## 19 October 2014

### Algebra on a Chromebook: LucidChart Diagrams

I've heard more than once that laptops or Chromebooks in a 1:1 environment get relegated under the desk during math class because the classroom teacher struggles with finding ways to integrate the technology into what is usually a much more hands-on process with graph paper, pencil, and exercises.

I think the easiest answer is to have kids using the laptops for watching videos, looking up examples on webpages, or drill and practice on websites. The sexy answer is to have kids engaged in problem-based learning, integrating their math work into relevant reports, graphs, images, and presentations, but first you would have to also sell problem-based learning on the teacher.

In between the easy answer and the sexy answer lies LucidChart Diagrams, whose collection of education templates can facilitate note-taking, critical thinking, the problem solving process, organizing and summarizing, sequencing, and concept mapping.

Let me show you briefly how a student could use LucidChart Diagrams to integrate writing and list the steps to solving an equation.

 You can find LucidChart Diagrams in the Chrome App Store

 After clicking on "Create," this box pop-ups, giving you a selection of templates. There is an extensive "education" collection.
 This is the "sequence chart" which you could use for any technical writing task.

 Your next task is inserting an image of a worked out equation for students to write about. Scroll to the bottom of the menu on the left and select the plus icon to add an image. This box pops up in which you can do a Google search or upload your own (student or teacher created)
Here's what mine looks like after resizing the image some and inserting each of my steps. (click to zoom or pop out to new tab)

Other charts you might use -
• Venn Diagrams
• Cluster/Word Web
• Compare and Contrast
• Concept Map - use to connect similarities and differences in characteristics of functions
• Planning Chart - problem solving or think alouds
• Vocabulary Chart - visualizing unit vocabulary, grouping similar/related words
• T-chart - change the headings and use as guided notes/interactive notebook. students import images of examples and type in on the right side.