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What’s Your Angle?

Posted on : 12-05-2010 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : Geometry

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The websites:

banana-huntThese sites focus on two angles concepts:  Estimating the size of an angle when given its measurement and estimating the measurement of an angle when shown its size.

Classroom Applications:

1.  Begin by selecting Show the Angle.  Use this application to explore the relative size of angles and to work together to establish “benchmark” angles to guide the estimation process.  For example: Is the angle less than 90 degrees?  Is the angle between 90 degrees and 180 degrees?  Help your students to develop the concept of the size of ten degree increments.

2.  Click Teacher Controls.  Choose Make the Angle Game.  Use this application to practice creating an angle to match the given measurement.  Use a think aloud for the first problem.  Answer the problem while explaining the reasoning behind your answer.  For the next few questions, have students draw their angle estimations independently or in small groups.  Then have them share the strategies they used to determine their estimations.  Finally, choose one student to answer for the class.  (You may want to skip the think aloud if you want students to come up with their own estimation strategies and not be influenced by your demonstration.  Be sure to share and discuss the strategies as a whole class.)

3.  Click Teacher Controls.  Choose Estimating up to 90 or Estimating up to 180.  Have the students estimate the angle measurement of the given angle individually or in groups.  Have them explain their thought process.  Then choose one student to answer for the class.

4.  Click Teacher Controls.  Choose Make and Measure.  This could be used for a partner activity at a center or as a whole class activity by dividing the class into two different teams.  Have the first team create an angle and measure it with the protractor while the second team is not watching.  Then, have the second team guess the angle measurement and then measure the angle to check their accuracy.  A few suggestions for game rules:  The angles created must end in 5 or 0.  Rarely will the students guess the measurement with 100% accuracy so a point system that allows for close answers works well.  3 points for 100% accuracy.  2 points if the estimation is within 5 degrees.  1 point if the estimation is within ten degrees.

The last two websites can be used as whole class practice, by groups during center time, or by individual students on computers at school and at home.  The second website asks students to set the angle of a laser beam to destroy an alien spacecraft.  It is a nice introductory activity since the angle measurements are in 10 degree increments.  The third website asks students to help the monkey find the banana by creating an angle with the given measurement.  This site is more challenging since all 360 degrees are used.

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#Follow Friday These Blogs…..Pass It On

Posted on : 07-05-2010 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : Uncategorized

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blog-award1Last week, I was honored to be receive an award from Alexandra Francisco who writes the Zarco English Tool of the Day Blog found here: http://zarcoenglish-tooloftheday.blogspot.com

The award was created to spread the word about blogs we personally hold in high regard.

For those I am awarding below, here are a few rules to follow: 

1- Copy and display the picture of the award given to you;

2- Link back to the blog that nominated you;

3- Nominate 10 different blogs yourself;

4- Inform the people you nominated, so they can in turn, continue the chain and spread the word about other great blogs out there.

Here at the Interactive Content Corner, I am focused on sharing online interactive content and ways to integrate that content into classroom instruction.  These blogs support that mission and help me on my personal learning journey.  I highly recommend:

iLearn Technology http://ilearntechnology.com/ by Kelly Tenkely @ktenkely

Sharp’s Audio Visual Blog http://sharpsav.com/blog/ by Vanessa S. Cassie @vanessascassie

ROTA:  Reading Teachers Online Arsenal http://rtoa.us/wp/ by S. Johnston-Robinett @sharnon007

Teachers Love SMARTboards http://smartboards.typepad.com/ by James Hollis @jameshollis

Bright Ideas http://slav.globalteacher.org.au/ @brightideasblog

Bits and Pieces Place http://2sparkley.edublogs.org/ @2sparkley

The Education Technology Blog http://www.educationtechnologyblog.com/ by Jonathan Wylie

Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom  http://primarytech.globalteacher.org.au/ Kathleen McGeady @kathmcgeady

The Whiteboard Blog http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/ Danny Nicholson @dannynic

Edge 21 http://cffmv.blogspot.com/ Thomas Boito @xmath2007

Thank you for your contributions, and I look forward to reading your recommendations!

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Ten Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Interactive Whiteboard Content

Posted on : 30-04-2010 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General

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After a two month break, The Interactive Content Corner is back with a renewed commitment to sharing quality online resources coupled with realistic ways to integrate them into your instruction.

Before we continue to feature free online content, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the fact that not all of the content you need for your classroom is free.

Before you attempt to navigate the rapidly increasing number of paid content choices, check out this post from Interactive Whiteboard Insights titled: Ten Questions You Should Ask Before Purchasing Interactive Whiteboard Content

Then download the Interactive Content Evaluation Checklist (1620) to assist you in choosing the right content for your classroom.

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Early Spatial Relations

Posted on : 21-01-2010 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : K-2 Math, K-2 Spatial Relations

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The Websites:

Classroom Applications:

Practice spatial relationships with your students using all three websites which contain freely movable objects.

Whole Class Instruction:  Teach directional words by moving an object on screen and asking your studentAnimals Onlines to describe where the object was placed in relation to another object.  For primary students, use this as an opportunity to simultaneously reinforce and review colors.

Reverse roles, and have your students move an object in relation to another object according to your stated directions.

Arrange two objects in relation to one another.  Ask your students to guess the relationship between the two objects.  This encourages students to consider multiple ways objects may be positioned in relation to one another.

Online Comics In The Classroom

Posted on : 13-01-2010 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : 3-6 Reading

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This post was inspired by Susanna’s post at Living-Learners about using comics in the classroom:

http://livinglearners.blogspot.com/2010/01/using-comics-in-classroom-and-have-your.html

The websites:

Classroom Applications:

Make Belief ComicsCreating online comics is a great way to have your students apply their knowledge of reading concepts to a project they can share with others.

1. Challenge your students to summarize a story they have read in a comic. Use the three panel form as a “beginning, middle, end” summary format.