BYOD: Using Technology to Make Student Thinking Central

Max Ray-Riek

• 9–12 Workshop

Friday, October 23, 2015 | 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Room 418 (Atlantic City Convention Center)

Description: NCTM’s Principles to Actions encourage teachers to use and connect mathematical representations, facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse, and build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding. This requires teachers to make students’ informal methods for solving problems central to their classroom. Technology makes this easier—see how!

Math Prompts: Here are some math prompts that I selected as being particularly great for technology-enhanced discussions where students compare each other’s thinking:

Scenario: The Teddy Bears’ Banquet
Student Work (and the student work we’ll focus on in this session: Atlantic City Student Work Subset)

Scenario: Growing Worms
Scenario: Eating Grapes

We’ll explore some of them in our session.

Technology: We’ll focus on technology that supports communication; particularly that enhances what might otherwise have been a whole-group discussion that left some students feeling disengaged or behind.

If you’re bring an iPad, we’ll be using CueThink and screencasting apps such as EduCreations and/or Numberkiz.

Here is a link to the CueThink Instruction Sheet. You can also find some CueThink tutorials at (scroll down to find tutorials).

If you’re bring a laptop or Chromebook, we’ll use Google Docs, including the Drawing feature.

Here is a link to the Google Docs Instruction Sheet. And the URL where we’ll share our Google Docs is

If you’re bringing a phone or another kind of tablet, we’ll use TodaysMeet.

Other technology will include paper, pencils, and sticky notes, and we’ll see how an iPad + mirroring software can be a wireless document camera and mobile whiteboard.

Two questions to help me plan:

  1. What device are you bringing?
  2. How familiar are you with some of the technology named above?

I’d also love to hear any goals you have for the session, and technology or routines that you use to facilitate kids engaging with each other’s thinking, and more!

Max Ray-Riek

Max Ray-Riek

Max is a Professional Collaboration Facilitator at The Math Forum, and the author of the book Powerful Problem Solving. Max is a former secondary mathematics teacher who has presented at regional and national conferences on fostering problem solving and communication and valuing student thinking.

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