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Sunday
Jan132013

Think Through Math: Lesson Sequence & Learning Tips

Here is a short set of slides that shows the series of activiities within a 'Think Through Math' lesson sequence. Each lesson takes about 30-45 minutes to complete and can have as many as 7 different parts. There are some learning tips also to help guide students and teachers as they navigate through this system so they can fully access help features and maximize feedback provided to them. (See previous post for more general information about TTM). 


 

Saturday
Jan052013

Think Through Math: Online Math Differentiation System


See Blog Update! -- > What's New in 2016 for Think Through Math?

Students in grades 3-5 have begun using
'Think Through Math' which is an adaptive online mathematics learning system, made available by the Texas state-funded Texassuccess.org initiative. Kids can access TTM both during and after the school-day since it is completely online and available 24/7. Already students are logging after-school and weekend minutes of use, and it always 'remembers' to pick up where students leave off last within their personalized learning pathway. 

As with Istation for literacy development, students are receiving a constant stream of immediate feedback, both positive and corrective, that recognizes and reinforces successful efforts and prompts re-thinking where needed. As Grant Wiggins points out, "... learners need endless feedback more than they need endless teaching."  I think it is this intensive 'feedback loop' that will be instrumental in strengthening students' math skills & strategies for problem-solving.

An initial TTM placement test has determined a baseline for its adaptive personalized math instruction targeting and accelerating learning toward mastery of grade-level standards and beyond. It is constantly collecting data and adjusting to individuals' needs over time to drive progress forward. TTM-generated data also feeds back into daily math instruction by tracking students' ongoing work on the range of math objectives for teachers.

Students also have access to LIVE instructional support in the form of online 'coaches' at points of need when confused--and these are certified math teachers. TTM also motivates kids with engaging features--like customizeable avatars, points earned and displayed on class & state leaderboards, badges, contests, and opportunities to donate to charities.

More on these motivational aspects and TTM lesson sequence features to come...

Saturday
Jan052013

Book Apps for Leveling & Accelerated Reader

Some book-leveling apps to assist with matching books to students... 

Book Retriever: Scan a book by it's barcode with smartphone and then view reading level chart to seew where readability falls for matching to individual students. This app can also catalog an individual classroom library and perform smartphone check-in and check-out. (@.99)

Level Finder: Look up AR level with this app by title-search in database of 126,000 books. (No smartphone scan feature yet@$1.99). 


Saturday
Jan052013

Noise & Behavior Management

A few easy ways to use technology to promote positive behavior and noise-monitoring... 

Class DOJO is accessible (free) on smartphone, tablet, or computer and tracks classroom behavior. Each student has an avatar and can be awarded positive or negative feedback instantly with a touch of a smartphone or interactive whiteboard. Class DOJO logs in real-time a range of customizeable student actions -- partcicipation, creativity, cooperation, kindness, & respectfulness are just a few options when setting up behavior criteria within ClassDOJO. Hallways, restroom, and key transitions are also areas where this could assist students/classes in tracking and identifying ways to improve behavior. Creating rewards and standards to reach and then analyzing and sharing data generated through classroom or individual reports can drive goal-setting and achievement.

 

Volume & Noise Level:
'Bouncy Balls' works by enabling microphone to detect noise level so balls will bounce gently at bottom of screen with very soft talking. They bounce at mid-screen with normal voice-levels and crazily all over screen with loud talking.  

Some other noise-monitoring apps to experiment with that might minimize repetitious spoken reminders to quiet down and help kids self-monitor.....

  • Too Loud! App: Live graph and sliding bar displays rising and falling levels of noise. Avoid the red zone!
  • MyClassRules Noise Monitor App: Track degree of calm cooperative classroom noise level in decibels and compete for rankings on a global scoreboard.
Tuesday
Jan012013

What does the cursor tell you? 

How can you use the cursor to navigate through your work?