CLASSROOM 2.0 LIVE webinar, Math Playground Games and Apps with special guest presenter, Colleen King.

June 13, 2015

00:20 - Peggy George
So excited to have Colleen King with us today to share the fabulous Math Playground resources!!

00:42 - Peggy George
Thank you Maureen for introducing Colleen today!!

01:19 - Peggy George
Math Playground has been an amazing "labor of love" from Colleen for years!!! We are so lucky!!!

01:46 - Peggy George
math phobe??? :-)

01:56 - Dejan Kreculj
Hi Nenade :)

02:02 - tam
ćo nenade :D

02:11 - Peggy George
Welcome Nenad! So glad you could join us!

02:33 - Nenad Đpić

02:43 - Peggy George
You won't be a math phobe any longer once you use Colleen's Math Playground!!!

02:59 - Peggy George
Outstanding introduction Maureen!!!!

03:14 - Doug Henry
Drums: My kids like!

03:16 - Peggy George (Math Playground website)

03:36 - @bcdtech Maureen
I am a "baker" when it comes to math- give me the recipe and I will follow it- have no idea how/why of math

03:47 - Peggy George
problem solving is necessary in all subject areas, not just math!!! required for LIFE!!!

04:07 - Peggy George (Follow Math Playground on Facebook)

04:17 - Peggy George (Math Playground on Pinterest)

04:29 - @bcdtech Maureen
I love Colleen's games- and all the kids i have worked with do as well

04:48 - Peggy George
it really helps to have this guided tour for everything we'll find on her site!

05:24 - Peggy George
you KNOW the resources are great when they are designed by a math teacher!

05:58 - @bcdtech Maureen
The games are really fun and they make you think about how to do the math- not just math blaster on steroids

06:08 - Peggy George
that's amazing about Donor's Choose funding for over 830 classroom projects!!! Congratulations!!

06:34 - Peggy George (The book, Playing with Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers)

07:09 - Peggy George
That book is fantastic! When you purchase it you can choose if you want to download the ebook as a PDF, ebook or Kindle book :-)

07:25 - Peggy George
those games are so colorful and inviting!!!

07:26 - @bcdtech Maureen
Wow! I did not realize that about coppa .. only one of 10!

07:48 - Peggy George
this is a teacher's dream to have these games aligned with Common Core standards!

07:56 - @bcdtech Maureen
I love having the standards available for parents and teachers to reference

08:07 - Peggy George (Math Playground Games)

08:41 - @viralber

08:49 - Peggy George
love the concept of 6 flavors :-) makes me think of a very tall ice cream cone! :-)

08:58 - Peggy George
Hi Virginia! Welcome!!!

09:44 - @bcdtech Maureen
If they have to stop and figure out times tables, it takes forever... need to just know math facts. It would be like decoding every word instead of reading

10:07 - @viralber
Hi Peggy! very interested about this

10:15 - Peggy George
upper grade teachers are always complaining that their students don't know their math facts! They don't want to spend class time practicing them and these games are a perfect way for the students to practice

10:24 - Peggy George
totally agree Maureen!

10:48 - Peggy George
gap zappers! such a creative name for the game!

10:54 - Peggy George
Hi Laurie! Welcome!

11:16 - Laurie C
Hi Peggy - sorry to be so late!

11:24 - Peggy George
no worries! so glad you could make it!

11:25 - @bcdtech Maureen
Colleen, are you still doing all the graphics and programming- aside from creating games?

11:47 - Peggy George
those visuals are powerful for both learning and remembering!

12:12 - Peggy George
if you have questions for Colleen please type them in the chat and Lorie will ask her during Q/A

13:34 - Peggy George
I'll bet students might be inspired to create their own games after playing some of these! :-)

13:44 - @bcdtech Maureen
Do you come up with an idea for a game and then add the math practice or do you create the game to help learn or practice a math concept?

14:15 - Peggy George
don't worry about the chat Colleen! Lorie will ask you the questions later :-)

14:50 - @bcdtech Maureen
Thanks Colleen!

15:05 - Peggy George (Math Playground Thinking/Logic Games)

16:58 - Peggy George
Are those mathematical processes sequential or do they happen in random order?

17:30 - Peggy George
these problem solving strategies are so important for any kind of problem, not just math problems!

18:16 - Peggy George
Hi LucianeCurator! Welcome!

18:27 - LucianeCurator
Hello .

18:42 - Peggy George
I've never heard of George Polya :-)

19:00 - @viralber
Colleen I like Polya!

19:26 - Peggy George
I need to google Polya :-) A gap in my education!

19:50 - @viralber
G. Polya, J. Kilpatrick , The Stanford Mathematics Problem Book: With Hints and Solutions, Dover Books on Mathematics, 2009

20:11 - Doug Henry
Gracefully handling failure!

