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What I Learned about Fractions Using Voki - Section 2: Computer Time

As I reflect back on the lesson today, I find that using computer technology in the classroom is a great way to get the students excited about learning. As soon as I told the students that they would make a Voki to summarize their understanding of fractions, they were excited and ready to begin work.

Using technology in the classroom is a great way for the teacher to incorporate writing in the classroom. Traditionally, getting students excited about writing is a difficult task. I have found that using technology makes it a lot easier for me, as the teacher. Most students associate writing with Language Arts. I let my students know that "if you can write about it, then you understand it." Writing is essential in Math!

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# What I Learned about Fractions Using Voki

Lesson 22 of 22

## Objective: SWBAT explain what they have learned from the fraction unit by using technology.

#### Planning

*15 min*

Today, the students use technology to do a self-assessment of their understanding of fractions. On the previous day, we reviewed the fraction unit. Included in the fraction review were various problems, such as equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, simplifying fractions, changing mixed numbers to improper fractions, and adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. These problems were selected because the students have learned different ways to solve these types of problems. The students learned to draw models, use fraction strips, draw number lines, and use computation to solve fractions.

The students use Voki to create a character that summarizes what they understand about fractions. The students are given an instruction sheet along with the rubric (Self Assessment of Fractions Using Voki.docx). The students must tell 5 things that they have learned about fractions. Included in what they have learned about fractions, there must be at least 2 key vocabulary words along with their meanings. Also, the students must give 2 examples using math problems.

Each student is responsible for creating a Voki. I give the students 15 minutes to plan their summaries. At this time, the students brainstorm ideas and math problems to include in their summaries.

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#### Computer Time

*25 min*

Before the students go to the computers, I review the "How to make a Voki.pptx" power point. This is not the first time that the students have used Voki in my classroom. Therefore, we only take a few minutes to review the slides in the power point.

As the students finish their planning, they may go to an open computer. Because of the limited number of computers in my classroom, some students go to the math lab to use the computers (which is just a couple of rooms down the hall.)

Because the students are familiar with Voki, I give them about 25 minutes to type their summaries. This summary is very important because it allows the students to connect math with writing. Additionally, it is an alternative way to assess the students. Students love using technology in the classroom. This provides them a fun way to show what they have learned.

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#### Whole Class Share

*15 min*

To close the lesson, I bring the students back together as a whole. Because the students love to share their work, I share a few of the Voki's on the Smart board. This is another teaching opportunity because it allows the students to hear their classmates way of thinking. Because the students may include what they want in their Voki's, this whole class share may help a student who did not master a certain part of fractions.

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- UNIT 1: Fractions
- UNIT 2: Skills Review
- UNIT 3: Algebra
- UNIT 4: Geometry
- UNIT 5: Patterns & Expressions
- UNIT 6: Problem-Solving Strategies
- UNIT 7: Decimals
- UNIT 8: Measurement and Data
- UNIT 9: Multiplication and Division Meanings
- UNIT 10: Place Value
- UNIT 11: Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers
- UNIT 12: Multiplying and Dividing

- LESSON 1: Is it 1 or more than 1? (Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers)
- LESSON 2: Name that Fraction
- LESSON 3: Number Lines and Equivalent Fractions
- LESSON 4: Comparing Fractions
- LESSON 5: Explain Your Answer (Fractions)
- LESSON 6: Equivalent Fractions
- LESSON 7: Who has the largest fraction? (Ordering Fractions)
- LESSON 8: What's Another Name For Me?
- LESSON 9: My Personal Pizza
- LESSON 10: Fraction Game Day
- LESSON 11: Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Like Denominators
- LESSON 12: Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators
- LESSON 13: Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators
- LESSON 14: Decomposing and Composing Fractions
- LESSON 15: Teresa's Pizza (Fraction Decomposition)
- LESSON 16: Modeling Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers
- LESSON 17: Adding Mixed Numbers
- LESSON 18: Subtracting Mixed Numbers
- LESSON 19: Using Shapes to Model Fractions as Multiples of Unit Fractions
- LESSON 20: Multiplying a Fraction by a Whole Number
- LESSON 21: Fractions Review
- LESSON 22: What I Learned about Fractions Using Voki