Monthly Archives: October 2013

Designing open-ended tasks – Part 2

This is continued from here.     Imagine a scale for the open-endedness of a mathematical task. At one of the scale you learn a lot about what exactly kids can and cannot do but you sacrifice the opportunity for students to learn much from the activity. At the other end of the scale, you […]

The Reform Symposium – Free online professional development for educators

Tomorrow, thousands of educators from various different countries are expected to attend a free 3 day virtual conference, The Reform Symposium, #RSCON4. RSCON will be held October 11th to 13th in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. The entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform. Participants can attend this online conference […]

As I was travelling to St. Ives…

As I was travelling to St. Ives, I met a man who’d lived seven lives, In each life he’d learned seven lessons, Within each lesson he’d had seven chances, With each chance he’d made seven mistakes, With each mistake he’d found seven connections, How many connections, mistakes, chances, and lessons are missed by those who […]

I am not smart

I grew up in a household that read all the time, talked about the world as we thought it exists and imagined possible worlds, and had conversations all the time about anything that interested us. I had my first computer at age 8, and had the freedom to use it as I pleased, which turns […]

Math in the Real World workshop

Math in the Real World workshop The objective of this workshop is to talk about different ways of making abstract ideas in mathematics more real for students. Sometimes this involves using various technologies, and other times it does not. I also want to create a set of slides for my workshop so that I can […]

Why do I use social media?

I may be presenting on social media use in education for a group of administrators in month or so, and a discussion I had on Twitter prompted me to think about why I use social media. An important aspect of any presentation on any tool is addressing the question; why should I use this? Educators […]