We use Evernote as a way to develop academic langauge. Students usually need to complete an assignment with manipulatives, take a picture of their work, and then write about, or make an audio recording of what they did. While their answers are not incredibly insightful or in-depth, they are using math language in a real and authentic context.
(For more on using Evernote, see my previous post here.) Our goal is to continue to provide support and scaffolding that will develop students' ability to express their thinking in math. Look for a post next week with some fantastic sentence frames!
Here are two of my favorite examples from this past week's work:
Diego - The audio record feature in Evernote allowed him to record his thoughts 4 times over. As I listened to each one, I heard his fluency improve. He went from stumbling and groping for words to being completely fluent in his thoughts. Click on the image to hear his recordings.