Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Too Noisy for Comfort?

Do you hesitate to allow group work in your classroom because the noise level is too hard to control? Bouncy Balls is a fun site to help monitor the noise level in your classroom.  This site is a visual aid for students to see how the noise level affects the balls.

Bouncy Balls uses the computer's microphone and as the noise level rises the balls bounce faster and higher, but as the noise level lessens then the balls move less.  Bouncy Balls allows you to adjust the number of balls that are seen for what best suits your classroom needs.  You can fill the screen with balls or have as few as 25 balls.  Bouncy Balls also allows you to change from balls to bubbles, emojis, and eyeballs.

Bouncy Balls is fun way to make students aware of the noise they are producing and hopefully to self correct.  I will warn you students will want to make noise in the beginning just to see the balls bounce! I think Bouncy Balls is definitely worth checking out.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Math Activity Fun...

I learned about a new (to me) math activity site today called Matific.  It is a fun site filled with math activities, lessons, and games for students of K - 6 grades.  Matific uses hands-on and interactive games, called episodes, to teach math.

The Matific activities are short and quick.  When students answer correctly they are celebrated and when they don't answer correctly then the students are encouraged to choose a different answer.  And even though it's designed with the individual student in mind, those with interactive white boards could make this a quick, fun activity for your whole class.

Matific not only offers games but it also offers lesson plans as well as worksheets. The goal of  Matific is to help teachers teach math concepts in an engaging way, encouraging the seemless integration of technology into the classroom.   Teachers can create free Matific accounts for use at school.  If there is a desire for the product to be used at home, Matific offers a premium account that allows the at-home use.

The site is definitely worth checking out.