For some time now I have been a blog post consumer. Reading a number of colleagues blog posts as they are sent to my email, commenting on occasion, but mostly just absorbing. Starting to blog has always been one of those things I wanted to do. After listening to the @gcouros keynote at TLDW Peel a few summers ago I started on the Twitter journey, but needed that push, that sense of peer pressure to start blogging. 🙂 So when @Tina_Zita put out the tweet for this blog hop with my name attached, that was the peer pressure push that has now started my blogging journey (be kind 🙂 ).
When the idea of Technology and Math for a post came up, it is something that I am comfortable with separately but have been struggling to combine the two in a meaningful way. Let me try to explain.
A tool I have been using for sometime in other subjects is Padlet. Padlet is an online bulletin board application that allows students to all contribute ideas, photos etc. at once in real time. So to demonstrate how I have used this in Math, I thought I would pick my most recent use of the site (not the most polished, but some of the best learning is not the most polished).
We have been developing our knowledge and understand of fractions through the use of our co-constructed fraction strips. With these strips the students have been comparing and ordering fractions. For this first activity we were starting to talk about equivalency. The students with their math partners were to represent all the ways that they could create a whole. www.padlet.com/mrwigmore/coverup This led to a discussion and some labelling of our new equivalent fraction wholes. This also allowed me to go to those pairs who looked like they were struggling and have that mini-lesson/discussion to explore their thinking a little further.
Another activity we did came from Marian Smalls ‘Eyes on Math’ where we were looking at all the related fractions in a photo (see attached Padlet wall for photo). Students had the photo and could post their thoughts on to the board, while seeing their classmates thinking. This then created one page where our larger whole class discussion could begin. It also allowed me a place to post a fraction or 2 that got students talking and reasoning. www.padlet.com/mrwigmore/whichfractions
Both of these examples allowed the Math partners to discuss their thinking, work through the problem and post their thinking for the class to see in an engaging way (There’s something about seeing your work pop up on the screen in real time). This allows all students to have a voice in the discussion. The work that is posted on the wall will be used to further discussion after all students have had a chance to contribute. The learning does not stop there! Padlet allows you to open the site up to allow input from your students at home, your Twitter followers, parents etc.. This opens up a world of possibilities when thinking about sharing and growing our Math thinking. The documentation side of it is nice too.
Is there a place for Padlet in the Math class or are good old sticky notes the way to go?
Pick a Blog to jump to next! Happy Reading!
- Shivonne Lewis-Young – slewisyoung.wordpress.com
- Don Campbell https://ateachingyear.wordpress.com
- Jonathan So – http://mrsoclassroom.blogspot.com/2015/04/blog-hop-digital-learning-in-math.html
- Jason Richea – http://beyondangrybirds.blogspot.ca/2015/04/edtech-numeracy-unite.html
- Tina Zita https://misszita.wordpress.com/
- Graham Whisen – http://ideaconnect.edublogs.org/2015/04/14/digital-learning-with-math/
- Phil Young –http://wp.me/p3RGo2-1LB