify trouble spots, differentiate instruction, and better manage classroom time.

Over 1,000,000 students and 30,000 teachers use Prodigy for free math practice. Sign-up your class for free in less than 2 minutes, and see why teaching common-core math will never be the same!

H&R Block Budget Challenge

7 Jan

X_bxD0DgnmCU-IZdOiPfTKsKS-otyy5CjrLIXxYUfocFinancial Literacy is essential for students working to become college and career ready.  This important real world skill can be strengthened with the online resources developed by H&R Block.  Their Budget Challenge provides a fantastic opportunity for students to learn and play for prizes including scholarships and grants. Students will encounter personal budgeting situations and asked to find the solution to problems in a real world context.  Teens will practice decision making skills as they make their way through an online simulation.

KGbfOxJJ_MrxG4ccCXIKhcihMcRJT1hkK_ZffktOtGgTeachers will love the benefit that this program has for students as well as the lessons that have been developed to support their work in the classroom.  Aligned to the national standards, H&R Block Budget Challenge is the perfect way to help students master financial literacy skills and prepare for the real world!

Learn more about this opportunity by visiting their website!

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