I reckon Maths Bingo is a great starter, ender or in-betweener…
On MathsStarters, I have added a Frequency Distribution Table tool. The tool lets you have 3 to 10 scores, you tally as you go and the frequency and total are calculated.
You could use this on a projector/IWB (the buttons for incrementing the tally are sized for an IWB). Or, students could use this to record data on their own laptop as they collect it – paperless!
Looking around, there are lots of activities for collecting and analysing data using small boxes of Smarties. Here is my version.
Having made a Tables Spider this other day, I realised that I made myself a template for creating all sorts of “spiders”.
Some chocolate discussion starters for looking at bar graphs: a series of chocolate bar graphs.
Having found this tip on
elearnr.org Doug Belshaw’s blog about using PowerPoint:
Find graphics that represent things you do frequently in lessons (perhaps from clipart) and always use these when doing a similar activity. For example, a pen writing for when it’s time to start work or two people talking for discussion/group work. These help reinforce good habits and aid classroom management.
I went looking for some nice graphics to use.
My previous post on having an IWB in my classroom was written about three weeks after it’s installation. Tomorrow, we’ve got an IWB consultant/trainer/type-person-thingy coming to school, and I was asked to share what I’ve been doing with the IWB. So I wrote a quick list.
The DER, as it is unfortunately named, is about to hit NSW schools.
I wanted to play a multiplication bingo type game with a class the other day, so I grabbed two 10 sided dice (apparently you don’t need to call a single dice a “die” anymore) out of the cupboard. Then I thought… hey I have a projector and a laptop.
When starting “Volume” with Year 8, we start by looking at cubic units and isometric drawings. This year, with an interactive whiteboard (although, these resources are also suited for use with just a projector or in a computer lab), I was able to use a couple of excellent online resources.
I need to learn to use GeoGebra because it looks like a fantastic app, it’s free and shortly our students will have their own netbooks, itching to use them. I find the best way to learn new software is to do something with it that you need.
This may be the first of several posts as I review the effectiveness of having an Interactive Whiteboard in my classroom.
The last week of term begins next week…
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