“Get the Math combines video and web interactivity to help middle and high school students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems. Drawing on conventions of popular reality TV shows, video segments begin with profiles of young professionals, who then pose challenges connected to their jobs to two teams of teens. Viewers are encouraged to try the challenges themselves using interactive tools provided on the Get the Mathwebsite before returning to the video to see the teams’ solutions”.
Video segments and interactive challenges focus on music, fashion, video games, restaurants, basketball and special effects. Permission to use images and link received 6/6/2012.
Survey Monkey is an online resource which enables secondary studentsand teachers to collect data, manage and analyse data. You can sign up for free on a basic plan but keep in mind, email address is required. Students can create surveys selecting a range of question types and survey templates. They receive responses via email and results can be analysed online. There are plenty of ‘ How to use Survey Monkey’ videos on YouTube.
I used Survey Monkey to present a unit of work based on eBay. As eBay is one of the top market places for buying and selling, I thought it would be engaging for students (please note, students don’t actually sell/buy anything on eBay). I would use the video below to engage students and they they used a PMI to analyse eBay before conducting their Survey Monkey tasks.
Here is a copy of the Survey Monkey tasks in SMART Notebook format:
“Charts and graphs are a great tool because they communicate information visually. On Onlinecharttool.com you can design and share your own graphs online and for free”. The site supports bar charts, pie charts, line charts, bubble charts and radar plots. Students select a graph type, insert data, add labels and fonts, preview and then share graphs. This site is ideal for Year 3 to Year 8 students. Permission to use image and link sites received 31/5/2012.
Funbrain Reading is a great site for middle and upper primary students of all ages. There are online books for the middle years which including Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinny and Camp Confidential by Melissa Morgan. Upper primary students will enjoy reading the online comics.
Funbrain also offers a range of interactive literacy and math games which are listed under year level categories. Image came from free to use animations at Heather’s Animations. Please support this website.
Math playground is a great site for middle and upper primary students. It contains a range of interactive math games, worded problems, videos and logic puzzles. Permission to use logo received by Colleen King 29/5/2012.