## Saturday, May 27, 2017

### Math Links for Week Ending May 26th, 2017

I love the idea that @ddmeyer has to make people new to Twitter feel welcomed. He commissioned a Chrome extension that scrapes Twitter and looks for certain criteria then pushes those Tweets his way where he can respond. I this case he gives them a "hello" from the Twittervers (specifically the MTBoS). Try it out
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http://blog.mrmeyer.com/2017/how-i-welcome-newcomers-to-online-teacher-professional-development-aka-the-mtbos-and-how-you-can-too/
This is a fun little activity that connects angles with fractions and proportional reasoning. It starts in that way that is becoming familiar in the Desmos world. That is, guessing followed by something structured followed by something algebraic. You could probably do the first few slides with younger students but the algebraic stuff would be more suitable with gr9 or above.
Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM1P
http://blog.desmos.com/post/160846021437/friday-fave-for-may-19

With all the math wars (back to basics or let them investigate). Of course it really needs to be a balance. But how to make that work? That's the hard part. Some insights from @HTheijsmeijer on the topic.
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http://byodasap.blogspot.ca/2017/05/finding-balance-in-math.html

At the helm at Critical Math was @Roosloan sharing her curated list of research about that thing called math.
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https://criticalmath.ca/2017/05/11/a-collection-of-research-articles-curated-by-roosloan/

I have always suspected that stickynote glue was stronger than you think. The trick, apparently, is the way that you apply the force. Check out the video and then the 3Act math task that @mathletepearce put together around it.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P
https://tapintoteenminds.com/3act-math/sticky-note-challenge/

A couple of image related puzzles on Five Thirty Eight's Riddler column. For example this one about trying to cut this figure into three pieces that can then create a square.
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https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/can-you-do-math-without-numbers/

The geometry of fruit
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
http://geometrymatters.tumblr.com/post/160508152074/geometrymatters-geometry-of-fruits-and

Some fun animations. Click on the link to see them all
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## Friday, May 19, 2017

### Math Links for Week Ending May 19th, 2017

This site is so slick. The premiss is trying to measure the repetitiveness in songs by seeing how compressible the lyrics are. That itself might not be so exciting but the way that they present the data is very neat. Just scroll down the page and see it presented to you in a dynamic way. There are interactive graphs so you can test out your own theories. Even if all you do is look at the normal distribution it's still pretty cool. I only wish all the data was available for download.  Thanks to @Esping_math for this one.
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U
https://pudding.cool/2017/05/song-repetition/index.html

Need an Ontario Math resource. Look no further than ontariomathedresources.ca Of course you can just go to the Edugains site but this new (or at least new to me) site is a bit nicer looking and simplified. A one stop shopping for some of the more popular topics. Thanks to Gisele Jobin for pointing this one out.
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http://ontariomathedresources.ca/

Some links are still coming in from OAME 2017. This time @rossisen takes a problem seen in one of @tomsteinke 's session and turns it into a dynamic web sketch. Click through on the blog to get to the dynamic sketch and explore.
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A pile of educators were at the RMS Symposium this week and @Pi_lab showed us this problem about a student's conjecture about area and perimeter. In this post @Rossisen extends the problem with some neat insights.
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http://mathfest.blogspot.ca/2017/05/exploring-area-and-perimeter.html

A few weeks ago I was looking for some good resources on representing dividing fractions and settled on using a "jump along" model. Eventually I'm probably going to make a websketch to model it but in the mean time @MsbJacobs has some insight into using concrete representations when dividing fractions.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
http://themathguy.blogspot.ca/2017/05/a-concrete-diagrammatic-symbolic.html

Here @mathgarden talks about the idea of resilience in students.
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https://medium.com/@sunilsingh_42118/mathematical-resilience-must-be-an-experience-before-it-can-be-an-expectation-6540e4412c06

@MrOrr_Geek did his Ignite session at OAME 2017 on why he is picky. He wants you to be too. Watch below and then go to the link for all the play by play.
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http://mrorr-isageek.com/being-picky-ignite-session-oame-2017/
Being Picky- OAME 2017 from Jon Orr on Vimeo.

I heard about @PaiMath's Ignite at OAME 2017 from other people and I am glad he's posted his video so we can all hear his poem "Be You"
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I love this reminder from @AlexOverwijk that manipulatives are OK in an assessment setting .
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I love this connection between Google searches in and around the Kentucky Derby
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U
I love this proportionally sized multiplication chart.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
I forgot I took this picture of a hollowed out cement sphere in Toronto.
Curriculum Tags: Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT7QsFiF4_O/
A post shared by David Petro (@lookimyourfather) on

What kinds of symmetry do you see here?
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8

## Saturday, May 13, 2017

### Math Links for Week Ending May 12th, 2017

This Week's Ontario Math Links will be an all OAME edition. So I'll focus on what I saw and heard. Keep in mind that this is only a sliver of what went on. To start I was either a presenter or co presenter on three sessions. The one that I've been working on for so long is the presentation I did with Gisele Jobin on the launch of our iTunes U course "Letting Students Think in Grade 9 Math".

