Happy Easter 2012! (Click the link and WolframAlpha will tell you more than you wanted to know about Easter Sunday!)
Since it’s a holiday we should be relaxing! A conversation on Twitter (click the link for an updated post on Twitter) this morning reminded me of the excellent Set Game – a daily puzzle which is provided by the new York Times for age 6 – adult.
For many more puzzles and games see one of the companion blogs to this on Strategy Games and Puzzles.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.
Why would a teacher want to use Twitter?
Because just a few minutes spent on Twitter can be very productive. Take this tweet from Craig Barton on an excellent resource – perfect for my Year 11 students revising for their GCSE module in the summer.
Being very selective in who you follow allows you to connect with teachers and other educators beyond your own institution.
Look at the resources I discovered through my early investigations of Twitter – a couple of great links from Maryna Badenhorst:
Maths posters to download and Brainbusters.
I was also interested to see from Teaching News that teachers on Twitter have shared teaching tips and ideas; see the #movemenon book, from Doug Belshaw (the pdf is free to download).
Some further examples: Mathscareers Website, Wolfram Fun Facts and Mathslinks.
For a quick way to find Mathematics related tweets do a search on any of these hashtags: #math #maths #mathchat.
You could even join a planned discussion – see the Mathchat wiki for details.
For learning to use Twitter see Russell Stannard’s training videos and some Twitter bookmarks.
So why do I use Twitter (and Diigo and belong to various teaching communities and..)?
For the reasons so well explained by Sacha Chua in her ‘Teacher’s Guide to Web 2.0 at School’.
A quick post today as I have spent the day marking exams – but I can’t spoil my post a week WordPress challenge!
A subject I wrote about some time ago and one I’ll return to again but Twitter is worth considering as one can be very selective and follow a limited number of people.
Take a look the following for example and the links in the above post (you do not need to be registered with Twitter).
Wolfram Fun Facts
…back to the marking!