Yet Another Posting About Manga High Math

The other day, as always, we were ending our class time…with Manga High math. This time, instead of a “game”, we were utilizing one of Manga High’s algebra challenges. As all of my experiences with Manga High, this one ranked somewhere near the top literally because of one student. I had a student who, even with jumping through multiple instructional hoops, I have not reached. In the semester that I’ve had him, he’s the one who has not “drank the mathematical punch”. In other words, what I’m selling, he’s not buying…until now. I started class by stating that the objective …

Video: Factoring Trinomials with MangaHigh and Smartboard

I wrote about Manga High’s new math games in an earlier post but I wanted to share the video. The game is called The Wrecks Factor and my students LOVED IT.  In fact, they loved it so much that I promised them individual lab time with it after spring break….Yep…they WANTED math work!! Of course, since we have a SMARTboard, we found all sorts of ways to really challenge each other as a class tackling multiple levels…The kids really do have to think and that is what makes Manga High even more powerful. Did I mention that it’s free?

Revisiting Manga High Math

Last year, I wrote a post about Manga High. Like then, I believe that it is plain and simply one of the COOLEST free tools available to teachers. As a high school teacher, it is especially encouraging to log in and see brand new activities and content geared toward upper math classes. In addition, every bit of Manga High is free. After utilizing some of Manga High’s activities during our 30 minute remediation period, it has become quite apparent that I need to get my students ready and fast…so that they can utilize their own logins. My high school students …

Real World Web2.0: Yep Kids You Can Totally Use This Outside of School

A little unknown fact about me is that teaching High School math is not the only hat that I wear. I am actually a freelance wordpress developer, brand manager, marketing consultant and social media expert at night. I like to think of it as my “bat man” cape. I literally get to teach with several web 2.0 tools by day and then use those same tools to help with brand development by night. One of my clients right now is a former NBA player turned actor/host/ Vegan expert, John Salley.  Our latest venture for his site was to ceate a …

SMARTBOARD QuickTip:Scanning Content IPad Style

There is a piece of technology that I do not have…A Scanner! Nor do I have an Elmo, so getting student work examples on the board can be quite challenging! However, the IPad 2 has definitely been a lifesaver in my classroom. I love love love Dropbox.com and the Dropbox app has been wonderful for getting snippets of work onto my SMARTboard for a little interactive makeover. This is especially useful when students are working on special projects and we need to quickly share. We just grab the iPad, take a picture and upload via the Dropbox app. In a …

Ennis Tech Camp: Livebinders with Rafranz

Yayyy It’s summer time. For many educators, this is a time to reflect and re-energize for the next school year.  However, for most of us, this is a time to train and re-tool. Every year my school district holds private tech camps for our staff. I have had the honor of being one of the presenters since the beginning of my career in Ennis. With Web 2.0 tools being a major point of focus, I decided to introduce Livebinders to our staff in both the June and August sessions. So in essence, I will be teaching a total of 6 …

Cool Tools for SmartBoards: Interactive Math

While scowering the web looking for interactive flash content, I came across a pretty nifty find and I wanted to share. Iamteacher.net  has some really neat math activities. They are all flash based and can easily be downloaded to use offline on SMARTboards. Whether you teach kindergarten or algebra 1, there’s a little bit for most math concepts. Like any other material that you use from the web, my advice is for you to play with it first and make sure that it fits your curriculum. To learn how to download swf files and insert into Notebook Software, watch the video …

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Guest Post: Animoto + ELA + Tupac = Powerful Self Reflection

The following post was contributed by Daphne Pesina, High School English Teacher: When I began my teaching career 14 years ago, I knew I could do two things: entertain my captive audience and teach kids what they needed to know to pass the state standardized test.  At the end of each year I survey the students to get some feedback on how I can improve as a teacher. I reflect on my performance and abilities as a teacher because I want to be relevant and connect with my students.  I find that my relevancy in lesson planning is directly related …

Free Interactive Geometry Textbook

Math Open Reference is a free open source interactive textbook. I’ve been referring to it in class for years because it works marvelously with my smartboard. I like to think of it as my own collection of  Geometer’s Sketchpad type applets that can be used for every concept…without having to create it myself. In addition, every main applet can be used in “full screen” mode, which looks and feels great when projected. I also list Math Open Reference as a site of reference for my Geometry students needing homework help. There is no greater moment than being witness to my …

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SMARTnotebook Tips: Download & Insert Swf Games pt. 2

I’ve never even heard of Hooda Math games until I started reading the entries on Kathy Schrock’s awesome sharing method for her Lenovo Thinkcentre M90z giveaway. Quite a few of the games on Hooda Math  are pretty good and will be excellent on SMARTboard. However, I do not like to play or display games to children that include so many ads…especially ads that are more “adult” ads like pay day loans and other financial ads.