(MT)^2 Presentation: What’s New In A Flipped Classroom

Whatever you do with technology, make sure it fits into your educational philosophy. In other words: determine your philosophy first, then find the tools to make it happen.

The above statement is fast becoming my motto. I thought it up as I was pulling together the notes for a presentation I gave this morning at the annual Middle TN Math Teachers Conference.

The first half was about the successes and difficulties I’ve had teaching in a reverse class setting. I demonstrated how easy it is to create a screencast using screencast-o-matic, and shared how much my students have liked them. We had a very good discussion on how students of different abilities might respond to a reverse classroom.

The second half of the session was devoted to some of my favorite teaching tools: namely, OneNote, Socrative, and FluidMath. I wrapped things up with some tips on how math teachers can utilize the web: get a Twitter account and use it to search math-related topics, use a newsreader like my.yahoo or iGoogle to gather the blog feeds of innovative teachers, or start writing your own blog!

I am more convinced than ever that the future of education is in individualized instruction for students. Every child is unique, and for us to expect that one teaching style and one pace will work for everyone does not make sense. I continue to pursue my goal of providing to each of my students the most appropriate learning experience for her needs.

If you would like to see all of my notes, I’ve converted them into a pdf file that you can download by clicking the link below:

2012 MTMT Presentation


My New Toy: FluidMath!

A few weeks ago, I downloaded and installed this new software called FluidMath. I think it is the most revolutionary tool to hit math and science classes since the graphing calculator. It is the first math software specifically designed to work on a tablet computer.

I haven’t had a chance to really explore all of FluidMath’s features, but I am so excited about it, I wanted to share a screencast showing some of the basic things it can do. It’s really amazing!

It’s Time To Think Rationally

This screencast is all about rational functions, where one polynomial divides another. It’s a fairly complicated process to sketch them, given all the asymptotes that show up when the denominator approaches zero. However, if you sit through this slightly longer than usual video, I show off my new toy: FluidMath! I’m planning on writing a post soon that displays more of its features, but I’m still learning the basics of it. I haven’t been this excited and impressed about math-related software since many years ago when I first saw Geometer’s Sketchpad on a Mac Classic.