Friday, June 17, 2011

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 6/17/11

tools1Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Zondle - “you can play your topic in lots of different games, making it much more fun and the learning much more effective. There are hundreds of topics on zondle and so thousands of possible combinations of topic and games. On zondle you can play exactly what you want to learn in games you like to play.”

Real World Math: using google earth in the math curriculum “Concept lessons will use Google Earth to present math topics, such as rates or scientific notation in unique ways. Project-Based Learning activities will include lessons that will require the collaborative efforts of students in pairs or groups.  These lessons may be of a longer duration and require additional outsource materials. Measurement lessons will make extensive use of the ruler tool in Google Earth to accomplish problem solving activities. Exploratory lessons will follow non-traditional math topics such as fractals, topology, or modern geometry. Space lessons will utilize Google’s Moon, Mars, and Sky for activities in Math and other subject areas.”

SpiderScribe “is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool.”

Encalc – “is an online scientific calculator. Key features include the ability to handle units and dimensional analysis, to perform symbolic algebra and calculus, to define variables, and to lookup values from its large database of physical constants. Integration, differentiation, parentheses and scientific formulas are also supported.’

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 free download; “provides a set of mathematical tools that help students get school work done quickly and easily. With Microsoft Mathematics, students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus. Microsoft Mathematics includes a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a handheld calculator. Additional math tools help you evaluate triangles, convert from one system of units to another, and solve systems of equations.

Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).

Original Image: Tools by Pat Hensley

2 comments:

Sioux said...

I just tried Zondle and Spiderscribe...both great tools. Thanks for sharing. (And now I'm going to plead again...Please consider putting all the sites you've highlighted so far, via your blog--into a little booklet/PDF. Having a short note about the site---like you provide in your post---would be an added bonus. I have a friend who does not blog (I've tried to drag her, kicking and screaming, into the blogosphere, to no avail) and it would be so easy to purchase your list--that you have so far---and give it to her. I know the summer may be busy for you, but think about this fall.)

CRM solutions said...

Measurement lessons will make extensive use of the ruler tool in Google Earth to accomplish problem solving activities.
Thanks for post..