Category Archives: Educational Technology

What Does Rowing Have to Do with Teaching Mathematics?

Harry congratulates a rower after sweeping Yale for his last time. Harry Parker died this summer, two weeks after coaching the Harvard rowing team to yet another sweep of all four races (varsity, JV, freshmen, and spares) against Yale and … Continue reading

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Starting with Sketchpad Activities on Day One in High School

In my previous two posts, I listed some of the new Dynamic Number project activities (for grades 2-5 and grades 5-8) that engage students in manipulating and investigating dynamic mathematical objects from day one. In this post I’ll list several … Continue reading

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Starting with Sketchpad Activities on Day One in Grades 5-8

In the Dynamic Number project, one of our goals has been to create activities in which students actually experience mathematical objects by creating them, manipulating them, and investigating them. (George Lakoff and Rafael Núñez describe, in Where Mathematics Comes From, … Continue reading

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Starting with Sketchpad Activities on Day One in Grades 2-5

As an 18-year veteran teacher in Philadelphia public schools, my initial reaction when I first saw Sketchpad was “This would have completely changed the way I taught geometry.” I phrase it differently today: “This would have completely changed the way … Continue reading

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Edtech Tools are NOT Just for Students

I wanted to share a couple experiences I had in the last two weeks that have reminded me that even adults can benefit from dynamic mathematics software that we typically only associate with students learning math. My experiences relate to … Continue reading

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Pass the Candy! Sweetening the Study of Probability

As part of our guest blog series, we bring you another post from Kathryn Shafer. A former middle school and high school math teacher, Kathy is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Ball State University, … Continue reading

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School Starts Soon—Are You Tech Ready?

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My daughter went to senior orientation today, a sure sign summer is almost over. When I was in the classroom, I remember getting both sad and excited around this time. Sad because my holiday was coming to an end, but … Continue reading

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Exploring the Law of Large Numbers with TinkerPlots

As part of our guest blog series, we bring you a post from Kathryn Shafer. A former middle school and high school math teacher, Kathy is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Ball State University, … Continue reading

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Educational Technology: What is the Cost of Free?

I am so tired of the question “why should we buy your product when we can get the same thing for free?” No, you can’t. I get it, I really do. I was a teacher for a long time, wanting … Continue reading

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Look Before You Leap: iPads in Education

Happy leap day everybody! Over the last month, I’ve stumbled across a number of online articles and blogs about iPad integration in the classroom. The contexts and specifics vary widely: Yesterday I read about McAllen Independent School District and their plan … Continue reading

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