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shIfTing Math Teaching and Learning for Modern Learners

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Explore and create : BYODex

Sunday, June 23, 2:30–4:00 pm
Location: Franklin 1-2, Marriott

Sandra Chow   Emily Fitzpatrick   John McGowan  
Discover how to help modern math learners communicate, collaborate, represent and learn from one another, while understanding how math fits into real-life situations and problems. Experience a one­-to-­one math classroom where learners of all levels can thrive.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: You will need a laptop/chromebook for this session. Attendees should have a Google account. Extensions such as Read&Write, EquatIO, and Screencastify should be downloaded ahead of time.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: BYOD/1:1 instructional programs
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Math
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The Modern Learner is connected, socially-driven, and curious. With increasing accessibility of technology in classrooms through one-to-one or BYOD models, and the popularity of GSuite tools, educators need to SHIFT how they teach and students learn. But how does that translate into the Math classroom? How can we ensure that students are engaged in deep learning of problem solving strategies and Mathematical thinking?

In this session, we will utilize a hands-on approach to show how technology has shifted mathematical learning in Modern Classrooms, and how our diverse Modern Learners can solve problems collaboratively, communicate their thinking, and receive feedback. This session will highlight the dynamic use of online discussion forums, web applications for brainstorming and solving problems (e.g. GSuite Tools, Popplet), on-line math games and manipulatives, assessment and feedback tools (Flipgrid, Seesaw, Quizizz), as well as various Chrome apps and extensions such as Desmos, EquatIO and GeoGebra to enhance student learning.

Pedagogy Highlights
- SAMR Model (Dr. Ruben Puentedura) and consideration of technology integration in the Math Classroom
- Technology integration in a 3-Part Math Lesson (John Van de Walle)
- Communication through the Mathematics classroom (Gallery walk, Math Congress, Bansho)
- Student Collaboration in problem solving for student success
- Descriptive feedback through the use of technology
- Differentiated instruction and assessment to reach every student using technology


Defining our Modern Math Learner (10 min)
- Participants will use a choice of brainstorming apps and strategies to collaboratively describe Modern Math Learners and our role as Modern Learning Educators

Shifting Problem Solving (30 min.)
- Participants will walk through hands-on examples and tools for teaching problem solving in the classroom. We will discuss the importance of inquiry, activity-based learning, collaboration, game-based learning, online math manipulatives, authentic real-life problems, cross-curricular connections, social justice and global citizenship, Math treks, Math talk, and Math communication through gallery walk/Math congress/Bansho.
- Tools will include: GSuite, Google Public Data Explorer, Google Newspaper & Google Trends, Youtube, Learn 360, Brainpop, online math manipulatives sites, and interactive math game sites.
- Sample lessons and student work samples will be shown.

Shifting Differentiation (20 min)
- Strategies and tools for differentiating math learning will be highlighted including use of Chrome Apps and extensions for text-to-speech, speech-to-text, voice comments and visual representations of mathematical learning.
- Tools will include: GSuite, Read&Write, EquatIO, Google Speech Tool and Comment Feature, Google Translate

Shifting Assessment Playground (20 min.)
- Various tools will be shown that can be used for diagnostic, formative and summative assessments. Participants will have an opportunity to explore and learn in our version of speed-dating.
- Tools will include: GSuite, Quizzizz, Kahoot, Knowledge Hook, Socrative, Plickers, FlipGrid, Screencastify, Seesaw, Portfolio in Sites and more.

Shifting Professional Development (5 min)
- Participants will learn about various mediums for developing their Professional Learning Network for professional development.
- We will highlight Math Education blogs to follow, Twitterchats, hashtags, and other math educators you can glean from who are active on social media.

Closing, Reflection & Evaluation (5 min.)
- Question and Answer, and ISTE evaluation.

Supporting research

- 10 Principles for Schools of Modern Learning - Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon

- Meeting the Needs of the Modern Learner: Technology Gains Its Footing, But It’s a Slippery Slope - Evan Sinar

- Why should a teacher use technology in his or her mathematics classroom? -

- Using technology to support effective mathematics teaching and learning: What counts? -

- The Three-Part Lesson in Mathematics Co-planning, Co-teaching and Supporting Student Learning -

- What are the benefits of virtual manipulatives? by @DreamBox_Learn -

- Communication in the Classroom

- Bansho (Board Writing): Collective Knowledge Production in Ontario Mathematics Classrooms -

- Position of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Strategic Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning Mathematics

- What are the benefits of using technology for maths instruction? - Kristine Scharaldi, Education Consultant (Texthelp blog)

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Sandra Chow, Keystone Academy

Sandra Chow is Director of Innovative Learning at Keystone Academy, Beijing. Sandra has taught in multiple grades and positions in Canada & Taiwan, and loves co-learning with other educators wherever she goes. She’s currently on a journey exploring what innovations in global competencies might look like, and co-hosts a podcast called GlobalEdTour - exploring what education looks like around the world. She’s an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and one of the Google Geo EDU Advisory Board Leaders. She loves to hear and tell stories, and welcomes authentic connections wherever she goes.

Emily Fitzpatrick, EdTechTeam Canada Ltd
John McGowan, Texthelp

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