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Chromebooks In the Math Classroom

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Jeanette Shoemaker

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Chromebooks are the "easiest and most economic" way for students to collaborate, demonstrate, articulate and critique mathematics.
Free apps for assistive technology
Best resources for using the Chromebook in the Math classroom
Chromebooks can "create opportunities to enrich learning with more open-ended, constructive, collaborative, reflective, and cognitively complex learning tasks."
Why Use Chromebooks In Math?
Apps and Extensions
Apps and Extensions
Desmos and Mathlab
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Shoemaker, Final Project
The Future Of Laptops
Schools Need To Develop Lifelong Learners
Best uses for assessments
Apps and Extentions
Chromebooks In the Math Classroom
1:1 technological devices have been increasingly emerging within classrooms.

Laptops are now cheaper, smaller and more versatile.

Chromebooks can enhance instruction in a mathematics classroom.

(Freiman,Beauchamp, Blain, Lirette-Pitre, & Fournier, 2011)
Chromebooks are:
more affordable than tablets or netbooks.

primarily use cloud storage.

easy to manage for classrooms, schools and even districts to get up and running.

intriguing and engaging for students giving them confidence in math.
"Computer math makes me smarter",
"Computer math makes learning fun."
(Nguyen, Hsieh, & Allen, 2006)
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Graphing calculators software
Applies operations and functions visually through graphs.
Students can model slopes, roots, intersections, trigonometry functions and more.
Recreates probability and statistics simulations.

Best Advantage:
The physical device will cost students about $100.
Google's version of Geometer's Sketchpad
Students can interact with Geometry and Algebra properties.
Students can display and manipulate math content to explore specific characteristics.
Best Advantage:
cannot handle Sketchpad
Not a replacement for Sketchpad but a great supplement.
Best uses for assistive technology
Apps and Extensions
Kurzweil and Dragon Dictation
Text-to-speech apps
Develops students reading and writing skills through assistance in organizing thoughts.

Google calendar, visual timers, and other managerial apps
Visual support apps
Helps students organize their thoughts, ideas and assignments.
Allows students to check calculations.
Gives help with complex problems that needs visual assistance such as graphs and diagrams.
A voice recognition math site
Students can express thoughts in words mathematically or read aloud the text within word problems.

With the immediate and instant scoring, teachers are able to use web-based assessments and practice as tools to instruct students, reflect upon strategies to meet the needs of all students, and instantaneously evaluate student understanding.

Based on the results of a study analyzing the impact of web-based assessments and practices on students' mathematics learning attitudes, it was found that "when students engaged in the web-based assessment and practice, they were willing to spend more time on tasks to gain understanding and strive for better achievement" (Nguyen, 2006, p.275)
In a study on computer-based testing, students have said
works great for quick assessments
immediate feedback making grading time minimal

allows teachers to collect work
easy access from home

assesses student behaviors
allows teachers to manage students and track progress
enables students, teachers and parents access to the reports in order to develop goals and strategies

Class Dojo:
Google Forms:
allows teachers to develop their own assessments and surveys

Cloud Computing
automatic backup
compatible with almost all types of multimedia
automatically checks for and applies security updates

Benefits of using the Cloud in the classroom
fosters great collaboration within instruction
Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms will challenge any Microsoft Office collection.
lessons can contain photos, music, videos, eBooks, apps and more
Teachers can post assignments, notes and supplemental materials that students can access at home.

Benefits of using the Cloud

Chromebooks rely heavily on cloud computing.
Final Thoughts
Major competitors are the iPad and Netbook, in addition to other laptops and tablets.
iPad is very user friendly and mobile.
Windows laptops can support Microsoft Office.
Cost, cost, cost!
Differences in performance of Chromebooks to Windows laptops are not noteworthy.
School in NJ switching from iPads to Chromebooks.
Students have positive views on this type of instruction.
Schools are reaching significant gains
The use of Chromebooks in the math classroom have shown that immediate feedback, choice of assessment, and multiple means of engagement through multimedia is a great asset to both teachers and students to monitor student progress.
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