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Show Your Work is Obsolete

Dates: May 4th – June 14th 2020

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Apps like Photomath, Wolfram Alpha, and Purple Math will not only provide students with the answers to math problems but show the steps. Back in the day math classes taught high school students how to calculate the square root by hand (there is an algorithm for that!) but once calculators came along it made the need to calculate square roots manually obsolete. THANK GOODNESS! Instead of spending class time calculating out the square root students can quickly obtain the square root and use the results to do more complicated mathematical reasoning. Let’s admit that apps such as Photomath have made the math classroom staple of show your work obsolete! Excellent! If a robot can do it, this is evidence that it was a low critical thinking task. Let’s replace DOK 1 math calculations with higher critical thinking. Show your work is OUT, Show your THINKING is in! 

This workshop shows you a process for using Google Slides to have students show their thinking to figure out math problems. This is a unique approach to solving a math problem and an innovative use of Google Slides. 

Note that while this workshop uses Google Slides as the medium, most any presentation tool can accomplish the same thing. 

Go Slow Workshops™ are 6 weeks. This gives you the opportunity to practice what you have learned before moving on to learning something new. Each week's activities are designed to take about an hour. (Note, this does not include the time you spend with your students to try out the activities.)

Unlike a self paced video course, Go Slow Workshops™ are designed to be interactive and collaborative. Activities for the week are posted on Monday and you have all week to work through the activities and interact with the teacher and other workshop participants. At the end of the 6 weeks the workshop will be archived, but can be found in Google Classroom by using the menu to access "Archived classes."

Workshop not a class. Go Slow Workshops™ are not a graded class. Participate as much or as little as you wish. As the saying goes "You get out of it what you put into it." You can simply lurk and see what is posted or fully interact with Alice and workshop participants. If you would like Continuing Education credits for the Go Slow Workshops™ please fill out this Google Form.

Go Slow Workshops™ are conducted through Google Classroom. Classroom is designed to be collaborative, interactive, and makes sharing easy. For this reason I choose to use Classroom as the platform for the workshops. The default for school G Suite accounts is to RESTRICT you to your school. You will need a PERSONAL Gmail account that ends in to join the workshops. If you would like to use your school G Suite email please have the Google Apps admin whitelist in the admin panel.

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