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A collection of Maths and Science resources currently being explored at Prendiville Catholic College, Australia. This is an offshoot of the original Prendi eLearning page - http://www.scoop.it/t/prendi-elearning Follow me on Twitter at @prendielearning
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DIY Sun Science for iPad - iPad AppFinders

DIY Sun Science for iPad - iPad AppFinders | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

"Our sun is truly a magnificent object. Without it, life would not exist on this blue planet. Just because the sun is too hot or bright for us to handle for too long does not mean you can’t learn more about it with fun scientific experiments. DIY Sun Science for iPad happens to be an awesome app that shows you how you can learn more about the sun anywhere you go."

 


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PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web - Larry Ferlazzo

PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web - Larry Ferlazzo | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
You may have already heard about PhotoMath, the new iPhone app that lets you point it at a math problem on a textbook and then solves it while showing all the work involved.


Some are immediately reacting by citing it’s potential use in “cheating,” while others cheer that it might force math teachers and textbook publishers to be more creative in how they teach math. In some ways, it may force them to do what some of us in other subjects have been looking at — creating unGoogleable questions.


Here are some useful posts about the app, along with a video."


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So, there is this app called PhotoMath. Aim it at your textbook, and it can solve the written problem. It has caused an immediate reaction among teachers, parents and students. They key point is, is it cheating? Should students use the app? When is this type of technology truly useful? Is the answer section at the back of the book just as bad - or is this app better, because it goes through the steps required to solve the problem? Exactly how accurate is it, and does it show the 'right; way of solving the problem? This link leads to a collection of articles that explore these issues, plus more information on the app. 

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Chris Carter's comment, October 26, 8:31 PM
Yes, a friend texted me link to the site just yesterday. His take is that it works quite well, except that it struggles to pick up negative numbers if that number begins the math problem.
Melissa Marshall's comment, October 27, 3:43 AM
Good to know - thanks Chris.
Allan Shaw's curator insight, October 27, 5:40 PM

The promo looks slick. I suspect that it does not work quite that well based on some preliminary feedback. But even if it does work well, it seems it might achieve what  WolframAlpha can do without the typing.

It and similar technologies will sensibly provide Maths teachers with a good reason to reflect upon their practice. Good teaching cannot be replaced by a machine as it contains a positive relational component.

perhaps the reverse could be true: Any teacher who can be replaced by technology, probably should be replaced if they are no better than a machine.

 

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20 iPad Maths Apps that help cover all areas of the Australian Curriculum

20 iPad Maths Apps that help cover all areas of the Australian Curriculum | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

hes"Here’s a selection of 20 apps that cover Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability (these are the Content strands (CS) Australia’s Mathematics curriculum has been categorized under). They also cover the proficiency strands (PS) of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning."


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These apps are all useful for maths classrooms. Some of them are primary-school-ish, but the author has put effort into finding apps that actually build maths skills, rather than drill-and-practice apps. I particularly like the MyScript MathPad and Calculator - two apps that turn your handwriting into clear mathematical equations. 

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John Pearce's curator insight, April 4, 2013 1:15 AM

A neat list of maths based apps with links to the Australian Curriculum.

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Technology Integration for Maths Engagement » Math Stations and Screencasting on the iPad

Technology Integration for Maths Engagement » Math Stations and Screencasting on the iPad | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

"We started our math station activities today. How these look will vary throughout the year; today they were able to ‘move’ from activity to activity while staying at their own table. The first two stations provided students with directions on how to finish two different projects that we had started previously."


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This website has lots of great strategies for maths teaching. This one goes through how a teacher set up stations for each activity, but no-one needs to move from their seats. 

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How To Teach Maths With LEGOs | Edudemic

How To Teach Maths With LEGOs | Edudemic | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
Using Legos in the classroom is not a new concept at all. There are so many different classroom applications for the popular brightly colored bricks, and despite the myriad of uses, the go-to task for Legos is most often math. The handy little nubs sitting atop the bricks offer a chance to teach things like …
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A quick article on supporting students' maths skills by using Lego. Some good ideas here, particularly if students need some concrete tools to hep them conceptualise numbers. 

