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11/7/2010 10:26:12 am
I think that we could further integrate technology in our curriculum by having students in groups teach a lesson by using the SmartBoard. I know that we already use the SmartBoard but I believe that by allowing the students to utilize it more, we would be able to understand and appreciate how it works.
11/7/2010 10:32:42 am
I believe that integrating the use of Blackboard and a forum-like environment would greatly help students. If a student were to have a particular question on a homework assignment, they could post their question and others could respond and provide feedback to help the student understand important concepts.
11/7/2010 10:46:29 am
Apart from the traditional review where we go over some practice problems in the class, I think it would be idea to create/make an actual "game" into each review. In Honors Precalculus, we are leaning the zeros of polynomial equations. Last year I had Ms. Goff for H. Alg2/Trig, and she came up with very fun yet concrete games on the smartboard technology. Even though the games became very heated and felt like a competition between the 2 teams, they actually helped us become more confident in the procedure of each problem. Some ideas that I remember from last year is a baseball-type game where with a roll of a "4 sided" die, the team answers the question displayed, and if they are right, they move forward however many bases with the roll of either 1, 2, 3, or 4. The team with the most home runs at the end wins the game.
11/7/2010 11:03:06 am
I believe that incorporating technology into our curriculum is important, and can be done by having an area of this website or blackboard that is permanently open for discussions about this class. We had something similar in middle school, and it helped greatly for when we had questions at home and also allowed students to be more involved with the great technology available to them.
11/8/2010 07:30:57 am
I believe that currently our class has a lot of technology already integrated into it, but we could also add even more. I think that having an email system that sends out a reminder for the homework and the problem #s would be very helpful. Some kids in the class probably don't do their homework simply because they forget. With an email, it is just an extra reminder to help out students.
11/8/2010 07:35:05 am
I think that have this a spot on this website for everyone to discuss homework problems and any other problems we are having would be a great way to incorperate more technology into our classes. This way when we are at home and we are stuck on a problem we can come to this website and talk about what we need help with. I know that this would help me a lot.
11/8/2010 09:27:34 am
I think that in order to incorporate technology into our classroom, we should open this website for discussions about homework. Sometimes people have trouble with homework problems and we are not able to go over every single one in class, and opening this may help people to better understand the lessons. This would be a great way to make sure kids are doing their homework, by being active participants, and it would also help those that are having trouble understanding a lesson. Therefore, I think that this would be a very helpful thing to do.
11/8/2010 09:36:04 am
I agree that technology in education is extremely important, and I also approve of some of the suggestions made above. My idea for integrating technology in the classroom deals with easy access to the Smart board notes. I value the Smart board, especially in math class, where I can actually see all the equations and expressions written out before me. I wish that the in-class notes on the Smart Board could be uploaded to the website or to blackboard. I know this would help me review for assessments, but it would also help other students as well.
11/8/2010 10:33:47 am
I believe that integrating technology into our math class, as well as other classes is extremely important and beneficial for education. I highly agree with the idea that all of the smart board notes that we have taken in class can be transferred to this website for all of the students to review from. I also feel that it would be beneficial to have a certain kind or "chat" where students would be free to enter the website to ask math questions and concerns. Overall, I feel that technology is very important for education and I believe that all of the ideas voiced can heavily impact the learning in classrooms.
11/8/2010 10:34:26 am
I think that incorporating
11/8/2010 10:39:00 am
Today, I feel like technology is already very incorporated within our math curriculum. Also, in this day and time, everyone is always using technology. I agree with the suggestions mentioned above that it would be very helpful if the smart board notes were uploaded onto to the website or blackboard because some days students are missing and not everything is in the book. Next,having a forum and being able to post problems is a great idea. Sometimes just getting a little help on a problem, can help a person have less stress and hassle. Lastly, in the beginning of class students should participate using the smart board for a warm up problem or a homework problem that the majority of the students off the forum were confused on. By having students, participate with the smart board, they will be able to use their knowledge instead of being given the answers and appreciate the smart board.
