# Author Archives: Matt Ringh

## Pi Day 2014

**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

## Singapore Math Resources from EngageNY

**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

Posted in Math, Uncategorized
Tagged EngageNY, Number Bonds, singapore, sprints, Tape Diagrams
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## Alan Turing – Math, History, Computer Science, and Tolerance

If you’re looking to have an interdisciplinary discussion with your High School students, you could do a lot worse than to look at the life and times of Alan Turing.

Turing was a brilliant mathematician and one of the most historically influential figures in the history of computing. He also helped the allies win … Read more

Posted in Computer Science, Cross Curricular, Math, Social Studies
Tagged AI, CAPTCHA, Ciphers, Code Breaking, enigma, NSA, Turing
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## Logo Programming Language

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

Posted in Math, Programming
Tagged Berkeley, Brian Harvey, Geometry, hour of code, introductory, logo, programming language, Scheme, UCB Logo
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## Animated Factorization Diagrams

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

## Day of Pi

**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

Posted in Lesson Plans, Math, Notebook
Tagged 3.14, Life of Pi, Math, Pi, Pi Day, SMART Notebook, Yann Martel
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## Infuse Learning: Empowering the BYOD Revolution

**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

Posted in Technology, Uncategorized
Tagged 1:1, Assessment, BYOD, Infuse Learning, Response, SRS
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## 4 Great Common Core Activities from Smarter Balanced

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

Posted in Common Core, Math, Web Tools
Tagged Assessment, Common Core Standards, Interactive Lessons, SMART Board Resources, Smarter Balanced, Web Tools
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## FluidMath with SMART Notebook Math Tools

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!

Posted in Classroom Tools, Fluidmath, Math
Tagged FluidMath, SMART Notebook Math Tools, Systems of Equations
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## 5 Ways to Incorporate Felix Baumgartner’s Jump into the Classroom

**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 a_{y}= – 9.8t^{2}) 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

Posted in Classroom Tools, Fluidmath, Lesson Plans, Math, Physics, Science, STEM, Video
Tagged Algodoo, Bobak Ferdowski, Felix Baumgartner, FluidMath, NASA, PhET, Physics, YouTube
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