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No: 179
26
11
2013
VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that Work!

Have YOU been attacked by AL-GEBRA
Hello everyone

Maths is a funny thing when you look into it.
At no other time in our lives do we ever sit done to do Maths, except at school. It is always done in association with other endeavours and professions. Geologists would be lost without it, accountants couldn't account, engineers biologists use it for simulations, mechanics use it, banks, forensic scientists, Doctors and architects us it, Insurance and well everyday folk us it to calculate tax returns and superannuation and credit card expenditure etc, etc.

Conrad Wolfram says "the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. In the YouTube video below he presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming. Not so radical though, Seymour Papert in his seminal publication "MindStorms" championed the use of computer programming for students to advance creativity and thinking in the teaching of mathematics.


And maths is more important to the world now than in any other point in history.
Creativity, imagination and thinking are touted as important aspects of teaching and learning and indeed important in mathematics. Yet they can't be taught where outcomes are known, based on a curriculum that contains the sort of stuff that is best tested by right and wrong answers.

What do you think? How are my teaching mathematics? How would you change it?
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Here are a few quotes from one of my favourite Maths Books.
Lots of great mathematical ideas, conjectures and theories that can be incorporated into lessons with students.
WONDERS OF NUMBER by Clifford A Pickover - Oxford University Press 2001 New York
Where there is an open mind there will always be a frontier - Charles Kettering

If we wish to make a new world we have the material already.The first one, too, was made in chaos.
- Robert Qullen, OMNI magazine
No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. - Isaac Newton.

A mathematician is someone who can take a cup of coffee and turn it into a theorem. Paul Erdos

The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. -
Marcel Proust

If we wish to understand the nature of the Universe we have an inner hidden advantage: we are ourselves little portions of the universe and so carry the answer within us. - Jacques Boivin, The Heart Single Field Theory.

The Universe is a great book which cannot be read until one first learns to comprehend the language and become familiar with the characters in which it is composed. It is written in the language of mathematics. - Galileo, Opere II Saggiatore
Conrad WOLFRAM: Teaching kids real math with computers
MATHS is more important to the world than in any other time in history.
Maths is more important to the world than in any other time in history. From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.
Also take a look at the WolframApha site below.

The Sony PS4 Makes Its Debut

You must watch this video it is amazing Yout students will love it - what an amazing future they have in front of them. This gaming technology is driving forward many advances in including interpreting deaf signing and converting speech into deaf signing onscreen.
Sign Language Translator
Kinect and sign language translation
See how Kinect's sign language translation capabilities help the hearing and the deaf communicate.

MATHS
WolframAlpha
Computational Knowledge Search Engine
WolframAlpha answers questions that people might have not by searching available knowledge but by computing using built in knowledge and details, and providing new answers to specific questions.
Elementary Maths Examples
Check out the general examples page to get some ideas.
Check out the lesson plans in mathematics, english, geography, science etc.
See what amazing results you get when you just type in your first name - your kids will love it.
ArthurBenjamin The magic of Fibonacci numbers
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
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MathematicallySANE
Promoting the rational reform of Mathematics Education - lots of great articles.
Mathematica
The programing language used to make interactive mathematical models.They have a free 30 day trial available.
Christmas
Santa Television What an exciting website and a fantastic way to investigate Christmas. View the Videos of the Northern lights, a Day in the Santa Claus Village, reindeer, and the magic of Roveniemi in Lapland. A huge number of Videos to watch at this site.
Track Santa from December the 1st at Norad
Virtual Teacher Christmas Stars 1 - Free to download Christmas Stars 2Christmas Stars 2 the files are pdfs. If you download them please consider becoming a supporter of VT to keep the good things coming.
MATHS
Check out the Virtual Teacher Maths Page Lots of fabulous Maths resources.
Java Maths applets great little interactive apps
Maths Applets Maths for the imagination
If you haven't looked at the Khan Academy as yet, check out the Maths resources there. Take the challenge and gain mathematical mastery, check your progress and graph your performance.
Join Calculation Nation andplay some really interesting mathematical games that require thinking and concentration rather than just calculation. You can play against other online gamers once you register but test it out as a guest.
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      Hi there,
      Just wanted to say thanks for creating your page http://www.virtualteacher.com.au/VT146.html I found some great resources on there that I hadn't seen elsewhere.

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      Bev

      Thanks Bev, You can also check out Poetry at Virtual Teacher
      Hey Virtual Teacher,
      I recently made my own riddle based website that is doing really well and we are adding riddles every day: http://goodriddlesnow.com/good-riddles (this is the main riddle page) and I was hoping you could take a look at it and possibly add it to your Jokes and Riddles page: http://virtualteacher.com.au/jokes.html. I would really appreciate it.
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      Trevor Zablocki
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