April 23, 2013
Math, mathematics, Pythagoras, pythatoreantheorem
Love those videos by Vi Hart. We also love this guy Pythagoras. But do we really know him? There are two great reads that claims that this guy plagiarized the an African Theorem and flipped it as the Pythagoras Theorem.
1. “Stolen Legacy” by George GM James
Pythagoras of Samos
2. “Civilization or Barbarism” by Cheik Anta Diop.
If you really want to get weirded-out, do some research on his cult following.
January 22, 2013
Education, Math, Teaching
classroom, learning, ravens
Whether or not it you are a Baltimore Ravens fan or not, you have to love Ray Lewis. With starting the second semester, I desire my students to approach math problems as if they were Ray Lewis on the football field. Now that would be awesome! This brief video I believe with spark the intensity within my students to accomplish this goal!
September 25, 2011
Education, Lesson Plans, Math, Teaching
Education, fun, Math, relevant
Words that I am working on to increase in my classroom. The first quarter of school is almost over. In order for my student to stay engaged in learning, I must master these two things in my discipline of mathematics.
I guess I could make the excuse that I do not have enough time to plan such lessons, but in order to get my students where they need to be, I must make sacrifices to make connections to these two words.
So I guess I will attempt to dedicate my next few post to the aforementioned topics.
August 19, 2011
EdTech, Education, Hand-held technology, Math, Software, Technology, TI 84/84
emulator, graphingcalc, graphingcalculator, Math, mathematics, ti
What’s up? This is what’s up…. this link will take you to a TI-73/83/84 FREE emulator called WabbitStudio Z80 Software tools!
It is not as good as TI SmartView, but if you are on a budget, this will do. Here are the directions to create your ROM image for your emulator after downloading the program. Try it out and may you have a great school year!
March 18, 2011
IWB, Teaching, Interactive, whiteboard, SMARTtech, Notebook, Video
I actually had a productive teacher workday. I created some SB videos, and here is one of them. Enjoy!
May 12, 2010
EdTech, Hand-held technology, Math, Technology, TI 84/84
calculator, Math, ti84, tinspire
Can you actually believe that they are updating the TI-Nspire already? I don’t think that its worth going to Baltimore for NCTM to see it.
Well, maybe so… Looks like they just seperated the numeric and alpha keypad. Unfortunately the keypad is not in the QWERTY format. I wonder if the upgrade is only the keypad upgrade, not the whole kit and kaboodle. Also, I wonder when they will update the TI-84 OS on the TI-Nspire that will allow the cool features of version 2.53MP?!
TI… we need some answers!
May 3, 2010
Hand-held technology, Math, TI 84/84
Last week, I was happy to discover of the new OS upgrade for the TI-84 graphing calculator. Unfortunately my school has a limited supply of the 84′s and a plethora of the 83′s.
So until TI mirrors the upgrade or makes MathPrint available on the 83, there will not be any function equitability. My issue is that high stakes testing is around the corner and I am hesistant in recommending in upgrading the 84 devices due to this issue.
I played around with the new upgrade this weekend and it is a great addition to the 84. (As a highschooler, I would be thrilled to perform matrix functions at the home screen.) In NC, 8th graders are permitted to use graphing calcs for the whole test (End-Of-Grade). The MathPrint function that allows stacked fractions would really give them an edge.
So, TI…. what is next?
February 10, 2010
Education, Math, Video, Web 2.0, YouTube
hands-on, handson, manipulatives, Math, mathematics, youtube
Yes… YouTube is one of the best resources for math teacher! Why? During the Pre-YouTube years, you had to know a dynamite math teacher, attend workshops, conferences, or seminars to see demonstrations of (non-virtual) manipulatives in action.
You can ask any math teacher if they have seen or come across blocks, graphing calculators, protractors, compasses, die, spinners, or the whole frickin’ ETA/Cuisenaire catalog where training was not supplied and DID NOT HAVE A CLUE TO USE IT!
Now, as math educators, this gives us a great reason to create videos (if they are not in YouTube) of HOW to use those pentominoes, 24-Game cards, Ken-Ken/Suduko puzzles, integer chips or even tangrams that has collected dust in our closets and drawers buried underneath posters and miscellaneous teacher crap.
August 16, 2009
Math, IWB, Teaching, Interactive, whiteboard, SMARTtech, Notebook, Puzzles, Unifix Sudoku
smartboard, IWB, whiteboard, Math, Technology, logic, sudoku, smartnotebook, interactivewhiteboar, unifix, unifixcubes, unifixsudoku
This weekend I picked up a few things from the teacher store in preparation of the 1st day of school. I passed by and ended up picking up this cool Unifix Sudoku game. As you can see, when I got home, I ended up placing the blocks in ROY G. BIV order and numbered the tops to match.
I also created a Smart Notebook file to go with this activity when modelling the activity with my students. This is a great hands-on activity for students of any age that has never played Sudoku. The purpose for placing the numbers on the cubes is for you to create your own puzzles with the help of online resources such as ultra-magnificent logic puzzle site of Vegard Hanssen. I will post later reflecting what the students thought about this game.
June 23, 2009
espn, jersey, Math, mathematics, sports
If you get the opportunity, check out the latest issue of the above ESPN Magazine (Jun 09). It has a great article that has the jersey numbers of great athletes of all sports in numerical order from 00 to 99. Great opportunity for math in action, and test some sports knowledge. I have contemplated in blowing up these two pages and add it to my classroom collage by using rastorbator!