Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Integrating Technology into Math...Tune into Technology

I was super bummed that I didn't get to jump in on 
one of my favorite summer linkys last week.
I'm joinin' two of my favorite blogs,
for Tune into Technology.

As you can see by the button, this week's topic is:
Integrating Technology into Math

I do A LOT of Math in my class.
TWO HOURS worth of Math...
My kids do not do Math homework.
Yes, you read that right.
I haven't done Math homework in my room
for two years and it's worked out great, but 
that's a whole other post.

I do Math first thing every mornin'.
I call my kiddos over to my carpet area and they
spread out on the floor with their Math textbooks and binders...
with a perfect view to our SMARTboard.
I have written about this here and here before.

After we do a whole group lesson,
I split my kids into five flexible Math groups.
1) Desktop computers
2) iPads or laptops
3) Math games on the carpet
4) Small group at my teacher table
5) Independent/Group work

One of the things that I did last year was Math Journals
Since we moved to online Math standardized testin'
a few years ago in Florida, 
I thought it would be important to add in a component
this year for my students to be able to reply
to a Math journal prompt electronically.

I have battled back in forth between usin' a Google Doc
or just havin' them respond via email or Edmodo to me.
We use Edmodo daily for assignments, but I think my 5th graders 
need more practice with emailin'.
Each student in my district has their own email address.
I think it's good to switch up the programs you use often...or
the kids get bored with the same thing over and over.

I am pretty sure I'm goin' to try out the email first.
My reasonin'...
I can send out an email to each student and
they can send me a reply with their written/typed response.
This gives me the opportunity to add a comment back to them
without everyone else seein' what I've got to say.
Of course this is true with Edmodo too, but
like I said before...change is good.

I can use this idea in the desktop computer, laptop, or iPad centers.

These are the Math journals I use and what I wrote last year:

  I got the Math Journals from K-5 Math Teaching Resources
 They have journals for each grade level for purchase.  
They are Common Core aligned and 
so far I am really enjoying them.
I have the journal entry written 
in my lesson plans on my Planbook.  
I project this on my SMARTboard which is 
located in front of my teacher table.  
The kids copy the question and write an answer.  
After they are finished, they share the response with their group.

Now I can draft a few group emails to go out 
when I'm writin' my lesson plans. 

Also, I plan to keep usin' the followin' Math programs for home/school:
1) Study Jams Math-I use these little lessons and videos often
I use this list to keep help me plan and 
keep track of what we have watched.
2) Ten Marks-I love that I can go in and assign 
whatever skill or standard we 
are currently workin' on. 
3) XtraMath-Great for basic math fact practice 
and the kids love earnin'
the certificates from this program.
4) Learnzillion-Common Core aligned
5) Scootpad-individualized for each student.
6) Successmaker-the program my county uses for
Math & Reading.
7) Sumdog-the kids LOVE this site and really get into 
the competitions they offer.

 I also use a bazillion iPad apps...too many to list today. 
I can't wait to see what new stuff is out there
that I need to be doin' also!
I wish there was more time in the day.

Happy Tuesday, friends!


  1. I'm sure your students have tons of fun! You're right that kids get bored doing the same things over and over, even when they are using technology. I think it is great that you use so many different things too. I used xtramath with my kids, and although they didn't love it (practicing basic facts), it really helped their fluency.

    Technology Timeout

  2. Your math block sounds so FUN! Wow, I'm jealous that you get to spend 2 hours on math! I always change my mind about how I want my kids responding to me, but I agree that's good to change it up every so often. What is Ten Marks? Is it an intervention tool or for everyone? Do the kids enjoy it? Thanks for linking up, friend!:)
    iTeach 1:1

  3. Love how you're going to have them email you their math journal responses- that's awesome. My kids go on Xtra Math 2 to 3 times a week- I love the progress charts they give!


