Monthly Archives: April 2013

Things to do with extra paper

At our school we currently have open-access to the printer by our students. Unfortunately our students waste a lot of paper, usually reprinting something 10 times without checking to see if the printer is actually working and/or has enough paper. We work with students to try and improve their use of the printer, but in […]

Debating grades

I’ve started a presentation on grading, which anyone with the link can edit and add their perspective. The presentation is split into four areas:   What are the goals of grades?   What evidence supports the use of grades in schools?   What evidence does not support the use of grades in schools?   What […]

Pay Down Debt First, or Keep Savings Intact?

My mother has offered to give us a small amount of money, which we can either use to pay down most of our debt, or we can put into a savings account, and then pay down the debt over time. My wife and I have been debating which is the better course of action. After […]

Four ways to use computers in education

  Which of these ways dominates? Why?   * Note: There are some tasks which overlap. Programming a computer (under the creation category) to achieve a specific task could be a form of assessment, for example. Also, one could probably argue that "exploration" and "programming" aren’t really distinct categories. 

Teaching teachers

"Just as we know students don’t learn simply because we tell them something, teachers don’t learn simply because we hand them a journal article." ~ Jo Boaler This is part of my daily challenge as a learning specialist for mathematics and information technology. I can share research, suggestions, and resources, but how much of what […]

The Nature of Proof

Grant Wiggins shared an article on his blog called "The Nature of Proof." The article describes a course in geometry given in the 1930s that was not only extremely influential for those who took the course, many of them described it as the most important course they ever took in their entire lives. Here’s a […]

Learning Math Through Programming

My previous article focused on using programming as an example of applying math one already knows to a different context. The purpose of this article is to describe how one could, through programming, learn a new mathematical concept. What I will do is use some examples to show one could start with an exploration using […]

Applying Math in Programming

The purpose of this post is to show an example of using math in the context of programming. I’ve written the post as I created the project, to try and outline my thinking during this process as much as I can. This is an example of me applying math that I know to a different […]

Math in the Real World – Video

I’ve created a video summary of the workshop that I facilitated recently on math in the real world. You can watch it below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDIjOziWoi0 My presentation slides for the original workshop are here.

Playground Physics

I went to the playground today with my son, and realized that the equipment at a playground could be really useful as apparatus for scientific experiments. Here are a few demonstrations of scientific principles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyGwbkKShWg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VimO7hPH5s8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rko1Hdb6hpw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xED6jYJx–I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1jErnhLEO0 How would you turn these demonstrations into experiments? What kind of data would you collect? What […]