Let’s go do some math

I was watching an episode of Mythbusters the other day. I always enjoy that show and while most of the attention goes to the two main stars my favorite is Grant Imahara. On this particular episode they were trying to determine if a bullet could set off a rocket propelled grenade and if so what…


Microsoft Math 4.0 and more

Something for the math teachers out there – Microsoft Math now at version 4.0 From the download page: Microsoft Mathematics provides a graphing calculator that plots in 2D and 3D, step-by-step equation solving, and useful tools to help students with math and science studies. Microsoft Mathematics provides a set of mathematical tools that help students…


Brute Force or is there an easy way?

This year being ‘10 has lead to a lot of talk about numbers that look like binary numbers 1/11/10 or 11110 for example. Related to this is talk about palindrome dates. For example with a leading zero 1/11/10 becomes 011110 which is the same backwards and forwards. Of course a purist might point out that…


Interesting Links January 4th 2010

Happy New Year everyone. Are you back to school or work yet? I took two weeks off and really enjoyed myself. I didn’t spend much time on the Internet as usual so I’m behind on Twitter and blogs and pretty much everything. I had written some posts to appear while I was on vacation so…


Interesting Links Labor Day 2009

I’m not really working today. Well just this post really. For the most part I have been largely offline for Labor Day weekend. Enjoying family, sun, books, and relaxing. My wife and son start school with their students tomorrow. They’ve been doing the usual back to school teacher days last week. Their rooms are ready….


Math, English, Binary, Computer Science, What a Mix

Some years ago a first year teacher (Name withheld to protect all involved) was trying very hard to teach Binary numbers for a group of sixth graders. It was not going well. Not at all. At the end of class, on the way out one student turned to the teacher and said “This stuff is…


Project Euler – Math Programming Projects

Oh you math teachers are going to love this one. No, really you will. And honestly it may encourage some of your programming students who don’t think they like math to get interested. I’m talking about a web site called Project Euler. There are well over 200 mathematical puzzles listed here that are best solved…


Teacher Tech Tuesdays January 2009

The Teacher Tech Tuesday program (last blogged about here) is dedicated to helping teachers and academic administrators get more out of Microsoft products. The goal is to help bring technology in to classrooms as a tool to teach other subject and not just to teach technology for the sake of technology. I just received the…


Interactive Geometry Tool

The Live Geometry project is “A computer model of plane geometry that allows you to create interactive ruler and compass constructions and experiment with them.” Looks very cool to me. I can imagine lots of ways for teachers and students of geography to use this in constructive ways. This is the kind of tool that…


Teacher Favorite Templates: Ms. Stivers for 6th and 7th grade

OK these teacher templates recommendations from LeeAnn Stivers who teaches at the International School in Bellevue, Washington look awesome to me. Grade book, curriculum planners, a seating chart tool using PowerPoint and more. They were all done for and with Office 2003 so if you haven’t upgraded you’ll be happy to know you can use…