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After our Interview with Derek Paravacini, one of the US schools wrote about it in their blog https://sites.google.com/site/todayincomputerclass/7-c
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Science Fair Season is upon us. Here are some ideas and great links
Inventors and inventions
About inventors and inventions through the ages. Also gives advice to would-be investors on patent applications etc.
This is a good technology website with background information on inventions from Adrenaline to the Zipper – and also some biographical detail on the inventors.
Science and mathematics encyclopaedia sites
This is the gateway to all of the wolfram.research reference sites including those on astronomy, biography, maths, music, paper sculpture, Star Trek and wine tasting!
Eric Weisstein’s World of Science is packed with good stuff – and improving daily. It is funded by Stephen Wolfram, one of the whizziest computer whizkids around.
Like his World of Science, Eric Weisstein’s MathWorld is chock full of interesting mathematics and material for teachers to use to promote interest in the subject.
(It appears that has been a legal action in the USA between the author of this site, Eric Weisstein, and a publishing company. The result of the action has been the temporary or permanent transfer – one cannot be sure yet which – of the “mathworld” site to something called “planetmaths” or “planetmath”. Search the web to ascertain this for yourself. Add the result to your “favourites”.)
Guidlines for projects
Guidelines for selecting suitable investigations
Some interesting science activities for kids to try at home. This keeps parents on their toes!
Not sure how to get started with your project? Try visiting Discovery Education: Science Fair Central
The Primary Science Project
The grade 12 National examination papers written in June can be downloaded from the links that follows.
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A compilation of grade 12 examination questions from the South African national Mathematics examination papers for the period 2008 – 2016. These questions are assessing the grade 11 Geometry Theorems.
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Thanks to Stacy Maxton for the first 6 links
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How to make a 3D hologram from your Cellphone or Tablet:
We chose to not use a CD cover and we wanted to make ours larger!!! We made our own design using overhead transparencies and we created this template.
You can also buy a cheap Pyramid template from the cheap store that folds into a pyramid and these worked for us too.
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Mr S watched classes do presentations in the USA and sent them feedback over Google Forms
Sparklebox and the alternatives (SA and international)
Living Maths gets a mention in Kahoot’s blog http://blog.getkahoot.com/
A radio programme giving advice on how to teach maths to younger students http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03szv89
Space Camp is taking place at the Cape Town Science Centre www.ctsc.org.za
Professor Anusuya Chinsammy-Turan is launching her new book about Dinosaurs on 11 October in the afternoon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get an invite.
If you are a LEGO Fan, look what is coming to Cape Town http://www.capetownkids.co.za/blog/entry/the-worlds-most-popular-lego-art-exhibit-the-art-of-the-brick-heads-to-sout/
Super cool video (an oldie but a goodie!) – if you ever needed reminding of how insignificant we are compared with the Universe and you want to see how maths in used to explain large and small distances http://www.sciencedump.com/content/powers-ten-amazing-scale-universe
Here are some Vedic Maths tricks to knock the socks off your teacher http://www.sciencedump.com/content/magic-vedic-math
Can you balance a pencil on its point http://www.sciencedump.com/content/how-long-can-you-balance-pencil-its-tip-it-falls-over
Lovely write up on the Inspired Teacher’s Conferencehttp://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com/2014/08/reflections-from-inspired-teachers.html
Cats can solve problems too http://twistedsifter.com/videos/cat-opens-doors/
I love this poster! PDF of the kid-friendly 8 Mathematical Practices here: http://t.co/pX6t72NzTe
#TheStorybook is out! Meet 14-year-old Noah Cahoon, the Eagle Scout/ toy maker/entrepreneur who’s got a penchant for cardboard, stickers, and community organizing. Find out how he’s bringing people together and sparking creativity in Roy, Utah. Share vigorously: http://bit.ly/1ot1wZM