11/8/2010 11:27:26 am
I definitely agree with the idea that we should have a forum open for questions about homework problems. I think that would be very beneficial to all of the students, that way they might be able to learn different ways of doing problems. I also think that there should be some way to access extra practice problems for all of the chapters that are covered. I am not completely sure how to implement this idea, but maybe part of the homework forum could be to post websites or extra problems that could be beneficial to study from as well. I think that being exposed to every kind of problem within a certain concept would greatly improve our understanding of that concept and would provoke questions earlier (such as before the test) instead of when it's too late (like after the test).
11/8/2010 11:45:24 am
We could integrate technology into our classroom by implementing student-made electronic quizzes available on the website. These could take the form of Flash or Java-based animations in which new book problems (preferably evens) are explained in clear and concise statements. If a student incorrectly answers a question, the program could explain how to do the problem. Quizzes like these could immensely help all students: those making the quiz would have to know their material very well in order to produce coherent explanations for each of the problems, and those taking the quiz can see whether they know the material, and if not, can benefit from the explanations.
11/8/2010 12:29:52 pm
Another way technology could be encorporated into the curriculum would be if we were to use the camera and record the class period and later post a link to the video on the website so students could (in a sense) go back to class and review the lesson.
11/8/2010 12:38:11 pm
I agree with the suggestions above, but another way technology could be encorporated into the curriculum would be to put practice problems and short quizes at the end of each chapter electronically that could tell you the correct answers once you complete all the problems. That way you know what you need to work on for the upcoming tests.
11/8/2010 12:42:18 pm
This is a very good idea. It will present present more opportunities to improve as well as coming in the morning, lunch, and after school. It will further increase curiosity about how math is used in the real world, which will, in turn, help us to improve. It's a great way to review and get better.
11/8/2010 12:44:13 pm
I think that integrating technology into our curriculum is very important and extremely beneficial. I think one technological step that would have the most positive impact on students is uploading class notes online. Having the ability to go back and reference a step you may have missed in your notes would be incredibly helpful. Furthermore, some type of online quizzes that students could take would leave them best prepared for in class quizzes and tests. These online quizzes would have to have well explained answers or reference a problem from the notes for the student to review.
11/8/2010 01:18:35 pm
I think that the best way to incorporate technology into the classroom is to use the website to help answer homework problems. Obviously we can't go over every single problem in class and by having our peers answer our questions, everyone can understand the homework and be exposed to various ways to solve an equation. Furthermore, some people, like me, have trouble concentrating in class so when we get home, we have no idea how to do the homework. By having peers explain the problem on the website, we're able to understand the main ideas of the lesson and utilize them accordingly to solve the rest of the homework.
11/8/2010 01:27:26 pm
I think that integrating technology into our curriculum is important for many reasons other than the benefits we recieve from it in math. In all subjects we are required to know how to use a computer and in today's time, the computer skills we need to know will only get more advanced and complex. Fortunately, our teachers and administrators know this and I feel that our district is very good at keeping our schools well equipped for technological growth.
11/8/2010 01:55:55 pm
I believe that integrating technology is a great idea which assist in the understanding and perception of education. I believe that this notion will act as a chain reaction. As people start giving ideas, it'll continue to expand our horizens of thinking. I think that we could integrate technology into the curriculum by having online practice quizzes and problems available for students. These problems should be posted and then open for students to comment on and work out the answers to. This would definitely help with figuring out those tough homework problems which I'm sure several people have had the pleasure of dealing with. This would not only encourage the integration of technology, but would also help students figure out difficult problems and work on expanding their problem solving skills.
11/8/2010 02:40:00 pm
The integration of technology in our curriculum would greatly enhance the learning environment for all. One of the problems that I experience is proper preparation before a quiz or a test. I'm sure others have also had similar situations, so it would be beneficial for everyone. Going through the book and doing practice problems yourself isn't the most engaging thing, but if there was a way to do it online on this website, I'm sure many more students would prefer this. This online review could include examples of each type of problem from a lesson, then a short quiz to test the skills of the student. For any question that was answered incorrectly, there could be a pop-up window with one of the correct methods for solving it. These scores would have the capability of being saved by the student, to track his/her progress.
