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December 14, 2013

WERA 2013

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I have spent three days at the Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) Conference in Seattle, WA, learning about Common Core, assessment and teaching. My favorite session was by Tracy Davis, Using Google Tools to Prepare Students for Online Testing. I got several great ideas that I look forward to trying out!

You can find more information about My WERA 2013 Conference Experience on Storify.


July 24, 2013

Some changes a’coming…

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Living here in Hawaii this past year has been a wonderful experience. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the staff and students at Maryknoll School;  teaching in a one-to-one laptop school was an awesome experience!

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My husband is retiring from the US Navy and our family has decided to return to the mainland to be closer to family. We are in the process of packing up our household and heading to the Seattle area where I have accepted a position with the Northshore School District as their grade 7-12 Math TOSA. I am looking forward to another adventure and this new opportunity!


June 5, 2013

My Kukulu Kaiaulu 2013 Conference Experience

Filed under: Conferences,Technology,Web 2.0 @ 8:32 pm

I have spent the past two days at Kukulu Kaiaulu 2013 Technology Conference listening to wonderful minds and getting inspired. What a great way to end the school year!

Keynote speakers:

  • Nirvan Mullick, creator of Caine’s Arcade. If you have never seen this, you really should because it is completely amazing.
  • Laura Zander, owner of Jimmy Beans Wool. She is a fantastic speaker, hilariously entertaining, with a wonderful message of encouraging others to discover the intersection between what they’re good at and what they’re passionate about.
  • Dr. Michael Wesch, a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. In his keynote, he explored the environments and conditions in which imagination thrives, why those environments are increasingly scarce in our schools and society, and what we can do about it.



You can find more information about these keynote speakers and my conference experience on Storify.

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June 4, 2013

Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Filed under: Mathcasts,Uncategorized,Video @ 1:21 am


For their final project, students in my trigonometry class were asked to create a video that demonstrates concepts they learned this trimester. Students
were given handouts of the project guidelines and scoring rubric.

I have used this project several times through the years with my Precalculus and AP Calculus students. Past projects have included “Charlie’s Angles” and a soap opera, “As the World Turns 360 degrees.”  This year’s projects include a version of “Mythbusters” where students use trigonometry to test myths:

Happy viewing!


June 2, 2013

Our YouTube Channel

Student mathcasts created by my trigonometry class this trimester and teacher-created mathcasts can be viewed on my YouTube Channel at

A few highlights:


May 30, 2013

Math + screencast = Mathcast

Filed under: Camtasia Studio,Mathcasts,TechSmith @ 1:48 am

Students in my trigonometry class used Camtasia Studio to create mathcasts of their work.

The first is a movie we uploaded to YouTube. The second is a set of 6 movies we produced with a table of contents using Camtasia and uploaded to our course Moodle. After students created and uploaded their mathcasts, their next task was to present their movie to their parent(s) during a student-led homework conference. Parents viewed the mathcast and completed this evaluation form. Feedback I received from parents was overwhelmingly positive. :)

There are plenty of free screen recording tools out there such as Jing or Screenr to name a few. If you haven’t yet created screencasts with your students, I urge you to try it!

May 26, 2013

Socrative gets pics, and gets smarter!

I have been using Socrative this year and love it, but I did wish I had the ability to add pictures/graphs to questions. And now, I can! In the latest update,  Socrative introduced two important features to it’s popular web-based (and free!) student response system software:

  • Teacher can now add images to questions.
  • Socrative now has the ability to automatically grade short response questions.

If you haven’t tried Socrative yet, I highly recommend it! It is free and can be accessed by students with any internet-capable device.

May 23, 2013

TI-Nspire workshops

Filed under: CCSS,Graphing calculators @ 4:51 pm

TI-Nspire CASIf you happen to be in Hawaii on June 5 — 7 or June 24 – 26 and have some time in your schedule, explore the potential of TI-Nspire technology for implementing the Common Core State Mathematics Content and the Mathematical Practices for Mathematics.  You will learn ways for using TI-Npsire handhelds, TI-Nspire Teacher Software, Nspire Navigator as well as the TI-Nspire App for iPads to implement CCSS.

June 5 – 7 Getting Started with TI-Nspire™ in Middle Grades Mathematics and the Common Core  Hosted by and held at King David Kalakaua Middle School  

This workshop is designed for educators who are interested in or just beginning to use TI-Nspire™ technology. It will cover the basics to get started with the technology in Middle Grades Mathematics and Pre-Algebra. This will comprise the use of both the handheld and the Teacher Software. TI-Nspire technology will be introduced in the context of the middle school mathematics curriculum. Participants will also explore learning resources such as Activities Exchange and Math Nspired, designed to support further use of TI-Nspire technology and additional activities, along with discussions on the integration of these in their classrooms. At the conclusion of the three days, participants should have a comfort level in the use of premade documents, along with basic skills in the use of graphing and the other applications of TI-Nspire technology.  For further information contact Scott Powell, [email protected], 808-383-0359


 June 2426 Implementing the Common Core Mathematical Practices with TINspire™   Hosted by University of Hawaii  Curriculum Research Development Group, held at King David Kalakaua Middle School  

This workshop is designed to equip teachers teaching Middle Grades and High School Mathematics to excite and engage students using the Mathematical Practices. This will comprise the use of both the handheld and the Teacher Software. TI-Nspire™ technology will be introduced in the context of middle grades and high school mathematics curriculum. An emphasis will be placed on pedagogy and the implementation of effective and appropriate use of technology in an interactive mathematics classroom, in alignment with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Participants will reflect on what steps are needed to get the students engaged in the mathematical practices through case studies, video and task analysis. For further information contact Judith Olson, [email protected], 808-956-3939


Each participant will receive:  

• Course Material Package: Instructional Activity Binder

• 1 Nspire CX Handheld ($150 value)

• 1 Single User License of TINspire CX Teacher Edition Software ($150 value)


To Register , visit:

Teacher registration cost: $350

Preservice Teacher cost: $125

Space is limited to 30 participants per institute.

May 21, 2013


Strawpoll is an easy-to-use polling software that allows your to quickly gather information from your students.  Just enter your question and answer choices, decide whether you want the question to be single-answer or multi-select, and then create! The URL for your new poll will be displayed and ready for use. To view the results of your poll, just visit the poll URL and click “results” on the bottom right corner of the page.

Here’s a poll I created this morning for my Precalculus students at the beginning of class regarding the previous lesson:

Hope you find this to be a useful tool!

May 4, 2013

SOTF 2013 Conference

I will be presenting this fall at the 2013 Schools of the Future (SOTF) Conference at the Honolulu Convention Center. In my session on October 18th, participants will learn how to use free interactive technologies to assess students during the learning process, facilitate classroom discussion, and increase student collaboration. This session will emphasize formative assessment strategies that can be used in any content area or grade level. Technologies will include Socrative which can be used as a student response system, Hot Potatoes software, and a variety of screencasting technologies to capture student thinking.

SOTF 2012 was a fantastic conference and I anticipate that SOTF 2013 will be another great event. I highly encourage all of those in Hawaii to register for this event!

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