Graphing Calculator Intro

I fired off the above tweet to kick off the Explore #MTBoS Week 2 Challenge. It was great fun to discover some Swedish fish lovers I was already following, and some new #MTBoS tweeps who are also Patriots fans.

But for this week’s challenge, I am going to write about how my tweeps came through for me a few weeks ago! We use TI graphing calculators on an almost daily basis in my Honors Algebra 1 class. For most of my students, this is the first time they have used a graphing calculator. On September 9th, I decided that the perfect activity for my next lesson, would be to do a graphing calculator scavenger hunt. The thought of creating this from scratch seemed daunting with everything else I had going on that day, so I tweeted the following:

Here are some of the replies I received:

https://twitter.com/rachelrosales/status/377098348995821568

Rachel emailed me her document, which I edited and turned into a scavenger hunt introduction to the graphing calculators. I’ve used Jen’s resources to help students with additional graphing calculator tasks, and found so many great links from the MathForumBooth. I am so thankful for my twitter friends!

Here is the updated document. Please comment and let me know if there are any additional scavenger hunt tasks you think should be included in next year’s version!

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7 thoughts on “Graphing Calculator Intro

  1. That’s a very cool scavenger hunt! I currently teach an integrated math class and have taught algebra 1 in the past. I’m wet behind the ears when it comes to TI-84’s etc., so I might actually use this to familiarize myself with it’s functions! Thanks for sharing! Mind if I follow you on twitter? I’m at @nmcaligrl

  2. Ok, so THIS is the real power of something like Twitter. I’m very new to tweeting, and there’s still a sizable skeptic in me, but if this is the kind of thing that can happen I’ll swallow it hook, line, and sinker. Thanks for sharing!

  3. WOW WOW WOW! You struck gold. This must be the secret–ask and ye shall receive. I have been tweeting out there these very broad, say-nothing statements, and what did I expect to get back. Maybe I’ll take your lead and tweet out a very specific question. I just wish I had things to offer in return. And now, what I really need is a system, whereby I only check twitter a certain time every day or week or whatever. It’s just too hard to tackle, otherwise. As we all like to believe, there’s enough time to do the things we choose to do.

    Sandra @sandrasoupmaker
    http://allrealnumbers.edublogs.org/

    • At the beginning I felt like I didn’t have anything to offer in return either, but eventually I realized that we all do! It just took me some time to feel comfortable sharing. I usually do a really quick scan of Twitter in the morning (5 min max), and then again around dinner time so it doesn’t take up too much of my time. I definitely have found that tweeting out a specific question gets the best responses.

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