ITEC083001-S14R: PowerPoint Pen

PowerPoint Pen
by Gregory Reese – Saturday, 15 March 2014, 3:02 PM

This is an example of how PowerPoint Pen might be used as a whole group activity in a high school algebra classroom.

The objective here would be for the students to be sitting in groups of 4 and every group have a bamboo pen at their table so they could use it to write on the big screen up on the  wall without leaving their seat.

Although it is useful for students to do individual work, practicing problems for themselves, it is very important that students be exposed to the logic, the tools and the tricks that are available to them to solve a problem. Of course, one way to get ideas for solving a problem is for the students to read their textbook individually. Whole group problem solving is another way for students to get ideas about how to solve a problem.

It is both more entertaining and often more comprehensible if a student leads the discussion about how to solve a problem. Often, talented students are funnier and better public speakers than the teacher. Also, the teenager’s natural inclination to rebel is not set off by a fellow student the way that it is when they receive instruction from a teacher. Finally, kids use the language of kids when they explain something. As teachers, we try to be cool and use our students’ language to make our lessons more comprehensible to our students, but we can never really talk kid-talk as well as a kid, so, although the teacher may have a deeper understanding of the math, the teacher cannot communicate and reach the students as well as another student can.

Although this utilization of technology is exactly like the old paper and pencil classwork, it has a much greater value because it allows the whole room to share in what is being done and the reasoning employed; also, participating in the creative process is much more interesting and informative that just looking at a solution in a book and not knowing the reasoning that went into the solution. Of course, also, the opportunity to participate in the solution is available to everyone in the room because the problem is being solved in real time and the student solving the problem is discussing their reasoning as it is occurring so everyone in the room is involved and responsible for the outcome.

Finally, by enabling students to work at their seats and share what they are doing with the whole room, the students are freed from the embarrassment and bother of standing at the board. Also, students are narrating their solution,in real time, not explaining in retrospect as they would do if they had copied a solution onto a chalk board and then were asked to present it.

PowerPoint Pen is therefore a rarely used classroom technology that can and should be employed everyday in the high school math class.

ITEC083001-S14R: Prezi to teach math

Masters Degree in Mathematics
Prezi to teach math
by Gregory Reese – Wednesday, 26 February 2014, 9:05 PM

Why are presentation tools good for teaching. For one thing it is inefficient and inconsiderate to make students wait while the teacher writes on the board. If the slides are prepared in advance then the class can go as fast as they can absorb the knowledge. Second, a well prepared lecture reflects the teacher at their best, well prepared and as creative as possible. Finally, school kids are in rebellion mode. That is not a bad thing, challenging the old ways has brought the human race out of the caves and made us masters of our planet. But rebellion can be very disruptive to a lesson plan. If the classroom is ruled by a slide show activity, not by a person, then there is just less to rebel against, especially if the activity is fun and interesting.

Masters Degree in Mathematics
Re: Prezi to teach math
by Gregory Reese – Thursday, 27 February 2014, 7:26 AM

updated prezi

ITEC083001-S14R: interactive whole group classroom activity

interactive whole group classroom activity
by Gregory Reese – Saturday, 15 February 2014, 10:13 PM

Hi everyone, I am most interested in interactive whole group activities for the high school math classroom. I can’t believe how little is available out there for whole group activities. There are tons of YouTube instructional videos like Khan Academy. There are whole curriculums written around small group activates like the Algebra Connections / Geometry Connections series by CPM. There are tons of individual work worksheets and problem sets and lots of materials for the teacher to make direct lectures, however, the most important and effective teaching tool there is seems to be totally ignored by math curriculum developers. I think the Socratic method is the best way to teach and learn math and I want to see how technological gizmos can make Socratic math teaching better.

