Math Input Panel – Demo Slam

Math Input Panel
Math Input Panel is a Windows tool that makes it easier to insert equations and math symbols on Microsoft Word. Instead of going through the tedious process of inserting an equation on word and finding the correct symbol, you can easily draw out the equation on Math Input Panel with your mouse, and insert it into your document.

Not an artist? No problem! With the Erase and Select and Correct tools, you can change your existing equation, and Math Input Panel will even give you suggestions (similar to autocorrect on word), based on what the number/symbol looks like.

Steps to using Math Input Panel
1. From the Start button on your Windows computer, in the search box, type “Math Input Panel”
2. Have your Word document open as well.
3. Draw your equation on the Panel.
4. Modify/change your equation, using the “Undo”, “Erase”, or “Select and Correct” tools.
5. Click “Insert”, and your equation will appear on your Word document.
6. You can view all your previous equations by clicking “History” on the top bar.


By: Isis So & Gajani Nirthanarajah

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Technology Tool Implementation Idea – Desmos

Subject Area: Mathematics

Course: Data Management

Topic: Regression Analysis

Task: Lesson

Technology Tool: Desmos Graphing (Desmos Classroom Activities)

Students often have difficulty grasping the concept of linear and polynomial regression. The graphing calculators are helpful, but they have small screens, and limit student interaction.

Suggested Use of Technology Tool
Desmos Graphing has interactive student lessons. After teaching a lesson about regression analysis, the students can go through the Regression Analysis Lesson on a computer. The students can follow the instructions on the screen, and complete the questions at their own pace. In the end, the students should have a better understanding of linear, polynomial and exponential regression.

Why and how would the technology tool improve student learning?
Graphing calculators allow students to reflect on what they learned in class. However, Desmos makes it easier for students to grasp the concepts before they are comfortable with using graphing calculators. Often students are confused with using the graphing calculators themselves, that they don’t have enough time to actually test the knowledge that they learned in class. Desmos provides an easy way for students to consolidate the information, and reflect on the skills they are struggling with. Once they have understood and are able to apply the concepts, teachers can show students how to use the graphing calculator to help them answer more complex questions.

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The Socratic Method of Socrative

What is Socrative?

Socrative is an online program that teachers and presenting students alike can capitalize to create interactive quizzes the entire class can participate in. It engages students during the learning process. Socrative is easy to use, and there is a specific pin code assigned to each teacher’s account. Moderators can use a mix of multiple choice, true/false and short answer.

How to use Socrative Effectively:

Socrative’s Uses and Features

1. Downloadable graphs, results, spreadsheets

You can download the results for a particular quiz in the form of graphs, charts  and spreadsheets in one convenient zip file. In addition, the program automatically creates a pdf file with their results (in the form of a chart) for each individual participant. You can always go back and see the latest results and download them at any time.


2. Student paced option

Unlike other similar programs, you can elect to have student paced quizzes and activities. Students can go back and recheck questions they weren’t sure of. The absence of a timer alleviates pressure and stress, allowing the students to assess their understanding of the material more accurately.

3. Randomized groups

The Socrative program also allows moderators to assign all participants into randomized groups. If this option is selected, students will see the their group name at the upper right corner of their screen, and the program will indicate which team is in the lead. This adds a fun, competitive element to interactive quizzes without placing pressure on individual participants.


Why is Socrative so Useful?

Socrative allows students to test their knowledge and see for themselves what they already know so that they can better assess a future performance. Socrative may gain confidence through their test with Socrative, or they may figure out where to allot more time for studying.

By analyzing their results students are able to reflect on how they felt during the quiz/assessment. Were they confident in their abilities? Did a particular question frustrate them? These emotions invoke connections which serve as a precursor for active attention and analysis of the taught material.

Socrative is a useful way to see what material students have retained after a lesson. If a teacher elects to have Socrative quizzes after a particularly detailed lesson, students can see what concepts they can retrieve from memory the quickest.

Socrative is conducive to class discussions, which is a good setting for elaboration. If a teacher notices that a significant portion of the class was stuck on a particular topic, they can allocate time to discuss the topic in class. With nuanced insights and meaningful discussion, students can construe the material in a way that makes sense to them, in their own words.


Top Educational Uses for Socrative

  1. Test prior knowledge of students. Socrative is a good way to give students short quizzes testing for prior knowledge before a particularly rigorous lesson.
  2. Quizzing taught material is a good way to review material. It also encourages metacognition, where awareness is raised about what the students know and what they struggle with. Students and teachers alike can use this information in effective ways- students can focus more on these areas when studying, and teachers can review the material the next day in class.
  3. Gauge student comfort with material. Socrative has the option of creating quick poll type questions. Teachers can ask “On a scale of 1-5, how comfortable are you with the material.”, “I am comfortable with the material, true/false”, etc. Alternately, teachers can ask students “Who would like me to review X concepts”, since some students may be too insecure to admit their weaknesses.

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By: Jessica Jung, Sepi Mortazavi, Gajani Nirthanarajah, Isis So

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