For the Find 5 this week I am taking a look at 5 different websites/technology tools that I use in the classroom with students on a daily/weekly/yearly basis. I have included the link for you to check out each one of these programs and play around a bit. I will warn you, most of the sites have a lot to do with Math
1). Schoology – This is a site that my entire district uses to communicate with students, parents, administration, teachers within the district and teachers all over the world using Schoology. The site is design to be as user friendly as Facebook, but focuses on the educational aspects of a website. On this site, I have classroom pages that contain notes, worksheets, test reviews, homework assignments, grades, announcements, etc.. for my students to see. They know if they are absent from class their first job is to check Schoology. I also use Schoology to share resources between other teachers. We can post and then use each others resources in the classroom. I can also explore what teachers in different states are using through their Group option. This allows teachers all over to share resources and communicate with fellow teachers about projects and assignments. I feel that the use of Schoology helps students prepare for High School and College when they will have to use sites similar to this such as Blackboard or Canvas to communicate with professors.
2). Kahoot – Let’s face it, most of us have used Kahoot on a regular basis. Even my 8th graders LOVE using Kahoot in the classroom. There are a ton of resources like games and quizzes that I can use as a learning tool in the classroom. I can use items already made or I can create my own. I have also had the students create their own Kahoot review as an assignment. It is extremely user friendly and gets students ready for the idea of Clickers in college. It may not be as prominently used as it was when I was in college, but definitely a good tool to have!
3). One Drive (Office 365) – Office 365 is used primarily by the students in my school. It is a great resources for them to be able to save documents, power points, excel spreadsheets, etc. without having to worry about carrying a flash drive around. The can log in through any internet connection and access all of their files instantly. This makes it incredibly easy for them to use multiple computers or IPads in different classrooms and not have a problem of not being able to find their files. I believe this resources allows students to try and stay organized with their projects and assignments. It shows them that having all of their files saved in one place can help them become more productive and spend less time trying to save files on multiple computers or flash drives.
4). GeoGebra – This is an awesome resource if you teach Geometry!! It has a ton of resources including graphing calculators and calculators in 3 dimensions that you can use in the classroom and students can access at home. There are resources created and shared by other teachers that you can use in your classroom based on the lesson. You can also create your own teaching resources. These interactive programs allow students to see how Geometry is used in the real world and really helps them see math visually. It also lets students view the technology behind the math as an occupation. It can spark an interest in them to possibly become a computer programmer who generates the algorithms needed to create programs like GeoGebra.
5). Desmos – This website works very similarly to GeoGebra. The only difference is that Desmos is not quite as specific to one type of Mathematics. I have used Desmos in PreAlgebra, Algebra 1 and Geometry. I tell the kids about the scientific calculator so they can use it for their math homework if they forget their own. The classroom activities provide the students with feedback on each problem. So it is almost like having a second teacher in the room as they are working. It also connects multiple students work together so they can see how other students are solving problems. It adds that visual and virtual side to mathematics which can allow students to make a deeper connection then they might with a traditional math lecture.