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Increasing Student Interaction in
the Math Classroom Using Mobile
Apps
REVA NARASIMHAN
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS
KEAN UNIVERSITY, NJ
AMATYC 2017
List of Apps
 Google Classroom : classroom management app; ask questions in real time
and make assignments; requires google education account
 Google Forms and Sheets: available for free to everyone; use generic form
to record answers
 Remind Messaging App: text message students for free; not required to
collect phone number
 Desmos: mobile graphing app
Google forms for Question of the
Day
• Create a generic
Google form to
record answers to
questions posed on
the blackboard.
• Instantly review
answers to see where
students are having
problems.
• Use the Google
Sheets app to view
responses.
Google Classroom
 Instructor can ask question to
students in real time
 Instructor can view answers
 Students download free app
Remind App
 Easily text message students
 No cell phone numbers are revealed
 Easy way to notify students of class
delays, exam dates etc.
 Use in class to share links
Sharing links
via Remind
Allows students to
instantly access material
on their phones while
instructor is lecturing on
the material.
Exploring data
Exploring web resources
Source: Cengage Learning survey of 876 college instructors and 4,960 college
students , 8/2014, 9/2014
https://blog.cengage.com/smartphones-in-class-learning-tool-distraction/
Question of the
Day Responses
• These are written to
Google sheets
• Check answers in real
times and see what
students are having
trouble understanding
• Can use the same form
for different questions
Desmos Graphing
App
Desmos in class
• Phone app has more functionality than
graphing calculator
• Interactive sliders can be used to
investigate the role of parameters
• Set up a graphing activity in your
Desmos account and share via Remind
or Google classroom
• Incorporate into a Google form to
create interactive worksheets!

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Mobile apps

  • 1. Increasing Student Interaction in the Math Classroom Using Mobile Apps REVA NARASIMHAN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS KEAN UNIVERSITY, NJ AMATYC 2017
  • 2. List of Apps  Google Classroom : classroom management app; ask questions in real time and make assignments; requires google education account  Google Forms and Sheets: available for free to everyone; use generic form to record answers  Remind Messaging App: text message students for free; not required to collect phone number  Desmos: mobile graphing app
  • 3. Google forms for Question of the Day • Create a generic Google form to record answers to questions posed on the blackboard. • Instantly review answers to see where students are having problems. • Use the Google Sheets app to view responses.
  • 4. Google Classroom  Instructor can ask question to students in real time  Instructor can view answers  Students download free app
  • 5. Remind App  Easily text message students  No cell phone numbers are revealed  Easy way to notify students of class delays, exam dates etc.  Use in class to share links
  • 6. Sharing links via Remind Allows students to instantly access material on their phones while instructor is lecturing on the material. Exploring data Exploring web resources
  • 7. Source: Cengage Learning survey of 876 college instructors and 4,960 college students , 8/2014, 9/2014 https://blog.cengage.com/smartphones-in-class-learning-tool-distraction/
  • 8. Question of the Day Responses • These are written to Google sheets • Check answers in real times and see what students are having trouble understanding • Can use the same form for different questions
  • 10. Desmos in class • Phone app has more functionality than graphing calculator • Interactive sliders can be used to investigate the role of parameters • Set up a graphing activity in your Desmos account and share via Remind or Google classroom • Incorporate into a Google form to create interactive worksheets!