In a bid to update the site, I have been teaching myself some JavaScript and getting better with HTML. In particular, this is allowing me to create secondary versions of my QQI and 10QQI activities, making use of JavaScript instead of Flash. Now this may not sound like a huge difference, and indeed I am hoping that the final product will be similar to each other, but the main attraction of switching to JavaScript is that these new activities will work on mobile devices. My plan is to not only make use of the QQI activities in the classroom as I have been doing regularly since I started making them, but now I can also direct my students to the site to practice in their own time. The Mobile Versions of the activities will work on any device, be it a computer, mac, iPhone, Android, tablet, iPad, or even an iPod Touch. This means that no matter what device students have they can access the activity and get as much practice as they need! Also, the new activities have a much better mathematical typeset than the Flash versions, which will help students get used to the way mathematics is typed. I have also included a box for students to type their answers, and have them checked, before revealing the answer, which gives them the opportunity to correct their mistakes. Finally, I have also converted the 10QQI activities as well, which gives the students 10 questions to have a go at on that particular topic. Again, these are now mobile friendly, and are a great quick homework. Tell students to do a set of ten with some set conditions, and then get them to print screen and email you their answers (all devices have a print screen function, for apple products it is the "off" button and the "main" button at the same time). This way all students can do the 10 questions. I am still in the process of converting the different activities. If a mobile version exists, then there is a link to it from the original QQI page, and if visited from a mobile device, you will be redirected to that page automatically. You can also find them on the QQI Index and 10QQI Index as they have a link to the mobile activity next to the main link. Please do let me know what you think about these new mobile activities, and send me any information about how you make use of them with your classes.
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Dan RodriguezClark
I am a maths teacher looking to share good ideas for use in the classroom, with a current interest in integrating educational research into my practice. Categories
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