Dan Meyer emphasizes that students should be abstracting in math class. When we present a formula and then talk about a situation in which it would be useful, we’ve done all the abstracting. Instead, Dan suggests, let’s just give the students a situation and ask an interesting question about it. He’s collected a bunch of interesting photos and videos at 101qs.com - check it out!
I wanted to help teachers get this done. Dave Major made a neat proof of concept for some full lessons, but I shot for just the opener. You can use this new mini-app to get your class started, and then the rest of the structure is up to you and your teaching skills.
If you have any programming chops, or if you want to get some for yourself, please check out the source code from github and make improvements. I have a lot of ideas for what this could become, and I want to help you make it better. This is not connected to ActiveGrade in any way (except the temporary name) so I won’t be able to dedicate the time it (might) deserve. Please help!
Go here for the app: http://activeprompt.herokuapp.com . Warning: I expect it to work. I haven’t tested it. Have a backup plan in class. Warning 2: There is no security whatsoever in the app. Anyone can delete everything at any time. Probably no one will.
Go here to help make it better: http://github.com/rileylark/activeprompt . Even if you have no tech skills, you can help with design, ideas, or by coming up with a good name!