Use appropriate technology tools and other resources to
design products to share information with others (e.g.
multimedia presentations, Web 2.0 tools, graphics,
podcasts, and audio files).
Evaluate content for relevance to the assigned task.
Use appropriate technology tools and other resources to organize information
There is an interactive SMARTboard lesson, a lesson in which the students are encouraged to check their work with an online graphing site, and to research online for real life applications of correlations in data sets.
The SMARTboard lesson gets students more involved in their learning than they are that in, say, the Direct Instruction lesson. Passive lessons feel like they are happening to the students while having students out of their seats and doing the math themselves on a fun interface like a SMARTboard makes learning an active experience. A student will learn more by doing a problem themselves than by copying my work off of a board.
In my differentiation and in the Graphing Inequalities Lesson, I had Sandra and the students use the online graphing site to help visualize the abstract concepts in algebra. Sandra has a skill for computers so this should be easy for her to do and also give her concrete ideas to remember when she has trouble with her formulas. For the other students, it helps them create a visual for a project that should help solidify the idea that equations for lines in algebra, which are numerical representations of data, have concrete patterns to be observed and are very applicable to real life.
In the Scatter Plot lesson, I give a homework assignment to find a real life data set by researching online and determining whether there is a positive or negative correlation. This makes the applications of scatter plots not only real but by investigating it themselves, they can find example relative to their interests. By doing this, they are more likely to understand and care about the lesson. Making the lesson apply to real life is always important and by having the students do the research themselves, they learn not only about how math is used outside of the classroom but also improve their researching skills for other classes.