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Tech Tool Overview
Description of Learning Activity
1. Learning Activity Types
- LA-Practice - practicing for fluency
2. What mathematics is being learned?
- NCTM-N&0-understand operations - understand meanings of operations and how they relate to one another;
- NCTM-N&0-compute fluently - compute fluently and make reasonable estimates
- NCTM-Alg-patterns - understand patterns, relations, and functions;
- PS-procedural fluency
3. How is the mathematics represented?
4. What role does technology play?
- Computing & Automating - This applet requires students to quickly solve for the variable, x, and provides students with immediate feedback on whether or not their answer is correct. This is different than providing students with the correct answers after they have done 10 problems, but instead allows students to see their progress as they go.
- Representing Ideas & Thinking -
- Accessing Information - The only reason I think this applet allows students/teachers to access information is because it provides a detailed report of their mastery of each equation type and level. Students can view this report to monitor their own progress, and teachers can monitor the classes progress through this report as well.
- Communicating & Collaborating -
- Capturing & Creating -
5. How does the technology fit or interact with the social context of learning?
6. What do teachers and learners need to know?
Teachers should be prepared to set up the quiz for students or to provide students with information about the type of quiz that they should be taking based on their skill level. Teachers should also know that the answer does not provide corrective feedback on the problems if a student gets the problem wrong. Rather a pop-up tells you the correct answer. Students may need to write down their problems/work so that you can review wrong answers with them.
How this tool Supports & Supplements PBL/PrBL
Teachers can use this tool as a means to deliver quizzes quickly to students to check their understanding at any point during the PBL or PrBL process. This helps students to practice their procedural skills with algebraic manipulations and solving equations which is not always available through PBL/PrBL instances, and it also provides students with practice answering questions in a timed atmosphere, which they will need in anticipation of high-stakes testing. The information obtained from the applet can help teachers to plan for differentiation within their projects or problems.