21st Century Math Curriculum with iPads

Presentation by:  Jim Bologna and Diana Lang with the Winward School

The goals for students at Winward School is Technological Fluency, Self-Regulated Learning, Creativity and Collaboration.  For teachers the focus is on an active, project, challenge-based learning approach. Teachers are to also consider cognitive considerations for the learning environment for students, such as attention concerns. Their school also considered the SAMR model and encouraged teachers to reach for redefinition.

Evernote served as a class binder. BuzzMath is used to practice worksheets and some quizzes.  Notability is used for general notes.  Explain Everything is used for projects and demonstrating understanding.  Google Drive is used for collaboration and sharing.

He recommends allowing additional time when using the iPads in the classroom in the beginning.

Diana shared her Math Classroom.  It looks like this.  Agenda on the board, and a warm-up exercise in GForm or BuzzMath. For Homework review, students open their homework in Notability and correct it and export into Evernote and add a tag.  There is a limit to the amount of shared notebooks you can use in Evernote, 250 for a Business, 100 if personal.  This is something to consider if you are considering using Evernote as a math binder.

Students use Google Drive to download notes for a new lesson and send to Notability.  This allowed for annotating lesson notes in class and when complete they could send to Evernote. Homework was assigned from the board and Netclassroom.

Diana explained the use of tags in her agenda on the board, because students added the notes to Evernote and utilized tags to access information when needed to review for tests etc. She showed a Google Form and explained the limitations for exponents.  She used BuzzMath activities and had students take a screen shot of their completion screen and submit it to her.  BuzzMath has great features for teachers to analyze student data in order to reteach.

Tagging and Evernote

Diana suggested using feeling tags such as confused, or confident in order for students to use the tags for reviewing for exams in addition to traditional key word/concepts tags. Besides tags, Evernote does index key words from the note. Tagging is a powerful option that Google Drive does not offer, which is a reason Diana and Jim chose Evernote.


Their is a connection for students between the ability to write the problem and cognitively understand the process, Notability allows for this connection. Students can type, write, and draw.  Different fonts are available and students sometimes use this feature to distinguish between types of concepts.  Students can change the background color and insert a graph in Notability.  Use the pen to annotate a pdf that was shared with the students.  Circle a problem and make it smaller, rotate it, change the color and move it around.  Highlight different sections of a word problem.  Highlight again to make it darker. Students can add a photo, figure or web clip quickly. In addition, a recording to say something about their work is easily recorded, but does not have to be composed alongside the active work.  Students can insert or duplicate pages for additional work. Export the note as a pdf, as an email, to Dropbox or Google Drive, or Evernote, her favorite.  Diana adds that the organization allows for her to share with parents the students work easily at a parent conference.

One student sample used various colors to distinguish between steps in multi-step problems.  Diana created notes in Notability by typing it in Word and inserting it in Notability.

Explain Everything

Diana has students who have mastered concepts create a how-to video to help other students in class.  In addition, students can create a problem and explain how to create and solve the problem.  Diana suggests having students work together to create an Explain Everything.  She suggests keeping the Explain Everything short, instead of 6 questions long  Diana created a rubric to help students with self-evaluation.  Students are able to recreate the Explain Everything based on feedback from the rubric.   Also, students script out their Explain Everything which allows her to assist with their thinking, and see it written out.  Students must save along the way, not assume that saving is occurring.  She gives points for vocabulary used in the Explain Everything videos.

Great insight shared about Math in the 21st Century with iPads!


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