Automated Response Systems known as Clickers
Technology in the math classroom can streamline learning or simply add the extra sizzle that engages students. Automated response systems known as clickers have been used in classrooms and continue to gain popularity. I have seen SMART clickers used as a tool to simplify quiz taking and provide immediate feedback to students in math classrooms.
One of the preservice teachers in my cohort (Thanks Krissie!) recently turned me on to augmented reality. I believe this new technology might have merit. Educational software companies have experimented with augmented reality for a few years but apps are just now coming to market. Like the video game revolution, I suspect we will start seeing newer, flashier versions of augmented reality in the classroom within the decade. PBS launched this Augmented Reality App last year. Fetch is 3D math software that teaches students how to solve math problems through visualization. To get full functionality, this app requires users to print out game cards that are used with your phone’s camera.
Learn more by visiting this video Primer on Augmented Reality. Offer your feedback! Are any games ready for the classroom? Have you tried Fetch? What do you think?
What is mathematical proficiency?
Check out some links focused on mathematics instruction for a class presentation.
Making Sense of Mathematics (Instruction) Prezi by J. Jones, January 28, 2012– A Prezi synthesizing math trends in Oregon. Click on Full Screen. Click on forward arrows to move through the presentation.
Association of State Supervisors for Mathematics (ASSM) Resource Links – The Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics is an organization whose members provide supervising and/or consulting services in the area of mathematics as a staff member of the education agency of any state in the United States of America.
Digging Deeper Into the K-8 Mathematics Common Core State Standards by Bradford Findell – Presented on February 8, 2011 for Education Northwest Symposium
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) – Learn more about international mathematics trends by 1999, 2003, and 2007 results. Select desired year on links to left.
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Symposium Resources – A list of links from the 2-day Education Northwest Symposium on February 8, 2011.
Preparation of Effective Teachers in Mathematics – An issue paper for National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality about Applying the Innovation Configuration to Mathematics Teacher Preparation. McGraner, K., VanDerHeyde, A., & Holdheide, L. January 2011.