Tag Archives: Modeling

Understanding Proportional Relationships with the Proximity Data Game

In the Fall as Middle School and Algebra 1 teachers look for activities to develop students’ understandings of proportional relationships, they may turn to measuring scale diagrams or using springs. One of KCP Technologies' new online Data Games called Proximity offers a new option for teachers to help students learn about proportional … Continue Reading ››

Monopoly Math

Scan the headlines and you’ll see a stream of stories about educational technology: 1 to 1 iPads, teacher blogs, the flipped classroom… the electronic beat goes on. I’m not pining for the silky feel of chalk on my fingertips, but there’s something to be said for old school games and their ability to illustrate mathematical … Continue Reading ››

Data Visualization in the Age of HTML5

My partner and I spend a fair amount of time talking about data visualization. He's a computer programmer who works on websites that gather and display large amounts of data related to energy production and consumption. This data can be used to answer questions like: "How effective is the California Solar Initiative?" and "Where in … Continue Reading ››

Students WANT to Learn Math

I had the honor of being part of the annual Super Saturday STEM Expo in New York City last Saturday at the Harlem Armory in Harlem, NY.  This event was presented by School Community District 5, Abyssinian Development Corporation, and Morningside Area Alliance and was … Continue Reading ››

Preparing Tomorrow’s Data Scientists Through Data Games

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, "Big Data’s Problem: Little Talent," the technology industry faces a major dearth of employees with strong data analysis skills. The article quotes a 2011 study by McKinsey:
A significant constraint on realizing value from Big Data will be a shortage of talent, particularly of people with deep expertise … Continue Reading ››

Exploring Conic Sections with Sketchpad

As a student, I didn’t place conic sections on my list of favorite high school topics. The standard textbook treatment of the ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola seemed uninspired. There were messy algebraic equations with multiple square roots. There was lots of terminology. Drawing a conic meant plotting several points on graph paper and connecting them with … Continue Reading ››

Branding isn’t about math. Are you sure about that?

At around Pi-hour on Friday afternoon we successfully launched our new website. The night before (the night of the big storm for Bay Area folks), Andres and I were out with a dear former colleague and I mentioned I was going to blog about our new branding, new website, and new name. She said, “You … Continue Reading ››

What do you wonder? Real-world math problems are everywhere

We hear this everywhere - students should be doing "real-world" math and they should be applying what they learn in math to "real-world situations." Textbooks and math resources advertise their "real-world problem solving" experiences and "real-life math applications." But, as those of us who are math teachers can attest, often times the real-world examples are … Continue Reading ››

You Had Me at Click – TCEA 2012

It's our first time at the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) conference here in Austin, TX. Elizabeth DeCarli, Andres Marti, and I have been really impressed with the teachers who have stopped by the booth to play with Sketchpad, TinkerPlots, and Fathom. Andres pointed out that we have had a lot of conversations with middle school teachers … Continue Reading ››