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Sunday
Mar272016

What's New in Think Through Math in 2016?

TEA’s Student Success Initiative was approved mid-year which has secured funding for Think Through Math to Texas schools for students in grades 3-8 (extending until August 2017). TTM provides students with online adaptive instruction that adjusts to students’ unique skill level and delivers rigorous practice, motivational tools, and access to live, state credentialed teachers. 

What’s new in TTM 2016?

[Notes collected from a recent webinar & my updated TTM resource training site & Flyer]

INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT

  • Both ‘Helps’ must be used before accessing Live teacher

  • New 'Think-It-Through Math' animations

  • Grades 3-4 have incorporated new ‘Introductory Lessons’

  • Overview of Interactive Item Types [drag/drop, fill in blank, sorting]

ADAPTIVE LEARNING

  • STAAR cumulative review every 10 or so lessons to keep skills fresh as year progresses [requested by teachers]

  • Booster Pack Lessons [testing in below 3 grade levels below to address learning gaps to build foundational skills & confidence]

  • Benchmark Tests: This new assessment feature provides a ‘Quantile Measure’ applied to both students and math concepts. This indicates student’s readiness level for instruction.
    [Dates for mid-year implementation March 15-April 30 and May 15-June 18]

  • Benchmark Reports: Data will be updated to include test data in table format, instructional math levels, lessons per week and lesson pass rates in TTM.


STUDENT MOTIVATION

  • Avatars: Newly designed & iPad compatible

  • Contests: STEM Everyday! March Math Madness!

  • Classroom Giving: Monthly focus around specific charities

Sunday
Jan172016

Making the Most of IWB to Inspire Learning

Sometimes the learning potential in Interactive White Boards is unrealized if users don't have some basic entry points to get started with integrating them into day-to day instruction. [This is the 1st edition of a weekly flyer I am sharing to highlight ways to integrate Ed-Tech. tools on my campus]

Interactive White Boards have so many unique capabilites as a teaching tool to magnify, reveal and spotlight learning content. Smart Classroom Training & Tutorials are quick-starters.

When blending Dreambox Learning alongside face-to-face instruction in Math, there are some great Interactive Teaching Tools for small and whole group instruction with lesson outlines that can be incorporated.  

Also worthwhile for making the most of the IWB is to join Smart Exchange community. Smart Notebook software has such depth of capabiliies that it may be overwhelming. The SMART Exchange helps you to quickly dive in with ready-to-use interactive lesson content. It is a huge searchable community with downloadable SMART notebook files. Once you create an account, search by subject area, grade, and by specific TX-TEKS or STAAR Readiness Standards to integrate directly into what you’re teaching. Preview files to see if you like them & download the good ones. You can adapt and tweek them once downloaded.  

Sunday
Jan172016

Augmented Reality-Explore, Collaborate, Play, Learn!

3-D Augmented Reality (AR) apps bring learning to life by allowing students to unlock or create layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed through a device. This is a digitally enhanced view of the real world using a smartphone or tablet camera, because these added layers of digital information – videos, photos, sounds – connect directly to the world around us we are learning about. Here are a just few Apps students recently explored around science, digital storytelling, art, and gamification.

Monday
Nov232015

Scratch 101: Just 'Scratching' the Surface!

A Scratch 101 workshop I recently experienced 'just scratched the surface' of the myriad of projects that are possible for creative coders. Here is my 1st attempt at coding a little digital story. Looking forward to learning more about the immense potential of Scratch for Computer Science learning with students as we kick off our Hour of Code and K-5 Code.org coursework in the coming weeks!

Resources to Explore:

 * Hide & Seek [Hour of Code Tutorial]

Friday
Oct302015

HUB Work Session @MCLIMS Pops Off!

Thoughtful questions stemming from many kernels of curiosity characterized a voluntary after-school work session by MCLIMS teachers to build and refine their HUB lessons and update classroom pages on the campus website. This was an opportunity to get some support and assistance at point of need while collaborating with colleagues.

From this effort, along with ideas shared from colleagues on my campus and recent HUB Lead meetings, I've developed some specific strategies to ...

  • Design digital components of lessons: Process of backwards planning through analysis of curriculum guides or upcoming 9-week cycle learning targets is driving force behind integrating technology strategically. Planning Guides are fundamental source of lesson content and design! They have online resources, guiding questions for engagement and exploration as well as Performance Tasks.

  • Enable collaboration: Add teachers to one-another's CRS Sandbox. They can collectively build lessons and then together share ideas, workload, and expertise. Afterward, they have the option to copy files, folders, and resources into their own individul active courses.

  • Support with Admin. Level Access: This level of course access allows campus admin.'s to add learning content to individual teachers and classes to support/model classroom tech. integration. This was an option I didn't realize was available to me!

  • Take Advantage of 'Single Sign On' to provide an access point for relevant tools & content. When logged into the HISD Hub, students can not only access a variety of digital resources, they can also engage with digital media assigned by teachers within Discovery Ed. to meet specific learning targets. The Discovery Ed. platform also allows students to create their own content using the Board Builder tool. Any Discovery Education resource can be added to a board and students can further personalize their work and tell their story by uploading or hyperlinking their own images, videos, audio and documents. Students can also customize backgrounds, text formats, and templates.When students share a board, it isn't visible to the class until it is approved by their teacher. Teachers can also provide personalized feedback with built-in feedback option for students or groups. This document - 50 Ways to Use Board Builder - is a great source of ideas to begin building!

 

  • Embed BrainPop Resource Pages: A resource page that links directly to a specified video can be added to a course folder though adding Ready-to-use Content from Library.


 

  • Build in Custom Activities: While offline completing performance tasks or managing phases in a project, custom activities may be a useful mechanism for student task management and for formative assessment.

Our sincere thanks to Christina Estes, Houston ISD Hub Administrator whose expertise and support was extremely helpful to all! Thanks also to Olivia Hooper & Liang Guo for their phenomenal organizational planning and execution!

MCLIMS HISD HUB Training Flyers: