Digital Video

  • Videotape people talking about how they use math in their jobs. Have them give them students a sample problem and then show how they solve it. Use clips as a warm-up at the beginning of class. Let students videotape their parents for extra credit. Topics to look for:
    • Integers
    • Fractions
    • Decimals
    • Percents (Discounts, taxes, commissions, and simple interest)
    • Proportions
    • Ratios
    • Area
    • Perimeter
    • Circumference
    • Volume
    • Surface area
    • Transformations (Translations, reflections, rotations, dilations)
    • Equations
    • Inequalities
    • Mean
    • Median
    • Mode
    • Range
    • Graphing (Coordinate plane, histograms, frequency tables, stem-and-leaf plots)
    • Square and square root
    • Pythagorean Theorem
    • Recognizing patterns
    • Probability
    • Symmetry

The Geometer's Sketchpad

This is the most wonderful software for mathematics! I stumbled across activities for GSP to use with the following Connected Mathematics Units: Shapes and Designs, Covering and Surrounding, Accentuating the Negative, Moving Straight Ahead, and Stretching and Shrinking.

Links to GSP information

Tinkerplots

This software concentrates on data management and statistics. It is great for asking explorative questions, where students can learn through using real data sets. What is really neat, is the ability to pull data from any web page, into Tinkerplots, so that you can work with it. I have some cool resources and data locations that I tag here.

NCTM

Illuminations: Activities
Web Links

Games

Lure of the Labrynth
While playing Lure of the Labyrinth, students use mathematical thinking skills to progress through a compelling graphic-novel story. Students and educators have many chances to win prizes such as Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets, books, and technology tools like subscriptions to BrainPop just for playing.

There is no cost involved to participate in the challenge, which runs through June 15. Since the game is web-based, students can play at home or at school, in the classroom, computer lab, library, or after-school program. Teachers have the option of integrating corresponding lessons into their classroom activities but it is not required. Students can play as little or as much as they want-and best of all, they will have continued access to the game over the summer to help avoid that inevitable "brain drain."

Absurd Math
Absurd Math is an interactive mathematical problem solving game series. The player proceeds on missions in a strange world where the ultimate power consists of mathematical skill and knowledge. Many of the pages have hidden clues and areas. Anytime a player needs help, they may email our staff for assistance. We try to respond within two days. Teachers and parents, email us for answer keys.

Project SkyMath
The module may be freely downloaded from this page and we hope that middle-school mathematics teachers will find it interesting enough to use in their classrooms. The module can be incorporated as a replacement unit that uses connections to mathematical concepts in data analysis, graphing, number and number relationship, patterns and functions, and statistics and measurement.

Oddball
Oddball is a game which begins with 15 balls. The object of the game is to leave only one ball at the end of your last turn. Each player can remove 1 or 2 balls on each of their turns. The player who leaves the last ball for his opponent is the winner. You must always take the first turn then select "YOUR TURN" to indicate that your turn is over and you are passing play to your opponent (the computer).

Flickr

Look at What You Can Do with Flickr posted by external image infoicon.gifSheryl Nussbaum-Beach (CTQ : external image envelope.gifSheryln) on Oct 25, 2006, 11:15 AM reply
One of the coolest features with Flickr from an instructional perspective is the way you can create hot spots and roll overs in a graphic you use with your students. Blog Diagram http://www.flickr.com/photos/53781974@N00/89075185/ Volcano http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/817669/ With a Painting http://www.flickr.com/photos/objectseh/829343/ After looking at these examples, brainstorm the possibilities for use with your students! What specific lessons could you create interactive diagrams like this? How would you use it? Do tell
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Re: Look at What You Can Do with Flickr posted by external image infoicon.gifJeanne Simpson (external image envelope.gifJeanneS) Today, 9:53 PM edit reply delete
In math it might be neat to leave hints for solving a problem as you scroll over the diagram. I am going to have to explore this possibility! I bet it would work with a Geometer's Sketchpad picture.

Lesson Plans

Alabama Learning Exchange - I put in a search for math and technology 7th grade.
Technology Integration in the Decatur City School District