# Pop Some Math

The lesson Plan for math that I had in mind was more or less helping students to memorize their multiplication tables. This lesson plan is built over the course of a few days.It begins first in making an attempt to evaluate what the student already knows and has previously memorized.  This includes their, 0’s,1’s,2’s,5’s,10’s,11’s. Once these tables have been taught through repetition and practice the next phase is implemented, the 3’s and 9’s time table using the different activities mentioned in the lesson plan. Drill all these problems into their heads and make it almost like second nature. The last step is to create a 5min. timed quiz for the students to test their knowledge, 100 problems. Next and final step would be tying everything together.

This is where my game would come into play. Instead of using the traditional method of a drill sheet why not make a game where the students can reinforce their multiplication skills and pop some balloons. I would explain the the children the concept of the game and have each student spin at least once. We would do a few as a class no paper or pencil.  I wasn’t able to create a mock up of the game because it included so many elements. I took a while to build and it wasn’t finished till the day of the arcade.

I changed the rules form have the students give me all the possible combinations for the number on the wheel to only ave to come up with one. The biggest feed back I got was ion the non-popping balloons. Some suggested I use something else entirely but most said just make the balloons bigger so they can pop. However, I realize were could not conduct this game in an actual classroom due to the use of sharp objects. But the point of the game is clear.

# The Making of Bingo Speed.

My Documentations of “Bingo Speed” in process.

Outline of Bingo Speed

Pasting of numbers and darkening of the lines.

The Final Piece.

Bingo cards constructed

Bingo Chips

When I decided to turn the BINGO education, I did not know how to get there besides the fact about adding addition problems to its card. I did not know how to be able to go about creating the game fun and challenging. However, though the support of my Professor – Prof. Smith and My Class Fellows- I was able to turn my boring game of Bingo to a fun “Speed Bingo.”  The idea was really good but I did not know how I was going to get my numbers drawing to work- my first thought was to just pick out numbers from the hat but that did not show any “creative-ness.” I wanted to get artistic and what not. I wanted to make something that would be fun to play with and also a little bit challenging and intense for one to play. Therefore, I began to think of games that I found fun while my time at Chuck E Cheese and also Dave Busters. I like games that involves spinning wheels. Right then a light bulb switched on and I decided to make my Speed Bingo a game where it involves me spinning a wheel 🙂

Although I had my idea thought out and designed. I had trouble getting my spinner to spin! It got so annoying to the point where I wanted to design something else =/ I knew I did not have much time but also knew I had to get it done no matter what. The thought of YouTube-ing “How to Make a Spinner for board games?” came to my mind and I had my bestfriend help me find a simple video to help me get my project done.

I had wished for my game to be fun and educational with a little bit of  intensity. I think i was able to accomplish that-  Watch my video!  The more I played with new contestant the more ideas grew. I was able to grasp a better hold of my game with better rules! I could have done a better job at first but since I did not have the opportunity to play it with many people, I did not get much feedback nor any advice.

Thank you guys for playing my game and helping me in improving it 🙂

# BINGO SPEED

One of the main traditional lesson plan is teaching students how to add. The knowledge of addition allows students to move on to learning how to subtract, multiply and divide. It all starts with addition, so I believe. I remember growing up and first being taught the concept of adding from my family. Learning to count my toys and money(coins) were just the beginning. When I started school, I can clearly remember my teacher teaching us how to add from using blocks and other class materials.

I was able to find a Lesson Plan on Addition online:

Objectives

1. The students should be able to explain up to 3 different reasons that being able to add is important                                                                                                                                        2. At the end of this lesson the students should be able to add different objects together to find out how many objects there are total.

Materials

1. 5 colorful building blocks
2. 5 pieces of paper with the numbers 1 through 10 on them

Introduction

The teacher should start out by explaining that addition is simply the combination of 2 or more different groups of numbers. For example if you have a pile with 2 objects in it and another pile with one object in it you get three. The teacher should count the separate piles, then put the piles together and count them again. Next the teacher should get five students to come up to the front of the room. The students should be split up into 2 groups one with 3 individuals and the other with 2. The students in the first group should each get pieces of paper with the numbers 1, 2 and 3 written on them. The students in the second group should get the numbers 4 and 5. The class should then count the students in the first group. The teacher should then say that we are now going to add 2 and 3 together. As the group of two moves to the group of three the teacher should say that we have just added 2 to 3. The students should then count the this new group and come up with the number five. The teacher should not move on if the students do not readily recount the new group and do not seem to understand that the groups have now been combined.

