Google Drive + Screenshots = Faster Feedback

When my students do their math homework and struggle with a problem, they often wait until the next day to ask me about it.  Occasionally they will email me with a jumbled message in an attempt to type algebra.  While these are not terrible options, Google Drive provides an even better (and faster) way for students to get help with a problem.  Now that my students are doing their homework on their iPads, this process is even easier!

When a student has a question about his work, he can take a screenshot on his iPad of his attempt at the problem in Notabililty, save the image to his Google Drive, and share the image with me (and preferably add a message asking a question about the problem).

When I get an email notification that a student has shared an image with me, I can give him feedback quickly by opening the image in Google Drive and inserting text comments on different portions of the image.  He will see these comments immediately.

For Student Directions and Teacher Directions, check out our Raid Our Files page.

Stylish Styluses

On orientation day at our school, we see each of our classes for 10 minutes each.   One of our goals during this time is to tell our students what materials they need for the year, and this year we both had to add a new item to our lists:  iPad styluses.

Do you really need a stylus?  iPads are so sensitive, and being able to use the touch screen without a stylus is part of the charm.

For math class, absolutely.  When we were learning to be iPad users ourselves last year, we discovered that writing out solutions, drawing diagrams, and drawing graphs on our iPads was a total game changer, allowing us to really harness the power of this mobile tool to make our workflow, at the very least, more efficient.  This year, we want to teach our students to do the same, but doing these tasks well demands precision and accuracy, and neither is possible on an iPad without a stylus.

So, what do we recommend?

Lia loves the Adonit Jot Pro

“Artists use them for detailed drawings, and since math requires comparable precision and attention to detail, this stylus is a math tech nerd’s dream.”  -Lia