After watching the Math & 21st century learning webinar I gained several new tools for my toolbox. So many that I had trouble deciding where to start! Then I realized that I was already implementing something in my classroom that supports Math & 21st century learning. My students use two online sights that allow them to practice their math skills on the computer. My students use an online program called Scootpad to complete their homework each night and in class they use an online program called Mobymax to practice their math skills during our math rotations. Both programs allow me to differentiate the skills my students are working on. They also both allow my students to work at their own pace. Some students can be working on their addition facts while others are already on their division facts; something that wasn't realistic before when we completed our math facts on paper. Both sites give you great reports that drill down the specific skills or standards and show you how the students are performing. I really like how they allow students to take a placement test at the beginning of the year as well so that students don't have to waste time practicing skills they have already mastered. They do both have their drawbacks though. In order to differentiate the skills your students are working on in Scootpad you have to upgrade to the paid version for $10 a month. It also has many other great features like demonstration videos when students are having trouble with a skill but that feature is part of the $20 a month plan so we don't use that as of now. I would exclusivly use mobymax since most of the features come free but It's reports aren't as good as the ones offered in Scootpad. It also doesn't allow you to assign assignments the way that Scootpad does so it's harder to make sure the students are doing their work which is why we use it in class and Scootpad for home practice.
Next year I hope to explore Math playground and Voki as well. I attempted to use Voki with my students but have to figure out a way for my students to turn in their Voki. I tried out e-mailing a sample to myself but never received the e-mail from the site so I think I need to play around with it more before implementing it with my students. Hopefully next year I will be able to implement it with my students because it seems like a very engaging activity for students to show what they know.