  4. Your math block sounds great! I am thinking of trying to do the small group work this year now that I have one year of expressions under my belt. I started using email at the end of last year and it was a great way to communicate with kids. :) Love all of your technology ideas! :)
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  5. 2 hours of math?! That's great! We ended up with about an hour and 45 minutes last year, but we were required to do 2 30 minute small groups period. I would love to know how you set up your math block.
    The Disneyfied Teacher

  6. I would almost kill to have 2 hours of math each day! I barely get an hour once all the interruptions are done!!

    There were a few websites there I will have to check out!

    Learning to be awesome

  7. I LOVE your math teaching "style"! Emailing the math journal entries is such a great idea and it is awesome that your kids have email addresses. I hope our district can jump on that bandwagon soon. Thanks for sharing!
    The Techie Teacher

    1. Thanks, Julie! I'm hoping it works because I know my kids can often get bored with Edmodo quickly if I'm not careful.

  8. Holy-Crabby-Patties--look at all these news sites for math. I've going to have to try them out. We love sumdog because it's so easy to just do refresher games too.

  9. 2 hours for math?? That is amazing! I bet your students love their math groups each day with all the awesome tech you include- so many great apps/links! I'm sure your students love getting emails back from you too about their work!
    Thanks for linking up with us!
    Aylin :)
    Learning to the Core

  10. Thanks for sharing so much detail on your math block. It gives me lots to think about as I plan for next year. I like how you have encouraged the journaling in math. Such a great idea to get them prepared for testing.

    I will definitely check out the sites you mentioned.
    Learning in the Little Apple

  11. Wow, your math block sounds fantastic! I love math, but I haven't taught it in a couple of years. If I ever go back to it, I will definitely be coming to you for some help!

    Forever in Fifth Grade

  12. I love the idea of emailing your students a math question! I was going to do something similar with Edmodo, but I like how emailing would be more private and just between you and the student. Me likey!!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  13. With going 1:1 ipads this coming year, I am going to have to figure out the best way to assess them quickly whether it is email or another application. I can't wait to hear how yours goes with email or Edmo. I also love your 5 groups/centers they split up into after whole group lesson. I will have to try this during my math RTI I do twice a week.

    Get Your Science on in Room 701

  14. Thanks for the list of math programs! Have you ever heard of Moby Math? We use that in our classroom. It's a great program for review and spiraling.

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  15. I am so jealous of you having two hours to teach math!
    Thanks for sharing your resources list!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  16. Wow that is a great list of programs that you use. I have only heard of a few of them. Do you have a bunch of iPads and Desktops in your classroom? I have two desktops (one of them is my teacher one and it is hooked up to my smart board) and an iPad that I received through Donor's Choose. :( I wish I had more... I can't believe you have 2 HOURS to teach math!! WAH! I am so jealous.

    Cassie Lea
    Funky in Fourth

  17. Great math sites. I have heard about Scootpad and Learnzillion, but I have yet to find the time to really check them out. It's on my list for this week. Thanks for sharing.

    Luv My Kinders

  18. I started using Sumdog some last year, but I definitely plan on using it more this year. Love seeing what the big kids are doing in math!
    Learning by the Seashore

  19. I love your idea of emailing students a journal prompt. You could even differentiate for different levels that way. I feel like I need to get my second graders used to typing responses on a computer since they will begin the online state testing in third grade. I'd hate for the third grade teachers to have to teach all the content and the typing skills.
    The Traveling Teacher

  20. I love how you have incorporated technology into your lessons! I would love to have a class full of laptops and ipads - but as of right now I only have 2 computers for students. I'm thinking of having a computer rotation this upcoming year and these are great resources to get started!

  21. Thanks for the math program ideas. I need to check out a few of these!

    A View Into My Classroom

  22. Thanks for sharing! I'm moving school districts and I'm not sure what kind of technology awaits me. But I am definitely going to check out the websites and would love to know what your favorite ipad apps for math are. No math homework?!?! I've heard of some schools doing away with homework. Such an interesting concept- I like it.
    Fifth Grade Wit and


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