# June 2011

## Final Impressions of ISTE 2011

This week we heard over and over again, “learning is an experience and if we make it a good experience kids will want to learn more.” How do we do this? In an earlier blog, a guest blogger – a high school senior – wrote, “The moment math became textbooks, instead of cute little printed […]

## Report from ISTE 2011

After two days of attending ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) here in Philadelphia, here are some of our thoughts. First, we’re happy that we did not have a booth. The Exhibit Hall feels like a completely different area than the rest of the space. The Exhibit Hall seems cold, noisy, tense, and commercial.

## Slip-sliding Away: A Summer Math Dilemma

Summer Slide. Brain Drain. Learning Leak. While it may sound like I’m describing a decaying water park, in reality these are terms used to explain the effect summer vacation has on young students and scholastic retention. If those terms don’t incite fear, they should. Students can lose more than two months of previous year math

## The First Steps in Developing Conceptual Understanding of Place Value

In an earlier blog I shared my concern about my eight year-old grandson knowing how to calculate the correct answer when adding two-digit numbers without knowing the value of the digits in the addends or sum.  But helping children understand place value is more than telling them which number is in the ones place and

## The Best Math Film Ever Made

As a filmmaker and art director I’ve always appreciated quality work. In college I worked at an educational film company where I saw the disparity between education film production and other types of production. Educational films usually got one ta discount soft cialis ke, simple titles, and not so talented writers and artists (college students

## Math Class: One Student’s Perspective

I was never a math person; I’ll put that out there first. The moment math became textbooks instead of cute little printed out worksheets, numbers just whirled above my head in a panic-stricken frenzy. Don’t get me wrong, I was never bad at math either. When I grasp a concept, it sticks. That’s the beauty

## Using Multimedia to Redefine a Word Problem

Traditionally, math problems have been posed on the static page of a textbook with all the data provided.  If students correctly plug the data into a given formula, TA-DA!  The correct answer appears.  But does this type of math instruction encourage a student’s intuition and teach the patience needed when faced with an actual life

## Wish I Had Elevated Math as a Kid. A Personal Tutor!

Learning math was really hard for me growing up because I had a language barrier and I was a visual learner. The public school system moves the students through the subjects really fast and I was a quiet child unwilling to speak up when the lesson was going too fast for me. I’d take my

## Calculators in the Math Classroom: In Memory of a Friend and Obstinate Student

Today I found out I lost a contemporary, a friend.  This friend, who once was a highly successful investment banker with a lucrative business, left an affluent lifestyle to pursue a degree in middle level education.  He wanted to make a difference.  He wanted to make an impact on kids’ lives.   He wanted to teach

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