Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CAMT 2012

I presented two sessions at CAMT this year:  "A Few of My Favorite Things" and "Magic on the SmartBoard".

A Few of My Favorite Things explained how I use the Transparent Background feature in Notebook to help me get more out of other software. (I can mark up the screen and still use the software with the markings still on it.) Magic on the SmartBoard explained how to use Layers to make Notebook look like magic.


One of my goals for this coming schoolyear is to actually write posts onto this blog. They might be short, but hopefully I will keep this goal!

Some of the things upcoming this school year: Continued growth as we tackle the STAAR, creating a moodle course for Geometry STAAR Preparation, iXplore (CMS for CFISD), tablet pilot for Geometry (both droids and ipads). And of course, supporting all teachers to implement technology: TI Nspire on laptops, TI SmartView, SmartBoards, Airliners, Smart Notebook, Explore Learning, Understanding Math, Microsoft Math, MathType, Google Sketchup, Geometer's Sketchpad, Windows 7, web 2.0 just to name a few!

Looking forward to CAMT. I know it will be a great conference!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

CAMT 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed both presentations with Julizza Holub at CAMT 2010 in San Antonio, TX.  Our sessions were entitled "Love Affair with a Smartboard" and "Love Affair with a Monster."

"Love Affair with a Smartboard" focused on games on the SmartBoard using Smart Notebook software.  We had lots of fun presenting.  Coming soon: step-by-step directions on how to build your own game.  In the meantime, feel free to explore the activities that you can download on the Smart Exchange or from my CFISD website.

"Love Affair with a Monster" focused on two activities for Algebra:  Monster Exploration and Be There or Be Square.  Monster Exploration helps students to understand transformations of functions conceptually through dynamic explorations in Geometer's Sketchpad (version 4 or 5).  Be There or Be Square is also for GSP4 or GSP5.  It allows students to review Linear and Quadratic Parent Functions as they relate to a Square.  Both activities can be used with a computer/projector, with a SmartBoard (or other IWB), or on student laptops/computers.  These activities can also be downloaded from my CFISD website.

Special thanks to Key Curriculum Press for donating two copies of GSP5 as door prizes during our "Love Affair with a Monster" session.

Had a great time at CAMT 2010 and hope to see you again in 2011!


I plan to use this blog to share Technology Ideas for the High School Math Classroom.  The goal is not only to share technology, but also teaching strategies for the math classroom.  So, welcome!