Archive for the ‘Math’ Category

For most of my life growing up in the Jackson Hole area (Star Valley – Thayne, Wyoming) I would cross this bridge to and from trips to spend time viewing the Grand Tetons, to make a stop at Kmart, go to a movie, or to eat at Bubba’s.  The bridge is now history, and I think of all that went into this process:  especially the science and math…Enjoy!

Interdisciplinary…is it a goal, a state of education, an action?  As I contemplate my new history course and the awesome math teacher I will collaborate with (Mr. Dan Smith), I am working my mind to find ways to accentuate math throughout the ages and to show how data is an important historical tool that tells great and interesting tales. In this process, I want to share an example of what I am getting at and some data resources that one can utilize with students to inspire their search for truth through data.

The following is a video clip of an older piece from Hans Rosling:  200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes:  a great example of combing data and history…

The next items are links to data resources that may be useful (in no particular order)…

Stat Planet

KML Factbook


Many Eyes

Data First

2011 in 11 Graphs

The Joy of Stats Video 200 Countries, 200 Years in 4 minutes


Google Think Insights

Google Public Data Finder

2010 Census Data

Find The Best

Policy Map

Where Americans are Moving

HMH introduces a revolutionary new education solution – the first school-level core app developed exclusively for a touchscreen mobile device.

school_tech_toolsThe following is a list of sites that have been shared with me over the past several days.  Generally, you will see all kinds of findings in my Delicious links on the top right hand side of this blog.  Enjoy!

What to read?

Library Thing Suggest

What Should I Read Next?




That Quiz Math Test Activities (Science & Geography too!)

Social Studies/Current Events

Know Thy Congressman


National Geographic Little Kids


NSF Scrub Club


Digital Citizenship

Creative Thinking Home

World Languages

Foreign Internet Radio

Virtual Field Trips (All Subjects)


Education Week article:  Reading, Math Software Found to Have Little Effect on Scores

Word 2007 Add-in: Microsoft Math

The Microsoft Math Add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007 makes it easy to create graphs, perform calculations, and solve for variables with equations created in Word.

The Microsoft Math Add-in adds computational and graphing capabilities to the Equation Tools Ribbon of Word 2007.

With the Microsoft Math Add-in for Word 2007, you can:

  • Plot a function, equation, or inequality in 2-D or 3-D
  • Solve an equation or inequality
  • Calculate a numerical result
  • Simplify an algebraic expression

A teacher shared these videos with me today, and they serve as a fun way to practice times tables:

1 Times Table

2 Times Table

3 Times Table

4 Times Table

5 Times Table

6 Times Table

7 Times Table

8 Times Table

9 Times Table

10 Times Table

12 Times Table

I downloaded Phun, a wonderful, FREE, physics program this weekend.  With five children at my house it is a test bed for innovation and exploration, and my boys are especially interested in this application.  The girls will be to once they get a chance to get their hands on it!  The following is a video of what Phun can do

See Eric Marcos student’s generated math tutorials at Mathtrain.TV (The link seems to be down for now; so, try this feed link to view the tutorials: with Mr. Marcos!!!

Candle Our power was off for several hours this evening and it was a pleasant experience. We had children sitting at the dining room table doing homework by candle light, I told stories about the olden days when I was a cowboy, and we were together because it was dark. There were no computers on nor television; yes, iPods were charged and available but no one thought to use them. The technology we used was mostly paper, pencils, and books. These forms of technology have served their purpose well for many years, and I have a feeling they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon because, you know, the power could go out at any moment.

Open source typing and math programs (FREE)!!!

UPDATE 2/7/2009

I received the following information on 12/24/2008:

Hi Neil,

I’m the current lead developer for Tux Math and Tux Typing (and a dad of a fith-grader). I notice you have links to older versions of our programs, but you don’t appear to have our current web site, which is:

We have just released new versions of both programs which reflect hard work by our Google Summer of Code students. Both programs have been very substantially improved.

Best wishes,
David Bruce

Tux Typing

Tux Math

Plus, find loads more educational open source software at School Forge!!!

Genius Boxing!!!  You have got to try this, but you had better know your math!!!  Enjoy!

Childsplay I came across Childsplay today: open source (FREE) software that works on Mac, Windows, or Linux operating systems. There are several games in the software that test basic math and language arts skills along with other exercises that practice matching, listen, and memory skills. The activities help children learn fine motor skills as they navigate the computer keyboard and identify specific number and letter keys, mouse, and mouse pad movements. My 4 year old daughter and 6 year old son think these games are awesome!!! I do to, and best of all they are free. Download, install, and try them at home or school, but remember to get permission from your parents or the technology department or both! 😉 Enjoy!

This site, for me, is an oldie but a goodie: Science News for Kids. As their site states:

“Science News for Kids is a new Web site devoted to science news for children of ages 9 to 14.

Our goal is to offer timely items of interest to kids, accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and other useful materials.

Our emphasis is on making the Web site appealing by offering kids opportunities to comment on and grade the subject matter, get ideas for science projects, and try out mathematical puzzles. At the same time, we offer teachers creative ways of using science news in their classrooms.”

I came across today and found their K-6 activities quite engaging.  The “tutorials” are divided by grade level and subject area, and I was able to do all the activities I tried without registering.  Give it a go to see if it is something that can be used with content and students in your classroom.