Sunday, February 12, 2012

Set Gmail as Your Browser's Default Email Client with a Simple Hack

Set Gmail as Your Browser's Default Email Client with a Simple Hack

Took me a couple of goes but this from Lifehacker is easy. One important note, do this from a gmail window, and then when you click the link, that has to be in the same browser (or shut all windows and reopen) as you just applied the "try this" link.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Personalised and Formative

There are a lot of places on the web that will help students build Number knowledge and basic facts recollection.

Sites like Xtra Math offer a few keen advantages.
  • It is intelligent enough to help develop what students don’t know; personalising their learning
  • It focuses on what basic math facts students can recall, not what they can calculate. Three seconds is a carefully selected compromise that is long enough that a relatively slow typist can enter a recalled answer, and short enough so that most finger-counted responses are not erroneously considered fluent. If you increase the interval then you are no longer measuring fluency.
  • It is able to manage a class of students calling each in turn to participate.
  • It is able to help in the communication with parents and provide formative information for parents
  • It has class email updates
  • It comes at no cost although donations are welcome

Have established this now and will begin adding students soon 
Here is the teacher overview video if you want a look.

Getting Started with XtraMath -- for Teachers from XtraMath on Vimeo.