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iPads in the High School Math Classroom

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iPads in the High School Math Classroom

Ways to use iPads in a high school math classroom
Resources
Basham, J., Denune, H., Hawkins, R., Haydon, T., Kimener, L., McCoy, D. (2012). A Comparison of iPads and Worksheets on Math Skills of High School Students with Emotional Disturbance. Behavioral Disorders, 37 (4). 232-243. Retrieved from www.proquest.com

Chen, L.L. (2012). Integrating iPad in a Special Education Class: A Case study. Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2012. 530-534. Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from www.editlib.org

Dikkers, S., Squire, K., (2012) Amplifications of learning: Use of mobile media devices among youth. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 18 (4). 445-464. doi: 10.1177/1354856511429646

Swan, K., Mark van 't Hooft, Kratcoski, A., & Unger, D. (2005). Uses and effects of mobile computing devices in K-8 classrooms. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 38(1), 99-112. Retrieved from www.proquest.com
iPads can be used in differentiating curriculum since students can learn at their own level and go at their own pace (Chen, 2012).

Students can find information on their own, pursue their educational interests, and self pace their learning (Dikers, 2012).

In a school where students where given iPhones with unlimited data it was found that students were more likely to find information on their own using the iPhones and they were teaching their peers from the information that they found (Dikers, 2012).


Classroom Management
There are a variety of apps that can help a teacher in classroom management to save time and money.
Student Learning
Apps can be used for students to learn at their own pace or for further investigation.
Are iPads in the classroom effective?
A study at an alternative school found that students were more engaged while using the iPad to answer questions versus worksheets.
It was found that students answered more questions correctly per minute when they used the iPads instead of the worksheets. One reason for this was that students get immediate feedback when using the iPads so they don’t practice the wrong skills (Basham, 2012).
Classroom Management
Using an iPad for organization and management of classroom.
Student Learning
Using a classroom set of iPads to present material to students and allow students to investigate.
Other Classroom Apps
There are many apps that can be used by teachers and students in the classroom.
Graphbook
Students can investigate various graphs including trig functions, 3D graphs, and fractals.
http://www.mathstudioapp.com/welcome/
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Drop Box
Cloud storage that can be accessed using a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Easy way to work on lessons and presentations at school or at home without a flash drive
A way to share documents with students and parents.
https://www.dropbox.com
Grade Cam
Uses iPad camera to grade Scantron type bubble sheets that you print from the website.
Instant item analysis report
Free version limited to 10 question tests
http://www.gradecam.com


ShowMe
Virtual Whiteboard
Record your voice as you write and post the video online for students
Great for flipping the classroom or recording a video for a substitute to show
Teachers could also have students make a video as an assessment
http://www.showme.com
Geometry Pad
Draw geometric shapes to investigate
App will draw in medians, bisectors, altitudes, etc.
Graph lines and tangents to curves
Includes on screen calculator
Measure angles and segments and move points around to investigate how measurements change
Import pictures like a map and draw and measure on top of the picture
http://www.stemonmobile.com/category/geometrypad/

Math Graph
Students can graph lines, parabola, circles, etc
As students move and manipulate the graphs they can investigate what is happening to the equations.
Great way to learn transformations!
https://sites.google.com/site/mathgraphipadapp/
Your Teacher
Videos on various math topics organized by course
Includes practice problems and test with each topic
http://www.mathhelp.com

GeometrIQ
More Apps for the Math Classroom
Geometry game where students need to find the missing measurement on polygons
http://www.clefsoftware.com/blog/geometriq-geometry-puzzle-game
3D Geometry
Students can build and examine polyhedrons and their nets.
Good for learning about surface area.
Socrative
Students log into an online classroom to answer questions
Students can answer multiple choice, true/false or open ended questions
Students get instant feedback and teachers get detailed reports
Also has a "space race" game component
http://www.socrative.com
Andres Palodichuk
Concordia University, St. Paul
ET 500. Foundations and Trends in Educational Technology MA681
Professor Stuart Lang
October 20, 2013

Conclusion
There are many apps that can be used in a mathematics classroom. Some of these apps allow students to investigate topics and learn at their own pace. Other apps allow students to get instant feedback on their work. Use of iPads in the classroom has been shown to increase engagement and student enjoyment in learning (Swan, 2005). iPads have been shown effective for student learning.
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