Task: 1.
Explore a few math websites that might get your students thinking. e.g.2.
Send the students to explore the Internet to find a math website that they think
they would benefit from. NB It sometimes helps to brainstorm possible search terms
before they begin. 3.
Have the children write a blog post review on the site they discover. The
review may contain comments in relation to: -
Why do you think this is such a 'cool math website'? - What knowledge is presented? -
How is this site better than traditional book learning? - How is the site presenting
skills in a way that couldn't normally be done in the classroom? - How has
the site made use of multimedia technologies? - Is the language used child
friendly but not 'dumbed down'? - Can you choose a level of skill to meet your
needs? - How might the site foster positive attitudes towards learning math? -
Does the use of graphics help you learn maths or distract you? - Is this a
website you can work on by yourself or do you need a way to check what you are
learning? 4. Create
your own class 'Star Rating System' to rate websites. Maybe you could use this
Book
Review Website I put together a few years ago with a class as a model.
5.
Invite other students from classes around the school and around the world to comment
on the student reviews. Just
a Little Aside - This is a great way to introduce class teachers to
the variety of math resources available on the Internet. It can show them a way
of 'working smarter not harder' and the task can also prompt a lot of discussion
on what constitutes 'Quality Teaching' in Mathematics. |