David Wees's blog

Newspapers have a purpose: They help us break free of "online filter bubbles."

When I was watching Eli Pariser's Beware Online Filter Bubbles TED talk, I wondered initially how one could work against this problem of the customization of the web. I thought to myself, wouldn't be handy if there was a way to find an assortment of almost randomly aggregated content from a wide variety of interests.

Philosophy for Children

I read this article today about philosophy for children, which was shared in last night's discussion about math in the real world. I thought it was pretty appropriate because my own son has started asking some difficult questions, and I'd like to find some more resources for exploring them with him. Obviously, I can give him my perspective on the issues, but I think it would be better to find resources which are more familiar to him.


Nah, social media is useless

Today I talked on the radio with Bill Good on CKNW, announced that George Abbott, British Columbia's Minister of Education will chat with us on Twitter, and chatted with Alan Papert and a bunch of other amazing math educators about ways to make mathematics more engaging and rooted in the "real world."

A discussion with our Education Minister George Abbott

When George Abbott first became education minister, I sent out an email to him inviting him to join us on Twitter, and find out how educators are using it to communicate with each other across vast geographic distances. Unfortunately, the email got lost during his leadership attempt in BC, and I forgot about it.

TED talk proposal: Math in the real world

I had an idea for a proposal which I put in the TED-ED forums for a TED talk on Math in the Real World. Here's my presentation, notes are below the presentation.

Presentation notes:

Slide 1:

Hi all. My name is David Wees, and I'm a learning specialist for technology and mathematics teacher for Stratford Hall, in Vancouver, BC.

Slide 2:


Interview on the Bill Good show on CKNW

Tomorrow at 11am (PST), I'm going to be on the Bill Good show on CKNW. They have asked me to talk because I recently presented at my school on social media for parents.

They sent me the following two articles as some background on the issue of young children using social media.

The Biobook - a nonlinear textbook

I just read an interesting article from Mashable about mobile technology in education, and it included a section on the Biobook which is a textbook arranged in a non-linear fashion. This allows someone reading the book to peruse the information in the book in the fashion which suits them, rather than the order predetermined by the textbook company. 

Gamification of education

Here's an interesting video which was shared with me by @misterlamb today.

How to solve a song by Karen Cheng

Karen Cheng demonstrates fairly convincingly that music and mathematics are linked. This video is definitely worth watching.

How could this be incorporated into the classroom? Any ideas?


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