# Monthly Archives: December 2010

# Mathematics on TV

# Using Stop Motion Animation in Math

So, I just couldn't help myself. After posting this on Twitter earlier today: "I wonder how using stop motion animation could be used in a math class. I would love seeing some short videos on dev. math and calculus.", I decided to take a look around the web for what I could find out on my own. This link from DreamBox Learning lists several resources from PBS that could be adapted for Developmental Math classes, and a link to a Stop Motion Works article. Anyway, during my search, I found a few videos that I am sharing below. Enjoy, and let the creativity begin. And by the way, all of this started after reading an article about how to make your own playdough.

# Maps and Mathematics

Just a couple of ideas that I think are interesting ways to approach the idea of using Maps to teach Mathematics. I really think that the Map Application is a good away to introduce ordered pairs because students have to find locations such as A1, B2, etc., where there is a distinct order. If you start getting students in the habit of thinking that the first coordinate is a letter and the second coordinate is a number, then it isn't as difficult to move to the first coordinate being the x-value and the second coordinate being the y-value. And as for using Google Maps to Teach Elapsed Time, although the activity says Grades 3 – 5, I feel as if it could be easily adapted to any developmental math class.

# Mathematics and Fashion Design

**Related Links**

- http://www.pbs.org/teachers/mathline/concepts/designandmath/activity3.shtm
- http://www.pbs.org/teachers/mathline/career/career0899.shtm
- http://plus.maths.org/content/career-interview-fashion-designer
- Check this out: A fashion designer who uses mathematics in her designs…http://dangerousmathematic ians.com/

# My Bamboo Pen and Touch

I'm really excited about my new Bamboo Pen and Touch. I can tell you one thing: My students were definitely jealous when I walked into the classroom yesterday and started setting up. They saw how great it was and they all wanted to try it out and get it themselves — Especially when they realized how reasonable the prices are. Already I can tell that this will be a great tool to assist in engaging students in the classroom. I also think that it could be useful in the future for students to submit a question on-line without having to scan a page or learn a special program. So, look for more to come from my new piece of technology after the new semester starts.

# Social Learning Environment

# Math Vocabulary Becomes Art

I was researching the best way to use maps to introduce the topic of ordered pairs to a beginning algebra class, when I stumbled upon something totally different, and totally unique: A website called Wordle that takes text and turns it into JAVA created art. I actually threw the RSS feed for this website into their art generator (a wonderful option, by the way), and the results are below. Immediately, my wheels started spinning about how to use this in a math class, and viola! The nice people who write the Ed Tech 4 Math Blog Technology & Software For Teaching Math already have a nice post on how Math Vocabulary Becomes Art. As you can see from my attachments, Wordle can also provide word counts, which could lead to a lot of discussion about word frequencies, etc. Enjoy! This also means that a future post is still coming about using mapping in the classroom.

# Making Math Fun

**Exploring Space Science Mathematics**(http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/MathDocs/spacemath.html) – This website is from NASA and has activities on topics such as time calculations, decimals, integers, mean, median, mode, equations, and scientific notation. I regularly use the scientific notation activities in my classes as a way to wrap up a section on the topic. If I have time, they are great activities to do in class. If I don’t have time, they are great activities to assign as homework (and I have no problems with students working in groups on homework).

**Making Math More Fun Free Download Page**(http://www.greenleecds.com/mathdownloads.html) – You need to check this out to believe how many resources are available on this website. I haven’t used any of them yet personally due to having so many resources that I have developed myself, or that have already come with my textbooks.

**Math OPS Targeted Math Instruction (**http://mathops.com/free/index.php) – All of the worksheets on this website are now free! It’s mostly Algebra Materials, and most of them are worksheets based on the idea of “Famous Old Dudes”. This will definitely get the trivia and history buffs involved in your class, as even my parents were getting into these worksheets when they were helping me print them out and hole punch them to go into a binder (It was a several hour chore, even with multiple people, which tells you how many worksheets are really there).

# Math Comic Strips

One point this semester I wanted to have students create comic strips about math. I tried creating one of my own one morning at 4 AM, but was unsuccessful. My first attempt at a good one came just a few minutes ago, and I thought that I would post it here for inspiration of what can be done with http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/. I think what would be even better is to make a whole bunch of these comics and then shove them into http://animoto.com/ or http://prezi.com/. What do you think?