First woman to win the Field’s Medal http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/august/fields-medal-mirzakhani-081214.html
Resources for teachers with students that have learning disabilities http://www.pinterest.com/pin/542824561310281600/
Who said NASA can have all the fun: http://failblog.cheezburger.com/share/63037441
Need some ideas on what to do with plastic bottles? http://themetapicture.com/some-people-just-throw-plastic-bottles-away-others-make-this/
Thousands of ball bearings move like a wave http://www.sciencedump.com/content/thousands-small-ball-bearings-move-wave
Awesome Optical Illusion http://aplus.com/a/this-object-does-not-exist
New Star Wars Movie update: Equipment and vehicles arriving https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snph22qSUMU
A watch that requires a cryptographer ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE3srgqFhto
10 Animals on the endangered list http://daddu.net/10-animals-get-know-theyre-gone/
You get puppets and then you get marionette maestros http://vimeo.com/76779590
Go on a 3D tour of China’s super caves http://www.nationalgeographic.com/china-caves/supercaves/
International box of mystery http://www.metaspoon.com/useless-box-where-to-buy/
HIV Virus in 3D http://3d.cl3ver.com/e5Lfn
Close your eyes for a second… does it sound like a male or female ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UoJ-34Ssa0
Here is a great way to visualize PI and how it relates to the Diameterhttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2a/Pi-unrolled-720.gif
Watch the amazing and inspirational TEDx talk by friend of Living Maths, Blind Astronomer, Wanda Diaz, OAD visitor March-May 2014 https://t.co/qyWn1JdSfO
At 300 micrometres wide, this is the most minuscule masterpiece in the world. Made from nanopixels, the researchers who made it are now using the technology to come up with new solutions for data storage:http://bit.ly/1pPzj0K
Join Maker camp via the Internet http://makercamp.com/
News about the International Maths Olympiad taking place in Cape Town http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/technology/news/maths-gurus-go-for-gold-in-mother-city-1.1713194#.U7WTtPmSzh4
Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield has updated his YouTube account with all his space videos https://t.co/UaWmhfDTJs
Great site for Grade 1 students https://t.co/AC516r0F1j
Online Ebooks for kids http://t.co/ur3pEx3yOP
Teachers: Mastering number lines http://one-lesson-at-a-time.blogspot.com/2014/04/zooming-in-on-number-line.html
Cool Science ideas http://thekidshouldseethis.com/tagged/science
Stargazing in South Africa http://www.getaway.co.za/travel-ideas/things-to-do/stargazing-in-south-africa/?fb_action_ids=10152951222209552&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210152951222209552%22%3A536688249765679%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210152951222209552%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D
Kid calls 911 for help… with his homework http://blog.petflow.com/4-year-old-called-911/#G4qAPVBMtleQC0Ul.01
How many squares ? https://brilliant.org/community-problem/find-squares/?group=bBOqrCAiqCB0
Teachers…. Bamboozle parents with these awesome phrases in your reports http://www.sciencegeek.net/lingo.html
A very cool idea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWgCQgzJOU4#t=84
Let it go – frozen Fractions http://youtu.be/LPVfV_EZe1A
Teachers…. Bamboozle parents with these awesome phrases in your reports http://www.sciencegeek.net/lingo.html
The Dragon 2 unveiling http://new.livestream.com/spacex/DragonV2/videos/52348399
Tips, tools, and favourite finds for using iPads:http://bit.ly/1jY1bMt.
How wealthy is Bill Gates ? http://youtu.be/B2inExgT77s
Schools around the world dance to Happy (Cape Town included 😉 ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z75FH-R8Bs8&feature=youtu.be
Tennis and the new High Tech Racquets http://www.iol.co.za/sport/tennis/tennis-pros-switch-on-hi-tech-racquets-1.1687646#.U3J54_mSzh4
Would you like to see the International Space Station as it passes over … track it here http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/#.U2SjCfmSzh5
This year’s Google Doodle Winner https://www.google.com/doodles/doodle-4-google-2014-us-winner
How to find FREE YouTube music for vids.
Free to use in any video creation – even if not put on YouTube. Only restriction is you cannot redistribute the music as standalone audio file.
Pencil (Download: Mac – Linux – PC)
Create traditional hand-drawn animation. Free open source software, complete with a user’s manual.
Pivot stick animator (PC only)
This free software download is a great asset in my classroom. The kids create beautiful animations and this is a very useful link.
