Archive for March, 2009

Math Resources – Making Videos

After posting the update about web cams, I started looking for other new ideas out there for math videos.  Here are a few resources I found:


Why do we need to know this?  I’ll never use this in the real world.  The answer to these questions can be found in this math infomercial.  As you watch think about how the kids could create their own infomercial about your subject and discover for themselves how it really can be used in the real world!

Math Video Resources

If you want to get started in making math videos, or just learn more about what is possible, check out this wiki:

This site contains math videos organized by category and are created and sent in by students:

This is a YouTube Channel dedicated to gathering math instructional videos –

This wiki is created by a math teacher and contains “collaboratively-constructed, student-designed review materials for building math skills!” –

Just for fun.

You gotta love a music video produced by Mu Alpha Theta:

I’ve shared this before, but it is worth seeing again:

Google Forms

This form was made in Google Docs. Can you imagine having students gather info from at home, or anywhere and then be able to compile that data by opening a spreadsheet in class and talking about the results?

Check out this link to a lesson on Walmart and the products country of origin.

Click here to see the answers – Google Spreadsheet.

What kind of data can you see collecting from students? Could they take a quiz online this way? (The link to the spreadsheet does NOT have to be visible, the answers the questions can remain private.) More ideas to come…

Awareness Test – Just for Fun

So how good are your powers of observation?

Sometimes we only see what we are looking for and miss out on so much more.  Take time to step back and take it all in!

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Recently this web site was sent out through my PLN (personal learning network).  It was given as a suggestion for using technology to teach poetry.

Basically the website has photos and users can drag and drop words from their gallery onto the picture, or they can write free style.  Here is my first attempt:

PicLit from

See the full PicLit at

I then started digging around and found it also offer lessons plans on how teachers can use this site to teach grammar, figurative language and poetry.  Those resources caught my eye and made me want to share this sight with the teachers on campus.

Other ideas? I asked around and got some responses from our Literacy Coach and started this list:

  • poetry
  • Bernabei’s Truisms
  • character traits
  • motivation resources
  • Anything!

Here are some recent blogs written about using Pic-Lits in the classroom:

So how could you use this resource in your classroom?  Please share anything you create or have your kids create so we can learn together!

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Webcams – An Update

Back in the fall I spent the morning with the 7th grade math teachers on campus.  The focus of our training was how to use webcams in the math classrooms.  Mainly with the idea that a webcam costs under $100 and a document camera costs well over $700.  Our tech ed teacher built stands for the cameras and the teachers were sent back to their rooms to see what they could do with them. (See Original post:

So what ever happened with those web cams?  The teachers are using them as  document cameras to show how to work problems and as a clear way to model the use of manipulatives.  They have also taken advantage of the video capabilities.  Natalie Ortega has led the way with establishing her own YouTube channel to organize the videos for quick reference:

Here is one of the latest videos to be posted:

These videos are being created as she teaches the class.  What a great resource for those who are absent, or need to see it again once they get home!  Parents who are trying to help their students can see how they were taught to tackle the problems.

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