LOOK IT UP!! Interactive Problem Solving #1
With all of the technology available today, students should be able (and willing) to use the internet as a tool in math class. I tell my students that there is simply NO EXCUSE to not have their work completed when they have access to so much information at their fingertips. I’ve always encouraged them to “look it up” if they are struggling with a concept. Unfortunately, this rarely occurs and they come to class the next day with incomplete assignments and the expectation that I will explain everything.
In an effort to teach my students to become responsible for their own learning, I have created activities in which the students must use their smartphones, tablets, or laptops to find the required information to solve a set of problems.
The problems are not difficult, but there is information and/or formulas that the students must “look up” as it is not common knowledge. I remind them that they can look up a math formula just as easily as they can look up a song, a video, a game, or a friend on social media. They simply need to get in the habit of using their technology as a tool for learning!
This set includes multi-step problems based on the following:
Formula to rotate a point 90º about the origin
Conversion of meters to inches
Highest grossing movie of 2015
Surface area of a sphere (given the radius)
Height of tallest building in the world vs. Empire State Building
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