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Roland Gesthuizen

Bill Gates and the Cult of Measurement | Diane Ravitch's blog - 44 views

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    "This year, my letter focuses on the catalytic role that measurement can play in reducing hunger, poverty, and disease. Setting goals and measuring progress are obviously not new ideas. But over the last year, I've really been struck by the impact this can have improving the lives of the poorest."
Martin Burrett

Math eBook - 111 views

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    A great maths site with PDF worksheets and online activities to help students learn a range of maths topics at every stage of their school career.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Martin Burrett

Maths Charts - 104 views

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    A great new resource from the creator of 'A Maths Dictionary for Kids'. Download and print beautifully designed and wonderfully useful maths posters on a good range of topics. Your classroom walls will never be the same again.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Martin Burrett

Inchy Picnic - 80 views

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    A picnic themed measuring game. Move your ant around the course by inputting the inches to travel. Play full screen at http://www.fuelthebrain.com/Game/swfs/antWalk.swf http://j.mp/xNy0My
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Martin Burrett

ThinkCentral Maths Tools - 121 views

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    This is a great set of flash maths resources for your whiteboard. Topics include an interactive number square, fraction bars and a set of algebra scales.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Martin Burrett

Mostly Postie - KG & G Game - 72 views

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    A maths resource for practising reading scales in kilograms and grams.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Roberta Bandfield

Math Worksheets | Dynamically Created Math Worksheets - 113 views

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    A large maths worksheet site where you can create sheets for a range of primary and secondary topics. [Be aware - site contains advertising and pop-ups]
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Martin Burrett

Math is Fun - Maths Resources - 131 views

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    A simple site with well written explanations, examples worksheets and games of maths topics from across the curriculum.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Martin Burrett

Mathopolis - Math Games - 174 views

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    A superb place to find games and questions for the whole of the maths curriculum. Join for free to track progress or just play the games.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Paul Gouveia

Technology in Schools Faces Questions on Value - NYTimes.com - 70 views

  • When it comes to showing results, he said, “We better put up or shut up.”
  • Critics counter that, absent clear proof, schools are being motivated by a blind faith in technology and an overemphasis on digital skills — like using PowerPoint and multimedia tools — at the expense of math, reading and writing fundamentals. They say the technology advocates have it backward when they press to upgrade first and ask questions later.
  • how the district was innovating.
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  • district was innovating
  • there is no good way to quantify those achievements — putting them in a tough spot with voters deciding whether to bankroll this approach again
  • “We’ve jumped on bandwagons for different eras without knowing fully what we’re doing. This might just be the new bandwagon,” he said. “I hope not.”
  • $46.3 million for laptops, classroom projectors, networking gear and other technology for teachers and administrators.
  • If we know something works
  • it is hard to separate the effect of the laptops from the effect of the teacher training
  • The high-level analyses that sum up these various studies, not surprisingly, give researchers pause about whether big investments in technology make sense.
  • Good teachers, he said, can make good use of computers, while bad teachers won’t, and they and their students could wind up becoming distracted by the technology.
    • Paul Gouveia
       
      yep - so where does leadership come in?
  • “Test scores are the same, but look at all the other things students are doing: learning to use the Internet to research, learning to organize their work, learning to use professional writing tools, learning to collaborate with others.”
  • “It’s not the stuff that counts — it’s what you do with it that matters.”
  • “There is a connection between the physical hand on the paper and the words on the page,” she said. “It’s intimate.”
  • “They’re inundated with 24/7 media, so they expect it,”
  • The 30 students in the classroom held wireless clickers into which they punched their answers. Seconds later, a pie chart appeared on the screen: 23 percent answered “True,” 70 percent “False,” and 6 percent didn’t know.
  • rofessor Cuban at Stanford argues that keeping children engaged requires an environment of constant novelty, which cannot be sustained.
  • engagement is a “fluffy
  • term” that can slide past critical analysis.
  • creating an impetus to rethink education entirely
    • Steve Ransom
       
      Like teaching powerpoint is "rethinking education". Right.
  • guide on the side.
  • Professor Cuban at Stanford
  • But she loves the fact that her two children, a fourth-grader and first-grader, are learning technology, including PowerPoint
  • that computers can distract and not instruct.
  • Mr. Share bases his buying decisions on two main factors: what his teachers tell him they need, and his experience. For instance, he said he resisted getting the interactive whiteboards sold as Smart Boards until, one day in 2008, he saw a teacher trying to mimic the product with a jury-rigged projector setup.

    “It was an ‘Aha!’ moment,” he said, leading him to buy Smart Boards, made by a company called Smart Technologies.

  • This is big business.
  • “Do we really need technology to learn?” she said. “It’s a very valid time to ask the question, right before this goes on the ballot.”
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    Shallow (still important) analysis of the major issues regarding technology integration in schools.
Martin Burrett

Bunny Balance - 49 views

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    A maths game for younger students where player must balance or unbalance the seesaw with bunnies of varying weights.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Martin Burrett

StudyJams - Maths - 112 views

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    A superb collection of maths study guides, quizzes, games and activities for every area of the maths curriculum. A must for any maths teacher.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Martin Burrett

Reading scales - 1 views

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    A great resource to practise reading scales, dials and measures.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Jennifer Jensen

Collaborative Pumpkin Project - 65 views

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    This free project has classrooms using three pumpkins - students will first make estimates and then take various measurements of each pumpkin. They will then count the seeds contained within each pumpkin. All data, other than estimates, will be posted via a GoogleDoc. As pumpkin data begins to be uploaded, classes can begin analyzing the data shared by all.
Martin Burrett

Math Interactives - 207 views

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    Nice IWB or Smart board activities for both theory and application of maths concepts.
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    Not getting into your site. Is it down?
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    I hoped if I just waited a day the site would be back up. I really am interested in good math interactives. I am hopeful the site will be restored or redirected.
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    I agree. The day I used it, it was fine but the day after it was down.
    It seems the whole 'learnalberta' site is down.
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    Ok. I offer this site instead: http://interactivemaths.net/
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    Ok, as of Thursday at 8:30 (Australian Time) this site is back up!
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    A great general maths site with lots of tutorials, activities and games which will help your students at school and at home.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
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