Back to School With Wolfram Alpha

from Free Technology for Teachers
external image Screen+shot+2010-09-01+at+10.32.22+AM.pngJust in time for the new school year, Wolfram Alpha is hosting a series of webinars for teachers. The purpose of the webinars is to help teachers explore the functions of Wolfram Alpha and the ways in which Wolfram Alpha can be used in education. There will be a live question and answer period during the webinars. The webinars are free, but are limited to 100 participants. Webinars will be held on September 2, 8, 9, and 13. Click here to register and learn more about the Wolfram Alpha Back to School Webinars.

Applications for Education
If you've heard about Wolfram Alpha, but you're not quite sure what it's all about these webinars could be for you.

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38 Weeks of Algebra Lessons

from Free Technology for Teachers
If you've seen Dan Meyer's TED Talk, Math Class Needs a Makeover, you already know that he's an awesome educator. If you haven't seen his talk, go watch it now then come back to this post. Yesterday, Dan Meyer published his entire 38 week Algebra curriculum complete with slides, handouts, and just about everything you need in order to deliver the lessons. You can download each week individually or download the entire collection as one file.

Dan Meyer also has his entire 38 week Geometry curriculum available for free. Again, you can download each week individually or download the entire collection as one file.

Applications for Education
Dan Meyer is the type of mathematics teacher that I wish I had in high school. His approach to teaching mathematics, explained in his TED Talk, is definitely a break from the textbook methods. You might not be able to use all of his lessons, but they are certainly worth looking at for ideas about how you might try new approach to teaching Algebra or Geometry.

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Conceptua Math - Interactive Mathematics Lessons

from Free Technology for Teachers
external image Picture+16.pngConceptua Math is a provider of interactive visual mathematics lessons. Conceptua Math's primary focus is on the development of tools to aid teachers in the instruction of lessons on fractions. Conceptua Math's offerings are a mix of free and premium (paid) tools. There are a total of fifteen free interactive tools for teachers and students. Each of the free tools has an introductory video and a sample lesson plan. Learn more about Conceptua Math in the video below.


Applications for Education
Conceptua Math's interactive tools for teaching fractions could be used by students independently or on an interactive whiteboard as a classroom activity.

A visual study guide to 105 types of cognitive biases

from Boing Boing
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The Royal Society of Account Planning created this visual study guide to cognitive biases (defined as "psychological tendencies that cause the human brain to draw incorrect conclusions). It includes descriptions of 19 social biases, 8 memory biases, 42 decision-making biases, and 36 probability / belief biases.

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Hundreds of Reviewed Online Mathematics Resources

from Free Technology for Teachers
external image Picture+11.pngThe National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Illuminations website is full of activities and lesson plans aligned to NCTM standards. I've previously reviewed some of those activities and lessons here. This evening I'd like to call your attention to NCTM's collection of 724 links to mathematics lessons and activities that are not hosted by NCTM. NCTM's weblinks collection is reviewed by an editorial board. The collection is divided into five categories; Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis & Probability.

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Learning Media - Online Math and Science Games

from Free Technology for Teachers
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Applications for Education
Learning Media's collection of interactive activities include three math games, two science games, a mind mapping activity, and a cartoon activity. The cartoon activity walks students through creating a six frame storyline. In the mind mapping activity, Home Sweet Home, students create mind maps for stories and similes. The math activities are designed for students to practice their addition skills and knowledge of fractions. The science activities teach students about the rotation of the Earth and changes in daylight. The science activities are designed with a southern hemisphere perspective.


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