This Week’s Question:

  • Reflect on your own use of laptops in the classroom.

Next academic year, we’re going 1:1 with iPads in Grades 6 and 7 at my school. And, it just so happens that I’m the Grade 7 Math teacher. Below, I’m going to discuss how I plan to integrate student use of iPads into my lessons.

I want to add here that most math apps I’ve seen are just animated textbooks: You’re given a question. If you get it right then a nice little animation plays. If you get it wrong then you keep trying until you get it right.

I want to avoid apps like this.

I want students creating.

Apps like this, however, might come in handy as a supporting tool before and during the creating. I mean, how can I expect a student to create a video of a math concept if they don’t really understand the concept to begin with?

But, no. I don’t want iPad usage being limited to these animated textbook apps only.

My Bokeh

Bearings and Scales with Google Maps
I touched on learning about bearings through Google Maps in my course/project reflection. The idea is really quite simple. Students create a new map in Google Maps. They then choose two locations and drop a placemark on top of each location. The two locations are then connected by a line. We now have a “visual”.

Next, I would get the students thinking about how to describe the location of Placemark 2 from Placemark 1.

After coming to the realisation that NSEW won’t be sufficient, I would then introduce the students to bearings.

Algebra with ShowMe
ShowMe is a nice little app for, well, showing people stuff. Rather than trying to explain it, I’ll just provide the link to ShowMe’s website.

The idea here is to get students making their own Khan Academy.

They make a short video of a concept they’ve learnt recently, using ShowMe, and then embed this video on their personal blog for math.

As always, questions and comments are more than welcome.

Image Credits:

  • My Bokeh by Jsome1. Found on Flickr. Creative Commons Licensed.

2 thoughts on “iMath

  1. I had to smile when you described the app you want to avoid using next year. It’s so easy for teachers to use such apps!!! It’s also an easy trap for parents as well.
    Exciting to go 1:1 with iPads next year. Does it mean grade 8 and up are 1:1 with laptops? We have decided to go with iPads with grade 4 and down. I constantly wonder which is the best way to go? iPads or Laptops? How does one decide? Is there a research on that?
    What is your preference if you had a choice?

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