11/8/2010 02:59:28 pm
I think integrating technology would help a lot. We should have some form of getting help from our classmates when we are stuck on homework problems or need help studying for a quiz/test. Having blogs is a good start, but I think we should also have online practice quizzes and some worksheets to help. I also agree with the idea of keeping class notes online, so you can always look back to learn how to solve a problem. If it was possible, having demos of how to solve a problem would help because it would show how to do it step by step. This is a really good start, and integrating more technology will really help with student participation and it will improve understanding of the lesson.
11/8/2010 02:59:48 pm
I think that integrating technology into our classes would prove to be very beneficial to not only all students but teachers as well. Through something such as an email system or blackboard chat forum, students will be able to communicate with their peers on ideas for how to solve problems and find other examples they can use to help them prepare for tests and quizzes. It would also be a fast and easy way to see how others are solving homework problems that could be beneficial to oneself. I think the teacher will also be able to get a feel of what the students are struggling on. In addition, like others said i think that currently even though we do use the smartboard a lot, may be the students could have more of an opportunity to try working hands on with problems on the board, in addition to using it for reviewing purposes. Overall i think integrating technology into our daily math will only benefit and advance our skills.
11/9/2010 08:27:22 am
I feel like when we use the clickers in class for the reviews it gets everyone involved and most of the time something is learned from it. I know we only have one set of clickers for the whole school but we can take that a step further by doing instant polling via text
11/9/2010 09:12:51 am
I think the best way to integrate technology into the classroom is to expand the use of the smart board. It would definitely make the learning experience more interactive.
11/9/2010 11:28:15 am
I think we could switch up the way the material is presented in class by using different techonology. For instance, we could use the elmo sometimes. We could also use videos online that show how to solve problems.
11/9/2010 11:57:40 am
I believe that integrating technology into our class curriculum is highly valuable and is very useful. In Honors Algebra 2 Trigonometry, right now we are learning about logs. I think that the best way for studying logs is to review a lot. If you don't understand something, which in the logs unit is very common, you should ask a friend to explain the concept/problem. To incorporate this idea within technology, I think that we should have our own math website like facebook, myspace, or twitter where all the math students from a specific math level sign up and they can ask questions, answer questions, help others, etc by chat, blogs, status, email, etc. I think that maybe even on the website we could set up some sort of tutor program where one person tutors another just like it were an online classroom. We could set up a whiteboard, a file browsing link, etc so that things would be much more easier. For example, if you really did not get a concept and it was late at night and the test/quiz was the next day, this website creation idea would really work. This is because if there were say 100 students in a specific math level, then at least 1 or 2 of them will be online for the student that needs help to ask for it. I think that this would be a really efficient and good way to learn and teach for students. This will benefit many people and scores on tests/quizzes might even get higher.
11/9/2010 12:05:26 pm
In order to integrate technology into our curriculum in a way that will include every student, I have come up with a few ideas.
11/9/2010 12:05:49 pm
I think the best way to intergrate technology into our classroom is maybe using chereokee by using the smart board to learn lessons because it has been proven that people learn better with a song or tune to go with a lesson and by incorporating this into the classroom students will memorize and learn the material quicker than before.
11/11/2010 01:23:02 am
I think the best way to intergrate
11/11/2010 07:16:58 am
I think integrating technology would be extremely beneficial to all students! We could do this by having videos posted on this site in case we have difficulty doing our homework. We could also have chat discussions on the internet on the homework especially in section 6.11 the long word problems are kind of confusing. This chat session could really get us interacting with everyone in class, making new friends, and peer- learning. We could also do games on the smart board. We barely ever use the smart board and I think that it is one of the coolest inventions! We could use it to play jeopardy or any other kind of game in teams to review for a test especially since we have one coming up on tuesday!
11/11/2010 10:24:25 am
Technology is becoming an important factor in our society. I believe that it is very benificial. The blog spot idea of posting question that we have trouble with is an outstanding idea. It is perfect because if we dont understand a problem it is very likely that some other individuals will understand it. Also, having students put up problems that they do not understand is also very beneficial. Some students are not available in the morning or after school due to extra curriculars or the incapability of getting a ride. I believe additional problems or very small pratice quizzes should be posted on blackboard or this website. It would help students review and be well prepared for upcoming quizzes or tests. It is true that there are additional problems in the book, but for some word problems this is not true. Mostly, there is one word problem in the book and there are not a lot of other practice problems like it.
