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Link to my Final Project

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1avkeFM7KfB01HMK41TSkvrEXf-Na91UQsM0iok6UP0o/edit?hl=en&authkey=COHxzsoC

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!

Responses for blog post?

Anyone get any responses yet from the blog posts you commented on for teachers in your specialty area?  I posted on two blogs, and both comments are still awaiting moderation.

Walking Tour of NYC’s Central Park!

NYC Walking Tour Central Park

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=214228500940990842348.00049c19cb8c7ab30fff5&ll=40.771474,-73.968372&spn=0.01781,0.027595&z=15

Walk North on East Drive toward Central Park Zoo

Walk Westward, cross East Drive.  Continue walking West as you enter the next Central Park walkway.  Soon, you can turn left into the Central Park Ice Skating Rink.

Continue Walking West from the Ice Skating Rink, and turn right on the Central Park Driveway.  Continue walking North on this road until you reach the Central Park Pinetrum.  If you like, you can stop for a meal at Le Pain Quotidien.

Continue walking North on Central Park Driveway, and turn right when you see the Naumburg Bandshell.

Continue walking North, cross 72nd Street, and then keep walking North until you reach the boathouse.

By: ichawla and barz28

Math Teacher Blog

1)      http://monkeymath.wordpress.com/

“Who Is Chimp Girl?”:  The first blog post I found on wordpress about a lady who is studying to become a math teacher.  She has a tremendous curiosity about the world, and as well as history and other academic subjects.  She knew that many people found math topics like calculus intimidating or boring, so she decided to try it out to see what all the fuss was about.  She fell in love with it, taking on the challenge, and that is how she decided to become a math teacher.  She is looking for new ways to deliver the material to students in a way that is fun and entertaining, even though it would still require a diligent effort on their part.  Since her son is a big fan of monkeys, he inspired her to start making word problems involving monkeys to make math problems amusing and entertaining, no matter how hard they are.  She plans to write about math concepts with monkeys as part of a major math project, and plans to do this with her son.  What inspired me to comment on her blog was her incredible passion and curiosity about math, people, and learning in general, and her desire to make math fun, which is something I am also looking to do.  As I just commented on her blog recently, asking her about what are some of the major lessons she learned for her teaching practice moving forward, and how she intends to deliver the material in a way that is fun and effective, I have not gotten a response yet.

2)      http://www.guidedmath.wordpress.com

“Dr. Nicki’s Guided Math Blog” : I also found this on wordpress.  I commented on this blog because I was fascinated with the diversity of tools Dr. Nicki included in the blog.  He says that he will include classroom pictures, links to helpful websites, and videos of sample lesson plans, and some lesson plan postings, to help math teachers looking to teach their students more effectively.  He also provides a space for math teachers to collaborate and learn ideas from one another in a sort of mastermind group where teachers can grow together. The other thing I was really intrigued with was that this blog was directed at teachers working to increase children’s mathematical proficiency in the classroom setting of small groups.  It was aimed at differentiating instruction and putting students together in small groups based on learning style, level of mathematical proficiency, and so forth.  It was also aimed at promoting a conceptual understanding of mathematics, not just a procedural one.  Since this is much of the topic of my study since last semester, at School of One where they work in small groups, as well as in two math education classes I am taking right now, I knew this topic would be very much in sync with what I am studying and looking to accomplish as a math teacher.  I commented on Dr. Nicki’s blog post telling him that I found his teaching philosophy and strategy very similar to that of School of One, and I asked him what are some of the ways he decides how to group students together, as well as some of the assessments he uses.  As I have just commented within the last five minutes, he has not responded yet.

Assgn 2 – Edmodo/School Binder

Edmodo:

One of the reasons why I would consider using Edmodo in my classroom is that I can get very disorganized with things when I’m using paper and markers, when it comes to handing out assignments to students, keeping track of every little thing, and getting everyone’s grades down in one book.  Also, my handwriting can get sloppy at times.  I feel that having so many books or so many records to keep track of on paper can get very cumbersome for me.  That is why I may like to use Edmodo.  I can have every assignment posted there, so that students can always check there to confirm what the homeworks are and when they are due.  In addition, I can record every single grade there.  I can keep track of the records of all my students.  This is a lot neater than having a bunch of papers lying around.  In addition, I can post important alerts and updates even if I’m not in class, and the students will see them when they check Edmodo.  The other thing I like is that it is great for use if I am teaching multiple classes.  I can create a different group for each class, and subgroups for different class periods, and students can log on to their respective groups.  Also, I can organize different files by category into their respective folders, and make handouts available to students on the site.  I do not see any drawbacks or anything that wouldn’t work for me on this site.  I can also connect with other professionals and colleagues on this site to share important teaching strategies, ideas, and updates.  I only see good that can come out of this.  In addition, it is professional, as it deals only with academics and education, so I don’t have to worry about my students trying to friend me like on facebook or other social media sites.

School Binder:

I also like School Binder because it offers the same benefits as Edmodo.  Actually, I like School Binder better because on Edmodo, I did not find a place where I can keep attendance, or have a class roster right in front of me.  On School Binder, there is a section on the right when you click on any class, where you can access the class roster, record and edit attendance, as well as keep track of grades.  Each aspect has its own link where you simply slick.  On Edmodo, it is a little harder to access any specific category.  In addition, I did not find anything in Edmodo that sends reminders when assignments are due.  Teachers have so many classes and assignments and students to keep track of, so an email reminder would be helpful.  If Edmodo does have a reminder option, they did not do a very good job of making it visible.  On School Binder, there is a clearly visible reminder option.  It creates flexibility because you get to choose how you want to be reminded- text message, email, on the website, or any combination of those.  When I get reminders, if School Binder gives me the option to automatically send reminders to my students, I would do that.  Otherwise, I would just send out a mass email reminder or some kind of public notice on School Binder.  This feels more organized that Edmodo, so I am picking this over Edmodo.

 

Cons of The Read Write Think Printing Press

Three cons of this tool:

1. Although it is a publisher, like microsoft word or similar applications, it is much more restrictive. A student may or may not have the choice of fonts that he or she wants or the colors that he or she wants. For simple assignments, this should suffice, but it does inhibit creativity.

2. Another con is that students are unable to use illustrations. Although the tool itself is colorful and the guide is illustrated, a student can include only one illustration per page in any of the options. This may prevent the student from feeling like their own project is really theirs if they cannot make all of the changes that they want.

3. The third con is really the fact that the student cannot save their work. It is really unsafe if the Internet drops  or they close their browser by accident. One mistake and a student may lose their work and not want to start the project over.