The Mathematical worth of Google Earth

August 26, 2009 § 1 Comment

There are loads of great Mathematics outcomes that can be taught with the help of Google Earth.

Whether students are learning about scientific notation or estimating distances there are some great lesson ideas to develop student understanding.

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The following topics are available:

  • Exchange rates;
  • Scientific notation;
  • Volumes of solids;
  • Estimations, graphs;
  • Estimating distances;
  • Fractals;
  • Areas of composite shapes; and,
  • Spherical geometry.

These resources are relevant for Year 7 through to Year 12 students so check out this link.


Learning with a photo through animoto

August 5, 2009 § 1 Comment

My year 10 students were asked to teach a Year 7  Maths concept.

They could choose between a variety of concepts to do with positive and negative numbers.

Each team was given a digital camera and then asked to take ten photos that would help a Year 7 student to understand a concept. They first visited where they signed up for an account.




The cameras default to a photo file size of 3 MB so the students needed to edit their photo file size using paint. They could then upload the photos and choose music to sync with their presentation.

Good times.

Visiting a school with a learning centre

August 4, 2009 § Leave a comment

A team of nine teachers from my school visited Mordialloc College in Melbourne last week.

Our objective was to investigate the teaching and learning methods that they have been using and then to see which aspects would be applicable in our school.

The Year 7 students of Mordialloc were all located in the school’s ‘Learning Centre’. It was a large, colourful warehouse where 130 students took part in a student directed learning program where teachers were facilitating learning in a variety of areas.  A student would decide on a particular area of study and then the facilitator would guide them in how they could meet the set learning outcomes. One particular student wanted to complete an assessment task on skate boarding. His guide was able to point to the history, geography, mathematics and science outcomes that the student could use as he devised the task.

The students were trained in the 4 levels of self help. This meant that during a learning experience the students had the skills to deal with ‘getting stuck’. Each student was also trained in how to plan out their learning for the week and how to re plan if there were changes with their schedule. It really was amazing.

The highlights from this school visit were:

– How excited and positive the students were about their learning;

– How the school had researched and developed their pedagogy to ensure that all students were given the tools to learn;

– How the school had designed spaces that aid student learning.


I asked myself the following questions after our visit.

How are you using learning spaces to aid student learning? You really should read this.

Are your students equipped with the 4 levels of self help?

Are you constantly researching pedagogy so that you are better informed to enhance student learning?

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