11/11/2010 10:26:42 am
I meant by "students put up problems that they do not understand" to be about students putting up problems at the beginning of class.
11/11/2010 10:59:27 am
I think technology has improved a lot in the past few years, and a lot is used in our math curriculum today. But we could always do more. For instance we would have the text book online so It would always be there if we don't have it. Also, I think on this website, there should be a place where you have the past homeworks from the chapter on it, and explanations and work by it to help us understand homework. Also, a place where all the notes and explanations are viewable to all of us.
11/11/2010 11:40:22 am
I think integrating technology into our math classes is a great idea. Expanding the uses of the smart board in our class would be a great way to use more technology. We could play interactive games on the board with everyone in the class to get everyone involved and the games could be things such as races to see who goes up to the board and writes the answer first. We could work in teams so as a class we can help eachother better understand the lessons we are learning. Playing games with the smart board will also help us prepare for upcoming tests and quizzes. Another idea would be to have a set of warm-up problems on the smartboard that best represent what had learned the day before. Everyone can participate and see if they fully understand the lesson from the day before. The warm-up problems will give us a good idea of where we are what what we still need to work on as an individual.
11/14/2010 08:42:49 am
I think technology in the math class rooms is essential to learning. I think the smartboard should have a bigger part in our classes. Such as class activities we could do that would help with our current chapter like a game, such as Christine said. Or we could have on quiz be a class quiz where we work out the problems on the smartboard and everyone participates. I think we should have a website where there could be more problems for extra help which we could do at home. This could be part of our homework grade as well, to see how much we have gone on that website and do the interactive problems. This would help the class better understand the homework and chapter. I also think that it would be more helpful if on this website mrsnjohnson.com, all the answers to the homework were like shown so the class would know if they got it right, or like the class could work out the problems on the website. I think technology has become an extremely imporant aspect to daily life and it should be a part of our math classes.
11/14/2010 11:22:39 am
Personally, I believe intergrading technology into our school is a great idea. It helps those students who have trouble focusing become more active and attentive. For example, I'm a fan of the smart board at the elmo. The elmo is an updated version of a overhead but broadens your view and gives you a more clean visual where as a overhead is somewhat dirty, and has a faded light to view whatevers presented. In english, besides a teacher having your read along, by them displaying and outlining the importance in an assignment of reading they can display it on the elmo infront of the class.
11/15/2010 03:06:56 pm
Integrating technology can be very beneficial to our curriculum and maybe just what we need in order to truly understand the material being taught.
11/16/2010 01:19:39 pm
In recent years, technology has made a traumatic incline in the ways it is used in our society. By simply introducing new technology in classrooms, students will be able to explore new ways of learning.Another reason why integrating technology in the classrooms would be beneficial is because if a student is absent, then they could get their missing work online; as opposed to waiting until the next day.
11/17/2010 03:50:14 am
In our college test prep class we have alot of people who would like to go in the medical field. So I think we should try to skpe in on a demostration of a fake surgery to give potential medical students oppurtunity for more insight on the medical field.
11/18/2010 07:14:44 am
I have 3 ideas
11/18/2010 07:24:07 am
One way our class could possibly integrate technology would be a blog spot similar to this one except with more variety. This way students would be able to share notes with one another and possibly even work on homework together. I feel that with this system a lot of students can study for tests and finish up homework right from their computers. I believe this method could be used in all classes and it will help students in overall understanding of a subject.
11/18/2010 11:46:21 am
My idea is for integrating technology into the classroom, is that we could have take our video camera or use skype on the computer and have a video chat with another class from somewhere else in the country or state. This could be like they teach our class or we teach them either way, or we could even tutor students from other schools.
11/18/2010 11:51:47 am
Technology is already very integrated into our class and math curriculum through smart board and this website, however we could also use some sort of video clip or website that goes along with the lesson, for those who learn better that way. My sister taught h herself how to do trig one day through a you tube video because she missed class and could not fallow the book examples.
