Wednesday, 14 October 2009 | 3 Comments
Year 9 got their DER netbooks just before the end of Term 3. The first week of Term 4 will be the first time they have them in class, so I wanted to start term with some introductory activities, with a Maths focus.
This post is a work in progress, check back for updates.
20 Oct 2009: Go to update
The first week back has my class looking at expansion and factorisation – which don’t lend themselves to good computer based activities (that I’ve seen – I know about Algebra Tiles, but I’m not a fan). I don’t mind this Distributive Property Battleship game, although I don’t like the format of some of the questions.
So, rather than focussing on using the machines for this particular topic, I was going to be more general for the first week or two.
For starters, 7 things to try with the laptops, Week 1 is a great list put together by a Teacher Librarian (you’ll find a link to Google Docs in that post). I’m going to try 1. Setting up an email list for my class, 2. Set up a folder for their work and probably 6. Look at OneNote.
Some other things I’m going to do (not yet in a particular order – this list is a work in progress):
Do you have any other ideas? Let me know on Twitter, or leave a comment here.
From Twitter, I’ve already received:
We’re supposed to have Moodle available this term, or I’ll probably use Edmodo – so I’ll get them to sign-up/in to that and save it to their Favourites.
woojm @simonjob what about using http://goanimate.com to demonstrate a maths concept like solving equations?
monk51295 @simonjob apps my kids are using… coolest ones toward the bottom http://secondaryedtechtools.wetpaint.com/page/create
I broke the activities above to take place at the end of several lessons, the rough outline being:
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