Friday, November 16, 2018

Math Links for Week Ending Nov. 16th, 2018

So if you are like me, you consider yourself a "Sketchhead". That is, someone who builds in Geometer's Sketchpad. GSP has fallen by the wayside more recently but an online beta-test version of GSP has just been released for public consumption. You can use most of the constructions tools that you are used to having and the ability to upload and download the new GSP files (.json). You can create GSP files with custom tool sets and make them available for student use. There is also a way to upload multiple student files to one page for viewing. Thanks to @dpscher for pointing this out. Daniel says that more features and improved functionality are on the roadmap for Web Sketchpad.
Curriculum Tags: All
This new activity from @desmos combines some of the best pedagogical and technological features they have. I think most of us can agree that kids love marbleslides. This new activity for linear relations is like marbleslides but instead of collecting stars with the marbles, they are collecting coins. And one of the things that, I think, make it better than marbleslides is that when typing an equation in marbleslides, your equation starts to graph as soon as you type it. So you can see mistakes happening on the fly. This makes it a bit easier to guess without knowing the math. Here you have to type the equation and submit it before you see it and it keeps track of the number of trials you use. Ending the activity off is a Challenge Creator so kids can create their own challenge to share with the rest of the class. Check it out.
Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM2P

I had a friend of mine do a guest post on my Found Data blog. In it @virgonomic takes some data from t-shirt sales and designs from Notre Dame and collects it for analysis. It's definitely a "dirty" set of data but mostly linear and good for doing some interesting interpolating.
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U

I have finally gotten around to creating a Desmos activity using Challenge Creator. in this case it's for students to practice the sine law while also investigating the ambiguous case. Students first investigate and then do the practice.
Curriculum Tags: MCR3U, MCT4C

In this post, @mathletepearce does a good job of taking a task and showing how it could be done to different depths from grade 1 all the way to grade 7. He goes in detail on the proportional reasoning and gives us examples of student work and thinking along the way.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7

A neat little 3Act task from @MrOrr_Geek dealing with least common multiples. What do you notice and wonder after this first task? Follow the link for the entire task.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8

I have mentioned @MonaChalabi before. She is the data scientist at the Guardian and does some interesting visualizations of data. Here's a series on the participation of people of colour in outdoor sports. 
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U

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