Northwest Ohio Google Certified Innovator for Education Eric Curts delivers a great webinar on using Google Drawings for teaching math.
Eric takes viewers through the ins and outs of Drawings but excels when he starts to unpack Common Core standards and show practical activities for elementary teachers. The geometry examples are good but the fraction activity is really innovative.
The best laugh of today came from asking my iPhone’s Siri what zero divided by zero is. I won’t spoil it with her response. It’s something you will have to give a try. She would make quite the math teacher.
Matt, a fellow Google Certified Teacher, recently did a Hangout with Rebecca Vierya. Rebecca and Matt met at the Austin Google Teacher Academy and she shared some of the Android software she and her husband developed to tap into all of the power that phones and tablets possess but isn’t easily accessed for learning.
Roller Coaster – G-Force Meter, Linear Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Barometer
Proximeter – periodic motion and timer
Hygrometer – relative humidity
Thermometer – temperature
Magnetometer – magnetic field intensity
Light Meter – light intensity
Sound Meter – sound intensity
Tone Generator – frequency producer
Orientation – azimuth, roll, pitch
According to the developers, “Useful for education, academia, and industry, this app uses device sensor inputs to collect, record, and export data. in comma separated value (csv) format through a .txt file sent via an e-mail or through Google Drive. All analog data is plotted against elapsed time (or clock time) on a graph. Users can export the data for further analysis in a spreadsheet or plotting tool. The app also allows for a tone generator output.”
Through the user interface a number of the sensors can be used together for all kinds of different explorations of math and physics concepts in the real world.
On her own site, Rebecca has compiled a ton of links where the tools have been referenced at all levels of academia from elementary schools to higher education.