I have found and shared out many ways that teachers can use
technology in a 1:1 environment. I have
shown ways that just about every teacher in every subject area could go
paperless except for one. I have tweeted
and written blog posts for help to find resources and ideas to for this one
subject area and have gotten pretty much next to nothing in return. The subject I am referring to is math.

For ELA,
Reading, Social Studies, Science, Art, Foreign Language, and Music we can use
many programs and webtools. Students can
type papers, do research on the web, read books online, create presentations
and interactive photos, find pictures, make infographics, create scripts and
direct there very own videos on multiple topics, they can even let Google
pronounce and define words for them. The
possibilities to teach, learn, research, and present all of these subjects are
endless without ever passing out one sheet of paper.

Now lets
get back to the math. How do you work
out a good old multi-step math problem without good old-fashioned paper and
pencil? I know students can watch good instruction
from a teacher made video or from Khan Academy.
Students can do some drill work by playing a math game online, which is
great for reinforcement. They could even
create an avatar or a movie with a script in which two characters explaining
the steps of a math problem. But my big
question still is, how do realistically have students show their work for big
math problems such as long division or multi digit multiplication on a tablet
or computer. And if you have a way, is
it easier and quicker for the teacher and students than just using a pencil and
paper?

I want to
win over my math teachers, but this is one of my biggest obstacles if not the
biggest. Again, I know there are ways to
incorporate technology, but not as often as the other subjects. Math gets the short end of the stick and it
is not as fun as the other subjects because of the limits of the
technology. All students do not have
wireless slates they could use to show work for a math problem. Does anyone have some great ideas, tools, or
methods out there that hey would be willing to share that work? If so, please share with me.

Of course this is coming at it as an English teacher, but what about this:

ReplyDeleteGeometry - After working through the process of a particular equation about some sort of formula, find a picture of a building. Use Google to find dimensions, weight or other type of info that fits into the formula that they just worked through. Then in Paint or other drawing program, illustrate the image with the formula, including the math. Do some comparisons, using buildings of different shapes or sizes or dimensions. This would, in my mind, help make the math real as well as show that the student has grasped the concept of the formula.

Then to extend, use that formula for a different application.

Let's start with a tower. Using the area and volume formulas, let's figure out the math of this tower. Then, assuming that the tower was to come down in a demolition project, use the math to solve how much clearance is needed to bring it down (triangle perimeter) and how many dump trucks will be needed to haul it away (volume).

Of course there are other variables to include, so throw in some YouTube videos of tower demolitions to see how they come down in a controlled fashion in a smaller footprint. Figure that new area and use the math to find out where the charges would have to be to accomplish that (smaller triangle perimeters).

Rambling, but am I going in the right direction?