Wednesday, November 27, 2013

TPT Cyber Monday & Tuesday Sale Coming Soon!

Math Friends,

The TPT mothership is once again hosting a huge Cyber Monday Sale and of course I will be participating. With the Promocode "Cyber" you will be able to get up to 28% off anything in the 21st Century Math Projects store!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Chart for your 21st Century Math Projects!

I have experimented with different ways to make my 21st Century Math Projects more searchable and clear. Although a title like "Cost of Smoking" is descriptive of the interdisciplinary content, it isn't clear what topics are being taught. I have tried to make a Common Core alignment chart, but now with 80 projects that became too much to see visually. I have mapped each project to the CCSS on the TPT.

You can click on all the images to be brought directly to the pages with the previews and standards mappings! I hope this is useful!

Alternatively, you can follow this link: 21st Century Math Projects by Subject where you can download at your leisure. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Holly Jolly Trig -- Pythagorean Math Project

What happens if Santa has an untimely hamstring injury just days before the big night? Chaos. Utter chaos. In this 21st Century Math Project, students will plan and accommodate Santa so Christmas doesn't get cancelled.

Name: Holly Jolly Trig
Don't be a cotton-headed ninnymuggins!
Suggested Grade Level: 7-12 (Geometry skills)
Math Concepts: Pythagorean Theorem and Distance
Interdisciplinary Connections: Distance, Engineering
Teaching Duration: 3-4 Days (can be modified)
Cost: $5 for a 19 Page PDF (1 project, 2 assignment and answer keys) 
PDF Version: Holly Jolly Trig @ TPT

The Product: Students use longitude and latitude coordinates to estimate distance of Santa's route

What kind of online math lesson plan writer would I be if I didn't have a Santa/hamstring injury in my repertoire? A cotton-headed ninnymuggins. That's what I'd be. So let me shout from the mountain tops that I am not a cotton-headed ninnymuggins.

The assignments break down like this:

-- In “Chimney Dilemmas” students will interpret ladder application problems and use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve for missing variables and make decisions.

-- In “The Workshop” students will engage in some higher order thinking to develop strategies for solving applied problems.

-- In “Twas the Night” student will use Latitude and Longitude coordinates and the Pythagorean Theorem to estimate the distance between cities.

-- In “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” students will calculate a total of 21 different Pythagorean Theorem problems so it might work better in partners or small groups.

-- In “The List” students will try to minimize the length of the entire trip. This is some rudimentary graph theory. There are many possible answers, but only one lowest possible version.

-- In “Dashing Through the Snow” students will sketch their final route for Santa on a map of the West Coast of North America.

Most importantly let 21st Century Math ProjectHoliday Cheer be sung load for all to hear! Math it up. Keep it real. Peace!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

21st Century Math Projects now INTERACTIVE on NextLesson!

Math Friends join hands! There is some exciting news in the 21st Century Math Project universe. Recently, I was approached by an innovative ed tech start-up NextLesson. They expressed interest in my projects and they desired them to be included in their marketplace. At first I was conflicted because I feel a sense of loyalty to TeachersPayTeachers, but eventually I decided to dive right in for a number of reasons.
NextLesson aims to compete with other curriculum/textbook companies by posting only the best authentic project-based, real world relevant content to their site. They have the leg up on the archaic textbook industry because the can write new content that is available to educators every day. While TPT has been a tremendous blessing for our family, with its continued growth it may become so voluminous that it is difficult to find the best resources. NextLesson eliminates that by filtering these resources and only allowing what they determine to be the best on their site. Hearing these aspects of their vision got me excited about their platform. The more I thought about it, I realized that there would be a specific market for this need and that someone will seize it... And that is what they are doing.

Given the nature of my projects, I have long thought that allowing them to be interactive would add a lot of value. Their site makes it possible. Basically students and teachers will have accounts and a teacher can organize the files associated with a project anyway they see fit. I will be able to add links to relevant sites, video clips and really push the teacher resources to the max. This has also inspired me to consider how I could create PDF forms of my projects so they can be completely digital. Paperless is the future! The possibility to create interactive games and applications adapted from my projects will be an exciting future.

The final major selling point was actually the selling point. NextLesson is already positioning themselves with districts and other educational entities to provide access to their entire site. Their site will have resources from K to 12 in all content areas. Its interface and company vision will be very attractive to districts. I think my projects ultimately make more sense to a district because they cover a wide range of course from 6 to 12. Any individual teacher would likely never be able to use every one, but a district certainly could.

As an extra bonus, the site (while still pretty young) is intuitive, clean and very easy to use from a teacher's perspective. It will only improve in time and that is also exciting.

Lots of exciting excitement, eh?

If you have bought and project and you want this interactive option for your classroom, you can have access to the project for free. If you redownload the file from TPT, it will now feature instructions and a Promocode for you to claim it. You'll just have to visit nextLesson and sign up. Go do it. Explore. Play around. Have fun. Math it up.