Interactive Math Comics with Pixton and Thinglink

With testing on the horizon, within days, we are doing a massively insane “summit” to address the needs of our students taking the Geometry EOC. Using feedback from our students, I’ve worked tirelessly to design their online learning platform so that we maximize their ability to learn what they need in a more individualized format. With that said, I am ALWAYS open to try new cool tools to get ideas across in ways that our kids have not seen. Enter Pixton. Pixton is a free social comic strip creation platform. It’s also in the Chrome app store, which I LOVE. …

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Blind Visualization #BeyondTextbooks

My thoughts after the Discovery Education Beyond the Textbook Forum… Why does a company, that has two other subject-area techbooks in place, bring a group of people together to prototype something vastly different? The race to be innovative is one that starts from an unknown space because it has to be that way to be truly innovative. At any given time, we could have been given access to the science or social studies techbooks but we weren’t. We could have analyzed the “bone structure” of the techbook design that already existed but we didn’t. Instead, we went with the “blind …

#BeyondTextbooks – Changing the Culture of Thinking in Math

Next week, I will be participating in the  2nd Beyond the Textbook Forum at Discovery Headquarters. I was invited along with a group that represents classroom teachers, consultants, professors, IT Coordinators, administrators, authors, and just about everything in between. To be amongst this group of invitees is for me, the equivalency of being invited to the dinner table with the biggest rock stars imaginable. With that said, the focus of this event is not a “social” one but one of extreme importance in terms of the future of math education and I cannot wait to have a voice in this conversation. …

#Stuvoice Matters in the Digital Math Textbook Conversation

In the spirit of preparing for active participation in the Beyond the Textbook Forum for Discovery Education, I felt that it is highly necessary to reach out to the students at my school and also include their thoughts as to what their ideal digital math textbook should be. Below is the google form that I will be using. What I really appreciate most about this event is that teachers are included in the process. How often are we given tools that seem as if their creator had never been in a classroom? In addition, since the “textbook” serves as more of a tool …

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Going Beyond the Textbook in Math

Less than two weeks from now, I’ll be traveling to Discovery Education HQ in Maryland to participate in the Beyond the Textbooks forum with a group of educators that I vehemently admire. To say that it is an honor to be a part of such an important event is an understatement. Together we will be taking a hard look at the current state of textbooks and idealizing what the future of textbooks should be…TECHbooks, that is. Our focus will be on Discovery Education’s newly announced math techbook. The State of Digital Textbooks Today I have access to several different “digital …