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The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.

Browse by topic, look at the most popular photos or do a search for specific images. Topics include  Animals, Countries, Education, Food, Geography, History, Signs, to name a few. Some of the over 50 topics have numbers in brackets – these refer to sub-topics i.e. Animals has 49 sub-topics which include Marsupials, Bats, Insects, etc.  In the Marsupial section, there are 96 jpg images which can be copied or downloaded and used in multimedia presentations and information reports.

Students can also contribute photos they have taken. An example activity could be setting the students the challenge of taking digital photos around your school of mathematical concepts e.g. acute angles, parallel lines or symmetry. These can then be uploaded to the Pics4Learning site. This activity is not only an authentic learning task to consolidate students mathematical understanding but also a very engaging activity where students would be using a range of ICT knowledge and skills as well as collaborative and decision-making skills.

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Introduction to the second year of the Math Connection Project: a Mathematical Problem Solving Workshop between international and public schools around the world. Find the website at http://mathconnections.wikispaces.com/. This collaborative project is designed to provide a place for students and teachers to share their experiences with Mathematics and discover the connection of mathematics study to their own real world experiences. This year’s project is centred about four CHALLENGES which will use a variety of online tools to engage your students’ in exploring and communicating their understanding of Maths within four different strands.

CHALLENGE 1: DATA ANALYSIS November – December

CHALLENGE 2: GEOMETRY January – February

CHALLENGE 3: NUMBER OPERATIONS March – April

CHALLENGE 4: MEASUREMENT May – June

Interested in participating?

The project is open to all elementary and middle school level classrooms from all over the world. Join in for just one time or as many CHALLENGES as they fit into your planning and schedule. Individual, small groups, or whole class examples are welcome. Email Linda at lvnitsche@gmail.com to answer any other questions you might have. 

Project Goals

  • Develop mathematical understanding across the standards of communication, connections, and problem solving.
  • Develop an understanding of the use of mathematics in everyday life.
  • Develop an understanding of the universality of mathematics across the world.
  • Engage students in discussions about mathematics with others across the world.
  • Develop collaborative skills across classes and countries.
  • Creatively communicate new understandings about Mathematics.

Wouldn’t it be great to have some Australian involvement!

 

Thank you to Vicki Davis for spreading the word!

The Data strand in the Mathematics K-6 syllabus “addresses the need for all students to understand, interpret and analyse information displayed in tabular and graphical forms.” In combination with classroom activities, data gathering, spreadsheets and graphics software, there is a wide range of online interactive websites that can be used to develop students’ mathematical learning and understanding. One of these is Create a Graph (http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/).

The National Centre for Education Statistics (NCES), is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, and is the primary US federal entity for collecting and analysing data related to education. Within this site, is the NCES Kids’ Zone (http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/index.asp ) which provides, amongst other information, several games, quizzes and skill building activities about Maths, probability, graphing and mathematicians.

Create a Graph provides tools to produce five different graphs and charts. There is an online tutorial as well as instructions, examples and a scaffolded process to create the graph. For instance, for younger students or those new to a certain graph type, there is a Create a Graph ‘classic’ section. The following explanation is under the Pie Chart link:“There are all kinds of charts and graphs, some are easy to understand while others can be pretty tricky. There are so many different types because each one has a fairly specific use. Pie charts can be used to show percentages of a whole, and represent percentages at a set point in time. They do not show changes over time.”It also gives students the opportunity to create a graph with data from NCES as well as entering their own. For those students who already have mastered a basic understanding of graphs, the interface is slightly different. A graph type is chosen, and then following the tabs down the side, students enter the design, data and labels before previewing and printing.

Create a Graph is excellent if you want a transition graphing activity before tackling spreadsheets OR if your school or students’ home computers do not have spreadsheet software. It can also be used as a whole class graphing activity and a means to explain certain concepts in the data strand as well as a focus for experimenting with a variety of tools to organize, display and analyse data. 

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