Masters Degree in Mathematics
Re: interactive whole group classroom activity
by Gregory Reese – Saturday, 5 April 2014, 11:32 PM

Well I talked to Dr. Donahue and I am changing my class project. I am going to design a homework blog for my high school math classes. As a masters degree student at Sonoma State University, I had the opportunity to participate in several homework blogs that my professors set up on moodle, the Sonoma State flavor of ILearn. I was very impressed by how much harder I worked on assignments because I knew that they were going to be read by my classmates and discussed. I was also impressed by how much useful feedback I received. A single teacher just doesn’t have the time to comment extensively on a whole classroom full of students. I also realized that my classmates were all real experts on the subject mater of the class, after all we were all spending many hours studying the same material and so I found their comments to be very knowledgeable and helpful. I was recently reminded of how much I like homework blogs when our ITec830 class commented on each others TNT#2 assignment, I really enjoyed chatting with everyone about our projects and philosophies. I plan to research the nuts and bolts of setting up a blog with the safeguards and limits appropriate for a class of high school kids and investigating the blog statistical packages available that will help me monitor the students’ contributions and assess their performance. Sorry for making this late change of plans.

ITEC083001-S14R: Windows 7 Math Input Panel

Windows 7 Math Input Panel
by Gregory Reese – Monday, 10 February 2014, 5:47 PM

Well if no one here has used it before and if you all deem it to be useful then I would conclude that it qualifies as an emerging technology.

Anyone who watches my video can testify that this technology is new to me cause I obviously don’t know what I am doing, so by that definition, it is an emerging technology to me.

In the past I have created all my math classroom activities by hunting and pecking through the Microsoft Office Equation editor, a collection of about 300 math symbols that are listed in random order so, as you are writing your document, you just have to keep looking though the list til you find a symbol that you need, then you click on it, then you place it into your document. It is very slow and hard to use and alot of the important symbols are missing.

Although Windows 7 Math Input Panel is far from perfect, it is a huge step up from microsoft equation editor.

Tech Tip: Learning Catalytics – A new take on Student Response Systems | Academic Technology & Innovation Group

students who answered incorrectly can be grouped with students who answered the question correctly. Learning Catalytics generates these matches automatically and then sends instructions to individual users on how to form groups. It might send an instruction to a student’s device saying, “Discuss your answer with Guthrie Andres, behind you.” After discussing, students can submit a second round of responses to show changes in understanding. After the professor closes a question, students can send a message to the professor if they still don’t understand.

These grouping features are notable because they make Learning Catalytics more than a simple response system. This is a system for managing student interactions, monitoring student understanding, and teaching using peer interaction.

via Tech Tip: Learning Catalytics – A new take on Student Response Systems | Academic Technology & Innovation Group.

Education Giant Pearson Continues Digital Push, Acquires Flipped Classroom Managers, Learning Catalytics | TechCrunch

Fundamentally, by allowing faculty to ask questions and view feedback in realtime in a graphical representation of their students’ comprehension of the material, Pearson is adding an important new service layer for in-class feedback and communication.

via Education Giant Pearson Continues Digital Push, Acquires Flipped Classroom Managers, Learning Catalytics | TechCrunch.

WordPress › Auto-Close Comments, Pingbacks and Trackbacks « WordPress Plugins

Close comments: Automatically close comments on posts and pages.

Close pingbacks and trackbacks: Automatically close pingbacks and trackbacks on posts and pages.

Choose how old: Choose a custom time period as to when the comments, pingbacks and trackbacks need to be closed

Scheduling: You can also schedule a cron job to automatically close comments, pingbacks and trackbacks daily

Bonus: Delete post revisions

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How do I close comment threads? | DISQUS

How do I close comment threads?

Closing a comment thread is used to halt the discussion while allowing the current comments to remain visible. Closing comments can be done several ways:

Automatic closing

For your entire site you can specify how long you want comments to remain open after the thread has been created. You can find this option in your Disqus admin’s Settings > General page under Automatic Closing.

via How do I close comment threads? | DISQUS.

WordPress › WP-Activity « WordPress Plugins

Monitor and display registered users activity (logins, posts, comments, etc.).

This plugin logs registered users activity in your blog and displays it in frontend and backend.
Activity logged :
    new user
    new comment
    comment edition
    comment deletion
    profile update
    new published post
    published post edition
    post deleted (really deleted, not trashed)
    new link
    login failure (displayed only in admin panel)
    access denied by IP blacklisting (displayed only in admin panel)

Possible usages :

    Monitor unwanted connexions attempts on your blog and block hackers IP.
    Monitor the registered users activity on a multi-users blog.
    Enhance your community blog by displaying to all users what other members have done.

If enabled, user who don’t want to be listed in blog activity can hide its own activity by checking a privacy option in the profile page. In that case, this user activity is not stored in database. When a login failure occurs, the IP address is also logged. Users activity can be followed by RSS feed and can be exported in csv file (semicolon separation).

Admin can follow the blog users activity within dates range with the stats module

Managing Multiple Authors: Customizing the WordPress Author Page | Lorelle on WordPress

A lifestream is a one-stop collection of a person’s activities online, bringing all your trackable online activities into one place. There are a variety of ways to create such a summary collection on your author pages. You can piece meal the thing together or use a lifestream WordPress Plugin.

Managing Multiple Authors: Customizing the WordPress Author Page | Lorelle on WordPress

Author Complete Post List WordPress Plugin displays the complete post listing of the author with the total number of posts, and includes posts co-authored with others, which may not be displayed be default.

List Posts By Author WordPress Plugin displays all the posts and/or Pages by all the authors, but it can also be customized to show only a specific author and used on the author template file to replace the default listing if desired

Managing Multiple Authors: Customizing the WordPress Author Page | Lorelle on WordPress

Author Performance WordPress Plugin adds information on how many words and posts the author as published, and other interesting factoids about the author’s actions on the site as an incentive or competition with other authors.

Managing Multiple Authors: Customizing the WordPress Author Page | Lorelle on WordPress

The author page in WordPress is generated automatically, featuring the author’s name in the link and the page title, followed by an archive listing of their posts in reverse chronology. While this serves the purposes of most sites, if you truly want to feature your author as a vital contributor, consider adding a few more features.

An author page can feature custom content such as:

    The author bio.
    Author photograph/Gravatar.
    Twitter address.
    Facebook address.
    LinkedIn address.
    Twitter stream.
    Feed stream from their own blog(s).
    Counts of the number of posts.
    Links to a contact page or an actual contact form.
    A list of categories their posts are in.

Counting WordPress: Statistics WordPress Plugins | Lorelle on WordPress

Comment Analysis WordPress Plugin by Be Lambic or Green is a potentially powerful comment statistics Plugin. You can customize a listing on your blog (or from within your Administration Panels if you wanted) to include your total comments, total pingbacks, total trackbacks, last comment, last pingback, last trackback, latest comments, latest commented posts, and most commented posts. You can feature some or all of the comment statistics.

Most Commented creates a list of the posts with the most comments.

Comment Word Count gives the number of words in your blog’s comments. This could be fun combined with other comment statistics.

Posts/Comments Time WordPress Plugin creates a chart to show the number of posts and comments for the hours of a day or days of a week.

Counting WordPress: Statistics WordPress Plugins | Lorelle on WordPress

WP-PostViews WordPress Plugin shows off how many times a post has been viewed.

Post Readers WordPress Plugin adds a counter to your posts to show how often they’ve been read. Includes ability to showcase most recently visited posts and most visited posts on your blog.

Counting WordPress: Statistics WordPress Plugins | Lorelle on WordPress

WP Plugin: Site Statistics shows site stats for posts, comments, categories, last post, last commenter and last modified.

Post Count provides the total number of published posts on the blog.

WordPress Statistics Plugin offers different post statistics. It provides a “readability analysis” of how hard your blog post is to read. It sues the Gunning-Fog and the Flesch-Kincaid scores and displays the results in your WordPress Panel, though you may be able to display the information on your WordPress posts. In theory, this may help you write better or at least more clearly

Counting WordPress: Statistics WordPress Plugins | Lorelle on WordPress

Counting Posts and Comments

The two most important statistics many people monitor is their posts and comments. They want to know which posts attract the most attention and which posts get the most comments. This is a good indicator of which content is working best for your blog and generating the most interest.

Post and comment statistics can be tracked in your WordPress Administration Panels, but many like to publicize these popular statistics on their WordPress blog, pointing visitors to where the action is. While some WordPress Plugins offer both, most of these are very specialized, providing the information in different ways to increase blog navigation