Tuesday, September 9, 2008
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Visual Fractions has eight categories of visualizations, lessons, and games for students to explore and learn the functions of fractions.
Fraction Bars developed by Albert Bennett has interactive activities and visuals for students to use to develop an understanding of fractions. One of the activities that I tried out had students drag fraction bars into an equation to test solutions.
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives has a lot of interactive activities for students learning the use of fractions, addition and subtraction, and the multiplication of fractions.
Applications for Education
As many readers of this blog know, I am a big proponent of using blogs to provide students with learning opportunities outside of the classroom walls. Embedding an RSS Mixer feed into a blog could be a good addition to the blog of any teacher discussing current events in their curriculum.
In this episode I share a conversation that has been reoccurring throughout the last couple of years in my department meetings. What are we going to use our limited budget money for? Until recently, I’ve always argued for not upgrading textbooks every couple of years and instead save the money to invest in technology resources. But last week I joined a conversation on Michael Wesch’s blog that forced me to look at the arguments again.
This episode was recorded using the drop.io voicemail service. It’s an easy way to create mp3 voice recordings. After recording the message I dragged it into Garage Band to edit and add the intro and outro music.You can listen to the episode using the player embedded below or use the player embedded in the right hand column of the blog. The player in the right hand column of the blog will also provide you with my previous podcast episodes.