Fun Facts

WolframAlpha have now launched Fun Facts on Twitter. Note that you can read these facts even if you are not a Twitter user.
WolframAlpha have written on this in their own blog.

Now here’s an impressive fact from WolframAlpha on just how popular WordPress is: 

On the subject of Mathematics Fun Facts – a reminder of these sites mentioned in earlier posts.

Mudd Math Fun Facts

Tanya Khovanova’s Number Gossip

Amazing Number Facts from Madras College.

MAA NumberADay blog.


Rich Tasks & Cool Themes

Now there’s an odd title – the link is the tools I have used recently.

They are two of my favourites that stay at the top of my favourites list – WordPress and Diigo.

Diigo because I can save and organise my numerous bookmarks as well as using the research tools for highlighting web pages and adding notes to annotate. Diigo’s facility to create lists is so useful; my latest list on Rich Tasks (Mathematics) puts together some useful links. Most if not all readers will know of nrich, but perhaps not so well known is the New Zealand Problem Solving site which as well as numerous problems with teachers’ notes has guidance on problem solving strategies.

WordPress because it is easy to use, looks great, always reliable and I can share information so easily with my students and with other teachers. What is made available free is superb – I couldn’t resist their new theme, Greyzed (there have been many recently) for my blog with useful links for students.

Web 2.0 tools – current favourites

In September I wrote about my Top Ten Tools.

Time to add to my own list, no particular order is implied, I use all these tools regularly, but there are certainly some important additions:

Wikispaces, which is in fact in the 2009 list mentioned in the previous post. This is free for educators, very easy to set up and for students easy to learn. Students can all edit pages making collaborative projects possible, discussions are also possible.

Storybird, I discovered this recently (thanks to Richard Byrne’s excellent ‘Free Technology for Teachers’) – great fun and easy to use. Set up an account (free) – choose your art work and get writing! I showed my Year 7 class and some of them decided they would try it. (Under 13s can sign up with parental permission). One student wrote a ‘story’ about sequences – a little editing still needed but it’s great and she was delighted that the illustrator commented.

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Colleen Young

WordPress – an experiment ….

….because I can

Thinking about what blogs can do for us!

February 2011
Update – two years and several thousand page views later!
I began this blog to learn about WordPress and the blogging habit began.
I recommend blogging to any teacher – it’s a great way to connect with other educators, also students. I have several blogs including one where I post homework details for each of my classes and another where I provide information on useful online resources for students.

There are numerous tutorials on WordPress.com available. See in particualar Learn WordPress.com and WordPress TV