20:15 - @viralber
very useful! I'm reading an hour ago for an italian course!

20:24 - Peggy George
allowing for multiple strategies is so important! too often kids (and parents) think there is only one right way to solve a problem!

20:34 - Peggy George
that's awesome Virginia!

21:30 - Peggy George
that is when I would start to draw a picture :-)

21:46 - Nenad Đpić

22:30 - Peggy George
no I really mean that! That would be my first step (even as an adult). Weak math background!

22:49 - Peggy George
Welcome Arno!

23:24 - Arno
Hi Peggy

23:45 - Peggy George
you are a super star Nenad!!!!

24:09 - @bcdtech Maureen
Kids love sugar sugar!

24:40 - Peggy George
so motivating!!! :-)

24:46 - Doug Henry
The different ways of solving align with learning styles? Visual, kinesthetic, etc...

24:55 - Peggy George
great point Doug!

25:35 - Doug Henry
Maybe blindfold a visual learner and ask them to reason it out!

25:50 - Peggy George

26:18 - Peggy George

27:15 - Peggy George
lots of challenging thinking there!!

28:09 - Peggy George
pain free math learning :-)

29:07 - Doug Henry
What is the role of collaboration in math learning? Do kids learn more, faster, etc by collaborating?
They sure do when they play games together...

29:23 - Peggy George
great question Doug!

30:14 - @bcdtech Maureen
How can you help kids learn to recognize patterns? I've had Kindergartners who could see fibonacci patterns and HS kids who cannot see it the patterns.

30:15 - Peggy George
Colleen, at what stage are learning the algorithms important? Should they memorize them or discover them through their own problem solving?

30:46 - Peggy George
real life models are often not practical which makes these games so important!

31:36 - @bcdtech Maureen
I am so bad at spatial reasoning- also have terrible depth perception. Does this come with practice?

32:27 - Peggy George
I think I really need to spend some time with the spatial reasoning games! My map abilities and directions for finding places are terrible!

32:47 - Doug Henry
I could imagine a "Math for Life" course, where through the term, the kids experience "another life" and have to solve problems in that life.

33:07 - @viralber
great Doug!

33:13 - @bcdtech Maureen
@Peggy- I have to stand up and turn right or left when playing coding games... can't do it with the arrows on the screen. :-)

33:38 - @bcdtech Maureen
I've seen kids play with factory balls for 45 minutes straight... love it!

33:41 - Peggy George (Math Playground Thinking Blocks)

33:59 - Peggy George
hahaha Maureen!! That would be me!!

34:48 - @bcdtech Maureen
I need a Colleen in the pocket app to explain things to me!

35:04 - @viralber
@Peggy today Livebinders url?

35:08 - Peggy George
me too Maureen!!! love that idea!!

35:19 - Peggy George

35:32 - @viralber

36:21 - Peggy George
Colleen, do you have resources on your site designed for parents to help them understand the value of these games for their kids?

36:28 - @bcdtech Maureen
especially math games- tend to be shoot em up games... just math facts- not thinking!

36:38 - Peggy George
Bob Sprankle is amazing!

37:16 - Peggy George
all of the Math Playground videos are here: (Math Playground videos)

37:31 - @bcdtech Maureen
I haven't seen these- will have to spread the word to teachers/parents about these!

38:19 - Peggy George
one stop shopping with these videos!

38:21 - @bcdtech Maureen
120!! Wow! heading to 200 by fall- amazing work!

38:30 - Peggy George
go ahead!

38:35 - Laurie C
The videos are great - but remind me again where to find them.

38:38 - Peggy George
we'll ask questions during Q/A

38:41 - Peggy George (Math Playground videos)

38:58 - @bcdtech Maureen
thinking blocks are great tools for learning

39:01 - Peggy George (Math Playground Thinking Blocks)

39:14 - Laurie C
Thank you!

39:45 - Dejan Kreculj

40:10 - Peggy George (Math Playground ipad apps on iTunes: Thinking Blocks Addition, Fractions, Multiplication, Ratios, Shuttle Mission Math, Dare to Share Fairly, Equation Creations, Visual Algebra Puzzles)

40:17 - @bcdtech Maureen

40:22 - Peggy George
2.5 million downloads of Thinking Blocks! WOW!!!!!

40:40 - Peggy George
what a gift for these to be available for free!!!!!

41:07 - Peggy George (Mobile Math Playground: all games)

41:50 - @bcdtech Maureen
I haven't seen these yet! I'll have to check these out!

42:34 - Peggy George
we definitely need to get the word out!!!

42:47 - Peggy George (Math Playground: Summer Math Adventures)

43:02 - @bcdtech Maureen
There must be so many variables to optimize for every device! Thank you Colleen!

43:37 - @bcdtech Maureen
I'll send this to the teachers to send home for practice and for the ones doing summer school

43:45 - Peggy George
do the students compete with other students during the summer program?

44:20 - @bcdtech Maureen
Are there different age groups/grade levels for the summer math practice?

44:33 - Peggy George
This is a great video that Bob Sprankle created to explain the summer program if you want to share it with other people. (YouTube: Summer Math Adventures at

44:40 - Peggy George
It's in our Livebinder for today too!

44:41 - Doug Henry
Any advice for where to start if you want kids to do some math games/app creation? We do Scratch - looking for something for older kids. How did you get started?

44:54 - Peggy George (The book, Playing with Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers)

44:58 - @bcdtech Maureen
Thanks for the link Peggy!

45:35 - Peggy George
I just purchased it yesterday and already started reading it on my Kindle! It's great! I went straight to Colleen's chapters :-)

46:22 - Peggy George
yes there are several ebook versions and also paperback :-)

46:45 - Peggy George
this is such a valuable feature!!! no ads running the the games!!!!

48:33 - Peggy George
I wish all web site/app creators were so thoughtful about their creation like Colleen is! GREATLY appreciated all of the monitoring and care given to creating and maintaining these sites!

49:11 - Peggy George
oh no!!!! typical experience with the random ads and usually inappropriate!

49:59 - Peggy George
interesting idea about the learning tools! that would be great!

50:37 - Peggy George
does Google Translator work with the games? probably not...

50:39 - @bcdtech Maureen
No wonder you didn't have time to come to edcampBoston!!

50:56 - Peggy George (Follow Math Playground on Facebook) (Math Playground on Pinterest)

51:32 - Peggy George

51:39 - @bcdtech Maureen
Wow! thank you so much Colleen!

51:47 - Peggy George
Awesome presentation Colleen! Thank you so much for creating these gools for us!

51:55 - Peggy George
Lorie turn on your mic

52:00 - Doug Henry
Great presentation - lots of ideas!

52:19 - Laurie C
This was so great! Thank you so much for all you provide for students and teachers!

52:41 - @viralber
Very impressive presentation! thanks colleen

52:57 - Nenad Đpić
Great site.

53:51 - Peggy George
how important are the sounds/audio to the games?

54:32 - Peggy George
that's really interesting! goal is to remove the words and just use the visuals!

54:55 - Peggy George
seems like the multisensory approaches are really helpful to reach many different learning styles

55:14 - Doug Henry
Helps with ELL students...

55:21 - Peggy George
I agree Doug!

56:25 - Peggy George
if students were motivated to create their own math apps after playing these games where should they start?

56:46 - Peggy George
I'm not sure I was born with any spatial reasoning! :-(

57:42 - Doug Henry
It will be exciting to see how virtual reality and augmented reality work with math learning.

57:42 - Peggy George
yes! create their own :-)

57:44 - @bcdtech Maureen
Any plans to have a teacher portal a la sum dog, mangahigh, etc... ?

57:57 - Peggy George
Scratch would be a great place to start!

58:44 - Peggy George
visual app development tools? I'll try to find a couple to add to the Livebinder :-)

Interesting webminar. I would like to have something similar aboujt teaching English as a foreign/second language. I am looking for more games for my English lessons. THANKS A LOT FOR SHOWING SOMETHING WHICH IS WORTH SEEING AND USING WITH STUDENTS!

58:58 - Peggy George
do any of you know of visual app development tools?

59:16 - Peggy George
Great point Tiziana!!!

1:00:03 - Peggy George
Shelly Terrell does regular webinars for EFL/ESL teachers. I'll check to see what she has for math :-)

1:00:10 - @bcdtech Maureen
Any plans to have a teacher portal a la sum dog, mangahigh, etc... ?

1:01:08 - @bcdtech Maureen
Thanks Colleen!!

1:01:09 - Peggy George
Thank you so much Colleen!!!!

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1:02:29 - Peggy George (ISTE LIVE 2015)

1:02:35 - LucianeCurator

1:02:40 - Peggy George (4 Ways to attend ISTE Virtually)

1:02:58 - Laurie C
Thanks for the ISTE plug!! We'd love to virtually see everyone there!

1:03:21 - Peggy George
I can't wait for ISTE!!! Just a few weeks away!

1:03:32 - Peggy George (The Learning Revolution Network)

1:03:41 - Peggy George (Host Your Own Webinar details)

1:03:53 - Peggy George (Nominate a Featured Teacher for our shows--you can nominate yourself too if you’ like to present for us)

1:04:00 - Peggy George (Classroom 2.0 LIVE survey link to request PD certificates for live or recorded webinars)

1:04:14 - Peggy George
That link is always in our Livebinder too if it doesn't pop up for you at the end

1:04:23 - Peggy George
Thank you all for joining us today!!

1:04:33 - Peggy George
Have a wonderful weekend!

1:05:22 - Janet P
Many thanks!