I am currently homeschooling my children and find that math is not only intersting but has a direct relationship to everything they see or do. It wasn't somethign I thought about before and now I see a huge possiblity in hands-on math in real life context as well as through games.
I hope that by participating I can expand my knowledge of this area and incorporate that knowledge into lessons for my children.
Yes, I would be happy in helping wtih course organization as I have several years of online course development and facilitation.
1. I joined the Google Group!
2. I am April Hayman and I am an instructional designer and have worked for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Performance Learning Systems, and others. Additionally, I am a certified Peer Reviewer for Quality Matters and am pursuing my PhD in Education, Educational Technology at Walden University (on hiatus on the moment, though).
I am also a full time mom of three boys (I, Big J, and Little J) and wife of 12 years to B. I currently consult on instructional design projects from the sunny High Desert of CA as well as homeschool our three boys. After all, who better than to help them learn than someone who already trains teachers, right? Right!
Personally, I truly believe that technology and digital age skills are important for our students to learn. I maintain that children as well as adults will need these skills today and tomorrow to succeed in an increasingly digital world. I explore the issues of learning in a digital world, course design, online learning, and homeschooling through my two blogs, Living the Digital Life 24/7 and ID Loves EdTech. I will most likely be cross-posting to both blogs for this course.
3. My themes are:
Practical application - What are the uses of numbers in real life? Children always want to know why and I believe that we teach the mechanics but not the reasoning.
Learning through play - How much can we rely on play to teach a concept? I would like to explore the idea of using play rather than rote memorization of facts. Can we use play to enhance learning or does rote memorization play a critical part in learning math facts?
History of Math - After watching the Story of One with my children, I realized that math is much more than just figures and facts. It is deeply tangled with history and the lives of mathematicians that can be used as a jumping off point for learning new concepts.