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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, 2014 8:38 PM

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

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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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The Chemistry of Cookies: Compounds and Mixtures

The Chemistry of Cookies: Compounds and Mixtures | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
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A great little Zaption tour with questions about the reactions that happen when baking. Good for Year 7s and 8s. Zaption is a tool similar to Edpuzzle, where you can create quizzes and questions embedded within a Youtube clip. 

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ChemCrafter - Virtual Chemistry Experiments On Your iPad

ChemCrafter - Virtual Chemistry Experiments On Your iPad | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
ChemCrafter is a free iPad app that students can use to create a virtual chemistry lab to conduct virtual experiments. ChemCrafter is designed as a series of three interactive books. Each book cont...
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This new app gives a graphic sandbox perspective on Chemistry experiments - have a play, unlock new chemicals and create safe reactions all in one place. 

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Feed the Dingo: An Ecosystem Game | Science

Feed the Dingo: An Ecosystem Game | Science | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
Digital classroom resources for Grades 1-4.
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This game promotes understanding of ecosystems. Students have twelve 'days' to decide what should live in their blank desert ecosystem. Then the game will give them a report on what is healthy, what is unhealthy, and what has died. Students need to figure out that in order to feed the dingo, the most basic elements of the ecosystem need to be in place. I love it because it is actually suitable for higher levels than Year 4, and it is an Australian ecosystem (hooray) - the American accent is a bit distracting though! 

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The pursuit of ignorance

The pursuit of ignorance | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like "farting around … in the dark." In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what we don’t know -- or “high-quality ignorance” -- just as much as what we know.
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A fantastic TED talk on the value of what we do not know. The most exciting words in Science is not 'Eureka' but 'That's funny... I wonder why...?' As teachers, we need to get students comfortable with the idea that asking better questions and not knowing, is better than something that they think they know. 

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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, 2014 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
Algodoo,Physic,Physics,Interactive Physics,Interact,Force,Friction,Fluid,Mechanic,Motion,Optic,Energy,Science,Simulate,Simulation,STEM,Plot,Learn,Teach,Home schooling,Game, Education,Invention,Laser,Fluid,Water,Animation,tool,build,draw,software,program
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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, 2014 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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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Journey to the Centre of the Earth | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

"How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth’s core? And what would you see along the way? Use this BBC interactive to dig into the truth. (BBC).  Download the National Geographic Education high-resolution illustration of Earth’s interior."


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Interactive that would be great for Year 7 and 8 Science next term - moving through the layers of the Earth!

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Where to Find Cool Science Experiments for Kids on YouTube

Where to Find Cool Science Experiments for Kids on YouTube | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it
Where to find cool science experiments for kids on YouTube? Here are the favorite youTube channels with cool science experiment ideas for kids.

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There are some good ideas in here for lower-school classes! Sometimes I need help finding new experiments that either I want to modify from previous years, or to teach a concept more creatively. Some of these are clearly aimed at younger kids but it makes a great start. 

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Excellent iPad visual math dictionary ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent iPad visual math dictionary ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Prendi eLearning Mathematics & Science | Scoop.it

"Math Charts is a handy free iPad app that provides students with explanations of mathematical terms using illustrations and visuals ..."


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Some of these charts may be quite useful for the Year 7s / Ed Support students if they still need to access concrete charts in Maths. 

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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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Melissa Marshall's comment, October 27, 2014 3:43 AM
Good to know - thanks Chris.
Allan Shaw's curator insight, October 27, 2014 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.

 

Doug's curator insight, January 2, 4:40 AM

Added 2/2/15

 

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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.

BC's curator insight, January 24, 9:42 AM

In case you want to do some extra maths to improve your ability :)

Albert Chia's curator insight, May 11, 11:27 AM

For teachers who love to teach Math using iPad.

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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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