11/18/2010 01:39:01 pm
I believe that we can expand the use of technology by using online practice quizzes not just to test accuracy but also to test how well you pace yourself and how you can better pace yourself. One of the problems that I came across this year in math class is that I know how to do the problems on the test, but I run out of time and end up not finishing, rushing through, and partially finishing problems. If we were given timed practiced online quizzes I feel that I could better learn how to pace myself. These online quizzes could have a timer that once time is up you cannot answer any more questions. If a student continually does these practice quizzes, I feel that they will learn to complete problems more quickly and efficently causing them to do better on tests not just in math class but as well as on tests such as the ACT. Also, by putting them online these quizzes will not take up class time.
11/18/2010 02:41:42 pm
Like many others have mentioned, I think we should use the smart board for more than just writing problems on it, because that's no different than using a white board. With the technology of the smart board available to us everyday I think it would be a good idea to construct some review games or record the notes on the smartboard. I know in middleschool, one thing my teacher did with the smartboard was record what she did on it and then post it on blackboard. This was especially helpful if someone was absent for that day. But if this raises a concern about students not paying attention in class because they know that they have the material available at home, you can have it only available to those who were absent.
11/18/2010 02:45:12 pm
We already do integrate technology well into our math curriculum, but we could use the smartboard more, not just for writing out problems. What I have found out from classes (like Krueger's spanish class) is that videos really help something stick in a person's mind. For example, in H Alg 2 Trig we learned about logs. We could find a cartoon on logs, which would be not only entertaining but memorable with talking letters running around the screen and putting the exponent in front and such like that. If a person watches a video like that, on the day of the test, they would be like "oh, I remember this, that L kept running around and moving the exponent to the front". There could be math-music videos, such as the carol of the bells "1, -1" piece you (Mrs. Johnson) came up with, but they could be videos with cartoons, as I mentioned before, or it could be a video with actual people in it, but an educational and memorable video nonetheless. We could even sing along to the math-music!
11/19/2010 01:58:28 am
A way to integrate technology would be to add to this blog spot, like a chat room so that we could just ask our classmates a quick question. I feel it would be easier to do it this way than the blog because it would be quicker and easier to get your point across
11/21/2010 01:35:32 am
A way to intergrate technology into the curriculum could be.... games. We could have a game with the classes competing to solve a math problem, and then if a class gets the problem right, we move them to the next level. So, whichever class wins gets something in return.
11/21/2010 07:47:14 am
I believe a way to integrate technology in our studies would be creating an additional link in the blog spot that allows students to create their own quizzes to test their peers and better prepare for the real quizzes and tests.
11/21/2010 02:13:42 pm
As many others have said before, technology is already heavily integrated in the math curriculum due to the smart board and this blog spot/website. To expand the usage of these technology devices I propose that we have a majority, or handful, of math teachers within the school videotape themselves teaching a chapter/chapter review and post it on a section of this, or another, website that is specifically dedicated to the videos. I feel that this would be a good thing to do because each teacher has a different teaching style and depending on the student's learning technique they find the lesson easier to comprehend by the way a different teacher explained the lesson rather than the way their regular teacher taught it. Also, if this suggestion is put into action, then every math student would benefit from these videos when finals come around because if they forgot how to solve a certain type of problem they would easily be able to go back and re-learn the lesson.
11/21/2010 05:05:44 pm
One way to integrate technology into the class curriculum would be to include additional links for practice quizzes and review problems on the website for extra practice outside of class. Also it would be great to have another blog where students can post and create their own math problems based on everyday situations (like the log problems). Although most students learn by practice and by their own experiences, seeing how other students create and work out problems can open them up to seeing different ways of thinking and problem solving.
11/23/2010 12:10:50 am
A way to integrate technology into classrooms would be using skype to interact with other schools from our district or from a different city or even state!
11/23/2010 09:28:05 am
One way TO integrate technology into the curriculum is to get each other's email addresses. Even though there is a blog spot, not many people are reluctant to respond to questions as quick. Since many people have a working email address, we could email each other questions and pretty close to immediate answers. Also, on Yahoo, I know there is chat thing, where people could have full conversations on math questions and doubts.
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Mrs. Johnson teaches math at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, IL.