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# WEBSITE AND CLASSROOM BLOG CREATION TOOLS

Name: John Quinn
Content Area: Mathematics - Geometry
Technology Used (check all that apply):
Blog Wiki Other Website Creation Tool (list):
ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangles in applied problems
Brief Description of Learning Experience:
The class will start off with the teacher reviewing content learned in previous classes through a series of
class discussions and guided questions. This will lead into the flipped classroom strategy of the students
discussing the applications of the Pythagorean Theorem and the associated ratios in the real world (as per
directions contained within the blog), thereby bringing the flipped classroom full-circle. Through guided
discussion and collaborative learning, the students will master the content material.

Following this phase of the class, the students would move into exploration of modeling these aspects of
right triangles with high and low-tech solutions like GeoGebra and Tinker Toys. Geogebra will allow the
students to examine the changes in ratios and right triangles through immediate digital manipulation on the
screen. Tinker Toys allows a physical manipulation in being able to build right triangles and direct
measurements with rulers and protractors.
Bloom’s Level of Critical Thinking Required (check all that apply):
See http://epltt.coe.uga.edu/index.php?title=Bloom%27s_Taxonomy
Remembering Understanding Applying Analyzing Evaluating Creating

Student Engagement/Level of Technology Implementation (LoTi):
Because the students are creating collaboratively, this would be LoTi level 4.

Importance of technology:
Technology is very important in this lesson. Without technology, the students would not be able to view the
blog and prepare for the lesson. The blog provides the links to the materials that would not be available to
the students without technology. Additionally, the use of GeoGebra and Tinker Toys allows the students to
create a better understanding of the Pythagorean Theorem and associated ratios.
Internet Safety and Student Privacy:
9th-grade students are generally 14 or 15 years old, and as such, I would need to obtain parental permission
before I could use their image, voice, or work in a published format. This would require signed
documentation. To further protect the student, because the name of the school and its location would make
identifying the student easier, it would be important to contain any material to a private blog. In preparation
for any consideration of publishing student work, it would be essential to read and follow the school
district’s Internet Safety and Use Policy.
Describe your personal learning goal for this activity.
The flipped classroom approach is a new concept to me. It could be a valuable tool in helping students
understand concepts and material prior to in-class instruction, which would in turn make the in-class time
available for me, as the teacher, to assist in content mastery.

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