Journal Review: A Comparison of Traditional Homework to Computer-Supported Homework

Colleges are already using web-based homework, and it is gaining popularity in K-12 classes. With more schools going one-to-one, the opportunities for online homework increase.  This study in the article A Comparison of Traditional Homework to Computer-Supported Homework looked at 5th grade math students with a goal to see if completing their math homework with…

Journal – Student Techs Command the Help Desk

I have been intrigued by a student led help desk since hearing about the concept.  In the article They’re Taking Requests: Student Techs Command the Help Desk, Jennifer Demski details her experiences with a student run help desk.  The students are able to fix problems with tech, update teachers on tech tools, or they look…

Journal – Developing Science and Mathematics Teacher Leaders through a Math, Science, and Technology Initiative

Teachers are inherently leaders.  However, the leadership is oftentimes only demonstrated in front of students and not with other educators.  The article Developing Science and Mathematics Teacher Leaders Through a Math, Science, and Technology Initiative detailed an initiative to build up teacher leaders.  The goals of the initiative were to increase content and pedagogical knowledge,…

Journal: Effects of Blended Instructional Models on Math Performance

Students who were taught in a blended learning environment outscored students in a ‘traditional setting’ according to the article Effects of Blended Instructional Models on Math Performance.  The experiment that was administered tried to determine the effect of blended learning as compared to ‘traditional learning’ specifically with fraction computations as well as their problem solving…

Blog: The impact of open resources on schools.

Open Resources can have a huge impact on schools.  Having access to open resources can change how teachers plan for school, what teachers do in school, how teachers assess students, what students bring to school, what students do in school, and what districts spend money on. Having open resources allows teachers to search and find…

Journal Entry #1: Embedded Blended Learning within an Algebra Classroom: A Multimedia Capture Experiment

  The journal article Embedded Blended Learning within an Algebra Classroom: A Multimedia Capture Experiment discusses ways that technology can be implemented in the classroom.  One point in the article described some schools being built to facilitate computer-based curriculum, despite the fact that some people are not assured that student learning will result from implementing…

Article Review:Calculator And Computer Technology User Service by Hartley Hyde

WolframAlpha is a computation knowledge engine.  There are many uses for WolframAlpha – on the website, the list includes mathematics, step-by-step solutions, words and linguistics, chemistry, people and history, art and design, engineering, food and nutrition, and computational sciences, to name a few.  Hartley Hyde decided to dive a little deeper into WolframAlpha with his…

Article Review: Virtual Toolkit by Jane Shields

  The article Virtual Toolkit by Jane Shields described four digital resources for teachers.  They are Kahoot, Kiddle, Learning Potential, and Trove.  All of these resources are free.   Kahoot is an online game-based learning experience in a group setting.  There are tons of preexisting Kahoots, or teachers can make their own to suit their needs. …