Blogs and the Math Curriculum
Math Journaling of Concepts
An online math journal through a blog offers anytime anywhere access for students to access multiple students conversations around a particular concept. Educators can offer open ended questions to journal about, students can reflect on concepts that have been discussed in class and exchange ideas around those concepts. Students can regularly reflect on their own thought processes and share their successes and opportunties to rethink their own solutions in audio, textual, graphical or video format. Educators and students can model the approriate use of mathematical symbols and vocabulary through a blog.
External Example: ToryMath0506
Illustrating Problem Solving Showing Multiple Paths to an Answer
An area to demonstrate and solve problems of various types with whole class participation. Using the online classroom blogging community, educators can create relevant problem solving experiences to extend the repertoire of strategies students can apply to solving problems. Blogs offer an opportunity for educators to model mathematical reasoning and encourage students to reflect on their problem solving strategies. Educators can encourage clarification of concepts when students are unsure of possible solutions.
Scribing of Classroom Notes
By sharing their experiences students can offer their peers the ability to connect and represent ideas and concepts with the class. Students can demonstrate what they know through a post and other students building on those concepts through words, images, audio or video format whatever method they feel most comfortable.
A blog can be used to offer multiple approaches to the same concept without duplicating educator workload. By linking out to learning objects and online resources educators can offer students multiple paths of concept attainment. In an open blogging community, student’s can also offer resources that they have found particularly useful to share with peers.
By linking directly to useful resources on the internet educators can make use of a broad range of tutorials, learning objects, and resources. Social bookmarking tools can help simplify the process by adding a feed of bookmarks geared to a specific group of students. An educator need only bookmark a web site once, for it to be posted in many places through a feed.
Providing Extension Activities and Extra Help
Blogs can help enable students to make sense of the Mathematics that they are learning by sharing their reasoning processes. Educators can use the student's ability to explore and develop mathematical ideas, make predictions and justifiy the results of those predictions. By being able to read through the blog posts of other students they will gain a variety of viewpoints. An educator can guide the reasoning processes of the students.
Blogs offers a place that students can go to continue the classroom conversations and extend their knowledge. Materials that are produced in a blog are archived and ready to be reused or remixed for other uses.