Main lesson

Conclusion

As a conclusion to this lesson the teacher should have several different objects that she has gathered for the students to add. Each student should get a chance to do this. If any students make a mistake the teacher should correct them and help the students by having them count each pile and then count the piles together.

Evaluation

The students should be informally evaluated based on how the teacher has observed them answering questions. A short quiz could be used as well, but should not take more then five minutes to finish.

To get students to have more fun with addition. A play I decided to add to is- BINGO. Each student gets a bingo card with random number problems on them (2+1, 3+5…etc). Each bingo card may have different number problems but at the same level of difficulty. The game is played just like bingo except the teacher gives the answer to the number problem and the students have to see which number problem equals to the given answer, if the student have that number problem on his/her bingo card then they can cover it with a chip. Some cards may have more then one number problem to the given answer, which is okay the student can cover all the number problems that gives the answer the teacher announced.Once a student has 5 in a row either horizontally  vertically or diagonally then the student wins BINGO.

I tried this game a couple of time with my younger brother and his friend,Nick. Of course I was playing the teacher and calling out the numbers as they were playing the students and trying to figure out which number problems made the answers. Even thought the math problems were easy they were still having little difficulty because the game makes you think fast. It was a fun and exciting game because they both were so desperately waiting for me to say the next number so they can try to hit BINGO before each other. I found it really fun and I believe if we have more players it would be even more fun. It is a really good way to teach students math because kids love games. They would be competing against one another which will make them want to do the math problem at the same time learning it too.

Nick won the 1st round.

I had called out the numbers- 10,5,6 ,7 and 3.

Nick won the 2nd round also

I called out the numbers – 8,6,3,7,10 and 11

Rasheed won the 3rd round

I called out the numbers – 12, 8, 2, 4, 6, 5 and 15

The Feedback I got from them:

“It was really fun, and educational. I felt it was kind of tricky because an answer could have more than one problem for it. The rest was basically just like bingo.” -From Nick

“I had a good time playing this with nick. Nick won the first two times but then I got the hang of it. I think you can make it even more challenging by mixing it up with subtraction, but again it’s for little kids so it’s ok”. – From Rasheed

Prize-

Since it was short notice for my brother and his friend Nick. I did not have any appropriate prize to give so they came up with the idea “The winner gets \$5.” I really needed participate so I went with it. However, when playing the game with students- prizes would be school related.

Ticket winning- would be pretty easy. They would have to add up the rows of number they made BINGO in. Depending on the amount, they would win prizes in that range.

# The Politics of Ed- Tech

This article is based on Education being political. Government role is not the only reason for Education to be political. According to the article, Audrey Watters states,”it is political because of the Polis– the connections between education and community. Education is political because learning is at once personal (and, of course, “The personal is political”) and social; is it both private and public.” If education can be political so can Ed-Tech.When people think about Ed-Tech- a lots of other words to comes to mind. Such as, Technology, education, Politics, Communication, Learning, connection and a lot more.Ed-Tech has all sorts of meanings to it.

“Ed-tech” is often used too as a shorthand for brands: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Pearson, Intel, HP SMART, LEGO, Discovery.”

I Believe this trend was chosen to allow us to be able to understand what exactly is the Politics of Ed-Tech and how it has our lives involved into it.  We can for sure say, 2012 was the year of technology. The influence of technology in our life has been increasing dramatically.  The article mentions about the business of ed-tech and its top ed-tech trends- Ipads, Khan academy, online learning, social media and much more. All of these top notable ed-tech has a connection to learning through technology. Technology has changed the way of teaching and learning. Through the usage so much technology, it is starting a business of its own. Now there is a business of education through technology.Its a win win situation on both side. A child gets his/her education and the business company makes money off of their tech.

— we witnessed in 2012 the (education) technology sector discovering, seizing, wielding its power and influence.

The companies listed on the image above contains all sorts of different age and social related learning corporations. They all deliberate to meet the expectation of parents and teachers.Many of us are probably familiar with quite a few of them.

An example of political influence on education is that the government wants more educated people in fields like the army and air force. The video gives a small introduction to a program called the key influencer program, which gets people excited for fields like army and air force. The program trains individuals so that they can be interested in such fields. Overall goal for such programs are, as Dr. Filippenko stated at the end of the video “we need to keep the US strong in science, technology, innovations, leadership, team work, creativity and individual pursuit of this high ideals”.