Last week Mrs Berry and I gave a presentation to teachers from the MOA Cluster, sharing ideas about how we enhance numeracy learning through ICT.
You can view the presentation slides here.
This is some of what we showed the other teachers:
Using Aurasma to demonstrate maths stages to students and parents. When you come into Room 8, grab an Ipad and hold it over our Maths Stages wall. Videos of the students will appear for each requirement of the strategy, demonstrating what it looks like. We hope this will help students to see what others are doing in the class, and encourage students to aim for the 'next level'. We are also using Aurasma for our artwork. When you hold an Ipad over our Greedy Cat artwork, you will see the students reading their stories to match.
I use the Educreations App for lots of things in Room 8, and one of them is for getting children to explain the way they solve a maths problem. Usually the children do this so they can teach a concept to other children. There is no better way to learn something than teaching it to someone else! Educreations gives children the ability to add in pictures, and audio. I have all our class Ipads set up with number lines and tens frames saved in the camera roll, so they can add these to help explain a concept too. The children use Scene Creator Apps to demonstrate a word problem. Here are some examples. In these videos they are explaining how to count on from the biggest number, using a number line.
How to use Educreations- Starring Lauren
I use QR codes in a number of different ways in Room 8. We have a QR reading corner and a QR wall with links to different websites. I also glue QR codes in the back of students books so parents and students can look at their digital work. A new way I have recently started using QR codes in maths, is to read aloud word problems to our young students, who are unable to read them independently. You can see an example of this in the above video. I use a website like vocaroo.com to record the audio, then qrstuff.com to turn the audio into codes.