Once a year, my school division holds a division wide PD day. For some reason, I agreed to offer a presentation and once I did that, the stress was on. What topic do I do? Finally, I came up with my two favorites: math and technology. Ok. Topic done. Now, I need a fancy title and a description. Hmmm...How about..."Teching up the Math classroom". Well, it's not fancy but it works. Wrote out a quick description and sent it off. Now's the hard part. What do I want to include? It would have been so easy to include a list of Web 2.0 tools that I've used but I knew some people were attending because I use Smart Notebook Math and they wanted to learn that as well. I also knew some wanted to find out more about the virtual graphing calculator I use. Ok. Well, that's easy enough. Two topics covered. The calculator would be quick but I'd be able to spend all day on Math Notebook so I need to be careful not to go over board. But what else? Hmmmm....Another focus I wanted to cover was how to include review games using the smartboard that would involve everyone. Too many activities focus on only one student at a time. When I was on the SmartTech website, I found a Jeopardy game that was created using the Senteo clickers. Excellent! (We have 2 older students sets and 1 elementary set so I knew this would be a great addition to my classroom). But wait, what about the teachers who don't have Senteos? Easy. They could do it the way I do other review games. Students write their answers on mini whiteboards and hold those answers over their head all at the same time. I also decided to include another very basic review board game I had made up myself. No questions were included, just the board game but in class, I always made the questions up on the spot. This way, you didn't have to make up 25 questions like in the Jeopardy game.
So this is how my presentation went:
- Virtual Ti-83 Plus calculator and how to maximize it.
- Digital Cameras (and my sample "Lines in My Life" project)
- Screencasting software (Jing vs Screencast-o-matic)
- Jeopardy Game using senteos (Showed my Pure Math 30 Trigonometry Unit 1 game)
- Review Board Game (that I made up myself)
- Smart Notebook Math (spent a lot of time exploring these tools)
- My new Google Site for Math 10C. (Which I will use next semester as I'm not teaching Math 10C yet).
- We even talked about how to create an interactive whiteboard with a wii remote, bluetooth, special pen and a piece of softare.
Which reminds me, I promised them I would send them my notebook files of the presentation, review board game, Jeopardy games and Ti-83 plus virtual calculator software.
Will I present again? Probably. Each time I do it, it gets a little easier. I turn a little less green, pace a little less. Will they want me back is the question...and if they do, what on earth will I present about?