7puzzleblog.com | Home of the daily Maths Challenge untitled The 6 types of Questions your Students Need to Know about Learning is all about asking questions and finding answers to them. An inquisitive mind is one that goes beyond the status quo and probes deep below surface meanings. To foster such kind of thinking inside our classroom requires some hard work and a serious investment in time and efforts. We, as teachers and educators, need to prepare the right environment where inquisitive minds can nourish and grow. Yes you can put it in your teaching plans for this new school year. Augmented Reality Online Shopping: Not the Right Fit (Yet) Modern women dream of the day when they can buy a super cute dress or practical pair of pants online that will fit perfectly on arrival. That day is not yet here, but two new products from Zugara and FaceCake Marketing, presented at the DEMO Spring conference, combine augmented reality with online shopping, hoping to take womankind one giant visual leap forward. Regrettably, they also fall short of that mission. Swivel, from FaceCake Marketing, taps into Microsoft Kinect's motion-sensing technology to offer a virtual at-home dressing room. Users grab an item of clothing or accessory, and get to see how it could look in real life. Shoppers can select a background to see how items translate to settings, say a ski slope. In demonstrations, Swivel feels more like a game than a shopping tool. Zugara's solution is the Webcam Social Shopper. Despite the delight of experiencing something avant garde and high-tech, I found trying on several dresses to be terribly disappointing.
Miguel Nicolelis Says the Brain is Not Computable, Bashes Kurzweil’s Singularity Miguel Nicolelis, a top neuroscientist at Duke University, says computers will never replicate the human brain and that the technological Singularity is “a bunch of hot air.” “The brain is not computable and no engineering can reproduce it,” says Nicolelis, author of several pioneering papers on brain-machine interfaces. The Singularity, of course, is that moment when a computer super-intelligence emerges and changes the world in ways beyond our comprehension. Among the idea’s promoters are futurist Ray Kurzweil, recently hired on at Google as a director of engineering, who has been predicting that not only will machine intelligence exceed our own, but people will be able to download their thoughts and memories into computers (see “Ray Kurzweil Plans to Create a Mind at Google—and Have It Serve You”). Nicolelis calls that idea sheer bunk. The debate over whether the brain is a kind of computer has been running for decades. But if he’s right, us ain’t machines, and never will be.
Puzzle Page Each week we'll upload a brand new puzzle, taken from the extensive library of Mathematic Teaching Journals. You can view all of our journals if you become a member today, for as little as £25 a year! Membership gives you access to the entire library, dating all the way back to issue 1. That is a LOT of puzzles AND articles AND research AND MATHS! Puzzle 3 - Taken from MT199 Puzzle 2 - Taken from MT198 Puzzle 1 - Taken from MT195 Das Quiz im Internet » kostenlos online spielen auf Fragespiel.com und dabei lernen! Quadramas as a Reflection Tool - Teaching in the Early Years I am so excited about our second Bright Ideas Blog Hop! We have over 180 participants this time around, all with a fantastic idea on their blogs! Get your paper and pencil ready for all of the great ideas you are about to find! This month my “Bright Idea” is using quadramas as a reflection tool. Giving students the opportunity to reflect on their learning and develop metacognition is so important. But, reflection worksheets can get tiring. I have used quadramas with my students for many different purposes – reading response activities, research presentation, etc. Below are the instructions for making a quadrama: Begin with 4 pieces of cardstock paper. Next, each piece needs to be cut into a perfect square. When you unfold the piece of paper after cutting, you will get a nice square. Each square will already have one crease in it from the previous fold, but we need a crease going the other way as well. When you unfold you will see two distinct creases. Here is a view from the top:
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