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I CAN GUESS YOUR PHONE NUMBER - Safeshare.TV

Here's a fun math trick video that your students might enjoy. It's a trick where the calculations will result in your phone number, excluding the area code. Students may find it interesting that you have to enter your entire phone number as part of the trick, but a series of calculations are performed with the digits.

 

I'm sharing this just as a fun thing to use with students. It would be perfect for a time when students need a short "brain break". You'll probably have at least one or two students who are interested in trying to figure out how the trick works.

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Five Benefits of Brainstorming in the Math Classroom

Brainstorming is an excellent teaching strategy that many math teachers neglect to incorporate into their regular classroom practices. Some teachers don't think they have time, some teachers don't recognize the value of it, and some teachers have never even thought about having students brainstorm.

 

Brainstorming can be done at various times throughout a unit of study or lesson. It serves a slightly different purpose and has different benefits depending on when you use it in the course of a lesson or unit. In this post we'll examine some benefits of brainstorming before a lesson or unit of study.

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VUVOX - slideshows, photo, video and music sharing, Myspace codes

VUVOX - slideshows, photo, video and music sharing, Myspace codes | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it
VUVOX allows you to create interactive slideshows and presentations from photos, video and music from Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, YouTube, Facebook or your PC. You can share them with friends, and embed them on your Myspace page, blog or website.

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[3ACTS] Shower V. Bath

[3ACTS] Shower V. Bath | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it

Love this latest lesson from Dan Meyer's blog Less Helpful.  If you're not familiar with Dan's work, you should check it out.  

 

I think students would have a blast with this one!

 

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Goalbook

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Goalbook is a collaboration platform for teachers, parents, and students centered around the achievement of individual student learning goals.

 

Goalbook is intended for tracking and sharing information regarding Special Education indiviualized goals.  However, it could be a good tool for tracking student progress on Common Core or State Standards.  When students are given immediate feedback and can see their progress on individual topics/concepts, they're more likely to strive for improvement.

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Come on Down! Problem Solving on the Price is Right

If you're looking for an interesting activity that requires students to practice problem solving, look to The Price is Right!  Surprising right?!

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Kids Teaching Kids with Mathtrain.TV

I've recently discoveredMathtrain.TV. It's a website full of videos that kids have created to teach math skills/concepts to other kids. After reviewing several videos on the site, I've been impressed by the level confidence and understanding that some of the kids demonstrate. I feel very strongly that students need to understand the math they're learning rather than just being able to perform steps that lead to a "correct answer". One of the things I like most about this site is that some of the students really do demonstrate number sense and understanding in their videos. The problems I've viewed have all been rote and skill-based, but the way some of the students explain their thinking makes them worthwhile for helping students learn skills.

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Delicious introduces Delicious Stacks

Delicous Stacks makes this excellent bookmarking site an even better resource for students and teachers.

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Extensive Math Blog List from Mathblogging.org

If you're looking for some math blogs to follow, Mathblogging.org has an extensive list.  The blogs are listed in alphabetical order by category.  The categories are Pure Mathematics; Aplied Mathematics; Teachers and Educators; Visualizations; History; Art; Comics, Recreational Mathematics and Other Fun; General Scientific Interest; Journalistic Writers; Journals, Publishers and Similar Feeds; Comerical Blogs; Communities; Instutions; News; and Carnivals. In addition to listing the name of each blog, you can see a blog roll of the most recents posts from each blog.

 

Leave a comment and tell us which blogs are your favorites.

 

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Checkthis

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Checkthis is a beautifully simple publishing tool designed for the new web. Optional sign-up. No set-up, save button, sidebar. Just publish your content and share the link in seconds.

 

Checkthis is still in beta.  It will take a few days to get your confirmation.  But, it's worth the wait!

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Learning Communities: The Future (the Now?) of Education

Learning Communities: The Future (the Now?) of Education | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it
I am lucky to have found a great passion in my life (in addition to being an educator) and that is pottery making.  Due to local opportunities, I have mostly worked on my pots in community pottery...

 

This article gives an excellent description of what true Learning Communities are all about.