Flashberry.com (PC only – some aspects free)
Free flash openers or introductions – but must use IE browser to create
Scratch (Download: Mac and PC)
Create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, art….
Hype ( Download: Mac only – fee)
Create Flash-like animations. Save as html5 web page. Viewable on iPad without special plugins.
It would appear that Honey badgers love brainteasers too http://www.reshareworthy.com/honey-badger-master-escape-artist/
Friend of Living Maths Eric Rosenbaum talks about the Makey Makey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLjxB7PXBJo&feature=youtu.be&t=5m34s
Music and fire! http://twistedsifter.com/videos/pyro-board-music-visualizer/
Denmark took part in our Maths Olympiad last year http://www.vonsildskole11.blogspot.dk/
How much does Captain America’s shield weigh ? http://www.wired.com/2014/03/whats-mass-captain-americas-shield/
Very cool for the coders out there www.gopherlab.com
The principle of halving http://www.wimp.com/halvingprinciple/
Make a super planet crash in this simulation http://www.stefanom.org/spc/
Teachers – print your own maths paper http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/?utm_content=buffere6089&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Teachers – Very cool application for the classroom https://www.movenote.com/
Teachers – a Great website to use in class with your students http://www.sumdog.com/en/teachers/
“Viola Organista” based on a Leonardo Da Vinci Sketch – [wow instrument]
If you are planning to start your own business then here are a bunch of cool resources http://pakwired.com/resources-for-startups/
How is this Hexapod robot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn3FWb-vQQ4
Why not be the fly (in a space suit) on the space station to see a LIVE view of what the view is like from the ISS 24/7http://www.ustream.tv/channel/9408562
Teachers: Maths with socially responsible questions http://oneworldripples.com/socially-response-able-mathematics.html
For the artist that does not want to be confined to paper but wants to draw in 3D – click here to find out and order your own 3D printer pen! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lix3d/lix-the-smallest-3d-printing-pen-in-the-world?ref=live
Google Cars take the next Step http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/google-self-driving-cars-hit-the-city-1.1681392#.U2Io9vmSzh4
Mr S spoke to a School in Newtown, PA
Cool links for teachers
Study at MIT for FREE
Fractions game with QR codes
Cool Maths site http://bedtimemath.org/
Very cool activity to make http://www.handimania.com/diy/3d-paper-snowflake.html
Google Tools for Teachers http://mashable.com/2013/07/05/google-tools/
Mr S chats with a teacher in Argentina http://mariacolussa.blogspot.com.ar/
Very addictive game http://www.primarygames.com/langarts/wordo/
Old ATARI Console games https://archive.org/details/atari_2600_library
The “Working Mathematically” website at http://www.blackdouglas.com.au/taskcentre/work.htm is highly recommended.
“The Paradox of Proof” at http://projectwordsworth.com/the-paradox-of-the-proof/ discusses the interesting controversy surrounding the online posting by Shinichi Mochizuki of a proof of the ABC conjecture.
The latest issue of the Online Newsletter on Proof is available at: http://www.lettredelapreuve.it and has many downloadable papers on research, and the teaching and learning of proof.
Readers are reminded of the excellent free online journal “At Right Angles (AtRiA)” for mathematics teachers at: http://teachersofindia.org/en/atria It is published by Azim Premji University and contains thought proving and useful ideas on both mathematical content as well as on mathematical pedagogy.
Download the free Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 software at www.microsoft.com/en-za/download/details.aspx?id=15702 It provides a graphing calculator that plots in 2D and 3D, step-by-step equation solving, calculus (differentiation, integration), linear algebra (matrices), statistics, and many other useful tools for mathematics and science.
Download the latest version of Ken Brakke’s Surface Evolver at: http://www.susqu.edu/brakke/evolver/evolver.html This great software is free of charge and is an interactive program for the modelling of liquid surfaces shaped by various forces and constraints.
