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Blogging In The Math Classroom


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This PowerPoint was the basis of my presentation at the 2007 Regional NCTM Conference in Richmond, VA.

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Blogging In The Math Classroom

  1. 1. Blogging in the Math Classroom Theresa Meade MathScience Innovation Center
  2. 2. What does this mean? <ul><li>An original post by Karl Fisch for a faculty meeting in August 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>It’s now been seen over 5 million times </li></ul>
  3. 3. What does it mean for you? <ul><li>What was your reaction? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we need to change? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of commitments do we need to make? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What does it mean for our students? <ul><li>How can they connect to the subjects we teach? </li></ul><ul><li>How will they communicate about learning? </li></ul>
  5. 5. NCTM Standards <ul><li>Instructional programs should enable all students to organize and consolidate their mathematical thinking; </li></ul><ul><li>communicate coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others; </li></ul><ul><li>analyze the thinking and strategies of others; </li></ul><ul><li>use the language of math to express ideas </li></ul>
  6. 6. Meeting the standards <ul><li>Traditional methods </li></ul><ul><li>21 st century methods </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why blog? <ul><li>It gives writing a purpose </li></ul><ul><li>It involves different learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>It can inspire students </li></ul><ul><li>Your students can inspire others </li></ul><ul><li>Students who don’t talk in class may be more willing to “talk” online </li></ul>
  8. 8. Uses of blogs <ul><li>Simplest format: tutor blog </li></ul><ul><li>Class blog: includes interactivity between teacher and students </li></ul><ul><li>Learner blog: individual space which showcases a group or a student and their work </li></ul>
  9. 14. Sites <ul><li>Many choices available </li></ul><ul><li>Think about your goals and school requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Check them out! </li></ul>
  10. 21. Issues to be aware of <ul><li>Acceptable use policies </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping parents informed </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewing policies before use </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching rules for non-posting of names, emails, and locations </li></ul><ul><li>Setting expectations for tone, respect, and consequences </li></ul>
  11. 22. Tips
  12. 27. Suggestions <ul><li>Don’t be afraid to try it out </li></ul><ul><li>Make your students responsible for learning </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your principal and parents informed </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage feedback </li></ul>
  13. 31. Questions? Thank you!