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8 Videos That Prove Math Is Awesome

8 Videos That Prove Math Is Awesome
Believe it or not, math is really an art. While the subject can seem far from it when you’re caught in the doldrums of class, there’s a lot about math that’s just as creative as a Jackson Pollock and elegant as a rendition of Swan Lake. But some of us still run from those dreaded numbers, swearing up and down that it’s too complex, too rigid and just plain not fun. Still unconvinced? What’s your favorite math-related video? 1. Think about adding up (or even past) infinity, in a series of numbers that gets bigger every single time. The series Minute Physics takes a break from its titular subject to explore math in this quick video, within the larger context of understanding, out to solve "unsolvable problems." 2. Admit it: You’ve been guilty of doodling in math class. In this episode, she takes on the mathematical concept of factoring and shows how it relates to the concept of drawing stars, helping you learn while it actually doesn’t feel like you’re learning. 3. 4. 5. 6. 8. Related:  MathInstructional Strategies for Math

5 Ways to Build Math into Your Child's Day By Laura Bilodeau Overdeck Laura Bilodeau Overdeck and her husband have been doing nightly math problems with their kids for years. Laura developed Bedtime Math to share with other families some fun math riddles and other ways to incorporate math into daily routines. Math is everywhere. That’s great news for parents, because we can talk with our kids about math in fun, natural ways. Studies show that a child’s math skills at kindergarten entry are a better predictor of future academic success than reading skills, social skills, or the ability to focus. Here are five ways to add math to your child’s day. 1. You can’t help but use math when you’re baking. Ask your child: How many chocolate chips do you think it will take to fill one cup? 2. Most kids love stopwatches, and watching the seconds tick by gives them opportunities to practice counting. Ask your child: How far can you throw a ball? 3. Big or small, any project that involves measuring includes counting, adding, and multiplying. 4.

Raptors in the City: Engage Students in Live Science Online Raptors in the City – Technology Connects Kids with Nature by Deborah Mathies What’s the fastest creature on earth? What species has recovered from the brink of extinction? What cliff-dwelling raptor has adapted to city life and is moving on to skyscrapers across North America? If you answered the peregrine falcon, you’re right! The program runs during nesting season each year, roughly March – June, and follows one peregrine falcon couple throughout the annual nesting life-cycle: courtship, rivalry, survival, new life, parenting. For more information visit: www.raptorsinthecity.org To subscribe to the free “Falcon Flash” newsletter for bulletins and pictures during nesting season, send an e-mail to raptors@hvc.rr.com with subscribe in the subject. To get students and their teachers up to speed, below is our first Falcon Flash newsletter for the 2013 season, with some still photos to whet your visual appetite. Dateline: Cleveland, Ohio March 7, 2013 One year ago today, SW laid her first egg.

Math and Inquiry: The Importance of Letting Students Stumble A Science Leadership Academy sophomore puts the finishing touches on a geometry project during her lunch period. For subjects like math and foreign language, which are traditionally taught in a linear and highly structured context, using more open-ended inquiry-based models can be challenging. Teachers of these subjects may find it hard to break out of linear teaching style because the assumption is that students can’t move to more complicated skills before mastering basic ones. But inquiry learning is based on the premise that, with a little bit of structure and guidance, teachers can support students to ask questions that lead them to learn those same important skills — in ways that are meaningful to them. This model, however, can be especially hard to follow in public school classrooms tied to pre-set curricula. “As much as we can say it’s okay for students to fail within the class, if they don’t pass the test at the end of the year, it’s suddenly not okay.” Related

Eikö olisi hienoa, jos lapset oppisivat matematiikkaa huomaamattaan? – Pelipeda Uuden matematiikkapeli DragonBox+:n päämääränä on juuri opettaa lapsille matematiikkaa tavalla jolla he eivät tuskastu sääntöjen vaikeuteen. Pelin tarkoituksena on myös muuttaa lasten mahdollisesti negatiivinen asenne matematiikkaa kohtaan positiivisemmaksi. Lapset ovat taatusti innostuneempia opiskelemaan matematiikkaa pelaamalla kuin perinteisesti koulukirjasta. Lasten ei tarvitse tuntea algebran perusteita DragonBox+:aa pelatakseen. Peli alkaa kahteen osaan jaetusta näkymästä. Peli palkitsee pelaajansa antamalla hänelle yhä vaikeampia ongelmia ratkaistavaksi. Edut Monet opetuspelit keskittyvät sääntöjen muistamisen vahvistamiseen. Kun pelin kehittäjät testasivat peliä sadoille koululaisille Norjassa, yli 30% heistä pystyi ratkaisemaan yhtälöitä pelattuaan peliä tunnin verran ja noin 80% muutaman tunnin pelaamisen jälkeen. Haasteet ja niiden ratkaiseminen Jos DragonBox+:aa pelaa vanhempi lapsi, joka jo osaa algebran perusteet, hän varmasti ymmärtää pelin sääntöjen syyt, algebran säännöt.

Skillswise - Job Skills 10 Outstanding Android Math Apps 1- Brain Exercise This is a free app that provides a set of smart games to help you improve your Math skills starting from the basics 2- Fallin Math This is another great Math Game that offers different layers of difficulty to players. 3- Kids Numbers and Math Lite This is a fremium app that is designed particularly for preschoolers to improve their math skills 4- Baby Learns Numbers Learns Numbers is a mathematical enlightening game for babies. 5- Math Workout Math/Maths Workout is a set of daily brain training exercises and math drills designed to enhance mental arithmetic. 6- Mad Math for Kids This fun Android game isn’t complicated at all, but it will definitely challenge your child’s mental muscles. 7- Mental Math Free Useful tips to simplify difficult math problems and exercises to use them. 8- Arithmetics for Kids Free this entertaining math game that challenges your child’s mind. 9- Einstein Math Academy 10- Algebra Tutor

Learn to Code for Free With These 10 Online Resources If Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates say so, it must be true: Understanding how to code is the new literacy. Take Zuck and Gates' advice — learn to code. Understanding computer programming will open doors to new jobs and opportunities. Fortunately for you, there are loads of ways to learn coding online, without paying a thing. We've rounded up 10 places on the web that teach coding through video tutorials, games and quizzes. Homepage image courtesy of iStockphoto, bmcent1 50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. If you experienced none of these scenarios, then you live in a world of possibility because you grew up with the many social media tools available to support all learners. Selecting the Right Tool For educators differentiating instruction, social media tools embrace collaboration and global access to people and other resources. Exchange ideas Provide positive, constructive, and kind feedback Provide avenues to connect content with our learners' many different interests The list of social media tools to differentiate for learning is increasing. Be clear about the academic learning outcomes. Readiness

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