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Socrative | Student response system | Engage audiences

Socrative | Student response system | Engage audiences | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational games and exercises via smartphones and tablets. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to load and run.
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WatchKnowLearn - Free Educational Videos for K-12 Students

WatchKnowLearn - Free Educational Videos for K-12 Students | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it
Videos for students to learn from. Organized. Educational videos in a giant directory. Free educational videos for K-12 students. Thousands of hand-picked K-12 videos, teacher reviewed, independently rated, titled, and described.
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Engage Me!

Pupils from Robin Hood primary school, Birmingham, worked with a film crew from the National College for School Leadership to express their desire to use the...

 

This is an excellent video which brings forward student's desires to have technology integrated into their learning experiences.  Student engagement involves much more than just using technology, but effective use of technology is definitely one way to get more kids interested in learning.  Using blogs, wikis, etc. opens up your classsroom and allows students to learn from a larger network of people.  With these tools, students have the ability to publish, get feedback, and then revise their work.  Imagine how much students could/would learn by having the ability to revise a poster, blog post, podcast, etc. several weeks or months after creating it.  Students could integrate all the feedback and new learning into their revisions.  Isn't that why most math teachers require students to write with pencils...so they can revise their work when they make a mistake?  Now, we can take this idea of revisions for learning way farther.  Why wouldn't we want to take advantage of these new opportunities for learning?!


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Kristi Grande's comment, November 14, 2011 9:53 AM
Thanks Gust! This video is fantastic!
Gust MEES's comment, November 14, 2011 10:01 AM
@Kristi Grande,

YES, the BEST I have ever seen :)
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Google: Exploring Computational Thinking

Google Computational Thinking...

 

This site has some awesome lessons that make students think!

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Online Charts Builder--Hohli

Online Charts Builder--Hohli | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it

This online visualization tool could be useful for students to graphically display data.


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ClassParrot - Safe Texting for the Classroom -- ClassParrot

ClassParrot - Safe Texting for the Classroom -- ClassParrot | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it

Finally! A Hassle-Free Way for Teachers to Text Their Students

 

ClassParrot is the 100% safe, and simple tool that lets teachers reach students the way their friends do.  Remind your students of upcoming examsSend homework updates & event remindersLet parents opt-in to receive texts, too.

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Math Curriculum: How and Why It Needs To Change

Math Curriculum: How and Why It Needs To Change | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it

It seems that everyone is talking about math reform these days. But, what does that really mean? What does it or should it look like? The truth is there are many facets of what should make up math reform including things like assessment, understanding how students learn, metacognition, technology and math curriculum. This post will focus on the need to rethink math curriculum and the role of technology in transforming math curriculum.

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Web 2.0 Tools for Math Educators

This is a continuing series on Web 2.0 and other web-based tools for educators. This information is specific to math educators, but there is some crossover into science. Math educators will find a large number of useable interactive companion web sites for the teaching of math concepts and skills.


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Mathematics and Multimedia Blog Carnival 15

Mathematics and Multimedia Blog Carnival 15 | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it

The Mathematics and Multimedia Blog Carivals provide excellent resources and ideas for math teachers. 

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Exploring education: Mathematical engagement - images to delight, ignite and excite

Exploring education: Mathematical engagement - images to delight, ignite and excite | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it

This blog post contains some really cool images and vidoes to spark engagement in math.

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Creating Infographics with Students | Langwitches Blog

Creating Infographics with Students | Langwitches Blog | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it
I have been mesmerized by Infographics for a while now. Take a look at my previously written posts. Infographics- What? Why? How? Visual Thinking and Learning in the Classroom What are infographics?
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World Trade Center Reborn: Infographic

World Trade Center Reborn: Infographic | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it
Get the facts behind the reconstruction efforts at New York's Ground Zero, including the building of 1 World Trade Center and the 9/11 National Memorial Plaza and Museum.

 

If you're looking for ways to show students how math is used in the "real world", infographics are great tools.  You can also use the information from infographics to create math problems that are relevant to the learners.


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burlysand's comment, September 24, 2013 12:41 AM
Pretty simple..
Dillon Thomas's curator insight, October 21, 2013 8:51 AM

I am in the process of creating my own infographic, these are infograph's that inspire me..

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Math Quizzer for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Math Quizzer for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store | IGNITE Student Engagement in Math! | Scoop.it
Learn more, read reviews, and download Math Quizzer by Ken Development on the iTunes App Store.

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