Author Archives: Tom McLaughlin

Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM) Annual Conference

Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM) Annual Conference

Next week is the Annual Conference for the PCTM.  I plan to be there on Thursday November 7th.  This is a great chance to see what is going on in the area of Mathematics.  The program includes keynote address from Dr. Johnna Bolyard, West Virginia University and Dr. Fran Arbaugh, Penn State University.  Dr. Bolyard will

DEN Techformation – Using GoodReader

GoodReader is probably my favorite app on the iPad and the one I get the most use out of.  This is a universal file reader and annotator.  It supports file formats: PDF, TXT,• MS Office – .doc, .ppt., .xls, iWork ’08/’09, HTML and Safari webarchives, High resolution images, Even audio and video!.  I use it

Calling All Stars On Stage

Now that Fall VirtCon is past us how will we ever keep up with what is going on with all our beloved STAR Discovery Educators.  Fear not If you are presenting at a conference just fill out the  form at the link.  We will add it to this  Website and we can all support each other at

Journey To Online Teaching -Online Teaching – Blog Series

Last week I wrote a post Online Teaching Strategies Suggestion? After more consideration I have decided this would make a good blog series “Journey To Online Teaching” (JOT).  I plan to write about my journey to becoming an online teacher in the fall of 2014.   I have started my journey by taking the first of two

DEN Techformation – Pixlr

The ability to edit photos has become an indispensable tool in an educators box.  I am a math teacher and in order to create assessments, worksheets, study guides, lesson presentations…etc. I need to be able to edit pictures, create drawings, and combine elements of them both into one element on a page.  Until the last few

DEN Techformation – Leveraging A MOOC

What is a MOOC? (see video below) It is a Massive Open Online Course.  Most times it is completely free.  Carnegie Mellon offers “No instructors, no credits, no charge.” Forty public universities will offer free online courses with full credit starting spring 2013.   Why would a school do that well in an effort to entice potential students

Project based learning in math

 I just finished reading a post in Education Weekly that was given to me by my principle Chuck Malone . He asked us to comment on it with respect to our content area using google+ and I thought I would re-post it here. “Pick compelling subjects: help students frame big but specific questions;” (Deeper Project Based Learning, Tom