Collecting Math Games for Buddies

•February 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Every year my school has “buddy” classes. Older students meet up with younger students once a week. Usually they read together but throughout the year they do other activities. I’m always in charge of creating a technology based numeracy activity. So I’m collecting some math games that are easy enough for younger students to do but engaging enough for their older buddies as well.

Here’s my list.

Happy Smiling Face Clip Art means it should be good for kindergarten and up (with help).

Yellow Happy Face Clip Art means it should be good for grade one and up (with help).

Blue Brain Clip Art means a challenge.









Number Concepts

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This and That

•December 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Last week I attended a technology session with the district. Here are some highlights.

Chrome has extensions and apps you can add. When you are logged into StaffZone (or SchoolZone) and you go to the Chrome Web Store you will get suggestions for EPSB users.  Here are some suggestions of ones you may want to add to your teacher computer and/or student devices:

  • Read and Write (for Google Docs) – Adds accessibility features to Google Docs such as Text To Speech with Dual Synchronized Highlighting and Study Skills tools.
  • Google Dictionary – With this extension, you can double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble.  View the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary.
  • For music teachers… or for those who just want to Jam with Chrome and with friends.

Here are some websites that were shared that may be helpful:

  • Simple English Wikipedia – User-contributed online encyclopedia intended for people whose first language is not English.
  • Gmail Ninja – need a little extra help to learn how to maximize your use of your Share mail account?  Learn tips and tricks to save time, increase your productivity, and manage your email efficiently.

Things I’m doing:

Less Leads to More Comprehension?

•June 24, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Today on Spark (CBC Radio) they shared a study done about e-books and children. What they found was animated e-books led to a decrease in comprehension compared to print or not-animated e-books. They also found that parents interacted/questioned less about the knowledge content with e-books (but discussed more about the interactive elements). What was interesting to me is that a similar study found similar results when looking at interactive (pop-up) paper books and regular paper books.


Speak Geek and Direct Teaching of Technology Skills

•April 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This week I posted to our new Division One blog about technology. I blogged about direct teaching of technology skills. See below for some links that relate to that topic or read the full blog post here: I also updated the Top 5 page, which is our top 5 picks for must know about websites for Division One teachers. Please visit our blog and a comment about your top 5.

Resources I Came Across

Mouse Skills and Vocabulary Activities

ABCya! ABC & 123 Magnets – this would be good to use to teach mouse skills and related vocabulary of click, drag and drop.

Keyboarding Skills and Vocabulary Activities

ABCya!Keyboard Zoo –  Recommended for Grades: K, 1

ABCya! Keyboard Challenge – put a keyboard back together; Recommended for Grades 2,3

Keyboarding Skills from ELearning for Kids – This is a game that has activities for teaching the components of the computer, mouse skills as well as keyboarding skills. Recommended for Grades: 2,3,4,5, 6

General Technology Vocabulary Skills and Activities

Technology Vocabulary Slider Puzzle – Recommended for Grades: 3,4,5, 6

Wordia – help students learn subject vocabulary through free learning games and video

Elementary Tech Teachers – A place for elementary tech teachers to share
Click-N-Learn by Kids Online – Learn the parts of the computer; Recommended for Grades: 3,4,5, 6

Why Are Technology Teacher Leaders Needed?

•April 3, 2012 • 2 Comments

So why are tech savvy teachers needed? Well, let start with the Alberta Information and Communication curriculum is required teaching. The front matter of the curriculum states the following: “The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum provides students with a broad perspective on the nature of technology, how to use and apply a variety of technologies, and the impact of information and communication technologies on themselves and on society. The ICT curriculum is not intended to stand alone, but rather to be infused within core courses and programs.” 

Perhaps I should have used the phrase “we’ll do the legwork for you” in my earlier post.  Many teachers are not sure where to start when it comes to new technology and they want it to be effective.  Integrating technology is required, as indicated in the above paragraph, it is not optional. Lead  technology teachers help so that the time students spend in front of a computer, netbook and laptop IS efficient and educational. That help may mean that if we think that a lesson/idea/technique would be something our class would benefit from, we could use it with our class. Then we can share how that lesson went with others interested in the same topic or skill. However it could also mean that we do some research about topics and provide suggestions and draft a lesson plan for those who want some assistance. It could also mean we reach out to find someone who has used that lesson/idea/technique and we can get their feedback. It does not mean we will try anything and everything with our students.


•March 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

In my role as the Math4All coach at my school, I share the activities we do in our coaching sessions. So I have turned four of them into Notebook files.

Notebook Files

1. NIMble Number (grades 2, 3, 4)

2. The [Product] Game (grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) – it includes the Sum Game

3. Goodie Bags (grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

4. Two Digit Pickle (grade 2) based on Decimal Point Pickle  (grade 5 and 6) by Math Hombre.

Basic Resources for math teachers with EPSB

1. Program of Studies

2. Differences between the WNCP CCF and the POS for Alberta.

3. Quest A+ Provincial Achievement Test practice

4. LearnAlberta

5. Online Reference Centre

6. Interactive mathematics glossary

Teaching Canadian Money

•February 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Buy It! (shows generic coins and bills using $ and cent signs)

Piggy Bank (shows generic coins cent signs)

Counting Change Matching (adding money using words and symbols)

Counting Change Concentration (adding money using words and symbols)

Under the Sea (for people with LearnAlberta access only, uses Canadian currency)Canada

Change Maker (Funbrain) (uses Canadian currency) Canada

Cent Notation (practice making different amounts of change; for people with LearnAlberta access only; uses Canadian currency) Canada

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