Module 8 – Done already???

I loved taking this course and following along with the modules.  I’m not sure about my favorite….maybe module 7?  Okay, definitely module 7.  I know this is repetitive, but I never knew I had it in me!!!!  I am so excited to know how to video via screencasting! And, it was fun!  I think I may be becoming a techie….

I would say tweeting and creating this blog were my biggest challenges.  I think I have the basics of tweeting down, but I still need to learn how to join a chat.  I love the idea of a blog, I just don’t know yet what I will do with it in the future…I am thinking of making my portfolio/evidence notebook into a blog.  In Massachusetts, we have to turn in evidence that we met standards and goals and this may be the way to do it.  I still need to work though on the categories piece to a blog.  I just am not able to wrap my head around it.

So, looking to the future, I would like to continue tweeting and joining some twitter chats and start a new blog here on wordpress based on my goals for this coming year (I may even start a blog for my gardens….I am an amateur and I may want to start documenting what I have).  I will also continue to create video tutorials to use in my classroom using screencast-o-matic.

As I look through all the possibilities of tools to use, I would like to try several. ThingLink, Edublogs, Edpuzzle, and Prezi are the ones that jump out first.  I have looked at ThingLink already, but I need to figure out how to make one, so that I can have my students make one.  I have also played around with Prezi a bit, but not a lot and I’m not sure yet how to incorporate it into middle school math classes.  I love the idea of Edublogs…I was even thinking that the school newspaper is already on-line and not published via hardcopy anymore.  Could it be turned into a blog site instead?  hhhmmmm….. Edpuzzle is an app that a friend of mine told me about.  She uses it to flip the classroom in a way.  I don’t know about 6th graders flipping…so many are not responsible enough just yet, but I do like the idea of having a video that they could watch attached to the homework and they could answer questions on the Edpuzzle app.  I think I still need to play around with that idea.

Having said all that, I think I have a lot of goals!

  • I would like to set up a blog for my professional goals/portfolio which would be turned in by May 15, 2017
  •  I would like to start a personal blog on gardening…now.  🙂  I will be planting a new plum tree when we return from vacation and it will cause the front gardens to be changed.  I plan on documenting this.
  • I would like to join some twitter chats, just one by September.  I think they will begin increasing in numbers as school time approaches.
  • I will be exploring ThingLink, Prezi, and Edpuzzle by the end of August to determine their possibilities….more on that goal in August.  I will also be looking again at Moovly…not mentioned in our book, but a great site.  It is free and you can sign up with your Google Account, which keeps our students safe (they all have a school Google Account).
  • I will be creating one video tutorial per chapter by June 2017 using Explain Everything and Screencast-o-matic.
  • Finally, in September 2016, I would like to explore  with my principal the idea of turning the school newspaper into a website or blog using Edublogs.  I think if we allow the students to create the categories, they would have a lot of ideas.

I have truly enjoyed all the learning that has happened with this class.  I really didn’t think I had any of this in me.  It was fun, it was fun to meet others and share ideas, and I enjoyed looking at others’ pages, creations, and ideas for usage.  Thank you very much for this!



Module 7 – screencast-0-matic

Oh my goodness!  I didn’t think I could do it!  I am loving screencast-o-matic just as much as “Explain Everything” on the iPad.  I love that I could show the instructions on how to get some place like the on-line textbook for my students or have the smartboard showing and record problems that we worked out in class.  I am so excited that I learned how to do this, I really didn’t think I had it in me!

Module 6, Forms

I knew about google Forms before, but took this opportunity to learn more about it.  I was also encouraged that it has some features now to make it more appealing to look at.  I have seen this took used in my school before for pre-tests, post-test, and just some homework checking.  I love all those uses and now that I see how easy it is to use it, I like it even more.

I made a form to gather some information from the students the first week of school.  I will have the students join my classroom and then fill out this form.   We will also log into the math textbook site while we have the chromebooks that day.  Best laid plans!  I hope all that can get done in one 50 minute period!

gettoknowyou form

Get to Know you form

Module 5, Twitter, ugh, what could I possibly have to say?

I have been stumped on module 5….I set up a twitter account, @vmurphymath, I also found several people to follow, or some rather were companies/programs, and I had no problem re-tweeting…but then I got stuck.  Here is my retweet!


After that, well, now I need help or time.  I’m not sure or maybe I’m intimidated to tweet anything else out!

I did finally respond to someone, my nephew, who is traveling….


and the ease of this made it more fun…but again, I think it will take me a bit to make up my own tweets.  I do though understand how.

I love this for getting new ideas.  It can be addictive, I think, as you find more people or companies to follow, but I am finding videos to watch and another group must be doing something like what we are doing because they are making sorting activities and sharing them.  So this could be a lot of fun and certainly informative.  I will keep reading and connecting and see how it goes.

Module 4, Slide Share

Again, I am liking Slide Share and I spent a lot of time looking for a presentation that had ideas for me to use more technology into my classroom.  I actually like this one because it had a lot of great ideas about using virtual manipulative sites.  I use one in particular, National Library of Virtual Manipulatives, but this presentation had a few other websites to go to that I didn’t know about.  I also like how easy it has been to embed these formats/presentations into blog posts!

Module 4, Vimeo

So, like so many other sites, Vimeo has teaching videos, for math topics, which I like.  I also use Kahn Academy and Learnzillion which are also user friendly.  I can see how I might also look here to find just what I want.  Usually though, I make my own video on the app I have on my iPad that I can’t think of the name of right now!  I have left videos though for subs to show and this would be another place to look quickly, especially on those mornings that I just don’t feel well and can’t really make my own.

How to order fractions, decimals and percents from Polina Sadovenko on Vimeo.


I do like how this video is pasted into my blog and credit was given by embedding the code.

Module 4, Thinglink

At the moment,  I think I could use Thinglink to have students  show an equation or a problem being solved and then they create a button to each “part” or vocabulary word.  For example, in a long-division problem, identify the dividend, divisor, and quotient, why they could stop (zero, add a decimal and no more digits, reached a remainder), or even the smaller products they get along the way and the differences in the steps.  In an algebraic expression or equation, they could identify the coefficients, variable(s), and constants, and even when showing steps to solving, they could identify the properties used.  Below I have attached a Thinglink I found that shows different apps that are used in mathematical teaching and their uses in the classroom!  I will be referring to this while planning.

This Thinglink entitled “Math App Examples” was created by: