In this week’s session, we explored different types of math technologies. I will share a small collection of the resources we explored.
Graphing Stories: Graphingstories.com. This neat website is a resource that can be very valuable for teachers to get their students familiar with graphs. Students start with “stories” in video forms and have to try to plot the data on graphs. Students can decide the labels for their axis and then plot the points. Here is an example of our graph for “Height of Waist off the Ground” while watching a man on a swing.
Teachers can further extend this knowledge with reverse application and give the students graphs and have them attempt create a story.
Prodigy: https://www.prodigygame.com/. This website is Ontario-based math game for grade 1-8! Students battle against monsters, using math questions, to win coins and items. The game features customizable assessments and questions chosen by teachers to evaluate students. Teachers can choose from over 600 topics and view the students results in a highly organized way. Students can use several in game supports, including manipulatives and text-to-voice. Their profiles feature customizable avatars that use only first names of students to protect privacy. Parents are also invited to support their students learning.
Desmos Graphing Calculator: https://www.desmos.com/calculator. This online tool is sophisticated, but can be simplified by teachers to can explore mathematical language, ex. vertical and horizontal translations. Check it out!