Sketch Away

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I have not spent much time exploring Geometer’s Sketchpad, and I have put it on this summer’s “to do” list. For those of you who are already using it, here are a few websites to help you along:

The Geometer’s Sketchpad Website  This should be your starting point. Offered by the makers of the program, Dynamic Geometry, this site includes information about the program and its use around the world, various classroom ideas, projects, a Sketch Gallery provided by users, links, PD information, and a downloadable how-to guide.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board – Provides a variety of Geometer’s Sketchpad resources and lessons for grades 2 through 8 – a great list.  It also includes tutorials and information about the program.

Targeted Implementation and Planning Supports – This website provides a series of lessons for Ontario Curriculum topics in grades 7 through 10. Many of the websites are pdf’s and word documents, but there are several Geometer Sketchpad files included in the mix.

As always, I would love to hear of other sites that would be a good addition to my list.

Have a great week.


General Science, Grade 6 Science, Math No Comments »

This week’s post is credited to two people, Pete MacKay and Mark Sheridan. Pete MacKay maintains theteacherlist, a daily mailing that recommends various educational websites, as shared by his subscribers. Mark Sheridan sent in this website, which Pete then sent out to his subscribers.

The site that is being highlighted is called studyjams, which seems to be maintained by Scholastic. It has a math and science section, each of which are interactive whiteboard friendly. The math section seems to cover a range of topics, including various concepts within number sense, geometry, algebra, measurement, data analysis, probability, and problem solving. There are options to have the math problem read aloud, to test yourself or work step-by-step, and to review key vocabulary.  The science section also covers a variety of topics which seem to support the grades 4 and 5 Ontario curriculum (amongst others), including light and sound, the human body, ecosystems, rocks and minerals, weather and climate, matter, and the list goes on. With the science topics you can watch slideshows and videos, test yourself, and review key vocabulary.

…a good website to add to your links.

A Bright Light

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Yes. I skipped a week of writing. Essays, report cards, and the grade 8 graduation trip have taken over my life.  So I am making a concerted effort to get something written today. My adventures of the weekend, albeit limited due to school work, have given me something to write about.

Yesterday afternoon we bought a Boxee. I will explain for those of you who may not know anything about it. A Boxee is a digital box that attaches to your television, and it finds content (movies, series) that is available on the internet and shows it through your television. You can also browse any website on the internet, and it has 182 apps….so far. There are many apps that I still need to explore, and some of them I have never even heard of. Some of the most popular ones are the Khan Academy app, You Tube app, and of course, the TED talk app.

And this leads me to what I want to highlight today. One of my favourite TED talks that I was reminded about was that of Benjamin Zander, a classical musician. He plays the piano onstage, but it is the vibrancy and excitement in his explanations that help to bring the music alive. His passion and enthusiasm for what he does is a bright light at this particular time of the year, when the end of year workload makes it harder to get through each day.   

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