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What it is:  Today I was truly inspired by a fellow blogger.  Mike Summers is relatively new to the educational blogging scene and even relatively new to the education scene, but as I read his posts I was inspired for change.  Mike has written 23 posts and after I read his first three I couldn’t help but spend the next hour (and every 5 min. break between classes) to read all 23.  As I read the posts on his blog, SM@RT Education Technology Services Inc. Education 1 to 1,  I kept saying aloud, “exactly! This is right on with what I have been thinking, this is what keeps me up at night.”  After getting through about half of the posts it was time for lunch, I joined my colleagues in the teachers lounge and reiterated what I  had been reading.  It started an amazing discussion with those who were present.  When I finished reading I was ready to take on the world.  If there are so many like-minded educators and people who are passionate about education succeeding, why are we stuck in the rut we are in? How to integrate Education 1 to 1 into the classroom:  This is a blog that you should take the time to read and respond to.  I am passionate about technology and technology integration in the classroom, but I know that putting the best technology in the world into the classroom is not going to change education.  Education needs to change on a foundational level.  We need to transform the way we are teaching from the 3 R’s  “RAM, Remember, Regurgitate” and teach our students how to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively.  We need students who are problem solvers.  Technology is always going to feel forced in the traditional classroom because it invites students to create, solve problems, and work together.  In the traditional classroom technology acts as a replacement for a chalk board but does essentially the same old thing.  It may be  more visually appealing but it is not transforming our students.  (More of this in my next issue of iLearn ezine…taking longer to complete than expected!)  Read Mike’s blog, it will inspire you, it will change the way you approach technology, your students, and your classroom.  Next, start a conversation with other educators.  There has got to be a way that we can change education and shape it into something that we can be proud of.  Something that will benefit our students and make them better human beings.  Isn’t that why we entered education in the first place?   Tips:  I would love to hear from those of you who read Mike’s blog, what do you think, did it start conversations?      Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Education 1 to 1  in your classroom. window.google_render_ad();

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Story Math: Storytelling and Math

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, Create, Evaluate, Interactive Whiteboard, Language Arts, Math, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Understand (describe, explain), video, Websites | Posted on 02-11-2012

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What it is: Story Math is a portion of the Hey Math! website.  Story Math is a collection of 3 activities that use storytelling to present math in a new way.  Students take part in the interactive stories to discover math in new ways, help them learn new math vocabulary and understand concepts more completely.  There are currently three story activities available on Story Math: Mystery on the Block (students join the Premium Private Investigators and discover that geometry holds the key to the mystery of the missing kittens); The Perfect Arrangement (where students are introduced to permutations and how one clever lady uses math to subdue some squabbling scholars); and A Suitable Partner (where students engage in river-crossing puzzles to help Cammue pass the King’s test and marry Bindu).

How to integrate Story Math into the classroom: Storytelling is powerful!  I believe that we are all wired for story. We yearn for it, it helps us to connect with the world around us.  Story Math takes the power of storytelling and applies it to math.  Through story, students see math concepts unfold and discover connections between math concept and math application.  In addition to the story, Story Math includes games and activities where students can practice putting the math they have learned to the test.

Story Math makes a great introduction into new math concepts.  Story Math can be used whole-class with an interactive whiteboard or projector-connected computer.  Students can take turns reading (mute it for this option because the text is read automatically).  The story can be paused along the bottom while students discuss the stories and the math in the stories.  Each story invites interaction, provide students with an opportunity to interact with the story.  After the story, discuss what math connections were made.  How can they be applied?  What new vocabulary was learned?  Follow up with the games/activities on classroom computers as a center activity, or again as a whole class on the interactive whiteboard.

Want to do one better?  Show your students Story Math, ask them to explore each of the stories and make notes about the math concept introduced, the vocabulary and the story.  Then have students take a math concept that they are learning, and ask them to create a story of their own.  The first thing they should do is decide on the math concept they want to teach and the vocabulary that is associated.  Next, they should create a storyboard of what will happen in their story.  Finally, they can create the story animation using a tool like GoAnimate, Kerpoof Movie, Zimmer Twins or an app like Sock Puppets or ToonTastic.

Tips: The stories on Story Math take a few minutes to load. They are flash based and require a little patience for the first load.

Leave a comment and tell us how you are using  Story Math in your classroom.

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Comments (3)

I will definitely check out Story Math! Thanks for sharing this, and all the wonderful resources you post. I always open your emails wondering what I will learn about next! :)
I have used GoAnimate and had my students create story problems of their own, they love it!

Thank you Lisa! Hope the kiddos have fun with it!

Story math is a very interesting concept that enhances learning in the students. It can make one of the most dreadful subject appear easy and fun to kids. A similar concept of using Theatre in Education has been adopted for teaching primary students. Farak.net team interviewed this teacher and tried to learn more about this teaching technique. Here is the link to it
http://www.farak.net/pages/FeaturedTeacher.html

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