Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Technology in the classroom

I went to Bridgewater State College today to listen to Mr. Alan November speak about learning in the 21st century. Now I am all excited about trying new things in my math class. I have set up a custom search engine on google to help search specifically for web sites that will help explain precalculus topics. I am going to ask all my students to contribute web sites to this search engine. I have also set up an account with jingproject.com so we will be making videos at the end of each class to summarize the key topics we covered that day. The videos will then be posted on the internet for all to view. Each day I am hoping to have a different student volunteer to make the summary video, or maybe I will pick students at random. I know the class is going to enjoy doing this. My next project is going to be on epals.com. I hope to find a math teacher in a different country that wants to have contact with us. We can start communications between the two classes and use skype to have ongoing communication between our students. I am very excited about trying these new activities in class. I hope I can get you just as excited as I am.

33 comments:

Kevin Fisher said...

I went on the Jing website to learn a little more about it. It looks pretty cool. Just think of all the technology we have now in 2008, and imagine 2050. Wow!

Patrick Gonsalves said...

This sounds very interesting and I'm excited to see how it works for class. It should make things easier especially when trying to make up work.

Aaron Ledwith said...

That sounds like an amazing project. I cannot wait to see where it goes. I would personally love to see what students in other countries are doing in math in comparison with us here at NHS.
Aaron Ledwith

chad said...

That sounds really fun. I've used Skype before, and it's cool. I can't wait to try this out.

Andrew Ethier said...

it would be really cool to be able to communicate with other students who are learning the same of similar things all over the world

kateb said...

This is so exciting! haha :) I agree with Aaron, I think the coolest thing would be to talk to math students in other countries.

colleenoneil said...

Wow that sounds cool! It would be so interesting to see how people in other countries do math even though math is pretty simliar around the world it would be cool to see how it may differ.

Nicolettes said...

This sounds very interesting! The whole video concept is completely new, but I think it will work. I also hope our class will be able to do the e-pen-pal thing, that would be an awesome experience!

taylor said...

I totally agree with kevin, if we have this kind of technology in 2008, years from now who knows how much everything will change! I was amazed by just the idea of the smart board when we first began using it, nevermind making videos with it!! I think its an awesome idea, for watching a video on how to solve a certain type of problem is much more helpful than trying to figure it out by just looking at someone else's work.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Pat when he says that it sounds very interesting. I can say that I have never had a teacher before that has done anything even close to this. i thing it would be a great learning tool.

Thomas Larsen

Erica Pundt said...

I think the new video idea is great. Some people are more visual learners, and the smartboard already helps them. But now when they are absent or need a refresher they can visually review or learn what they missed. I know personally I'm not someone that can do math in my head and I NEED to see the work done out. I can't wait to see the videos up and running.

pete danko said...

I love the idea of making videos! It sounds really high-tech and i can't wait to start doing it. Hopefully the budget will allow the math department to get more advanced technology.

Dean Kennedy said...

We have the technology! haha

marier said...

I think the video thing for the smart board is really cool. I never knew that you could make videos that have sound and follow what you're writing on the smart board. It'll be a lot easier for absent students to understand what we are doing in class when the day's lesson is posted on your edline page.

Brad McKeen said...

I am also an acid technology user so I cannot wait to see what time of programs will be introduced in the upcoming years. I am also curious if technology will increase grades in anyway. The video access may be helpful.

Sam Phillips said...

In my spanish class last year we sent letters back and forth with a spanish class in Germany and it was pretty fun. I've used skype before too and its great to use.

Andrew Ethier said...

I would really like to opputunity to communicate with other people around the world while learning math. This is off topic but i can't wait for the Red Sox game tonight! Go Sox!

Eric Ippoliti said...

The Jing program seems really helpful, especially if someone misses school or they need to go for extra help. This will be a lot more convenient. Plus, it will be an excellent study tool!

Julia Ariola said...

I think that this is such a cool project. It would be great to see how other students learn at their schools. And having a math search engine would make understanding things at home much easier.

Kerrin said...

Using skype to comminicate with students in different countires sounds really interesting and fun! I agree with Aaron, it would be neat to see what students in other countries are learning in math.

Dean Kennedy said...

What is an acid technology user Brad? haha. just kidding.

Caroline Allen said...

For the summary video, you should have us make a video for each topic we learn and at the end of the chapter combine the videos into one as a way to review for the test. :)

Anonymous said...

I, like Chad, have used Skype before, and cannot wait to try this out.

Carolyn Le

priya said...

skype sounds interesting... i agree with aaron and kate; it would so cool to see what other kids around the world are learning in math class! im excited to see how all this works out!

Keiko Carberry said...

I think it's really cool that we're trying to utilize technology in the class room, since we use it in most aspects of our lives already. I think it will be an interesting incorporation.
I also agree with aaron, kate, and priya; I think it would be really cool to see what kids around the world are leaning in their math classes.

joe c said...

i am actually well aquanted with skype. My brother frank uses it to call us on the comp so we can see and hear him. I cant wait to see how it can be used in the class room. it should be a real intersting project. And skype is a real cool program,it acts like a phone! =D

Anonymous said...

I think technology in the classroom really making learning a lot more efficient. And I really like the idea of epals. I think it will be really interesting to see how students in other countries learn math.
-Jess Quintanilha

Alyssa Graham said...

Talking to other students from other countries does sound exciting. The technology in school is starting to become a lot more than just finding information on the internet, especially in classes like Pre-Calculus.

Jess Sumner said...

i think this program sounds really fun and would be a good experience... i also really like the online video program its really neat!

Nicolette Graham said...

The videos are a good idea. As long as the person who creates the video explains it enough it should help if you forget or didn't understand the topic. Especially if we have to try something new for the first time for homework. Though when I get to make one I hope I have it planned out in my head or no one will understand it.

Olivia said...

The clicker tests incorporate technology wonderfully into education.

Connor said...

epals.com sounds really neat!

Olivia said...

When are we going to start using the clickers for our daily quizzes?