#5things I Can’t Live Without in My Classroom

July 16, 2014

I thought this was an interesting exercise, so here goes:


  1. My trackball — It gives anyone who tries to use my computer fits, but I adore this trackball (think of an upside-down mouse). IMHO this is the best pointing device ever made, and I am still mad at Microsoft for no longer making them. The one I have at school I bought about 15 years ago when I was still working as a programmer; I also have one at home that I bought on eBay a few years ago when mine was stolen.
  2. WordPress — I love having blogs for different things and being able to keep those blogs separate. I use a class blog to post all of my class materials, and this blog to post my thoughts about my classes, teaching, math, and whatever else I want to share with the world.
  3. Kuta worksheets — sometimes, you just need to give a worksheet. And sometimes, your schedule doesn’t work out the way you planned and you need something to keep the natives from getting too restless. In a perfect world, I could persuade my department chair to get the full software, so I could create my own, but I can’t complain too much about the free ones.
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  5. Magnetic tape — When S and I discovered this stuff a few years ago, our lives changed forever. (**g**) Since my boards are all magnetic, I put this tape on the back of anything I want to stick there. The most useful application has been to stick the tape on the back of display letters for things like the date.
  6. SugarSync — This has been a favorite of mine for a while, but they’ve changed it in some weird and not useful ways. They no longer offer a free version, but if you do try them out, look on their site for version 1.9x — that’s the version I still use (in spite of all of their efforts to get me to upgrade).
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