I didn’t think it would, but the weather just about held off and gave us enough time to do our QR Code Maths test. If you’re not sure what a QR code is then check out the one below by scanning it with your mobile or iPad; they’re on lots of things nowadays. I created 10 codes and each one had a maths problem relating to the topics we’ve learnt in class. In pairs, they used an iPad to scan the code and then they worked out the answers. The answers to these topics were generally the room numbers of the next code in the process and the students had to follow the map of the school to get to that room. They also had to answer the question correctly in order to get to the right class. However, some of the problems were a little more complex and required them to work out the clues they were given. It sounds complicated, but it’s pretty simple and the students seemed to enjoy their “test”.
We recently applied our skills with technology to demonstrate our understanding of rotational symmetry. First, we all grabbed an iPad and went for a walk around the staff car park; we were trying to find car wheels that demonstrated rotational symmetry. When we found them we used the iPads to take photos and uploaded them to Google Drive for use later. During one of our laptop sessions we were then able to use the Draw application on Drive to create and present our work. Have a look at the two examples below from Demi and Pharyn.
This week we’ve been putting the learning we’ve done in the classroom during Maths to practical use. The students have developed their skills in working out the areas of different shapes. In order to get a better understanding of the practical application of their skills they’ve been busy working out the areas of different places around the school. Once they worked out the area, the second part of the task was to price up replacing the grass in one area and the paving in several others. The prices are all genuine from websites around the metro area and, when calculated, will give the real cost of the jobs for the students. The complexity of the areas was also challenging with students having to identify shapes within shapes in order to measure identifiable parts. Once measured they had to add some together or subtract areas that fell within the main body but were not required. To complete the task the students, in their groups, collaborated on Google Drive to present their results. Below are some images of the students in action.
Today we had an end of term maths test and the students were absolutely thrilled. Yes, it does sound a little weird, but this was a test with a difference. Half the test was a conventional one, written on paper, but the other half was made using QR codes. If you’re not sure what a QR code is just scroll down this page and you’ll see ours in the right column (a square thing with squiggly patterns on the inside). They require a QR code reader which our amazing library officer Ms Higgs installed for us on the iPads. I created a number of QR codes which had maths problems on them that appeared when scanned. These had to be answered by the students before racing around the school to find the next code. Some of the answers to the codes gave clues to the next destination and the students had to use their maths knowledge to work them out. It was quite a task to create the test but the enthusiasm of the students made it all worthwhile. Thanks to Mr Avery for the inspiration (see link on “School Blogs”). Click on the photos to see them full sized.