Monday, March 23, 2009

Most Successful Lesson

What has been your most successful lesson where you have integrated technology so far? What made it successful? How would you modify it for the next time you use it? What are some other ways you are planning on integrating technology this year?

My most successful SmartBoard lesson so far has been a math lesson on "What's My Rule?" It was successful because of the level of student interest and participation. I created a function machine on the SmartBoard with a missing rule and some missing "in" and "out" numbers. The target was to use the given numbers in the "in"/"out" table to find the rule and the missing number. I also put a hundred chart on the page to allow students to flip over the numbers as they counted them. Each of my students had a chance to go up to the SmartBoard to solve part of the "What's My Rule?" problem. The students at their seats were also very engaged in the lesson -- they love seeing what will happen next on the SmartBoard! I would modify this lesson next year by grouping and locking my function machine. I forgot to, and when I erased the numbers in it, I erased part of my function machine and it was a nuisance to redraw the parts each time I erased. I am hoping to continue using my SmartBoard for math lessons, as the students are much more eager to participate and it makes active participation more fun for the students, and easier for me to implement. Another way I'd like to implement technology this year is to get the laptop cart in my room to do math games or other activities with my students. Since they love the SmartBoard so much, I bet that would be a big hit with them.


  1. Way to go Jenna! That is a great idea to have the "What's My Rule" on the SMART board. I don't have one made yet, so you might have to send it to me. While your kids come up to the board are the other ones doing anything or have something in front of them?

    I agree I wish I could get the laptop cart to do small group work, but our cart is spread apart in the building. That is something we will have to work on.

  2. I agree that the level of engagement goes up when there is the opportunity for the students to interact with the SMARTboard. I like how you had tools i.e. hundreds chart for the students to use while determining the rule. What a great way to further their understanding of number patterns. Plus, the hundreds chart is fun on there! If you have not already sent your function machine to Alexa please add me on the email!