### Mid-Week Ideas, Anyone?

A couple of things I came across this week.  Of course, there were more, but here are the highlights:1.  TI-Nspire Videos over at Atomic Learning - These are wonderful walk-through videos which cover the basics, graphs and geometry, lists and spreadsheets, data and statistics, calculator and data collection. 2.  TopicMarks - I heard about this wonderful tool this week in my Twitter feed that summarizes text documents for you.  This has wide implications, such as allowing more free time to read other materials, or to just simply give an abstract for one of your own works.3.  Inequality Match Game -…

### A Paper Idea for Learning to Plot Points

First of all, congratulations to Maria Andersen for winning the Mindomo MindMap of the Week.  Now, let's document my journey over the next 30 minutes or so after I started hunting around the Play and Learn Mind Map.  And this is truly interesting, as it might show you exactly how I think sometimes. I started with the Play and Learn Mind Map, which led me to the Playing to Learn Math Mind Map (Also by Maria Andersen). I noticed that the Playing to Learn Math Mind Map (a work in progress) did not have any links to games about logarithms (although there…

Here's a recap of the links that I've posted on Twitter over the past week or so: 1.  A friend told me that she used this Divisibility Rocks game from over at The Utah Education Network with her Developmental Math students and that it worked really well.  It turns out that they have plenty of other great lesson plans as well. 2.  Z-Type is a very intense typing game.  It turns out that as a Math Instructor, I do have to teach typing, computer, and writing skills as well.  For example:  One student told me just today that he couldn't write…

### Math Games for Integers, Multiplication, and Combining Like Terms

I have some slightly under-prepared students semester, so I suggested to them that they should try to work on their basic skills outside of class.  However, this requires me to provide some recommended resources to them, and these are what I have discovered: Multiplication Factoris - Tetris-style game for multiplication facts. Penguin Jump - Fun Multiplication Game that can be played with up to 4 people from around the world. Dad's Worksheets - For those who just want the traditional worksheets to practice with. Combining Like Terms Combining Like Terms Quartet - This like terms game requires you to match the center term with its the appropriate…

### Jeopardy! ‘Body Count’ Category.

For some reason I happened to see Jeopardy on 1/11/11 and I found the category 'Body Count' really intriguing.  When you read the clues, I think you'll find it intriguing as well: 400 - Chambers of the heart squared 800 - Usual number of ribs divided by 8 1200 - Pairs of chromosomes times 2 1600 - Permanent teeth divided by 2 and then multiplied by 10 2000 - Number of bones in the average adult human body plus 0. By the way, speaking of Jeopardy,  I found this FREE online "Make Your Own Jeopardy" Generator if you want to make…

### Sudoku at its Easiest.

I have never liked Sudoku.  I think it's very difficult.  So, I'm glad Google has come up with this idea:

### Making Math Fun

I was having a discussion with someone today about making math more fun, and a few websites popped into my mind that I haven't shared on here before.  Let me give you a quick rundown of what I think are a few unique resources (all free, of course): 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…

### Calculus Activity for Implicit Differentiation

Some of you may remember that I mentioned something about needing an activity for implicit differentiation when I went for a job interview a few weeks ago.  Well, here it is.  It really, really, really is meant to for the students to cut the pieces apart and then match them up rather than just draw lines to match on the page.  But do what you wish.  I have the WORD file if you would like to edit.  And please send me feedback if your students are using this!  Thanks. (more…)