One More Time: Integrating a tech tool at the appropriate time is THE single most important concept teachers need to understand when using tech tools in their classroom.
Today was a prime example.
I introduced the Elimination Method in a Direct Instruction setting. After showing one problem, I asked the students to find the Ant Smasher App (FREE) on their iPad. I did not instruct them in any way, but told them to play.
Screams, Shrills, Excitement (especially when bugs multiplied) Commenced!
After 3-4 minutes of smashing ants, I asked this...
The students then proceeded to their groups to work on similar problems.
As always, I find a concept and attach any app, website, video, or anything else that connects life moments to mathematical content.