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Systems of Equations HyperDoc: Comparing Cell Phone Plans

HyperDocs are quickly becoming one of my favorite things in education.  As the HyperDocs website states:

HyperDocs, a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom.

As a major blended learning classroom advocate, I am finding that HyperDocs are becoming a way for me to deliver instruction in an interactive manner that allows students to learn and interact with the material at their own pace.  In addition to this, it also a way to differentiate instruction for your low and high students by including a variety of tasks or extension activities.

This week, my students will be introduced to “Systems of Equations” which is a really fun unit for me to teach, especially since there are real world applications to solving systems of equations.  The goal behind this HyperDoc is to introduce students to solving systems of equations through graphing and engaging in a real-world problem.

The HyperDoc

Engage: Students will be engaged in this activity by watching YouTube videos on data usage and speed.  They will also interact with a coverage map that shows the coverage of cell providers across the entire United States.

Explore: Students will explore cell phone plans through a Google Doc that has been provided.  They will research their own, personal cell phone plans and create data tables.

Explain: Students will learn about systems of equations through an EdPuzzle video.  They will also read through an article about the best cell phone plans of 2016.

Apply: Students will apply their knowledge of the cell phone plans and systems of equations in a Google Doc.  They will use their data to create linear equations and graph these equations using Desmos.  They will create a short Infographic (via Google Drawings or Canva) or Google Slide to display their information.

Share: Students will create a QR Code of the visual they created in “Apply”.  They will share this on Google Classroom.

Reflect: Students will use a QR Reader to view the visuals of the other students in a classroom gallery walk.  After completing the gallery walk, they will respond to questions posted on Google Classroom.

Extend: Students will be able to extend their knowledge of cell phone plans by creating their own cell phone plan based upon number of lines, budget, and location.

Through this process, students will be able to use systems of equations to determine the best cell phone plans based upon their individual needs.  In relation to the content, it is important that students see that at certain data plans, one plan might be better than the other.  However, there will be points on the graph where the two lines will meet and one plan might become the best plan, even though it was not originally the best plan.

If you are interested in using this HyperDoc, click HERE or on the image above.  Feel free to use and leave a comment on how it goes with your students!

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