Friday, June 25, 2010


From a Facebook post a colleague Debby posted.  (Thanks Debby!)


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Great Math Manipulatives - FREE!

While reading through the Whiteboard Blog, I found a great website by Glencoe that gives teachers some great math manipulatives. Check out the manipulatives at Glencoe.
  • These manipulatives would be fantastic on an interactive white board, 
  • but they could also be used on a teacher computer with only a projector.  In this way, a student would need access to the mouse connected to the computer.
  • This will definitely work as an individual or group station on a pc. 
  • Many students need help doing homework at home.  Adding the link and directions for set up to a homework assignment could be a great asset for students and parents.
 Check it out... play with the grade levels, backgrounds, and manipulatives. Lots of good ideas... and it's FREE!!!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Where's that cat? The mice are misbehaving!

I found a very cool way to engage students that is low to no cost.  Some of you may have come upon Mouse Mischief by Microsoft already.  For those of you who haven't, here's the scoop (or is it cheese?).
  If you have Office 2007 or 2010, Microsoft has a free download that adds Mouse Mischief to your Powerpoint program.  It allows you to add pages to your presentation where students with an attached mouse (wired or wireless) can respond on the screen by choosing an answer or using the drawing function.  Windows XP can support about 5 mice with a hub attached to the teacher computer.  Windows Vista or 7 can support up to 25 mice with a hub.  Then viewing could happen at a student computer station on regular monitor, or with a projector with or without interactive whiteboard, or on large screen tv.  If you have an IWB, it will not interact with this program, but will of course, allow viewing. Program shows the correct answer and also gives immediate feedback on how many chose correct and incorrect answers. 

The download only takes 2-3 minutes.  I happened to have 2 mice hanging around to use and I'm planning on purchasing a couple more for next year.  I gave this a try out with a couple sample lessons with higher and lower level students.  Participant feedback was good.  Check out the demo video and the sample lessons.  Program is easy to utilize.  I see great potential for creativity!