Team 4 Math Interactive App Stations

Team 4 could be labeled the queens of flipped classroom. They choose to tackle the depth and breadth of information relevant to math methods and strategies for students with mild/moderate disabilities via a series of short YouTube videos. Each trailer ran from 1 ½ to 8 minutes. For seven evening a trailer presented from different members of Team 4 discussed methods of teaching mathematics across k-12 spectrum. Classmates and instructor were to watch these videos to prepare for the formal math presentation. The creativity, professional quality and quick kernels of math procedures left us eagerly waiting for our next daily installation.

Upon entry to the course classroom the night of presentation by Team 4, I almost tripped into the classroom. No that night it was a totally different space. Our traditional classroom was nowhere to be found. The rearrangement of furniture, festive colored table coverings and piles of math manipulatives invited you into their presentation. Of course providing food put a happy face on everyone.

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The presenters announced that this presentation would be different than the other three. There was not going to be a formal discussion of the context of the text. Our flipped classroom evening trailers served as that part of the lesson. The overhead project and Keynote delivered lesson were nowhere in sight. We were put into teams of three and told to one of four stations to begin our journey into teaching math.

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Each team member sat at a table where a different set of math concepts and practices was laid out for our interaction with four math concept themes. I must confess it was hard at first to attend to each presenter as my eyes were fascinated with the assortment of interactive high/low technology resources. Of course the team monitor reminded us to get some food each time the chimes were played announcing the end that tabletop interaction.

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Almost without realizing it you were recalling the flipped classroom trailer concept related to a specific table. The relationship between specific iPad apps and other high/low tech resources to the concept being developed at each table became obvious.

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  1. In regards to math apps, I definitely avoid something like this:

    This app is called Wee Kids Math, from Ebooks&kids, and it is highly popular.

    Please see the image first by clicking this link:

    This is why I don’t like it: 5+3 ≠ 897
    Kids with special needs require far more practice to get the concept across, than students who are in regular education. Showing something inaccurate, imprecise or wrong to students who are in special education, may delay even more their acquisition of knowledge and comprehension. Not even for a second I would want to show them this, even if they knew the correct answer, which is 8. Perhaps if the 8, 9, and 7 were not aligned and in a different pond, it would serve a better purpose because the child might be able to choose the right answer in isolation, without seeing the incorrect display of 5+3=897.

    I look for apps that are very self explanatory, easy to use, and quick to understand. I favor apps that are customizable to meet each student’s needs and are more than just a game, the ones that develop thinking skills, language, or fine-motor abilities. Ialso look for those apps that are not too specific, because I see a need to target as many skills as possible at the same time. I go for the free version first, if I do not see a use for it, I throw it away. If I like it, I download the paid version which usually gives access to many more levels and features the free version does not.

    The iPad Program at USD has given me a great opportunity to work with students using many apps. “There’s an app for everything.” It allows an approach to learning through UDL, with visual, kinesthetic and auditory style which is a more efficient way to guide our students through understanding, learning, and creating.

    Let us not forget the meaningfulness of human contact, the significance of friends and the need we all still have for face-to-face interaction. We should be cautious in our use of technology, because we do not want to be disconnected from the world around us, or feel isolated.

    These are some of my favorite apps:
    Long Multiplication
    Code Squad
    Vittle
    Elevated Math
    Analogies for Kids
    Bugs and Numbers
    Telling Time
    Squeebles Fractions
    Squeebles Times Tables
    iLiveMath Africa

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