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Interactive Venn Diagram

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This Interactive Venn Diagram from Readwritethink.org is an amazing way for students to begin learning about sets of numbers. Students can create Venn's with numerous sets and define characteristics and parameters for each of them. I can see myself using this by challenging students to pick three random objects or numbers and then creating a Venn to personify their relationships. This is on the Infusion level of the TIM.

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Interactive Unit Circle -Mathisfun.com

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Math explained in easy language, plus puzzles, games, quizzes, worksheets and a forum. For K-12 kids, teachers and parents.
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This interactive Unit Circle from Mathisfun is absolutely amazing tool. It not only allows students to geometrically and algebraically experience the relationship between sine, cosine, and tangent, it also allows them to evaluate those trigonometric functions for every possible angle. If used in such a way that the students are using the application to describe complex functions instead of by hand, the tool is on the infusion level of the TIM.

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Khan Academy

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Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
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Khan academy has some awesome math resources for teachers. I have used their videos on numerous occasions to provide my students with an alternative means of instruction. Additionally, Khan Academy allows the students who need extra math help an opportunity to practice at their own pace. Students can use Khan academy as one way to demonstrate content knowledge, placing it on the Adaptation level of the TIM.

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TI-SmartView™ Emulator Software

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SmartView provides an amazing mathematical tool with their TI-emulation software. This product takes the typically time-consuming task of giving graphing calculator instruction and significantly simplifies it. Now, instead of manually assisting every student with his calculator, a teacher may simply project an image of the device and his students may follow along with him. Additionally, students can now demonstrate their knowledge to the class using the emulator in an unconventional way. While this is a wonderful device, I imagine it's application in the classroom would be a somewhat traditional one, rendering it no higher than the adoption level of the TIM.

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MathSquare Puzzle Maker

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Students will use this MathSquare puzzle make to both solve and create math equation tables. These puzzles encourage critical thinking and demonstration of operational knowledge. Once familiar with the template, students can then create their own puzzles using a variety of advanced operations like square roots, exponents, and logarithms. The TIM level for this application is Adaptation.

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Geometry Articles, Theorems, Problems, and Interactive Illustrations

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More than 850 topics - articles, problems, puzzles - in geometry, most accompanied by interactive Java illustrations and simulations.
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Cut the Knot is an amazingly fun website with tons of math puzzles and problems across numerous topics. I firmly believe that students are not challenged with enough abstract and theoretical math content, and this website will help me deliver some of it in an interactive manor. Many of the puzzles use Java or GeoGebra in order to provide the spatial learners in the group some comfort. I envision using this website for warm-ups and as critical thinking problems. The Technology Integration level is fairly low, probably Adoption.

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Americas Children in Brief

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Federal Integracy Forum on Child and Family Statistics. America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well Being. (2012).

 

This report gives an overall representation of the children in public school systems around the country. The report focuses on data in several different domains, including family environment, health, health care, and education. All of the information can be dissected and information about my future students can be garnered from this study. Also, this same report can be used as an analytical tool when compared to prior and future years.

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Six Degrees of Separation - Leonard Sax

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Sax. (2006). Six Degrees of Separation: What Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences. Educational Horizons, 190-200.

 

In "Six Degrees of Separation" Leonard Sax takes a scientific stance on the educational differences between males and females. In juxtaposition to the archaic claim that men are simply genetically superior to women in the fields of math and science, Sax posits that there may be other physical factors that lead to men dominating those fields. He looks at physical features like the relative size of the cornea, as well as environmental factors, like the temperature of the classroom, that may give males an academic advantage. He also takes a look at the advantages and disadvantages of single-sex classrooms and how students perform in them. This article is very relevant to me as an aspiring math teacher since I must do everything in my power to encourage and accommodate both genders in my classroom.

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All In Learning

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Too many times teachers are working in isolation and don't have an easy way to collaborate with other teachers around student performance. Also, when they set out to do this in a PLC or data team, the process is tedious and time consuming. The ALL In Learning Cloud with a variety of data collection options will reduce the amount of time teachers spend grading and will automatically aggregate the data so the PLC can immediately determine best practices and strategies for student intervention.

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I have personally witnessed my CT use All In Learning for a myriad of things. Most recently, she was able to use the QR scanner on her phone to grade tests which were immediately compiled in the All In Learning database for her use. She was able to instantly decipher the questions with which her students struggled, and compare that information to her colleagues' in order to formulate new teaching strategies. I will definitely be incorporating All In Learning into my classroom.

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Math Forum Discussions - math-teach

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Mathforum.org is an online community hosted by the University of Drexel for practicing math teachers. Vistors to the forum can create or monitor threads based on a wide range of mathematical and educational topics. Much of the information on the forum centers around content delivery, and the appropriate ways to teach math. This forum will be invaluable to me as I approach my teaching career.

