My New Interest: Detroit Tigers Baseball

I want to take a minute to expand upon my current obsession with Detroit Tigers Baseball.  From as far as I can remember, I never really had a hobby or anything that I would do regularly for leisure.  Immediately after high school, I went to college.  Every summer during college I came home and took classes at the local community college.  Immediately after college, I went to graduate school.  During graduate school, I took summer classes and worked during the summer.  After graduate school, I started working part-time at six different colleges simultaneously.  Yes, one semester I taught 38 credits combined between all of the colleges. The point is that I have worked hard for the majority of my life without a summer break or evenings and weekends free for as long as I can remember.  So, as far as I am concerned, this new full-time position I have right now has been treating me very, very...
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Jing and Geogebra

During the Summer 2012 semester, I decided to have my Math for Education students use Jing to send me a diagram of something that they were supposed to do using Geogebra.  If you aren’t familiar with Jing, it is a free screen-capturing and screen-casting tool from the people at Techsmith, located in Okemos, MI.  And if you aren’t familiar with Geogebra, simply put, it is a free alternative to Geometer’s Sketchpad, but it can do lots more. First off all, I have to say that I had always wanted to use Jing and screen-capturing with my students, but I wasn’t sure from what angle I wanted to approach it.  Many instructors have students create their own screencasts (a fairly well-known example is Mathtrain.tv).  Of course, I already use screen-casting on the instructor end by creating screencasts for my students on topics they are struggling with or by providing video feedback on student assignments.  I just hadn’t ever...
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Learning from Ignite

If you don’t know what Ignite is, simply put, it is a format in which speakers are limited to using 20 slides and each of those slides automatically advances every 15 seconds.  Thus, a speaker must get their point across within a maximum of 5 minutes. I learned about the Ignite format from past conferences that I have attended.  And I have attended several Ignite Events in the Detroit, MI area (they have them all around the country). This semester, I decided to have my Math for Education students give an Ignite-style talk on the last day of class.  They had two major content goals – they were supposed to summarize what they learned during the semester and they were required to have at least 5 slides on a topic that I pre-assigned to them (e.g., hexagons, pentagons, etc.).  The other catch is that they only had 30 minutes to prepare their slides and presentation. I learned quite a...
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