Pleasingly, I have been able to track down 3 more videos from #JuicyLearning at the last #TMClevedon. Unfortunately, the clips of me and of Jim Smith haven’t seen the light of day – they’ll forever be one of those, “you had to be there” moments, but for now…. here are the excellent presentations from David Morgan @lessonhacker, Andy Hutt @andyhutt and Gavin Smart @gavinsmart.
When thinking about using an iPad to support learning, it is important to remember that the iPad supports learning. It is not going to do the teaching for you. Maths learning is no exception. That said, innovative approaches to using multiple apps can really help with the support of the learning of different elements within the Maths curriculum.
It is much better to get a workflow with multiple apps to support the learning.
Here are just some of the apps available from the App store related to Mathematics:
The best way of working with these apps though is not in isolation. It is much better to get a workflow with multiple apps to support the learning.
If you’re running a flipped model, you may wish to show a video on how to solve a simple algebraic equation, either created by you or perhaps from iTunes U or the Khan Academy on the topic. Students then arrive at your classroom with some understanding of the process. If you’re not using a flipped model, you could always demonstrate this in your lesson as you may do normally.
Then, whilst supporting students with this learning, they practice their learning using the Algebra Touch app which gives students algebraic learning and practice opportunities.
Then, to finish off the activity, you ask students to use a screencasting app, such as Show Me, Screenchomp, Educreations, or Explain Everything (£1.99) (for my money, if you can – get Explain Everything, it is the Daddy – if you want a Ronseal app that students will pick up and run with VERY easily, go for Show Me. Whilst Educreations is good – the fact that it exports sequences to a site with a Flash movie makes it unsupportable for sharing on an iPad. Screenchomp, whilst handy, is not as good as its counterparts).
Run a quiz at the end of the lesson (or Space Race if using Socrative Teacher / Socrative Student) using Socrative (all free) or eClicker host (£6.99) / eClicker student (free).
Other ways in which apps can be used innovatively. Students could:
Garageband - create a song or podcast about a Mathematical construct
PuppetPals HD – generate an animated learning sequence
Creative Book Builder or Book Creator – create their own ePub about the topic
Keynote - create a narrated presentation on the topic
If you take anything away from reading this post it should be this. There is no iPad app that is a magic wand that is going to make your students amazing Mathematicians. As with any lesson, a solid, pedagogically sound plan based around learning is going to give you and your students significant wins when it comes to their their success. The difference being, is that the iPad can make it fun, immediate, engaging and if you’re running a 1:1 programme, one which students can access any time, any place.
Finally, thanks to Andy Hutt for kindly passing on this super list of Maths related apps. Can I highly recommend you visit his superb blog http://ictwow.co.uk/
For the ‘Trawled’ section, these are various apps recommended/linked to on a variety of maths related sites. These have mainly come from UK sites and, for the apps, I’ve chosen ones that are less numeracy and more maths, and that are free/lite/<$5.00 (with the exception of Numbers).
Blogs & Curated
Creativity – it’s ok to take risks and not to know the answers.
Andy introduced a variety of ways to create creativity in the classroom – bubbl.us, answergarden.ch you can set up a website for a specific lesson and people can comment on each others work, klowdz.com – draw what you see in the clouds, wall wisher.com, primarywall, voicethread.com, Lulu – creating an actual book for a class with their own work, storybird – creating a book with pictures based on the words that have been written by students, Glogster – online poster or physical poster which will sum up learning for that particular activity, xtranormal, podcasting – GarageBand, set up an account with Posterous and get them online for free! Zooburst – 3d story to make your own pop up books.
Andy said that blogging was an ideal way to encourage students to write, real audience and getting their work out to other people. Lots of things in schools are still analogue which can still create creativity.
Can we have a creative culture in school? Is it ok for teachers to take risks? Is it ok for teachers not to know all the answers? Yes!
Andy spoke about how we can connect the analogue and digital world together through publishing (sharing student work with a wider audience) and celebrating what has been achieved. Can we capture the analogue world through a digital format?
Scan their work and produce a digital format: Blockposters.com, Rasterbator, PosterIT
Written stories, artwork can be uploaded to sites such as: Issuu (online book) and Scribd to create class anthologies and albums.
Audacity, Posterous, Cueprompter (scripts which scroll up the screen) – All free software
Glogster – creating posters which tell a story by combining materials, written and image.
Lulu – documents can be uploaded and published into high quality artefacts such as books! (print on demand).