Learning Plan

Learner Name: Melissa Bersano

1. General Information:
Through this learning plan I wish to learn about math applications for the iPad, and how these applications play a role in the education of elementary students. Though my learning support students receive math instruction via Saxon math, their instructional level is often below the regular fifth grade student. I must use supplemental materials and technology in order to teach concepts that are tested on the fifth grade PSSA test. Often my students learn and retain concepts better if they can engage with the concept through technology and play. I need to learn about this topic in order to expand the types of technology I utilize with my students in the classroom during math instruction. I must also provide an avenue through which to provide remediation and enrichment for my students.

2. Learning Goals and Objectives:
Learning Goal 1: To explore various mathematics applications for the iPad
Learning Goal 2: To identify three math applications that link directly to fifth grade math content.
Specific Objective 1: To identify one math application related to fifth grade
Numbers, Number Systems and Number Relationships.
Specific Objective 2: To identify one math application related to fifth grade Measurement and Estimations.
Specific Objective 3: To identify one math application related to fifth grade geometry.

3. Learning Resources:

I began my search for knowledge of math applications for the ipad by conducting a google search using the words as follows:

"math applications for iPad":
Some links of interest included: Fun & Educational Math Apps for Kids 40 Amazingly Educational iPad Apps for Kids

"best measurement applications for ipad for kids":
Some links of interest included: Kids Apps Mobi The Best of the Best math Apps for Elementary School

On-Track Multiplication and Division (Computation and Estimation: 2.2.5.B.)

Pizza Fractions: (Numbers, Number Systems and Number Relationships: 2.1.5.B.)

Splash Math: Find the Perimeter: (Measurement and Estimation 2.3.5.C.)

Splash Math: Find the Area: (Measurement and Estimation 2.3.5.C.)

Splash Math: Polygons: (Geometry 2.9.5.A.)

Standards that were accessed

4.. Learning Tools:
Notes would be taken and added to a Wikispace. Each application's connection to fifth grade math content would be documented. Each application would be accompanied with pros and cons related to its ability to enforce, re mediate, or enrich content. A link (if possible) would also be provided in order to provide more information on the application. This link could be to a website, video, or blog.

If I were working with colleagues in gathering information on iPad applications, we could work collectively on the Wiki. We would then be able to view each other's notes and collaborate in compiling a quality list of mathematics applications that could then be used in the classroom.

5. Learning Schedule:
This plan could be implemented alongside the yearly goal each staff member is to establish at the beginning of the school year. The goal could include breaking the year down into marking periods and assigning an academic subject to each marking period. Over the course of the eight week marking period I would spend one 40 minute prep period per week researching iPad applications for math. I would also spend 1 hour over the weekend researching applications as well. This same schedule would be carried out for the next three marking periods with a focus on reading applications, science applications, and social studies applications.

6. Documenting & Communicating/Publishing Learning Results:
The wikispace itself would serve as a living document that could be changed and edited as needed. It would also serve as a bulletin board through which the teachers involved in the project could communicate. Once the project was completed the wiki would have the capability of being linked to the grade level website and/or added as a link on the district teacher pages website.