Monthly Archives: September 2011

Scripted creation isn’t creation, it’s assembly

(Image credit: toomuchdew on Flickr)   When I was a kid, I had a lot of Lego, most of which was given to me as birthday gifts, and came in nice neat boxes with instructions on how to build whatever was on the picture on the outside of the box. I would often follow the […]

Math in the real world: Balloons

This is part of a series of posts I’m doing on math in the real world.   The first question I thought of when I saw these balloons in my colleagues office was, how many of those would I need to be able to float? Clearly, this is a math problem, and one students can […]

Paypal and password security

This afternoon, I had to change a Paypal password. I went to Paypal, got to the screen to change my password, and after an attempt to choose a new password, I was confronted with this screen.     I definitely had at least eight characters in my password. I didn’t use my name or my […]

New Math equals trouble, education expert says

The CBC just ran an article on the problems in our current math system which was terribly one-sided and an example of the worst kind of fear-mongering journalism. They are quoting an article by Michael Zwaagstra, an "educational expert" writing on behalf of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. First, let’s examine the article written […]

What is Edcamp?

Edcamp is a (relatively) new form of professional development which is highly flexible, and based on the needs of the participants. Here is a presentation on Edcamp I’ve created to share one form of Edcamp which was used for Edcamp Vancouver last year.   Photos of Edcamp Vancouver, taken by Darren Yung.   Kristen Swanson […]

Moebius Noodles

A couple of weeks after I posted some resources for parents looking to teach their young kids about math, Maria Droujkova has introduced the Moebius Noodles project which is intended to build a book and a support site for parents who would like some support teaching math to their children. In her own words, the […]

Disguising flash cards as a game is deceptive

I’m reading The Connected Family by Seymour Papert, and ran into a quote which I found appropriate. "…learning multiplication facts by putting flash cards on the screen is not a new way of learning math. It is a polished-up version of the old ways and promotes to greater heights their worst and most mechanical features. […]

Heading to the Computer Based Math conference in London, England

So I just got confirmation (and have paid for registration and my airfare AND found a place to stay – mostly) that I get to attend the Computer Based Math conference happening London, England on November 10th and 11th. I’m very excited about it! I’m flying out of Vancouver on Tuesday, November 8th (after being […]

Social media for educators

I’m going to be presenting in a couple of days for some new teachers on social media. I’ve created a presentation (see below), and I’d like some feedback on it. It’s still a work in progress, but then of course, everything is.  

Am I failing at social media?

(Image credit: docpopular) When I first got started with Twitter, I set up a filter so that whenever I got a notification from Twitter that someone followed me, it was sent to a special folder in my Gmail inbox. That folder now has 9581 emails in it. So 9581 times, I’ve gotten a notification that […]