Friday, January 15, 2021

Math Links for Week Ending Jan 15th, 2021

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One of the nice things about the Twitter math community is some of the discussions that pop up. Here @JRappaport27 poses a question and the discussion follows. Take a look
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https://twitter.com/JRappaport27/status/1350059727955308547

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She had me at her first line "". When people ask me about why people blog I tell them this very thing. But beyond that, here are some tips on Google Classroom, @Desmos, grading and more. 
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http://www.mathycathy.com/blog/2021/01/reflect-and-share-workflow/

And speaking of grading, @Wheeler_Laura has some tips collected from all over Twitter.  
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https://mslwheeler.wordpress.com/2021/01/12/grading-tips-for-efficiency-aka-why-the-twitter-community-is-so-awesome/

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Math in the Navajo nation
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https://twitter.com/maanow/status/1348426952085024768

Persistence matters. 
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https://twitter.com/maanow/status/1349159482807496705

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#MathArt for the win
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https://twitter.com/Ayliean/status/1347688943073058818

That time on the Tonight Show when math was the star
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https://twitter.com/stevenstrogatz/status/1349159125901598721

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Sometimes unit conversion makes sense
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Friday, January 8, 2021

Math Links for Week Ending Jan. 8th, 2021

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I really like this visualization from @MonaChalabi. It really shows the power of exponential growth and the idea that even though this new strain of C19 is no deadlier than the main version, the fact that it is much more contagious makes it effectively more dangerous. Some good math here dealing with percents and powers here. Make sure you look in the comments for the description of the math.
Curriculum tags: MCR3U, MCF3M, MBF3C, MAP4C, MCT4C
https://twitter.com/MonaChalabi/status/1346513672722665474

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I really love this visualization on how people from around the world use their time. It could be a great "What do you notice? What do you Wonder" exercise and there is quite a lot of background info in the article. And to be honest, Our World in Data is a great website, in general.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MDM4U
https://ourworldindata.org/time-use-living-conditions 



I still really like these #SlowRevealGraphs. Here's one of the more recent ones. This one dealing with the movie industry. If you don't know what the premiss is, the idea is you take a graph and then remove most of the info and they slowly reveal it piece by piece. They have done the work for you with Google Slides on this site thanks to @jennalaib
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MDM4U
https://slowrevealgraphs.com/2021/01/04/rapid-decline-in-2020-box-office-profits-will-the-industry-recover-in-2021/

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The mathematicians that we've lost this year. Thanks to David Zimmer for pointing this one out. 
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https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-inquiry/three-mathematicians-we-lost-in-2020




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A few people have re shared this video tutorial I made about how to create a "Guess Who" game using the @Desmos Polygraph app. This video shows how you can use it to make a game for any subject, not just math. On the link there is more info from the blogpost I did as a companion.
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http://wecdsbit.blogspot.com/2019/02/creating-digital-guess-who-game.html


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An homage to those classic math problems
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https://twitter.com/Wakil_Sayb/status/1342139548894113792

     

Friday, January 1, 2021

Math Links for Week Ending Jan 1st, 2021

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It's the first day of the year so it isn't surprising there are some "best of" things floating around. So how about some of the best or interesting visualizations of the year. The first one comes from the Flowing Data site (and not all the visualizations are about Covid 19). And then of course Five Thirty Eight has their compilation of weird visualizations for the year. 
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U
https://flowingdata.com/2020/12/23/best-data-visualization-projects-of-2020/
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-40-weirdest-and-best-charts-we-made-in-2020/?ex_cid=538twitter

 

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Who doesn't like tessellated cookies?
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https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/best-christmas-cookie-cutter

Having some classic virtual games is a great way to bring out some mathematical thinking from students. Connect 4, Trouble, Chess, Checkers (and not so traditional like multiplication Tic Tac Toe) as Google Slides and other game ideas can be found in this Edutopia article and also Shut the Box from @AliceKeelor
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https://www.edutopia.org/article/13-virtual-games-play-your-elementary-classroom
https://twitter.com/alicekeeler/status/1342822352594329600

It's always good to have the stories of mathematics
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https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/19/gladys-west-the-hidden-figure-who-helped-invent-gps


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Though she claims it may be an unpopular opinion, I feel like more and more people are coming around the the idea of the fact that multiplication tables don't have to be memorized. Yes we want to have kids know their tables but by some sort of internalization, not rote memorization. Here's more from @Dean_of_Math
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https://deanofmath.wordpress.com/2020/12/26/unpopular-opinion-1-kids-dont-need-to-memorize-their-multiplication-facts/

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A new @Desmos animation from @SumDumThumb
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https://twitter.com/SumDumThum/status/1342183856800223239

A new episode of the @OAMEtalks podcast has @TaraCFlynn and @ShelleyYearley talking about their upcoming webinar "Unit Fractions Unlock Learning!". OAME members can register for the webinar for free. 
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
https://talks.oame.on.ca/season-3




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A Christmas themed pattern puzzle from @JamesTanton
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https://twitter.com/jamestanton/status/1342476455066759168

Do you want more info on the mathematics of snowflakes. Symmetry and more at the link below
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https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/the-mathematics-of-snowflakes/



Friday, December 25, 2020

Math Links for Week Ending Dec 25th, 2020

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@TimBrzezinski has your back when it comes to dynamic Open Middle problems using @Geogebra. He's created, of course, geometry but also arithmetic, algebra, trig and calculus problems. Take a look
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https://www.geogebra.org/m/jazvukfd

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@AlexOverwijk asks a question and posts some of his student's unique solutions in the comments. Some great discussion shows up too. 
Curriculum Tags: MHF4U
https://twitter.com/AlexOverwijk/status/1071137538574757888

