Author Archives: Matt Ringh
Inspired by Brent Yorgey Factorization Diagrams, Stephen Von Worley wrote an algorithm which creates visuals on the fly for all natural numbers. The result is a mesmerizing dance of primes, composites, and their constituents. Watch primes (represented as circular arrays) as they become rarer in the higher numbers. Even rarer, watch for “Twin Primes” – primes that differ by … Read more
Pi is an extremely interesting number, and the day to celebrate it is 3/14. The continuing pop culture references to Pi are evidence of the love people have for Math, and Math’s most widely known constant. Author of the Life of Pi, Yann Martel, said this of his choice of the name “Pi” for … Read more
Infuse Learning is an “any device” student response system which is 100% free, and among the best resources we’ve seen for 1:1 classrooms.
If a device has access to the internet, then you can push questions and content out to that device, and receive completed work back. We especially like that this supports “drawing,” on iOS, Android, and … Read more
The sample items found at Smarter Balanced are designed to prepare students for the next-generation Common Core assessment. These sample items and performance tasks provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system. This online assessment contains many click-and-drag activities which work … Read more
The video below shows how SMART Notebook Math Tools can be paired with FluidMath Software to teach a math lesson. Two programs filled with great features, teaming to solve and teach systems of equations!
1. Use Fluid Math to teach acceleration due to gravity. The video below shows how FluidMath’s Animation feature allows you to write a function (such as ay= – 9.8t2) that describes an object’s motion, and then run a simulation of the movement along a path.
2. Use Algodoo to simulate the ascent … Read more
Triptico is the publisher of over 20 interactive, fully-customizable classroom resources. These resources are free, and work on any interactive whiteboard. The video below shows how “Class Magnets” can be used to take attendance, and how “Question Quiz” can be used to play a Jeopardy-style game with up to four teams.
When we posted 5 Cool Features of FluidMath back in May, we focused on an overview of some of the incredibly smooth features of the FluidMath software. This post focuses on how Fluidmath can be used for Algebra lessons. We start with three random questions from Part 3 of the August 2009 Algebra Regents, and show how Fluidmath can be used … Read more
Scribblar is a collaborative online workspace with features similar to SMART Notebook. It’s terrific fun if you teach in a one-to-one setting, have access to a computer lab, or would like to offer kids a collaborative workspace beyond the classroom. It’s quick and easy to create an account and a “Room,” and it works better … Read more
The video below details how mouse and gesture options can be used in the SMART Classroom. The six topics options are:
6) “Shake” – to group/ungroup
5) “Recognize” – handwriting to do a web search/”press-and-hold” to right-click
4) “Hover” – Floating Mouse from the Board
3) “Flick” – Objects
2) “Swipe” – Gestures
1) “Touch”… Read more