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5 iPad Games for Simple Physics Lessons

5 iPad Games for Simple Physics Lessons | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
Autodesk Digital STEAM Applied Mechanics is a free iPad app that contains five simple games. The games are designed to let students experiment with five connected physics concepts. The concepts in ...

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Heart Dissection Tutorial - YouTube

A demonstration for teachers of a dissection of a heart for Key Stage 3/4 (11-16).

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Similar to what we do in Years 8 and 9. Would make a good base for a blended learning lesson/unit. 

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Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills

Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

peHere are five other games for the Angry Birds fan that do an even better job of integrating physics and problem solving into addictive, just-one-more-try experiences.

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I personally love these apps and will be using them in my upcoming unit on Motion in Year 10. There are some great suggestions: I will get students to analyse their favourite game and then write about the physics ideas contained within. Phun is also a great Windows/Mac program for physics simulations and sandbox play. 

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TED: Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime - Heather Barnett (2014)

TED: Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime - Heather Barnett (2014) | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

IInspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold?


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I knew there was a reason we study Slime Moulds in Year 7 Science ;)

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Math in Real Life - A TED-Ed Series

Math in Real Life - A TED-Ed Series | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

Math in Real Life is a series of 33 TED-Ed lessons. The "real life" context in these lessons isn't things like "how calculating percentages helps you be a frugal shopper." The "real life" context found in the videos in the Math in Real Life series is broad in nature. For example, you will find lessons about how math is used to guide ships and calculating rates of travel in space.


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This is a fantastic video series and would be a great way to finish off a maths topic or start curiosity about a new one. There are 33 free lessons in here and all of them connect to how people use maths for everything from online shopping to space exploration. 

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, June 10, 2:11 PM

Ever notice how eyes focus and heads turn when a vid starts in class. Be strategic in integrating videos in teaching - consider building a library of them or better yet, bookmark and tag in Diigo using content area and gradelevel.

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Maine East students build upon geometry lessons

Maine East students build upon geometry lessons | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
Students at Maine East High School who learned all about angles, shapes and theorems in geometry classes this year didn't have to go far to apply those lessons in a real-world setting. A new two-story press box behind the Park Ridge school's varsity baseball diamond is the result of a yearlong project by two Maine East geo-construction classes. "They're getting their mind around real-world things," said teacher Tom Kaiser. "It's not just naked math."
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Here is a great article about real-world maths and the value of applying skills. 

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Trying tech to reach middle schoolers with math

Trying tech to reach middle schoolers with math | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

As eighth-graders at Northwest Middle School reviewed for end-of-year math tests, they had to figure out the length of a ladder using the Pythagorean Theorem. They also had to figure out the volume of corn in a silo that was part cylinder and part cone. They used pencils and paper, T1-Nspire hand-held computers and student response “clickers” to let teacher Roger Haglund know their answers. Haglund could tell by ...

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An article outlining how a school tried to lift engagement in maths by choosing different technologies and putting them with problem-solving skills. 

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Great iPad App for Science Teachers: Cell and Cell Structure | Wired Educator

Great iPad App for Science Teachers: Cell and Cell Structure | Wired Educator | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

Cell and Cell Structure is another great iPad app for Science teachers by Emantras, the makers of Frog and Rat Dissection iPad apps. We recently reviewed the dissection apps and loved them!


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This app has just been added to the App List for students next year in Years 7-9 science. Has an excellent set of interactives and will really help students to traverse the cell and find out more about it. 

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Teaching Maths on an iPad

Teaching Maths on an iPad | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
. 1. HIGH SCHOOLS AS IT WAS... In my High school, one of the last departments to realise a use for iPads was the Math department. Note: As a UK born New Zealander, writing Math and not Maths is dif...

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This list is very well thought out - definitely some good apps here. I liked how he linked to explain Everything as a good app to start with in the maths classroom. All students at Prendiville have this app, and can create a neat video just by taking a photo of an equation and then explaining how they would solve it. 

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John Pearce's curator insight, August 8, 2013 5:13 AM

Richard Wells introduces some non-traditional maths apps which offer the chance to re-think what constitutes maths teaching. Worth considering at least. 

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Ten Websites for Science Teachers

Ten Websites for Science Teachers | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
Blogger Eric Brunsell takes us on a tour of his favorite online resources for science teachers.

