Forgotten Posts of 2011

All over the blogosphere bloggers are posting about their top posts of the year – myself included!

So I thought I’d take a look at my WordPress statistics for 2011 and see which posts are nearer the bottom of the list in terms of page views!
I present some posts I think worthy of attention; I have updated some for clarity.

Thinkfinity – including a great resource for introducing probability.

Storybird – write stories about Mathematics? Why not?!

Words with WolframAlpha – WolframAlpha is so good at Mathematics – did you know it’s good with vocabulary as well?

Triptico – some great resources for the interactive whiteboard

Mudd Math Fun Facts – a searchable collection of Mathematics fun facts from Harvey Mudd College Math Department

Videosthe list of sources of  videos has been added to since this post was first written

To complete the collection – some posts of a lighter nature – check the counting chimp watch a bubble sort – danced, or listen to some songs!

Infographics for Mathematics

An infographic is a graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge designed to present complex information clearly.

There are many excellent examples available on the web such as the one below on just how hard Santa has to work, which not only convey information clearly but also in a very attractive manner. Something our students would perhaps enjoy creating.

For further resources see this collection which includes a series from the New York Times on teaching using infographics and resources on their creation (and note! an excellent and easy way to share information.

Click on the graphic below to see just how hard Santa works! (Published: December 2010 by Advertising Agency: Benedict & Helfer, Hungary.)

Christmas is coming!

Note – updated post Christmas 2014 with more content!

We are near the end of term and teachers turn their thoughts to fun but educational activities they can use with their classes.

The always wonderful Nrich have several Christmas problems and advent calendars for both primary and secondary school students.

For another advent calendar see the Plus Magazine (always an excellent read) 2011 advent calendar.

Mark McCourt has an excellent selection on emaths.

From The Franklin Institute comes this collection of Christmas problems.

Teaching Expertise are offering free downloads of Christmas Activities for younger students.

Why not take a look at this class clip from BBC Learning Zone and think about how much paper is needed to wrap a present?

We could do the annual calculation and work out how many gifts are received over the 12 days of Christmas. Murray Bourne has all the answers and more on squareCircleZ or have a look at this YouTube video.

WolframAlpha will of course help you count the days and even wish you a Merry Christmas!

…..and thank you  for the snow!