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# Math & Science Apps

## on Feb 16, 2011

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iPod Touch Apps for our pilot K-5 Math & Science

iPod Touch Apps for our pilot K-5 Math & Science

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• All of the iPods in this pilot are formatted exactly the same. Each iPod has 11 different screens. This is the first screen. It contains iPod basics like email, calendar, camera, calculator, clocks, etc.To move to the next screen, you swipe your finger across the screen from right to left.
• All of the iPods in this pilot are formatted exactly the same. Each iPod has 11 different screens. This is the first screen. It contains iPod basics like email, calendar, camera, calculator, clocks, etc.To move to the next screen, you swipe your finger across the screen from right to left.
• These apps are for students in Pre-K through 1st grade. We won’t look at these today. I put them on your iPod because I believe one of the best ways to narrow the achievement gap in math is to address students gaps early. Hopefully one day we can partner with the early grades on this.
• Each of these apps focus on basic facts for + - x and division. Often you can select which operation to use, and some apps time students or track their progress.
• These apps practice multi-digit operations. The apps include traditional algorithms like column addition or long division. Better yet, some apps use Everyday Math algorithms that reinforce place value and meaning, such as partial sum and partial product.
• Fractions are the continental divide of elementary mathematics. Some students are able to apply all their previous learning of place value, numeracy, facts, and computation to understand fractions. Some kids are not able to do this, and they need more concept building. This screen has many apps about fractions, but the ones that use number lines will best prepare students for later learning.
• This screen pulls together many concepts that develop place value and number sense. The first row of apps all compare numbers. The first one is whole numbers only, but the others progress to fractions, decimals, and percents. The measurement, time, and money provide practice with real life skills. “Telling Time” includes elapsed time and “Bills and Coins” includes making change. This is a nice way to practice those important concepts.
• This screen is for students who need have mastered facts and are solid in computation. These apps require students to apply that knowledge to solve complex situations. These apps also provide some motivational practice for students who are still working towards mastery of facts.
• These apps are for students who are ready for challenges beyond in-class concepts. Each app starts accessible and then becomes more difficult. The GREEN “Math Contests” are the questions. The BLUE “Math Contests” have the answers. Students can check their own work.
• The exploration and training for these apps will occur in a future workshop. You are welcome to take a look in advance.
• These are apps we will use to develop our professional knowledge. We will explore each one this afternoon.
• You will have time to explore the apps on each screen. I have given you a chart of each app. There is room for you to add your personal notes that will help you remember details about each app. We will do this for each screen on your iPod.
• You will have time to explore the apps on each screen. I have given you a chart of each app. There is room for you to add your personal notes that will help you remember details about each app. We will do this for each screen on your iPod.
• These are apps we will use to develop our professional knowledge. We will explore each one this afternoon.
• You can search for something specific. Every now and then, I just scroll through the descriptions to see what new resources are available.
• Education Week is the best source of education news. Huffington Post is a great place for the debates that are current in education.
• Select the news sources you want to add to your newsfeed on Facebook. Go to Education Week’s Facebook page and “like” or “follow” it. Education Week is a MUST. This is THE source for education news in the US. You can follow other news on Facebook such as DonorsChoose.org or other professional organizations.
• In my 20+ years in education, I have had 2 transformative experiences. The first was my master’s degree in math and science from Johns Hopkins. What made that transformative is that 30 of us were chosen from Montgomery County Public Schools to be trained as leaders in math and science. All 30 of took all of our classes together as a cohort. That consistent and ongoing grappling with ideas with other passionate educators shaped my future. My 2nd transformative experience is Twitter. Like my Hopkins cohort, it provides consistent and ongoing grappling with ideas with other passionate educators.

## Math & Science AppsPresentation Transcript

• Math & Science
Apps For Our
iPod Touch Pilot
kbeane@somsd.k12.nj.us
• Screen #1
iPod Basics
These 4 will be at the bottom of every screen
• Screen #2
Primary Math
Look, the same 4 are still at the bottom
• Screen #3
Math Facts
The third dot is bright because you are on screen #3.
• Screen #4
Operations
4th dot is bright. Screen #4.
• Screen #5
Fractions
5th dot, 5th screen.
• Screen #6
Number Lines
Measurement
Time
Money
• Screen #7
Problem Solving
• Screen #8
& Equations
• Screens #9 and #10 we will use for science.
• Screen #11
Professional
Resources
• Let’s start on
Screen #3
Math Facts
You will have time to explore the apps. You should consider the strengths and weaknesses of each app. Also consider who should use each app.
• Some apps have settings or and “I”
that let you adjust difficulty or content
• Screen #11
Professional
Resources
• EduTecher
A clearinghouse for internet resources for education.
This is where I found Livebinder!
• Huffington Post
Education