I am totally addicted to this game right now thanks to Dan Meyer. Who cares that it’s probably designed for 4th graders! I like how the creators of the game explicitly state that the game is not a lesson in fractions, but rather requires knowledge of fractions. I think this game would make a great starting inquiry into fraction concepts. Students can play the game and later reflect and induce some fraction rules. That and it’s just fun!
I’m always a little bit wary of info graphics, largely because as a scientist/mathematician I want to see the raw data too, just to make sure sure I agree with the presentation of the data. However, that doesn’t mean that all info graphics are incorrect and they are increasingly more popular, so teaching students to evaluate them is an important 21st century skill.
The Aside Blog has a fantastic page full of links to various info graphics for you to use in class. I also love the video they highlight by Column Five which talks about specific visualization strategies for presenting data. So if you’re interested in data visualization and info graphics, head on over to the blog and start indulging your inner data geek.
Ok, so this isn’t something that I’ve figured out how to embed yet, but it’s still great math tech, with an art twist!
The Multiplication Waterfall by Stefanie Posavec and Hadrien Jouet is a nice little web app that turns multiplication into art, by replacing the numbers with symbols of various colors. I think this would be a fun way to create a pattern investigation worksheet of some kind, or a way to encourage students to begin a math/art inquiry!
TED’s tagline is: Ideas Worth Spreading. Sounds like education to me! Some of TED’s talks are great at motivating teachers to teach better; some are great for motivating students to want to learn; others are great specific examples of ideas and topics you may be teaching.
Be careful when you head over to TED.com or you might find yourself chewing up 20 hours of time! It is an addictive place to get motivated.
If you’re interested in using TED Talks on your own website, you can easily click the SHARE button just below the video.
After you have selected SHARE, then you will see various options for embedding. If you are a WORDPRESS user make sure to grab the specific code so that it will show up appropriately in your blog. Otherwise, grab the embed code and insert into your own page.
Check out his TEDx talk on how we can help our students better learn mathematics, by being purposely less helpful. I have started to integrate problems like this in my own G7 classroom, and have found that it has increased engagement, collaboration, and inquiry amongst students.
WolframAlpha has some pretty awesome Widgets in Beta testing right now. In fact you can easily create your own widgets.
Some of these are great for higher level maths, but I think they could be quite useful in the lower grades as well, particularly for investigating patterns. They’re also not just for Math, but could be useful for Biology, Chemistry, Business and Finance, Humanities, and are really open to any good query searches.