Math Gameshow!

posted Jan 18, 2016, 11:46 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jan 18, 2016, 11:51 AM ]
Today students played a web based math game show.  Knowledge Hook's Gameshow web app allows students to use web based devices (such as iPads and laptops) to view and answer math questions. The questions are from the Ontario math curriculum grades 3 to 10. This was the first time we used this web app in class.

Today, during our snow day, we had a mixture of Grade 2 and 3 students from various classes (26 in total). Grade 3 students were partnered with grade 2 students since the questions were based on the grade 3 Ontario math curriculum. 

First students logged into the using a class code (similar to Once everyone was logged in, I started the activity. The question appeared on the projector but also appeared on the device they were using (the questions involved representing and comparing whole numbers to 1000). Students also had a whiteboard and marker to show their thinking.

After students answered the question, they had the option to take a picture of their math thinking and upload it. For example, these students used a white board to put numbers in order from greatest to least. They uploaded a picture to accompany their response. When we looked at the answer to the multiple choice question, we discussed the question as well as students' math thinking. Students got immediate feedback as to whether they got the question correct as well as the chance to see the math thinking of those who did get the correct answer. The webapp tabulated the number of correct versus incorrect responses which allowed us to spend more discussion time on the questions students found challenging.

Below is a sample question about base ten. After everyone answered the question, the correct answer was revealed and the discussion ensued. 

During the math discussion, we looked at some of the math thinking photos students uploaded: