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Snap1B: MathSnaps: Demonstrating a Deeper Understanding of Mathematical Concepts

Location: W185c, Table 2

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Monday, June 25, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: W185c, Table 2

Dr. Deborah Fucoloro   Christine Ruder  
Learn how students can illustrate their thinking about math concepts using Google Drawings, Google Slides, PowerPoint, Keynote, Seesaw, PicCollage, Book Creator or Padlet. We call it MathSnaps and it allows students to reflect and share their understanding in an engaging manner. 

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Drawing, Google Slides, PowerPoint, Keynote, Seesaw, PicCollage, Book Creator, Padlet
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will:

*learn about ‘BookSnaps’

*apply ‘BookSnaps’ concept to mathematical thinking (Inspired by BookSnaps, the presenters apply the BookSnaps idea to mathematical concepts. One of the challenges is that elementary students cannot use SnapChat, so the presenters had to get creative and provide their students with a safe environment in which to provide these reflections. The students then take a picture demonstrating a math concept and import it into whatever app they are using for their reflection and add their 'mathmoji' and reflection to that picture, finally sharing it through Seesaw or one of the other apps listed.)

*learn how to create MathSnaps using a variety of tech tools, ie Google Drawing, Google Slides, PowerPoint, Keynote, SeeSaw, PicCollage, Book Creator, Padlet


I. Introduction to #BookSnaps (5 min.)
A. Tara Martin
1. Website
2. “How to Videos”
II. Rationale for MathSnaps (5 min.)
1. Engaging
2. Reflection
3. Deeper understanding
III. Share variety of student created models (5 min.)
IV. Share how to create 'mathmoji' (5 min)
V. Demonstrate how to add 'mathmoji' to sharing platform (5
min.) Google Drawing, Google Slides, PowerPoint, Keynote,
Seesaw, PicCollage, Book Creator, Padlet
VI. Q&A (5 min.)

Supporting research

1. Tara Martin's BookSnaps -

2. Literacy + Math = Creative Connections in the Elementary Classroom by Jennifer Altieri

3. Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies, Grades K 5 by Sherry Parrish

4. iPads in the Classroom: From Consumption and Curation to Creation by Tom Daccord and Justin Reich

5. Student Authored Portfolios: Archiving Learning with an iPad by Kathy Cassidy

6. Teaching and Learning: Using iPads in the Classroom by Ben Johnson

7. 15 Unique and Creative Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom by Steve Lai -

8. App Smashing (Pt1) by Greg Kulowiec

9. 5 Ways to App Smash by Ann Feldman

10. App Task Challenges by Craig Badura

11. Connecting Comprehension and Technology by Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis, Katherine Muhtaris, and Kristen Ziemke



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Dr. Deborah Fucoloro, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School
Christine Ruder, Rolla Public Schools

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