New iPad Textbooks and Math Instruction

January 22nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I want to write about what I think the iPad and interactive Math textbooks can do for students – but I can’t. I love Apple and pretty much all their products. I love what they are trying to do, but the problem will always be that they are a corporation trying to make money. I work at an inner ring urban suburb that has a fairly high poverty rate. In our middle school we have 3 grades that make up around 1000 students. For 1000 students we have 1 computer lab and 1 iPad cart that can be signed up for by the 50+ classrooms.

My district is no where even close to carrying out Apple’s vision of an iPad in the hands of every student filled with interactive text books.  It is not my district’s fault. Apple doesn’t cut insane deals on iPads, schools have to pay almost the full $500 price tag per iPad and then invest the thousands of dollars to fill them up with Apps and Books. How do districts have a chance?

Apple is only pushing a wedge that is separating the monetary affluent schools from the schools that simply aren’t. It is frustrating and sad, but we will continue to teach and reach out to kids no matter what technology is in our classrooms.

Seeking Inspiration From Books

December 27th, 2011 § 8 comments § permalink

So I figure many of the ways I will get inspired for posts on this blog will be my own classroom situations and conversations with you and other teachers. However, I thought reading some books during the process will also help to garner some inspiration for this blog. You would think that there would be tons of books on teaching math – or at least I did. It seems like authors grab ahold of a hot button topic like differentiation or literacy in mathematics and write 300 pages about that topic. Not that I am against reading 300 pages on differentiation, but I am looking for inspiration! I want some thoughts on methods, strategies, types of lessons, etc etc. This is not a differentiation blog – but a math instruction blog. I did download a sample of Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies That Change Student Attitudes and Get Results and I am hoping that it will give me something to go on…

Do you have any books that you would recommend? Even if you come across this post 3 years later – please leave a comment with a book recommendation!