Author Archives: Matt Ringh
Pi is an extremely interesting number, and the day to celebrate it is March 14th. The continuing pop culture references to Pi are evidence of the love people have for Math, and Math’s most widely known constant. Author of the Life of Pi, Yann Martel, said this of his choice of the name “Pi” … Read more
Number Bonds are a crucial component of early Singapore Math programs. Number Bonds consist of a minimum of 3 circles connected with lines, and they provide a pictorial representation of part-part-whole relationships.
A child who knows this bond should be able to immediately fill in any one of these three numbers if it was missing, … Read more
If you went to school in the 1980′s, this post may remind you of a forgotten favorite. A staple of Computer Education at the time, the Logo programming language is a simple, and still widely available, tool for teaching students about code. Known for its turtle graphics, Logo has a limited set of instructions (i.e. primitives), … Read more
Inspired by Brent Yorgey Factorization Diagrams, Stephen Von Worley wrote an algorithm which creates visuals on the fly for all natural numbers. The result is a mesmerizing dance of primes, composites, and their constituents. Watch primes (represented as circular arrays) as they become rarer in the higher numbers. Even rarer, watch for “Twin Primes” – primes that differ by … Read more
Pi is an extremely interesting number, and the day to celebrate it is 3/14. The continuing pop culture references to Pi are evidence of the love people have for Math, and Math’s most widely known constant. Author of the Life of Pi, Yann Martel, said this of his choice of the name “Pi” for … Read more
Infuse Learning is an “any device” student response system which is 100% free, and among the best resources we’ve seen for 1:1 classrooms.
If a device has access to the internet, then you can push questions and content out to that device, and receive completed work back. We especially like that this supports “drawing,” on iOS, Android, and … Read more
The sample items found at Smarter Balanced are designed to prepare students for the next-generation Common Core assessment. These sample items and performance tasks provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system. This online assessment contains many click-and-drag activities which work … Read more
The video below shows how SMART Notebook Math Tools can be paired with FluidMath Software to teach a math lesson. Two programs filled with great features, teaming to solve and teach systems of equations!
1. Use Fluid Math to teach acceleration due to gravity. The video below shows how FluidMath’s Animation feature allows you to write a function (such as ay= – 9.8t2) that describes an object’s motion, and then run a simulation of the movement along a path.
2. Use Algodoo to simulate the ascent … Read more