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Making Sense of Spatial Sense

An E-Course Proposal for Grade 6 Math

Colin Willms

on 2 April 2013

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Making Sense of Spatial Sense:
An E-Course Proposal for Grade 6 Math Overview Rationale Purpose is to incorporate available technologies in order to provide: Organization Taught by the grade 6 teacher for one full unit

Math alotted roughly 45 mins/day (210 mins/week)

Will include whole class instruction, groups, partner & individual work

Will also be a component of outside class work to be done at home Curriculum Connection Students are expected to "develop an understanding of 2-D shapes and 3-D objects, and the relationships between geometrical shapes and objects and numbers, and apply this understanding to new situations and problems.”
- SK Curriculum

To achieve this students need experience in:
Construction and deconstruction of 2-D shapes and 3-D objects
Explorations and generalizations about the movement of 2-D shapes and 3-D objects
Explorations and abstractions related to how numbers (and algebra) can be used to describe 2-D shapes and 3-D objects

The integration of technology would be a natural fit to help students achieve many of these indicators What if there was a way for students to get more out of their math class? What if we could present students with an alternative method of thinking that would engage their mathematical reasoning and problem solving? What if the alternative is
right in front of you? By: Colin Willms Is a blended course combining face-to-face teaching with a myriad of technologies to enhance learning The course is a focus on Spatial Sense, the third major outcome in the grade 6 math curriculum Students will learn how to appropriately use a variety of technological tools and understand their advantages for learning mathematical concepts 1) an intentional and highly focused alternative method for learning

2) to show students a variety of technological methods they can use to acquire and analyze information. Providing opportunities for students to acquire knowledge in new ways is a proven benefit for learning and allows students opportunities to become familiar with these tools and use them appropriately. Pedagogy Technology can help address the glaring weakness in math comprehension and help increase understanding for students

Benefits of an e-course with a high technological focus can include:
higher levels of engagement
close monitoring of student work
more one-on-one work
greater efficiency in learning and teaching
flexibility to differentiate assignments
useful preparation for real world situations

Added element of face-to-face instruction allows the teacher to give immediate feedback and serve as an on-site guide Course Goals To align with the outcomes stated within the SK Curriculum

To teach students how to appropriately integrate available technologies and explain how they aid in deeper mathematical understanding

To familiarize students with a variety of available technologies and show their wide-ranging uses within real-world contexts Technology & Requirements Technologies can be added/removed based on class size, resources, etc.

Resources that will be used include:
Internet (websites like Xtramath or Google Maps)
Applications (Skype, iTunes U)
Smartphones / iPads (and related apps and utilities)
Twitter accounts
Blogs / Wikis

Depending on the lesson or availability of resources not every student will need a device to themselves at all times Course Evaluation Feedback from students at the end of the unit will be used to make changes for the next year

Results from tests and projects will also be analyzed to determine the success of the course

Teacher self-evaluation and observations from the principal will also aid in monitoring course effectiveness Funding Very few new expenses required for the introduction of this course

Bulk of money will be used for program subscriptions or software licensing and installation

Tools like calculators or iPads could be borrowed/shared between schools to help cut down on costs Ethical Considerations A high focus on technology at an elementary level could bring questions and concerns from administration and parents

Privacy, online etiquette and safety concerns will be addressed continually with students and conveyed to parents

Communication between the teacher, administration, and parents will be vital to combating these issues

Providing evidence of the benefits of learning with technology through open forums to view student work help to alleviate concerns Some Potential Ideas For one assignment, students will use the Planimeter App to populate a given area of land to build their new city. They have been entrusted with creating a Super City that will be made up of some of the most famous landmarks in our world. They must determine which landmarks they can fit into their designated plot of land by measuring and finding the areas. The video below gives a brief overview of some of the capabilities of the app. Other Ideas Other potential technology uses in class may include:

A weekly blog where content will be posted (YouTube video, iTunes U lesson) and students will be required to listen/watch and respond on the blog

Students will use Google Maps to find the area and perimeter of their house, school, etc. and will challenge friends to try

Final project will involve students coming up with a project that incorporates a concept from the unit with a piece of technology Summary The push for this program is based on the fact that technology can aid student learning of mathematics where traditional ways seem to be falling short

Making a blended course integrates the benefits of technology with the constant availability of the classroom teacher

Challenges and highlights in designing this proposal What if this thinking involved real-world technology combined with face-to-face instruction to give students engaging lessons?
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