Here's another one of @Mathsjem's resource posts. Much like I do here, she compiles great things she finds on the web for math. In this post, place value, fractions, pie graphs, speed-distance-time and more. 
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https://www.resourceaholic.com/2020/12/5-maths-gems-139.html


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Do you want to see how math connects with heavy metal music? Well @MathGarden and @HeavyMetalMaths have figured that out
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https://sunilsingh-42118.medium.com/how-does-a-love-for-heavy-music-embolden-a-love-for-mathematics-c254c947f0b4


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On the latest @Desmos Live they go through the best they've seen this year. Some cool stuff here. I totally agree with the last one. 
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https://youtu.be/MzSw00SSPEM?t=1064


Check out all the cool animations from @MattHen2
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https://blog.matthen.com/archive

Here is a Christmas example of 3D geometry in real life from @standupmaths
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvlpIojusBE


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The "truth" about statistics 
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U
https://twitter.com/xkcdComic/status/1340071757525311488


Some cool responses in the comments from this classic angle problem (including one from me and @MSBJacobs)
Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM1P
https://twitter.com/jamestanton/status/1340289039052599303


What a great simple task dealing with adding fractions. Be sure to check out the comments for some examples
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
https://twitter.com/mathhombre/status/1337603004619501569


There is a lot of data that can be mined in Google Trends. I have written about how you can use this in class in the past here. But why not look at this year's Year in Search
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MDM4U
https://trends.google.com/trends/yis/2020/GLOBAL/


Friday, December 18, 2020

Math Links for Week Ending Dec. 18th, 2020

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I really love this visual from @AledaKlassen about triangulation of assessment reminding us that assessment isn't just writing tests. Thanks to @HTheijsmeijer for this one 
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https://twitter.com/HTheijsmeijer/status/1338566586677014530

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It seems that @Kurt_Salisbury has been knocking it out of the park lately with the @Desmos activities. A couple of weeks ago he had an Among Us activity and this week he's turned @SaraVDWerf's 5x5 game. I like how it keeps score for the class. It's great for a starter game in any class.  Check it out. 
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https://twitter.com/kurt_salisbury/status/1339348097063940096

There has been a lot of assessment based Desmos activities revolving around assessment and here @LW has actually created a plugin for Chrome that strips the info out of the summary page and throws it into a csv file. Very cool stuff. 
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https://twitter.com/lwThinking/status/1339734644934111232 

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Leave it to @Von_Oy to come up with such an elegant looking @Desmos graph in under 80 lines of code. 
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https://twitter.com/von_Oy/status/1339053988398895104

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Now that's a lot of snow. Here's an image that could be used for imperial/metric unit conversions. 
Thanks to @Joe_Sisco for this one
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1339884908236271616







 

Friday, December 11, 2020

Math Links for Week Ending Dec 11th, 2020

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Awesome work from @MathTechCoach to get kids ready for the Christmas season. Whether you are teaching face to face or virtual, this one slide Desmos Challenge creator is a fun way to talk about transformations by making a virtual snowflake
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https://twitter.com/MathTechCoach/status/1335277681471086592

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I have always really loved the data set of deaths and survivors from the Titanic sinking. When dealing with percents, data and inferences it's a great data set and the folks at Desmos have Desmosified it. Try it out and you won't be disappointed. 
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MDM4U
https://blog.desmos.com/articles/desmosify-finding-associations/





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This was such an odd math mistake. There was a foot note on the paper indicated by a super script 4 and she thought that was the power of 4. Sheesh
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https://twitter.com/bobloch/status/1336689958787149831

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Using data in sports is getting more popular but it's hard to fight against tradition
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-are-we-still-returning-kicks-in-college-football/








Friday, December 4, 2020

Math Links for Week Ending Dec 4th, 2020

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So @JReulbach is the queen of assessment with Desmos and as you may have seen here, I have been dabbling in Desmos self assessment tasks and thanks to Julie, I now know that there is a pile of other people who have been creating them too. Julie has been collecting them all on this post and you can add your own too by submitting them on the Google Form
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https://ispeakmath.org/desmos-self-checking-activity-builders/

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If you are looking for and example of how you can't hide from data. In this case, it's that C19 is real and people sometimes don't even realize they have it. That is, the large portion of complaints about scented candles (likely caused by loss of smell) shows how wide spread C19 is. Make sure you look at the thread for all the info.
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U
https://twitter.com/kate_ptrv/status/1332398737604431874


New styles available on the @Desmos graphing calculator
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https://twitter.com/Desmos/status/1333921570914508801

In my school, the game Among Us is super popular. So this Desmos activity from @Kurt_Salisbury takes that and Desmosifies it (with about a thousand lines of code). In it students "play" Among Us and solve some mathematical challenges with points, slope and solving equations. Very cool. 
Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM1P
https://twitter.com/kurt_salisbury/status/1334263146685534209



Here's a cool webinar on snowflake art and symmetry from @Stecks. If you have ever seen her work, it's pretty cool. Check out her @numberphile video on creating letters with a single cut. Just make a donation and check it out. Thanks to @KMarkPet for pointing this one out
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https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/snowflakes-symmetry-maths-art-workshop-18-tickets-128649428905

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Yup, I agree - Zeno's Paradox
Curriculum Tags: MCV4U
https://twitter.com/bobloch/status/1332681130865254400



I had a great talk with Ian VanderBurgh in this month's @OAMEtalks podcast. He's doing his OAME members only webinar on "Adventures in Problem Solving" We talked about that and other things like the creation process of the @CEMC_Waterloo math contests. 
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https://talks.oame.on.ca/season-3




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Why didn't I think of this for trig identities?
Curriculum Tags: MHF4U, MCR3U
https://twitter.com/panlepan/status/1334948834837934080