It's a collection of some of our favourite activities that help students do more than just calculate in class but instead encourage thinking. Eventually there will be a companion iBook but for now you can subscribe to the course for all the info. The slideshow is here but you can subscribe at the link below.
Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM1P
http://engaging-math.blogspot.ca/p/itunes-u.html

The one session I did on my own was a combination of a few blog posts I did last year on finding the math in Pokemon Go!. The game is not as popular as before but many of your students likely still have all the data on their phones just waiting to be mined. Get the slide show here and the full activities at the links below.
Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM1P, MPM2D, MFM2P, MCR3U, MBF3C, MAP4C, MDM4U
http://found-data.blogspot.ca/2016/09/collecting-data-from-pokemon-go.html
http://found-data.blogspot.ca/2016/07/is-levelling-up-in-pokemon-go.html

The other session that I did was with @MrsGascho. We were part of the Grade 9 project for the last few years and in the summer we co presented a session in the summer institute on "Meaningful use of Technology in Grade 9 Math" and that lead to the creation of the Math 4 the Nines project that collected all of the research findings and also included several "Workshops in a Bag" for all of the sessions. That is, for each of the workshops from the summer, teams developed a zipped folder of the slideshows and all of the supporting files so that anyone could do the presentations. So that's what we did, we took the workshop we developed and presented it. Get our presentation here and all of the others at the link below
Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM1P
http://math4thenines.ca/professional-learning.html

The first session that I went to was "Teaching Function Notation with Coding" from Jeffrey Peck and Stephanie McKean. It's a great fit as coding is basically an application of functions. We were coding at the site below in PHP and it didn't take long for all of us to have our first sets of code that used functions.
Curriculum Tags: MCR3U
http://sandbox.onlinephpfunctions.com/

I really liked the session from @MsLoneyMath and @KatherinOHara on "Hands On Activities for 1L/2L Math". We really needed more time but there was a lot of stuff that we tried out for fractions, proportional reasoning, measurement and more. Their presentation is a Smart Notebook file and be sure to click on the paper clip icon as it is loaded with tonnes of attachments
Curriculum Tags: MAT1L, MAT2L
http://tinyurl.com/handson17

A neat session on a "Co Constructed Mathematics Program" for grade 7&8 from @katiepellerin where students were physically constructing. Specifically they were building desks and tables. We saw how they constructed their learning pathway by wrapping everything around the number sense. Check the slide deck out for their journey.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, G8
https://tinyurl.com/mkm3pbo

A very cool session from Chris Atkinson and @tomsteinke on teaching systems of equations using Geocaching. The premiss is that students will solve systems of equations that have solutions that become coordinates for waypoints to be entered into a GPS device (or phone with an app). Students then travel to those locations to get a new set of equations and a new set of coordinates. There would normally be a tonne of work to set this up in your class but they have developed a tool so you just enter the coordinates of the waypoints and it spits out all the sets of equations that need to be solved then does the combinatorics to assign various locations to each group (not all groups go to all locations). The activity was designed for grade 10 academic but the engagement factor might make it doable for grade 10 applied.
Curriculum Tags: MPM2D, MFM2P
https://tkinson.net/oame2017

I like this post from @rossisen where he took a problem seen in a @kitluce1 session that he was in and turned it into an interactive websketch. Nicely done.
Curriculum Tags: Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P
http://mathfest.blogspot.ca/2017/05/slanty-squares.html
@MathletePearce has already cobbled together his own video from his ignite session. Watch it below and then click on the link to see all the background for his talk. "Be More Prince"
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https://tapintoteenminds.com/beauty-elementary-mathematics/

I was in a STEM session from Alfonso Garcia where we built airplanes and launched them (see the video below) and it was very cool when we broke it down and talked abut all the connections to math that the activity had (spoiler alert, there was a lot). It was super engaging as you can see from our reaction at a successful launch (below).  You can get the plans and order the free kits at the link below.
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http://awim.sae.org/curriculum/glider/

@ddmeyer was one of the evening keynotes. His talk on Full Stack Math was spot on. Here's a couple of images. The first image was a reminder that the amount of routine jobs has been dropping and the amount of non routine jobs has been increasing.  The second image is about the nature of what tends to be valued in classes. IE there is a disconnect.
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And here is a great sketchnote of Dan's Task
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I managed to see one of the Ignite sessions but those things go by so fast it's hard to keep up. But I did like this slide from @MaryBourassa on Lessons learned. Hopefully the videos will be posted soon.
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And here's a few other posts from the Ignite. I didn't get to see the second session but here's some shots of those. Looks like I missed some good ones.
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## Friday, May 5, 2017

### Math Links for Week Ending May 5th, 2017

It was Star Wars day this week (May the 4th be with you). So why not actually try to figure out what kind of power The Force actually has? Thanks to @RJAllain we have the video analysis and the calculations. Though this is basically a physic problem, if you are working with curriculum that is about kids using formulas with exponents, then this could be a neat example to have them try. Thanks to @KmarkPet for pointing this one out.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P
https://www.wired.com/2017/05/literally-calculate-power-force/

A while back I created a Desmos Activity to model Distance, Velocity and Acceleration in Calculus. Well, @bmorris76865383 took it an created a French version. So for all of you teaching Calculus in French, here you go.
Curriculum Tags: MCV4U
https://teacher.desmos.com/activitybuilder/custom/58d6d62df060280fbcc4ba1d

Here's a neat little random quiz on guessing correlation coefficients. It's pretty simple but it generates random sets of data so kids can get some practice in. Thanks to @mathequalslove for this one.
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U, MAP4C
http://istics.net/Correlations/

Here's a nice little probability game from @mathequalslove. So simple and a nice way to help kids connect theoretical and experimental probability while rolling two dice.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
http://mathequalslove.blogspot.ca/2017/04/blocko-game-for-practicing-experimental.html

Clearly I'm catching up on some @mathequalslove. This time with a very simple way to have kids connect with probability in the form of a mystery box where students have to guess the contents of a box of snap cubes as they are drawn.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
http://mathequalslove.blogspot.ca/2017/04/using-probability-to-find-contents-of.html

This is a few years old from @jamesgrime but if you ever have a keen kid who might be bored in class you might just have them build one of these
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