Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Interactive and Engaging With "Hooda" Math - Word - Brain

There are some very creative, engaging free math tools available for students at all levels.  I love that people share new "finds" and I will keep blogging about ones that fit my "keeping it simple" criteria.  I know how frustrating it is when directions are missing or the games don't work the way you expect. 

Created by a middle school teacher, Hooda Math is easy to use and has well-designed interactives, games, tutorials, and movies on a number of topics for older grade students.  There is really something for all grade levels on this site.  The developer, Michael Edlavitch, created these free games to engage students in learning math through play.  You will find games, tutorials, worksheets to support the games, and movies on math concepts.
The games can be used for skill development, home learning, lab activities, or in afterschool programs. 
On the math games tab, you will find geometry, arithmetic and logic games.  They range from early elementary to middle school level. 

I love the Smartboard Games page.  Teachers who use IWB's should check out these interactive lessons. 

 In addition to the math site, you will also find
Hooda Word with reading, typing and word games. Also, Hooda Brain.
This site really offers something for all teachers and is worth exploring.  I think you will find it a quality site for your students.

Start exploring and find one game or tutorial that will work for you and try it with your students.  They will let you know whether or not they find the games helpful and engaging.

Share your experience in a comment to grow the professional learning community.  I look forward to hearing what you think about Hooda - Math - Word  - Brain!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Article + Video = Using Technology For Professional Learning

I'm working with teachers on expanding their assessment options and in doing some research, I read this article from Edutopia.  The title is: Ten Takeaway Tips for Using Authentic Assessment in Your School.
What I liked is that the online article has embedded video examples of some of the tips. Check out the article and the videos.  

Videos are one way to authentically assess your students and yourself.  Using digital video cameras, like the Flip Camera that can be purchased for $100 - $200, make developing quality videos easy.  If you haven't tried videotaping your students, give it a try.  It is a "keeping it simple" way to integrate technology in so many different ways and provides rich assessment data for you and your students.

Share your thoughts in a comment.