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I'm a probationer secondary maths teacher with my S5 now just weeks away from their Intermediate 2 exam. I am REALLY keen to help them wherever and whenever I can and this includes when they go off on study leave.
I want to therefore establish something online whereby they can post up a question or better still a photo of the problem and either a colleague or I can then help them. I have no idea if this will work or how popular it will be but I want to give it a try.
Problem is it can't really be a simple blog site as I want it to be able to cater for photos - maths questions are hard to type ... and photos are easier, which is the name of the game. Does anyone have any suggestions therefore what I could use for this?
I was wondering about facebook but am also very aware of the problems associated to this. I was therefore deliberating on getting one of them to create a page themselves so that it has nothing to do with me - indeed I might not even be able to contribute / answer the questions but at least I might still be able to see how they are doing.
What does everyone think? Am I being naive to think this will work??
I have a dropbox folder which my yr 11s can access with all ppts from this year, past papers etc.
Although we don't do this - you could easily have a folder in the folder where they can submit photos / documents - you could then access them - amend the document and put it back in the folder for them to see.
Alternatively - just do it one on one through your school email! Very safe as you have a record of all interactions.
Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I'm intrigued: how does this dropbox folder work? Where is it? On Glow?
As for email, yes this was going to be my last resort if nothing more communal worked out, at least this way they can get in touch with me which is the key requirement. Just nice if I can share these learning opportunities with the whole class rather than individually.
Having looked online I have now stumbled across Moodle which I have heard of in the past. Does anyone know anything about this or something similar??
Feel free to use the "Follow It Up" section on Ask NRICH. Although it was set up for following up out of school events, there's no reason why you couldn't use it with your class. You can start a thread, and students can register themselves. Images and documents can be uploaded, and there is some support for mathematical notation. The disadvantage is that the forum can be read by anyone - your students might want to make sure their screenname is recognisable by you but not others - initials or similar. We also discourage people from saying what school they're from, so you should avoid the school name in your thread title ("Mr P's S5" might do). The forum is moderated - I read everything posted within a few hours, so if they get silly then action would be taken for you.
I'd be interested to see whether it works - do e-mail me at the address given on Ask NRICH if you want to ask more.
No idea what Glow is.
Dropbox is situated at www.dropbox.com
it's basically a file sharing / online storage facility.
We have a wiki page and our learning mentor does a 'wikid party' on the Sunday evening before the exam.
I use Moodle and have a course for each year - it's excellent for providing students with resources they can use at home.
Depending on the tech support you have maybe Moodle would be a pain to set up?
Maybe a wiki? I have used Wikispaces which is excellent and free.
Maths is a pain to write online - when I am replying to student queries I sometimes use an online whiteboard,
Thank you so much to everybody who has replied, this feedback is brilliant. Glow is an
IT SharePoint system used by Scotland athough unfortunately its clunky
and kids don't know their username and password, let alone use it, so despite how much I'm being encouraged to use
it for this, its not a viable option so close to the exams.
So I will have a look at Dropbox, Moodle, WordPress and NRich and see how I get on. I may well adopt more than one - as I need something now but also something for next year, so thank you once again to everybody so far.
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