Math Resources

Khan Academy is a resource for both teachers and students. Teachers can set up a classroom where they can invite students to keep track of their progress. I use Khan Academy as a homework assignment about once a week. Teachers can assign what sections they want students to work on. This makes it easy to differentiate for the teacher and it allows students to get hints and watch explanatory videos (which sometimes might not have been the way that the teach taught it - which can be a good or a bad thing depending on your perspective). It also gives both the student and teacher (mostly the teacher) a lot of data to see which types of problems are being missed and where most of the time is spent by the student.

Classcraft is a resource to gamify your classroom. I only use this as a tool if I am struggling with the classroom management of the class. With this tool you can create a sort of token economy with XP (experience points) that reward students for good behavior like turning in homework, helping their peers, or answering questions in class. XP levels up their characters in order to unlock new powers (like getting a notecard on a quiz/test, listening to music in class, or having a bit of free time at the end of class). Students cannot spam their powers because they are limited by their AP (Ability points) which only regenerate slowly. Students can also lose HP (hit points) for negative behavior (like not doing homework, coming late to class, or being rude to a classmate). If their character dies, they are randomly assigned a "sententence" in order to go back to full HP (this could be turning in HW a day early, emptying trash/recycling, or writing a paper about how they "fell in battle").

Google Classroom is a resource to keep students up to date about what homeowork is due and a way to distribute resources. There are many alternative for Google Classroom like having a website, Canvas, Kiddom, etc. We are a "Google School" which is nice because we have infinite cloud storage, but it also means Google Classroom is the logical classroom management platform. It allows you to post homework and homework problems as a stream so students can never have an excuse that they left their homework at school. It also can link to a Google Calendar that can be embedded into a webpage so that parents can look at your webpage to see what their kid should be doing when they get home. This calendar is automatically updated when you assign something through Google Classroom.

YouTube is my general way of saying that I record my lessons. While all teachers will have different technology available to them, I think it would be useful if I explain my current setup for recording my lessons. I use a school provided Laptop (MacBook Air) that is connected to (1) a Mimio interactive whiteboard, (2) a Wacom bamboo tablet, and (3) a Yeti microphone. (1) Mimio is useful because it allows me to still be up in front of the class on my feet to solve problems and work on notes. It is also the software that I use to draw and write on even if I am sitting down in my chair while teaching a lesson. (2) The tablet allows me to teach sitting down and my naturnal handwriting is digitized into easy to read notes. It is much more natural to draw and write as I have been for the past 15 years. (3) The microphone has the ability to capture what my students are saying (as long as they are not super quiet) which means I don't have to repeat the question for the video. I currently use Camtasia Studio to record and edit my videos (I usually never have time to edit and upload as-is) and then I upload my videos to YouTube. Then I link the video to Google Classroom with the assignment for the day. Absent students have the ability to watch the lesson.

Desmos and Geogebra are 2 applications for both students and teachers that have a lot of similarities. If you need to quickly show what a graph looks like or show how changing certain constants in a general equation affect it's shape and position, then Desmos is the application for you. It has a lot of features and is user friendly. I mainly use this in Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. If you need more than just graphs of functions and want to make a construction with a compass, create 3D graphs, or just want to do more than what Desmos has ot offer, then Geogebra is for you. I use this on a weekly basis with my Geometry class and on a monthly basis with my Precalculus and Calculus class. Geogebra is not as user friendly as Desmos is, but I have never found something I cannot do with this software. Geogebra is also available as an application which means it does not require internet (Desmos does need internet). Depending on the classroom I enter, it would be a suprise if neither of these are being used. It is the visual way to solve problems.

There are a TON of good resources for math curriculum. These are just a few of my favorites: