Monday, May 20th, 2013
Study Jams is a resource provided by Scholastic that covers a multitude of elementary mathematics and science topics. It has a variety of resources that consist of videos, interactive activities, and karaoke. I would highly recommend it as a resource for introducing or reviewing topics as it focuses heavily on key vocabulary for each skill.
Here is the drawback, it is built on flash. What does that mean? It will not work on iOS devices. So the solution for the elementary teachers I work with would be to just use it in a whole class setting or use it in the computer lab. You could also use some of the songs and videos as a transitional period between subjects. A great way to make this happen would be to create your own Symbaloo page. Zack gives some fine directions on making your own Symbaloo page here. By making your own Symbaloo page, you can link specific examples all on one website because you may not want to use all the resources listed. This would allow you to quickly pull up the specific resource you want.
Check out Study Jams. I think you will be pleased with amount of quality resources that are there.
Friday, March 15th, 2013
I cannot take credit for this discovery. My wife actually sent me the link, but here is a QR activity for counting to twenty. One has a St. Patrick’s Day theme while there is also one for anytime of the year.
Students count the number of shamrocks on a page, and check their answer through using a QR code Scanner. The teacher even supplies the directions on how she went about setting up her lesson. Isn’t it terribly nice when people share their good stuff on the internet? Thanks Mrs. Nelson!
If you are not certain what a QR code is, download this app and use it to scan the code in the picture below.
Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day!
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Math Games Math Vs Zombies by Tap To Learn for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store.
Math Vs. Zombies has received a change of face. I know when I recommended this app in the past for math facts practice, the biggest criticism was that the students were using a gun (laser canon of some sort) to kill zombies.
The change that took place now has the student use magical powers shooting from hands to change the zombies back into humans. So if you had reservations in the past about this application, please take some time to look at it again as they have obviously made some efforts to appease the masses.
via Math Games Math Vs Zombies.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Measure Time and Length is not a typical app I would spend a lot of time reviewing. (No offense to the developers.) I tend to focus more on applications that can meet a wide range of skills and cause the students to develop their creativity as well. However, with the pressures of standardized testing, this application could be necessary for all classrooms.
East Noble School Corporation recently underwent a “stress test” to check the ability of our network and devices to handle standardized testing. To make this test happen, a practice test took place. The practice test required use of virtual mathematics tools. This application supplies a similar tool that will allow students to become accustomed to using a virtual ruler vs. the cardboard eight inch ruler they used to supply on the paper and pencil version.
With that said, the app is simple and basic, and without a doubt will provide students with the familiarity of using virtual tools on an iPad for testing.
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Sell Lemonade for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.
When I taught fourth grade, I did an entire math unit on Coffee Shop from coolmath-games.com. Students had to figure out how much it cost them per cup based upon the recipe they set for their coffee shop. They would determine what price they could set based upon the recipe to maximize their profits. They had to also consider factors such as the weather. The kids really enjoyed this activity, and for many of them it really stretched their thinking to crunch the numbers rather than just play the game itself.
Setting a specific purpose for a game is powerful. Yes, the students could have very well played the game just for entertainment value. However, that would defeat the purpose of school now wouldn’t it? I’m all for teaching the students to use these devices as tools instead of toys. I’m sure if you implement this sort of activity, you will have some students just want to play the game. Make it the reward for their achievement. Create a competition. Have the students use these critical thinking skills to figure out how to maximize their profits. There are lots of ways you can promote the activity to produce great results from your students.
Now, this whole time I have been focusing on the Coffee Shop from Cool Math. (I only used the coffee shop over the lemonade stand on Cool Math because the graphics were better.) I bring before you alternative for the iPod and iPad that uses a lemonade stand as the platform.
This activity could also fall under Social Studies as it would meet multiple levels of elementary economics standards.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
infogr.am is an easy-to-use infographic builder. Students can take data that they have collected, put it into an excel sheet, and upload it to their very own infographic. “What is an infographic,” you ask? Click here to see an infographic on the definition of an infographic. (I know, it is confusing.)
Students will need to create accounts. Please also keep in mind that students under the age of 13 will need parent permission to participate. So if you want to use it, please send a permission form home so that your class can use it with utmost integrity.
Lastly, I have tried this on an iPad. Since it is still in beta, the functionality is somewhat limited. Try it for yourself on a tablet, but I think you will find some of the limitations frustrating. Hopefully they will work out the bugs in the near future. However, it is a step in the right direction for mobile devices like the iPad for a web-based service.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
via Oh No Fractions – YouTube.
Oh No Fractions provides students with practice determining the equivalencies between fractions. Students decide which fractions are greater than or less than. After they decide, the students can prove it using virtual fraction bars.
Students can also change the maximum denominators to provide a greater challenge to students that have developed a better sense of fractional concepts.
This application is available on iPod Touch and iPad.
via Oh No Fractions – YouTube.