# Math News from ISTE: Great Minilessons and Center Activities

Hey everyone! I am at the ISTE’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado (International Society for Technology in Education). I went to some great sessions today. Three important websites I’d like to share:

1. Brainpop – I went to a research session on the effectiveness of Brainpop in improving students’ academic achievement. The research looks promising and shows statistically significant achievement in the students that used Brainpop as a supplement to their learning. I have seen the math Brainpop videos used effectively in some classrooms. The videos are engaging, filled with rich content and student centered. Some of it is free. For most of it, you have to have a subscription. It helps make math content more accessible through funny cartoons about various math topics. http://www.brainpop.com/ and http://www.brainpop.com/free_stuff/ and http://www.brainpopjr.com/

2. Harvey’s Homepage (Only for folks with Smartboards)- I went to a great session with this guy who does some amazing things with math and smartboards. If you have smartboards his stuff is definitely worth looking at. It is all free and downloadable…a lot of great stuff for elementary grades… he also sells a thumbdrive with everything in one place for a bargain. Check his stuff out at http://www.harveyshomepage.com/Harveys_Homepage/Welcome.html and http://gettingsmarterwithsmartboards.blogspot.com/2009/06/check-out-function-man-under-patterns.html

3. Create a Graph -This is a site by the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/). It is a website to help children understand, read and create different types of graphs and charts.

Stay tuned for more great websites!

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