The students did their final presentations on Monday. They had to create a video lesson over a statistics or probability topic, show us the video, and respond to the following:
· Why you selected the particular math content for the lesson.
· Which app or program you used and why.
· What you learned while creating the lesson.
· What you would do differently if you were to do it again or had more time.
The 11 students were divided into 4 groups. It was very interesting to me that each group used a different technology for their lesson. The following technologies were used: Knowmia, Educreations, Camtasia, and a webcam. Three of the groups presented with slides of material and audio added to the slides. One group was brave enough to actually put themselves on camera and do a demonstration.
All groups did a great job and learned a lot—the most frequent comment was that it took longer than anticipated. I think that one of their biggest takeaways from the course is the amount of time needed to use technology well in a math classroom. I do think that this year’s class seemed to be more hesitant to embrace technology. Several of them started the semester disliking technology and I think that they may feel the same way at the end of the semester. This concerns me and is something that I need to think about before the class next spring—how can I convince them that technology can be very effective in a math classroom and maintain the philosophy that technology should not be used simply for technology’s sake?
What should you expect in this class in Spring 2015?
· I think I am going to try to have students make an iPad app.
· I am going to somehow incorporate my new Da Vinci 3D printer.
· More blogging—and encourage them to think outside the box when they blog.
· I want to figure out how to create animated lessons.
As you can see, it looks like I will be busy learning between now and January 2015. One of the things that I love most about teaching is that I am always learning!