My latest Mathematics bookmarks
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
You are kindly invited to attend a lecture by a visiting Mathematics and Statistics professor from Russia.
Professor Ivan Vysotski
He will give us an insight into the Mathematics Olympiads conducted in Russian schools.
Date: Monday: 24 October 2011
Venue: AJH van der Walt Building, Muckleneuk Campus, UNISA, Room 6-36
Time: 12:30 for 13:00 to 14:00
Please RSVP for catering purposes (by Friday, 21 October):
Monday, October 17, 2011
Some of the reasons for using twitter as a teacher and in your classroom:
- You can create a personal learning network on the fly
- You can learn from others and get instant support
- You can use this tool to teach your learners how to use social media responsibly
- You can share resources, events, thoughts, lesson ideas... quick as lightning!
- You can have discussions on topical issues in your classroom and in education in general.
- You can use it to connect your class to other global classrooms and experts
The (.....) parts is where the UN part of the un-workshop comes in. Even though I, and hopefully others, will be providing structure as far as making sure that everybody will be getting some of the basic information and providing learning objects and references along the way, this workshop will be dependent on the input, direction and needs of all who participate. I will also invite my learning network to interact, support and share best practices with you and I am sure we will ALL be able to add value and direction to this unworkshop. So if you are part of my amazing twitter PLN, please let me know if you will be able to mentor a few new teacher twits and get them to understand why we are a-twitter about twitter!
It will also entail some online ad hoc webinars (which will be hosted by Schoolnet) to help you connect and we even may want to meet face to face and have edu-tweetups all around the country?!!
The whole workshop will be run via Facebook (www.ict4champions.co.za) and my blog (www.school2.co.za) for those without faces ;-). So, you can either RSVP as a comment on the event blogpost here, or on my Facebook events page.
Looking forward to interacting with you all! If you are a South African teacher please add #sateachers to your tweet. Our hashtag for this unworkshop is #ict4champions.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
A great source for interesting lesson starters or challenges for inquiring minds. If your school has a "reading" period then this is the ideal book.
Get it - if you love maths...it's worth it.
Here's a link to view the table of contents.
Monday, October 10, 2011
So this post is dedicated to the sharer bees...those who unselfishly share the fruit of their classrooms, their tests,exams, their lesson plans, and most of all- their wisdom, allowing us to look over their shoulders and learn from them- not only from their successes but also from their failures!! Bravo to your braveness!!
Which bring me to the whole thing of sharing. Quite a "complicated" concept. Firstly I want to look at what we can share.
When talking to teachers, their idea of the "what"is mostly restricted to actual sharing of set papers and tests. We are working under severe time pressure and have to get students to "pass" and "excel" as dictated by current assessment standards, which may or may not be of the highest standard. This make the sharing of assessment items a priority in order to set tests, exams as well fast drill- and- practice kind of exercises. We do not even get to the sharing of useful inspiring articles and ideas that could support and underpin creating 21st a century problem solving, critical thinking breed of citizens. We do not look at sharing of materials to include sharing of wisdom, what- worked- and- did- not- in- my- classroom- stories. We do not share stuff that could help us develop in our own lifelong learning pathways. We simply do not have time. Then we wonder why we feel disenchanted, uninspired and isolated.
So if we look at the WHAT to share:
- Lesson plans, work schedules, tests, exam papers, curriculum documents and briefs as not all teachers in districts always get it it. (the basics)
- Teaching ideas (e.g. I am thinking of doing a twitter project with my students to harvest real time statistical data- any ideas?)
- What works and what does not work in my classroom.
- How I teach.
- Internet articles of value (this is a great way to filter relevant knowledge for your colleagues and learning network)
- Online simulations and interactive material that can be used on whiteboards.
- New technology (ICT) tools (e.g. facebook, twitter, edmodo, animoto, google+, diigo...) and how you use them in your classroom.
- Tutorials- learn something new that you can use in your classroom and for your won professional development.
- News of professional development opportunities, events, conferences and seminars. (locally and globally, online and face to face)
How can we share. (My bandwagon- hop on please)
- If you want to share any of the above QUICKLY, twitter is your answer. Just add the URL (web address) to your tweet with a short what it is about (you have 140 characters to do so) and add a hashtag so that interested people can find it quickly. (e.g. #mathematics, #mathchat, #mathslit #sateachers). If we then search for #mathchat we can find "fresh" cutting edge resources. Example: See the #mathchat twitter stream http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23mathchat
- We need a database to store all these wonderful resources that we were talking about and here I want to scream DIIGO. This great tool allows you to, not only bookmark relevant resources, but have discussion about a resource, annotate resources, share it to twitter, create automated blog posts, embed automated feeds in your school's Learner Management System or website, create reading lists, and share with other interested colleagues or students in groups. It is also cross platform and you can access and share your bookmarks from any computer, operating system browser, cellphone, ipad or tablet. My mathematics sharing group is here: http://groups.diigo.com/group/classroommathematics
- File sharing tools. There are many to choose from, see my database here: http://www.diigo.com/user/maggiev/filesharing My favourite file sharing tool is Dropbox as it gives you 2GB free to start off with (you can get extra GB's by getting your friends to join), fully integrates with your computer filing system and not only syncs all you files across all your devices but also syncs automatically with your colleagues' devices the moment you save a file in a shared folder on your device/PC . I have written a howto tutorial on how to get started with Dropbox that you can download from here: http://bit.ly/p9u2wb
My local South African mathematics websites and resources can be found under the tag's Mathematics+sateachers here: http://www.diigo.com/user/maggiev/sateachers%20mathematics