
ICT Sharing May 2011Some notes on my use of ICT in teaching Mathematics at John McGlashan College
Students design orienteering courses using Google maps with the distance measurement tool activated (New > Distance measurement tool > Enable). Sort out the link in advance saves students floundering around all over the world (use tinyurl.com to make it even easier). Students measure the angles for compass bearings by holding protractors up to the screen  mixing high tech and low tech is cool in my book! Distance measurement tool paths are temporary, so capture them from Word 2010 with Insert > Screenshot. I haven't done this at John McGlashan yet, but it is cool. First we video an oscillating spring in class. Run the video through VideoStrobe and demonstrate in class how the oscillating spring follows a sine function. Next, set up the Geogebra file, and get students to do the curve fitting. For a fuller explanation see VideoStrobe and click through to the Examples. Scroll down to the last example. Getting started with GeoGebra: Some easy to use starter activities here. Also useful: Greek letter poster.
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