## our class community blog!

### Lesson Plan: Research and Writing for Publication

Final Project Lesson Plan

### Digital Storytelling

I ran across this article in Eye On Education’s blog.  It’s about using digital storytelling in the classroom and includes links to a lesson plan on collaborative storytelling.  You should check it out!  I thought it was pretty interesting.

### LaTeX

Slightly off topic, but:

For you math folks, I recommend learning $\LaTeX$. It is a programming language in which you can write math notation, and it’s very beautiful. And best of all (for this class), it works on WordPress! It’s not that hard to begin using. And it’s free.

For instance, compare this, written in normal font: f(x) =(1+2+3+4+5+1/2+2^5)/2

with this: $f(x)=\frac{1+2+3+4+5+\frac{1}{2}+2^5}{2}$

It requires a bit of skill and practice but I think the clarity and beauty of the fonts will make the time investment worth it in the long run. Please message me if you want to learn!

### Microsoft Excel Video

Hey guys!  I just added my video for the mid-session project.  It is on how to use some basic functions in Microsoft Excel.  I recorded it from right inside my computer using Cam Studio and my laptop’s built-in microphone to record my voice and my activities in excel.  Then I uploaded the video to youtube, and the link is at the top of this post.

Excel is a great tool to use for many different purposes.  It can be used in various math courses or computer courses to simplify calculations or to avoid having to repeat calculations for different sets of numbers.  It is also great for accountants or for people who are starting a business to keep track of your various expenses, income, taxes, and so forth.

As a teacher, excel is also a convenient tool to keep track of students’ grades, get the class average, each student’s average, etc.  This makes grading quick and easy as opposed to punching every grade in the calculator.  I would encourage you all to play around with excel on your own, or to get a CD that explains it in further detail, since there is a lot to learn from this tool in your computer!

### Resources

here are some resources to get you started…

• audio: if you don’t have a mac and garageband, you can download and useAudacity for free.
• if you are taking clips from youtube or vimeo, you can use clipnabber.
• if you want to convert file formats, you can use ffmpegX for mac or handbrake for mac and pc.
• Aviary is a great resource for free online ‘creation tools’, as they call it.

go through the Links page for more resources and please add tips, links, anything else to this list and the other list.

think about this: as we are gathering resources, does it make sense to have a links page and just list all of them? what are the different ways in which we can share these resources? delicious? wiki? other?

also, this might be of interest, and we can discuss in class if we get the time. take a look at the Technology Integration Matrix and tell me what you think. maybe even look to see what other people are saying about it. post comments, links, thoughts here.

have a great week!

### Classroom Tool

There are many websites available with fun math games for students to play, one of these is cool-mathgames.com. Games (in my opinion) are a big part of math class, and when they are online, we teachers can access so many different ones, for a variety of topics, without having to worry about materials.