First Tech Project: Google Earth Lesson Plan

I realized I never uploaded my first tech project here to my blog (I only submitted it to bCourses). Oops!

Here is the link to my lesson plan using Google Earth.

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Tutorial for QuizStar- 3rd Tech Project

For my third technology project I decided to do a tutorial on a quiz making platform: QuizStar. A lot of people use Google Forms when creating quizzes, but one thing about them is that you cannot add multimedia to the questions. QuizStar lets you add multimedia to the questions and to the multiple choice answers (if you choose to use these). You can give feedback to wrong answers in each quiz and it will give you as a teacher a class report after students have taken the quiz.

Here is the link to my tutorial using this tool: http://youtu.be/SB30HSeJO4E (The video is around 14 minutes long.)

Uploading a class could take around 10 minutes and creating a quiz could take up to an hour, but using the website is pretty straightforward. In this tutorial I show how to upload a class roster, how to create and edit a quiz, and how to assign quizzes to a class. You don’t need to install anything and you can access your account anywhere you have access to the internet.

This tool is created by 4Teachers, a site that gives different ways of using technology with teaching. There are other tools that they show in their website, try to check them out!

Female Scientists Told to Get a Man to Help Them With Their Paper

You can read the article here. These authors “surveyed 244 people with PhDs in biology and concluded that men had better job prospects, suggesting that gender bias might be to blame.”  It’s sad how gender/gender identity affects our experiences in math and science 😦

Today in my classroom one of the girls didn’t want to sit in a table because “it was all boys” and I tried to address this but at the same time I wanted her to feel safe when working on the activities I had planned for today.

Creativity in the Classroom with Technology

Today in Tech class we talked about different ways technology can be used for students to explore their creativity.

We first looked at tools in this site: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/search/label/creativity%20tools and I found a couple of cool posters that I may use in the classroom! One poster I found was:

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(Even though they’re all men :/ )

I also found a cool website for math games: https://www.mathgames.com . Take a look and tell me what you think!

We also explored Scratch, an MIT project that makes coding easier for students. You can explore games, create games by coding them with their pre-determined steps, or edit games people have already uploaded! Students in my 7th grade student teaching placement here at Berkeley have coded with the website and they really seem to enjoy it! It is a good way of showing that coding does not have to be scary.

Common Core, Pearson, and Online Privacy

I found a really good article related to Common Core, Pearson, and internet privacy here. Here’s a look at what the article talks about:

“Pearson said the social media monitoring was mandated by its testing contracts in order to make sure no questions were leaked, was confined only to public posts, and, according to the company, involved no “snooping” other than looking at hashtags and basic information students put in their profiles. It had been standard practice for years;Politico reported that all but one other major testing company performed the same type of monitoring, as do hundreds of school districts across the country.”

Let me know what you think!

SketchUp Tutorial- Project #2

I am presenting here a tutorial for the program called SketchUp, a program that allows people to draw in 3D. I see this program being useful in helping students better visualize 3D shapes or lines in 3D graphs. It needs to be downloaded in either Mac or PC, but the PRO version costs $540! SketchUp Make is free. To download it or to look for more information, go to http://www.sketchup.com . There are instructional videos on the website that one can access in order to receive more information.

The more specific hardware requirements to download the program are in this page. Click on your operating system. The downloading takes around 5 minutes (depends on your computer and your internet access, of course!). In the video I show the installation process and how to get started with the program. I also present a quick overview of the different tools and how the program may be useful in a mathematics classroom.

I used Camtasia to record the tutorial. It is a program where one can share what is on their computer screen while talking. This makes it easy for people to understand how to use a program or install a program since one is able to hear what the person is saying and see what they are doing in their computer.

Here is the Youtube link to the Camtasia tutorial. Please let me know if there are any issues with the video! It can only be accessed through this direct link.