Knowing that we have limited amount of math time, but wanting to integrate the new tool right away, I planned just a few short activities with the laptops. For the next several lessons, the computer activities will not be heavy duty; instead they will be a way for me to observe my students use of the tool, gauge what might work, and give me a foundation for future planning.
The first tool I implemented was Google forms. I love Google forms ... they are quick, simple, and easy to manage ... awesome for collecting data. Tomorrow students will check their homework and check the problems they missed on the Google form. That way I will know which problems were the most difficult for the class. I can work those problems into our warm-ups and homework.
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Another tool I'll use tomorrow is Super Teacher Tools: Speed Match. I plan for students to match words to equations as a warm-up since our lesson is on solving systems in context. If students don't have their computers, I have a paper copy. If they do have their computers, they will play the "game" online.
Our school has adopted "Evernote" as its online note-taking system. A few students have asked if they can take their class notes online ... and so far I've said yes. Typing math notes is much more difficult than typing notes for other classes but I want students to try it if they think they can take good notes that way. I do hope to help students build an Evernote notebook ... possibly on vocabulary. I think it would be a great way to keep track of the math vocabulary they learn in high school ... since Evernote will be an ongoing tool.
The IT folks just pushed out the virtual graphing calculator over the weekend. We use TI 83+ in class ... now everyone will have one on their laptops as well. This is a bonus in working problems at home! Before I couldn't count on students having access to a graphing calculator at home. Yes, there are online ones, but not everyone has Internet access. Now the virtual calculator is installed on their laptops ... no Internet required to access it.
If you use an online tool to support formative assessment in particular, or to present math lessons, please share!