As my students and I continue to experiment with Air Server we are discovering how collaborative it can be. During our number corner time other mathematicians are able to share their mathematical ideas along with the leader. Air Server allows us up to 4 students to share their ideas. When this happens my students are then able to compare and contrast their ideas. For example we were writing numbers that come before and after a certain number. Students share their ideas and then others have an opportunity to share how they know their idea to be true.
Later during our number corner time we also explore the date of the day. For example; the 18th. Using Doodle Buddy and the stamper feature on the iPad my students are able to create different ways of representing this numeral. When they appear, students then have an opportunity to share how they know they have 18. Some may have a group of 10 and 8, so 10 and 8 makes 18. Another response might be a group of 4 and 14, so 4 and 14 is 18. The collaboration is powerful because all my students are participating and not only making mathematical connections, but are justifying their mathematical ideas.
What a wonderful way for young mathematicians to compare, contrast and collaborate about their ideas. Learning is fun, but when you have cool technological tools, it is even more fun and learning becomes alive!