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Amy Burns's curator insight, October 14, 6:41 AM

Updated list of sites for science teachers.

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My Favorite No: Learning From Mistakes

My Favorite No: Learning From Mistakes | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

LODiscover a new classroom routine to help clarify concepts. This 8th grade Math class uses a quick warm-up to clarify certain Math concepts and get students in the right framework for the lesson to come. My Favorite No.

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My Favourite No is one of the best videos for demonstrating differentiation and group analysis - and not an iPad in sight. This teacher uses index cards for warm-ups, sorts them, and then finds the best wrong answer as an example. Kids are able to make mistakes and know why they have made them, and discuss why this is the case. They can also find out what they did right! All it takes is a pack of index cards. 

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Algodoo: Physics Simulation Software

Algodoo: Physics Simulation Software | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
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Algodoo, formerly the old Phun software, is a physics simulator. You can simulate ANYTHING in this awesome little program. Turn gravity off, build cars or planes, build a path for a ball, and many others. You can do challenges or start with a clean slate. Students can model various aspects of physics and have fun doing it. Best of all, it is now available as an iPad app so even more fun can be had. 

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Blended Learning in the Science Classroom

Paul Andersen explains how he is using the blended learning cycle in his science classroom. This cycle moves through the following steps; QUestion, Investiga...

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How blended learning can look in a Science classroom. 

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Blended Learning Energizes High School Math Students (Tech2Learn Series)

Blended Learning Energizes High School Math Students (Tech2Learn Series) | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
Educator Peter McIntosh helps his students to take ownership of their learning by using interactive subject-mastery tools like Khan Academy.

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This video describes the blended learning approach as applied to mathematics classes. 

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Math Project Ideas Offer Examples of Project-Based Learning ~ Edutopia

Math Project Ideas Offer Examples of Project-Based Learning ~ Edutopia | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

"These 160 math projects, from schools across the US, provide overviews, activities, assessment rubrics, work product descriptions, and ideas for reflection. Although they vary in format, you can adjust them to your students' learning situation, curriculum demands, etc. Projects from Teach21 PBL (West Virginia Dept of Education), and Math Matters in Indiana are very detailed and provide excellent project-based learning lesson plan templates."


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ASIDE: Data Visualised: Simple, Quick, And A Range Of Topics

ASIDE: Data Visualised: Simple, Quick, And A Range Of Topics | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

"We continually look for resources to use for “mini” lessons or “do nows” to help learners interpret data and draw conclusions through visual analysis.
The Statshot column in the weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal provides just that. David Goldenberg compiles the data, and the graphics are designed by Carl de Torres. The topics run the gamut, including pop culture, finance, technology, and science."


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Here are some great graphical resources found in the WSJ! Obviously some are quite Americanised but there are some great ones you could use for a discussion on statistics, skewed data or how data is used in the media to reinforce a bias. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 7, 10:35 PM

Finding great graphs to use with students is sometimes difficult. The Wall Street Journal may be the place to turn. This post shares examples of 3 graphs published in their  Statshat column.  This appears to be a new feature since the first publication is dated May 9, 2014.

These graphs will be useful for elementary and middle school. If you teach high school you may want to check out "the Numbers blog (which) examines the way numbers are used and abused,” and the topics are equally as diverse as those on Statshot."

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The One Thing That Will Improve Maths Learning | RealClearEducation

The One Thing That Will Improve Maths Learning | RealClearEducation | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
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This is a fantastic article about maths anxiety. This has two origins: it is a vicious cycle and it is social. What is upsetting is that students learn to be fearful of maths from others... including their teachers.
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20 Things You Didn't Know About... Maths | DiscoverMagazine.com

20 Things You Didn't Know About... Maths | DiscoverMagazine.com | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

The equations that work for mysteries reasons, the primes with hidden patterns, and the logical statements that cannot be true or false


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Some of these are utterly fascinating and would form great stem questions for extension classes to investigate. 

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Margarita Parra's curator insight, June 10, 8:38 PM

Historias sobre matemáticas y los amtemáticos. Dan para animar un curso. 

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Creative Educator - Digital Animation in Secondary Math and Science

Creative Educator - Digital Animation in Secondary Math and Science | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
Digital animation tools provide students with the opportunity to construct their own projects and build deeper content understanding.
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