Ok, trying again here. If you got a “posting notice” with nothing in it, cyberspace ate the content of the blog post! So…..
I was in Mrs. DeGroot’s classroom this morning doing a lesson with the class around measurement. We had a grand time! Afterwards Mrs. DeGroot showed me some work her students had done recently. Using iPads the students had taken pictures of “found fractions” and then shared them with each other using a SmartBoard. Mrs. DeGroot shared images of the SmartBoard work with me showing both the photograph but the marking of the “part” of the fraction and the naming of the fractional amount.
Using phones, tablets, or digital cameras is a great idea in math. Besides taking pictures of fractions, students could capture images of angles (e.g., acute, obtuse, etc), lines (parallel, perpendicular, etc.), volume (e.g., 1 litre of coloured water poured into a variety of different containers) just to name a few.
I hope you will try having your students look at math in the “real world” and snap a picture!