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John Evans

Here's How to Teach Yourself Physics and Math - 4 views

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    "Physics and Mathematics are extremely important subjects. Actually, that's a bit of an understatement.

    Physics and Mathematics allow us to peer out into the cosmos and understand the inner workings of the universe. At once, they show us our  insignificance and our remarkable potential; they give us a hint of the vast possibilities that exist-of what we could (and may) one day accomplish. They allow us to see the world and to see ourselves anew.

    That begins to scratch the surface of these subjects.

    No one can deny their importance; however, it is also a fact that many people don't know where to begin investigating these topics…what books to study, what themes to begin with. On top of this, many feel intimidated by physics and math-they seem to think that they are things which only the sharpest individuals are able to understand.

    But nothing could be farther from the truth.

    True, these subject areas might not be the easiest that you will ever happen across, but they are far from impossible. So. If you want to be a physicist or a mathematician,  or if you just want to understand the subjects, here's where to start.

    Huge thanks to the wonderful Moinak Banerjee for his work on this."
John Evans

6 Ways to Help Students Understand Math | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "The ultimate goals of mathematics instruction are students understanding the material presented, applying the skills, and recalling the concepts in the future. There's little benefit in students recalling a formula or procedure to prepare for an assessment tomorrow only to forget the core concept by next week. It's imperative for teachers to focus on making sure that the students understand the material and not just memorize the procedures.

    Here are six ways to teach for understanding in the mathematics classroom:"
John Evans

The Maker Movement Is About More Than Science and Math - But Is All This Tinkering Real... - 4 views

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    "In the last few years, the "maker movement" has become a marvel in American schools through Maker Faires featuring homemade robots to after-school programs that teach kids to code - to entire schools geared around the art of tinkering.
    Maker-centered education, so the narrative often goes, could have profound benefits for students hoping to find work in a STEM-related job. Even President Obama has touted the economic benefits the maker movement could have on efforts to reinvigorate American manufacturing.

    But for teachers who use making in their classrooms, the movement is about something much bigger - something that enhances educational experiences for all kids. They argue this learning-by-doing approach is an effective way to teach students how to develop character and purpose."
John Evans

Coding in the math classroom - 1 views

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    "Why teach coding?

    Simply put, coding can change and impact people's lives.

    The effect technology - as a result of computer code - has on this world is incredible. What used to be thought of as impossible is now made possible. What's more amazing is that our technological accomplishments always open up new realms of possibilities. Cellphones, for instance, didn't stop at phone calls - they led to streaming music and eBooks and brain teasing games and the ability to map the night sky.

    This suggests that learning technology and its underlying language - coding - is extremely powerful."
Sheri Oberman

5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus - 2 views

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    Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts-rather than doing arithmetic drills-may be a better way to introduce children to math. Math curriculum specialist Maria Droujkova notes in the article that "Calculations kids are forced to do are often so developmentally inappropriate, the experience amounts to torture," Introducing mathematics that is open-ended and play oriented keeps kids engaged with it, instead of being turned off and feeling deficient.
John Evans

Exploring Geometry by Coding With @gosphero & @tickleapp - 2 views

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    "In this activity students will move the Sphero ball across a grid system, while describing, using math terms, the movement and location by coding the sequence."
John Evans

Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Math Madness: Digital Tools for Every C... - 1 views

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    "Are you a math teacher looking for some super cool resources to engage students and assist them with mastering content?

    Then look no further than this collection of Digital Tools for Math to locate exactly what you need to tech up your next lesson or project. With dozens of suggestions in the areas of web tools, apps, formative assessment, QR codes, math glossaries, and recommendations for whom and what to follow on social media, there's sure to be a tip, trick or tool for any math teacher!"
John Evans

Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts | Scholastic.com - 4 views

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    "I was not one of those LEGO® kids growing up. Sure, my brothers had LEGO bricks, and every so often I'd kidnap some tiny LEGO men for a make-believe game. But I didn't truly appreciate the engineering capacity of those studded plastic bricks. They were just so rigidly rectangular!
    As an adult, I've come to appreciate LEGO, both for its rectilinear aesthetic, and even more so, for its mathematical might. In the classroom, the tiny bricks are now my favorite possibility-packed math manipulative! Read on for a sampling of math activities that use LEGO pieces to build and reinforce key math concepts."
John Evans

ISTE | Use Minecraft to teach math - 3 views

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    "We know that kids love computer games and will spend hours on end totally engrossed in them. But "education games" are often neither educational nor much fun. The challenge is to find a way to organize, implement, manage, assess, guide and provide ample learning opportunities and still keep games fun.

    Minecraft - a wildly popular game that kids just can't stop playing - is changing that. I have found that Minecraft combined with design-based learning is the most powerful educational tool I have ever seen!"
John Evans

Over 30 Great YouTube Channels for Teachers (Chart) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile... - 8 views

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    "YouTube is absolutely one of the best sources of educational videos out there. It hosts tons of video content some of which is tailored specifically for the educational community. There is now a growing number of YouTube channels created by teachers and educators where you can find teaching materials to use in your class. over the last few years, we have reviewed a number of these channels and today we spent sometime going through our archive and decided to feature some of these resources into the chart below.  Whether you are looking for specific subject-based content or general knowledge videos, the collections below have you covered. Enjoy"
John Evans

60 Apps to Teach STEAM in the Classroom - 1 views

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    "Using a tablet to explore STEAM concepts is a natural pairing-as kids drag, draw and create they learn more about technology and the world around them. That's why we've gathered 60 of our favorite apps for teaching STEAM in the classroom, with recommendations for every grade level. Read on to get our list!"
John Evans

Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges | MindShift | KQED News - 4 views

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    "The Pixar In A Box lessons start with a technical problem that animators face and work into the math from there. In each video a real Pixar animator lays out the technical problem, and then students get to experiment with interactive elements to better understand the problem. Gradually the video works towards a more explicit explanation of the math involved, and by the end the student is calculating to solve the actual problems faced at Pixar.

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