Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I hope the teacher's unions take a page from the NFL playbook and start suing state governments.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Florida Virtual School - Conspiracy Code
I find when I have total confidence in what I’m doing, I spend little time online. I may view a few sites to get specific information I need, but then I’m off. When I’m not certain, I spend time surfing the web hoping to find that bit of information that will give me the confidence I lack.
This happens not only in relation to my work life, but in my personal life as well. The article pointed out that we can become driven to check sites, especially those where people can leave comments about you or something you wrote, because you get instant feedback about yourself. It's all about you. When I think about the times I would check a site several times a day to see if anyone left a comment, I realize now I was looking for someone to tell me that I'm ok, or, even better, that I'm a brilliant genius, the best thing since sliced bread, and the 8th wonder of the world!
I’ve convinced myself that wandering the internet soaking up information is like a plant soaking up fertilizer. It’s a good thing to do while I wait for an idea or project to take shape. But there is such a thing as too much fertilizer, and the plant dies. I need to find the balancing point between using the internet to help boost my creativity and productivity and the point where I’m so over saturated I can barely move.
Is the Internet Destroying Your Productivity? | MonsterThinking
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The division I am most excited about is Wikimedia Commons. Here you can find images, sounds, and video free to use. Yippee!!! This will provide a lot of content for a website I'm working on.
One interesting video that I can see generating a lot of math problems is shows a mechanical clock created in 1509 in Nuremberg. By today's standards, it's no Timex, but it is still very cool.
Monday, March 21, 2011
While I hope I get a ton of votes, I'm also glad that this contest is not just a popularity contest. The Instructable judges will choose half of the finalist based on votes. They will choose the other half based on their own criteria. The winner will be the one the judges choose after rating them all on a 10-point scale. So, even though I don't have a ton of contacts online who can get out an vote for me, I think I still have a pretty good chance of winning.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't go vote for me. Please....go vote!
Quick and Easy Pie Chart Pi Day Fruit Pizza Pie
Monday, March 14, 2011
Us math geeks are quite the creative bunch!
Muse: Poe, E.: Near a Raven
I highly recommend watching this video in which a brilliant musician translated the first 37 digits of Pi into musical notes and chords. It is amazing!
Math Becomes Music: What Pi Sounds Like - Culture - GOOD
Sunday, March 13, 2011
What a difference a few minutes make. Now this geek is feeling strangled by the noose that can plague all geeks -- non-math related details. (Anything non-numbers related is superficial fluff, right?) When I first looked at the contest, I thought it was by a site called "Serious Eats". I thought all I had to do was make something that at least looked edible on camera that is related to Pi. What? There's more?
My creative and geek sides worked together in the most harmonious way to create an amazing entry. I took a photo of the finished pie that looks damn good, if I do say so myself. I just went to the contest site to submit my entry, and there were the details laughing at me. I can't submit just ONE photo and have it considered an Instructable! I have to include SEVERAL photos -- Here are the ingredients you'll need, here's Carol Merrall cutting the pie crust, here's what it looks like before it goes into the oven...and so on. Details!
Since I can't deconstruct my beautiful entry, I have to decide if it is worth it to go to the store, buy the ingredients again, and bring them home for an all-out photo shoot documenting every step. It's not that it takes a lot of time and effort...it's more that it's like asking someone to do a long division problem just to watch them do it. It was fun and exciting the first time around because it was problem solving at it's best. Now it isn't a problem to be solved. It's a rote process.
Making that comparison, now I understand why students get so bored with math. We often ask them to recreate the pie over and over again just so we can watch them do it. We need to offer them more opportunities to solve a problem they find fun and engaging.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Budget repair bill passes Senate, Thursday vote set in Assembly
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
When I logged in, before I completed any of the puzzles, I was ranked 543 in the world. It'll be interesting how far I can make that rank improve. I'll post updates as I complete puzzles. Let me know how you do by posting a comment. Have fun!
Pi Day Challenge 2011 | Pi Day Challenge
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
This article talks about what would happen at the district level if teachers lose collective bargaining rights. Even some districts are not interested in teachers losing these rights. There are benefits for both the district and the teachers.
Education Week: Wis. Labor Bill Could Vex District-Union Relations