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Is learning math getting the answer the book gives when it’s wrong?

May 31, 2014


So we’re having this lively discussion on LINCS about that “challenge problem.” Nobody can tell me why the bases have to be the same… but they’re all gamely trying to “help me understand” how to get to the solution. Dudes.   I understand five different ways to get to the solution given. All of those […]

Yet another challenge problem…

May 30, 2014


Add one number to each column of the table so that it shows a function. Do not repeat an ordered pair that is in the table. Here are the numbers you may choose from: 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 18 x y 5 5 2 18 9 12         Let’s have fun […]

Newt Time!

May 30, 2014


Feeling like a newt who’s laid eggs in several ponds. Just posted my narrated powerpoint about “finding perimeter with parts and wholes” to  …  … haven’t looked at the App of Doom in 2 days… … have only started thinking about the planning for a Java version of the same kind of thing (but excited […]

Challenge problem

May 29, 2014


The area, A, in square inches, of a parallelogram with a height of 4 inches is given by the equation  A = 4L, where L is the length, in inches, of the base of the parallelogram.  The table shows the area, M, in square inches, of a triangle with a height of 4 inches and a base of p inches. p (inches) M (square inches) […]

Screenshot, Mary Ellen Carter Academy

May 27, 2014


Yes, one of my summer “to do” items is to find a different host for my site… but I’m also following Kathy Schrock on Twitter (yes, I remember when she was getting started and “ed tech” was a wee bairn…) and there’s a contest for doing stuff with Office products. Must say that while I […]

Another Screen Shot

May 26, 2014


I honestly wish I had a few more clues about user friendliness, but here’s today’s efforts. I learned that it crashes if you are going to write text on top of text, or maybe sometimes, but it doesn’t mind writing text on top ofdrawings. *Maybe* you can’t refer to something that’s later on in your […]

Screenshot from the App of Doom

May 23, 2014


I’ve got the slider working, but now I need to think in that foreign language — the visual — so that this isn’t just some nicely colored blobs. I think my plan will be to figure out the other necessary “make it an app that works” logistics before diving back and trying to get it […]


May 22, 2014


Successfully combatted the dawdle demons and … got my “seekbar” slider to change the value of my minuend.  Now… to figure out how to get it to chagne the drawing, too.  There were seriously undelightful moments when I got error messages for trying to make a listener… did, undid, did, undid… and I have no […]

More Conference NOtes…

May 21, 2014


Take home thoughts from #fsi2014 (faculty staff institute 2014, at University of Illinois) 1.  Conference sessions are not swimming pools or middle school classrooms.   You *can* stop watching them if the technology needs a nudge.  I should have focused entirely on my computer because yes, of *course* it has a headphone jack.   It […]

Learning right now….

May 21, 2014


So… lots of these sessions use technology to even begin.   Incorporating learning to do that can make the difference between feeling like you learned some new tech and feeling utterly disengaged because half the folks can get stuff to work and half can’t.   I’m thinking that you say what you’re using and see […]