Readers are reminded of the comprehensive Webinars on the use of Sketchpad, Google Apps, Fathom, Tinkerplots, etc. to teach and learn various aspects of school mathematics. Past webinars are stored at: https://www.mheonline.com/MHExchange/past-webinars
Download the dynamic geometry software, Cinderella 2, for free at: http://cinderella.de/tiki-index.php?page=Download+Cinderella.2&bl
Download GeoGebra apps for Android tablets from: http://www.geogebra.org/download
Looking for real world applications of mathematics and good examples of mathematical modelling? Then you might find this site on Mathematics in Sport helpful – go to: http://plus.maths.org/content/teacher-package-mathematics-sport
Here’s a nice Online Geometry Site, which also has a few illustrative dynamic geometry sketches. Go to: http://www.mathsisfun.com/links/curriculum-high-school-geometry.html
A fun, math-learning app, “Skip Math”, can be downloaded from iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skip-math-skip-counting-games/id651291908?ls=1&mt=8 Skip-counting with your child will give him or her a leg up in the classroom as well as improve his or her number sense (the ability to understand the relationships between numbers).
Several wacky, fun math games and multiplication tables for kids are available at: www.mad4maths.com For kids age 6-11 featuring among others ” Dad with a Dodgy Bot”.
Explore MATHS IS FUN at http://www.mathsisfun.net/index.htm
The Mathematical Competitive Game 2013-2014, organized jointly by the French Federation of Mathematical Games and Societe de Calcul Mathematique SA, is endowed with 2,000 Euros of prizes. The topic for this year is: Checking an Industrial Process. Please see:
http://www.scmsa.eu/archives/SCM_FFJM_Competitive_Game_2013_2014.pdf for a complete description of the game. Answers should be sent no later than April 30th, 2014.
You are reminded about The SA Mathematics Olympiad Training Programme, which is a free distance-learning problem solving course for high school learners, presented by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF). All you have to do to participate is to complete an application form online at: http://www.samf.ac.za/SAMO_Training/ or phone 012-3929362 for an application form
NEW BOOKS & MATERIALS (Many thanks to Prof Mike De Villiers of Dynamic Math Learning for the next few links – he is a treasure chest of information. Visit his site on http://mysite.mweb.co.za/residents/profmd/homepage.html )
The popular “NUMBER SENSE” Workbook Series website by Brombacher and Associates has been launched at: www.numbersense.co.za Among many other treasures you will find a page-by-page commentary (user/teacher guide) on the activities in the workbooks. At this stage the commentary is complete for Workbooks 2 to 7, the commentary for the remaining workbooks will be added on a week by week basis.
“THE MYSTERIOUS NUMBER 6174” by Yutaka Nishiyama is an exciting book (in English) that shows numerous interesting applications and curiosities of mathematics. It is a stimulating, highly recommended collection of 30 articles originally published as a Japanese series entitled “Enjoying Maths”, and is accessible for junior and senior high school learners. Contact information is available at: http://gendaisugaku.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-mysterious-number-6174.html
With geometry back in the South African curriculum, mathematics teachers, authors, and educators may find very useful the following two papers by Prof Hung-Hsi Wu, namely:
a) “Teaching Geometry According to the Common Core Standards form Grade 4 to High School” at http://math.berkeley.edu/~wu/Progressions_Geometry_2013.pdf
b) “Teaching Geometry in Grade 8 and High School According to the Common Core Standards” at http://math.berkeley.edu/~wu/CCSS-Geometry.pdf
A lovely book, “MOEBIUS NOODLES”, with early advanced math games came out recently at: http://www.moebiusnoodles.com/TheBook The book is Creative Commons, so it is available at the name-your-own-price download.
A new expanded edition of “Women, Culture and Geometry in Southern Africa”, by Paulus Gerdes is available at: http://www.lulu.com/shop/paulus-gerdes/women-culture-and-geometry-in-southern-africa/paperback/product-21061810.html The book demystifies mathematics in relation to gender and race, and erases the borders between mathematics and popular culture as experienced in the work and crafts of women in Southern Africa.
A catalogue of some nice, challenging Problem Solving and Logical Games for young children are available at: http://frink.machighway.com/~dynamicm/math-games-catalog.pdf. Order or get more info from: email@example.com