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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NCTM serves math teachers, math educators, and administrators by providing math resources and professional development opportunities. Working for more and better math for all students.
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The NCTM website will be  very useful to me as a beginning math teacher. It will keep me abreast of all the continually changing practices and expectations of math teachers around the country. Additionally, NCTM offers opportunities to attend math conferences and other means of professional development.

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Percentages Virtual Manipulative- NLVM

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Discover relationships between fractions, percents, and decimals.
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If there is one thing that working with sixth graders has taught me, it is there can never be enough practice working with fractions. This virtual manipulative works to help students understand the relationship between fractions, percentages, and decimals. This can be used for review for students through middle school and is probably a low level on the TIM.

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LearnZillion

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Teach like the experts! See visual, conceptual explanations of the Common Core State Standards. 4,000+ videos tailored for grades 2-12.
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Learnzillion is a video heavy instructional site that focuses primarily on helping children understand the common core. I have watched a number of learnzillion videos that provide another voice for students, and allows them to absorb the material in a different way. Learnzillion has a way of breaking down for students what it is that they must truly take away from a lesson. However, the TIM level for this technology is probably just adoption.

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Poll Everywhere

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Audience response system that uses mobile phones, twitter, and the web. Responses are displayed in real-time on gorgeous charts in PowerPoint, Keynote, or web browser.
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Poll Everywhere allows a teacher to create a question to which his students can have their responses displayed in real time. Poll questions can be multiple choice or free response and generally make use of cellular phones. This will work wonderfully in my classroom as a tool for a quick assessment and information gatherer. Also, students may even create their own polls and request thier peers respond to them. This software is at the Adaptation level of the TIM.

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GeoGebra

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GeoGebra is a mathematical graphing software that can be installed for free on any computer. GeoGebra allows students to manipullate mathematical representations like geometric figures or functions. The software is very interactive and not only can be used to in the classroom to convey how certain parameters affect geometric shapes, but also as a tool for students to create figures, express equations, and test symmetries. This software definately belongs in the transformation level of the TIM.

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JeopardyLabs - Online Jeopardy Template

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Create your own jeopardy template online, without PowerPoint. Or browse the pre-made templates created by other people!
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Jeopardylabs.com provides a fun and effective way to play a jeopardy education game. Unlike most jeopardy style games, Jeopardylabs is web-based, allowing access from anywhere. Also, the content is free domain, so a teacher has the option to create his own game or use one made by another educator. In my classroom I envision using this as a review type activity, with each class creating questions and building a game for another period. This game is potentially at the infusion level of the TIM.

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Algebra Math Games

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Have fun practice your algebra skills by playing a large variety of free algebra math games.
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Math-Play has a myriad of fun math games for middle and high school students to play that are content specific. This will allow for students to play independent games that are tailored to their specific needs. Although the games themselves are fun, the level of technology integration is low, probably only at the adoption level on the TIM.

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A Case For Developing America's Talent

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U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvemnet. (1993). National Excellence: A Case for Developing America's Talent. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education.

 

The U.S. DOE sets forth a wonderful study about the need to cultivate and encourage aspiring young minds in the fields of math and science. Several ways to do this are discussed, including broadening the definition of the word "gifted". Additionally, thoughts about offering a higher standard of curriculum and ensuring that students have access to higher levels of learning are also mentioned. One of my first goals once I begin teaching is to obtain my gifted certification. And, because I believe today's gifted students are criminally misrepresented, any insights on how to better serve them is most welcome.

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On Point Series - Understanding Culture

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Zion, S., & Kozleski, E. (2005, October). Understannding Culture. Retrieved from The National Institute for Urban School Improvement: http://www.urbanschools.org/pdf/understanding.culture.LETTER.pdf

 

The National Institute for Urban School Improvement launched an "OnPoint" series in the fall of 2005 in an effort to better inform teachers of the impact culture plays in the classroom. The first in this three part series, "Understanding Culture", underlines how a teacher's being culturally responsive is imperative. This study will be useful to me in my future classroom specifically because the work highlights a number of strategies that a teacher can employ to be more culturally responsive.

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Teach-nology

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Teach-nology.com offers teachers FREE access to thousands of teacher resources, lesson plans, and rubrics.
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Teacn-nology is a free, online database on which teachers can share ideas on how to incorporate technology into their lessons. The site contains more than 50,000 free worksheets and graphic organizers for K-12 teachers. Also, the site offers free rubric makers and puzzle makers, two things that I will definately need as a beginning teacher.

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Create Custom Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry Worksheets

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Software for math teachers that creates exactly the worksheets you need in a matter of minutes. Try for free. Available for Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.
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I have used Kuta Software on a couple different occasions to create worksheets for my classes. The formatting is easy to manipulate, and creating a mathematical model is much easier in this software than some others I have experienced.

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