MathTV – Videos for Flipping, Differentiation, or Extended Learning

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Who: Math teachers or tutors looking to help students understand math concepts.  The courses listed are: Basic Mathematics,
Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, High School and Homeschool.

How: Teachers or students simply visit mathtv.com.  There, they will be given a list of topics (or textbooks).  Then a list of problems will be listed in the middle.  Each problem has multiple videos from a variety of instructors.  Each instructor has their own style of teaching how to solve the problem.  This allows teachers and students to identify which style works best for them.

When: Teachers could use this tool for the flipped classroom model or offer it as a tool for extended learning.  Some of the videos allow the student to “read it” which shows notes.  They may also allow students to “explore it” which links to Wolfram Alpha to break down the question further.

This tool would be great for a 1:1 classroom to allow students the opportunity to see different approaches to problems.  The one downside is that the teacher is unable to embed the videos into their website.

This website is put together by XYZ Textbooks.

Website: http://www.mathtv.com/

Memrise – Engaging courses for students and teachers.

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Who: Teachers and students looking to extend learning and supplement classroom content.

How: Memrise uses the freemium model.  Teachers and students can sign up for a free account in which they can log in and take courses.  The courses also feature “mems”.  These are visual clues created by users to help remember answers.  There are many different courses available, including basic languages, GRE vocabulary, and SAT/ACT vocabulary.  The premium version ($9/month or $59/year at the time of this post) gives the user data to help with focus, best times, and difficult words.

Teachers can also create groups to utilize their free multimedia flashcard game.

When: This would work great as supplemental material for classroom assignments.  Memrise would also function well as a booster for students in need of extra help.  Memrise would also be great for extended lessons for students who would like to work ahead. This would also work really well for students and parents that are looking to continue learning throughout summer break-time.

About Memrise:  Memrise was created around three principles: Science, Fun, and Community.  The founders of the website are experts in “Brain Science”.  The program engages the user with quizzes that make them feel like you are playing a game.

Websitehttps://www.memrise.com/

After trying out the course in German (a language I studied years ago in high school), I found myself engaged and wanting to do more.  At this point I decided to try a course I knew nothing about, the Korean Alphabet.  In less than 5 minutes, I found myself engulfed in learning a new language, even if it were simply the alphabet.

This program is great as schools are heading into summer break and would be something to recommend to your students.

Illuminations: Excellent Online Resources for Teaching PK-12 Math

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Who: Teachers looking to integrate web-based technology into their mathematics classroom.

How: No account needed, visit the Illuminations website and look around!  This site is loaded with resources including: games, lesson plans, activities, brain teasers, and interactives.  All resources are aligned through NCTM PK-12 Math Standards and Common Core K-12 Math Standards.

When: Resources on this site are useful at any point in the lesson.  Teachers can use a brain teaser for a bell-ringer,  the lesson plans to help with the content, and even games/interactives for homework.

Websitehttp://illuminations.nctm.org/Default.aspx

Curriculet – Embedding Assessment Into Reading Assignments

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Who: Teachers looking to create interactive lessons with online books.

How: Teachers create an account on Curriculet, search for a book in the library, and assign readings to their classes. After adding a book to their library, the teacher can use “Available Curriculets” which are assessments that have already been created. Teacher have the option to edit those existing assessments, or create their own. To create an assessment in the writing, the teacher just holds down the mouse button to highlight a part of the text. After the text has been highlighted, the choice is given for: “Annotate”, “Add Question”, or “Add Quiz”. Annotate allows teachers to place in thinking points for students. Add question allows teachers to add in either multiple choice or open-ended questions. Quiz allows teachers to make a multiple question section for students to answer a series. These questions also have the option to be tagged to Common Core standards. Once an assessment has been made the teacher can assign it to their classes. Students will need to have an account created as well.

When students view the curriculet, they view a plain text version as like any eBook they may use. Throughout the text, they will see icons on the side where questions, annotations, and quizzes are located for them to take. Students can also hold down and select a difficult word to be given a definition.

When: Great for language arts classrooms! Use it for reading public domain books or the option to purchase/rent books is available. Teachers also have the option of creating curriculets from online news articles or uploaded files of their own. This is a great option for online news sources as the text is displayed in a clean format without advertisements and other distractions.  A short news article could be a great way to start class while the teacher takes attendance and does other necessary administrative tasks.

This tool is easy to use. In a matter of a few minutes, a teacher can have a lesson based off a classic book ready for students to view. The system tracks student progress and also records reading time. While it is nice to read aloud as a class and ask questions during class-time, this allows the teacher to see where each student is at with key parts of the text.

Websitehttps://www.curriculet.com/

Below is an introductory video from Curriculet:

 

*Special thanks to www.wickedgoodtech.net for sharing this tool on their page.  Great resources are there for teachers!  I found out about the page at EdCamp Ohio.  I highly recommend checking out an Ed Camp if there is one in your area!  For more information on Ed Camps, check out http://edcamp.org/

EdPuzzle – Make Any Video Your Lesson

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Who: Teachers looking to create blended or flipped lessons.

How: Teachers create an account on edpuzzle.com. Teachers then create lessons with questions, voice, and notes in the video itself.  Videos can come from a variety of streaming video websites.  Teachers can add multiple choice, extended response, or just have a comment at any point in the video.  To distribute, the teacher can create classes with student accounts or share a link or use the embed code to post it to the web.  When assigning a video to a class, teachers have the options to disable skipping ahead.

When: Useful options include blended/flipped lessons, snow day work, etc. Another great use is as a bell-ringer while the teacher takes attendance.

This tool is easy to use.  In a matter of a few minutes, a teacher can have a lesson based off a youtube video ready for students to view.  The system makes it easy to get to the embed code for teachers to add the lesson to their LMS of choice.  Below is a lesson I made off of a video made by Calvert Catholic Schools.

Website: http://www.edpuzzle.com

eduCanon – Turn streaming videos into assessment opportunities!

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Who: Teachers looking to create blended or flipped lessons.  Another great use is to connect with students on snow days.

How: Teachers create an account and set up classes through eduCanon‘s website.  After making an account, teachers create lessons (“bulbs”) by adding in video URL’s.  After linking the video, the teacher then chooses where to add questions.  There are a few different levels of membership to eduCanon viewed here: http://www.educanon.com/premium.

When: Teachers can use this tool at any point in a lesson.  Other useful options are blended or flipped lessons, snow day work, etc. Another great use is as a bell-ringer while the teacher takes attendance.

I recommend viewing the tutorial on the front page. In only a few minutes, I was able to create my first bulb and create a class.  The ability to embed bulbs is fantastic for teachers who are using a LMS.

Website: http://www.educanon.com/