I cannot believe how quickly two weeks passes in the summer, and it’s starting to get really hot just when it is almost over. Go figure. So I was planning on writing about technology for this post since I had written about books the last three times. While working on gathering resources to pass along, I had the good fortune of getting an e-mail from one of our fabulous science teachers, Ms. Willwerth. She found an interesting site called VoiceThread. According to Ms. Willwerth, “you can take a tour and check it out … In case you haven’t seen it before, this is how it works:
Someone, in our case a teacher, would post a picture or video of something online, and give a little brief about it. It could be a description of what it is, or it could be a discussion starter.
The students could then go online and see this picture or video and make their own comments about it. What’s nice is that it’s not real time, so students who need a little more time to think about and process their response can do that and make a thoughtful contribution.
The teacher can go back on and listen to all the comments of the students. I’m thinking that perhaps I could play the responses back during class and then we could have a true discussion on it, but at least at that point everyone has had the chance to contribute.”
Take the time to check it out and see if it is something we should invest in. Ms. Willwerth is not the only one who shares her resources with me. At the end of the school year, one of our wonderful math teachers, Ms. Giampa, was nice enough to share a number of sites that she has used in her classes. These first three links she says she found “by googling ‘MCAS Test taking strategies”:
Ms. Giampa also uses these sites, as she explains in her notes:
- MathBits.com – for Algebra 1 classes. Note, there are numerous sites such as this one that can be used in math classes. In addition to using them in the classroom, if I show the students the website and how it works, they are more likely to try it at home or in the library than if I just tell them about it.
- College Board SAT Question of the Day – for Senior Math / SAT prep. Again, I also like to show them around the College Board site and how they can use it. This goes for AP students as well.
- The Practice of Statistics – While this is specific to Statistics and our text book, it has some cool interactive applets and on line quizzes.
- FAQs about Trigonometry – for Trigonometry (although I usually have the students work this one themselves in the computer lab)
Thank you so very much to both Ms. Willwerth and Ms. Giampa for passing along these great online resources. Their contributions also mean that I will share with you what I found, the next time. Thank you for stopping by and I hope the summer has been splendiferous.
P.S. Any remarks about the “new” blog layout? Positive, negative, neutral? I kind of like the simplicity of the new look, though I haven’t yet seen what our filters at school will make it look like. Let me know what you think.
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