Monday, October 23, 2017

Secondary Math Card Sorts with Desmos

Card sorts are a good way for students to interact with their learning by grouping concepts that relate to one another, such as vocabulary, geometric figures, graphs, functions, etc. In addition to the sort, it is always best to add high-order questions to engage the students into explaining their reasoning for the groupings. 

Desmos, which started as an online graphing calculator, has advanced into interactive activities, with already made content for: conics, exponential, expressions, functions, inequalities, linear, linear systems, modeling, quadratics, and transformations. 

In the past, I have made all of my card sorts using Google Slides and I will continue for non-math related content. For math, however, I will use the card sorting feature in Desmos, which I learned about from an amazing colleague, Meghan Hill.

Here is a quick video from Desmos that shows how it works. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cropping YouTube (Or Google Drive) Videos in Google Slides

Google Slides has video options available, so when you put in a YouTube or Google Drive video you have the ability to have only a select portion of that video play. Here is a quick two minute tutorial on how to make it happen. 

Video was made no judgement. ;-)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Exit Tickets

Exit tickets are a great way to discover how students are feeling about a lesson and what concepts they understand or still struggle understanding. Here are three different Google Form exit ticket templates you can use with your students. 

Template #1: Make a Copy Here

Template #2: Make a Copy Here

Template #3: Make a Copy Here

Monday, September 4, 2017

Creative Expression Ideas for Writing

Writing doesn't always mean full essays or research papers. In fact, writing should be taking place in all content areas and should surface in many different forms. Here are some fun creative expression ideas students can use to showcase their learning. 

If you have additional ideas, include them in the comments.