Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Change of Direction

For those of you who don't know me personally and only know me through my blog, I wanted to let you know that this blog will soon be changing. I am no longer a Math Teacher Living in the 21st Century. I am now an elementary technology facilitator helping teachers integrate technology in the classroom. I will be changing the goal of this blog and will be posting about my experiences in my new role. However, until I get around to that, you can see what fun projects we've been working on at my new school lately. Right now, I can't get many videos uploaded, for some reason, so some posts will be updated as I can figure things out. I am guessing (and hoping) it's just my school filter blocking me, so I will try from home. But, for now, if you're interested, check out Knollwood Technology.

2 comments:

  1. Hi

    I dont really know your name but read the blog because of your profile, a teacher and what you are planning to do next i.e. the technology facilitator in schools. But most importantly for your passion which is reflected in the 2nd post from the top. Great going!

    I create math worksheets and games for kids in India. The whole idea being to remove the phobia or the fear that math generates in students through interesting activities and games. I am doing it through computer based games (and that is why the technology facilitator was of great interest) and printed worksheets.

    I am writing to you to see if I could learn from your experience in some way (I dont know how, yet). It might be of interest for you to see the culturally different way of teaching and interpreting maths. We are going to leverage technology in a few places and the results might be of interest to you too. But mostly its just about myself and my startup. If anything here sounds remotely interesting, please do write back. We can figure out the the details later.

    kunal gandhi
    email: kunal_gandhi@yahoo.com
    website: www.schoolcountry.com

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  2. I think it's exciting you've made a move toward technology. That's exactly what I did and it took me in a very interesting direction!

    As a fellow mathematics educator I thought you might be interested in learning about an educational TV show about math that we're putting together. "The Number Hunter" is going to do for math education what Bill Nye The Science Guy did for science education. I’d really appreciate your help in getting the word out about the project.
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/564889170/the-number-hunter-promo
    I studied math education at Jacksonville University and the University of Florida. It became clear to me during my studies why we’re failing at teaching kids math. We're teaching it all wrong! Bill Nye taught kids that science is FUN. He showed them the EXPLOSIONS first and then the kids went to school to learn WHY things exploded. Kids learn about dinosaurs and amoeba and weird ocean life to make them go “wow”. But what about math? You probably remember the dreaded worksheets. Ugh.
    I’m sure you know math is much more exciting than people think. Fractal Geometry was used to create “Star Wars” backdrops, binary code was invented in Africa, The Great Pyramids and The Mona Lisa, wouldn’t exist without geometry.
    Our concept is to create an exciting, web-based TV show that’s both fun and educational.
    If you could consider posting about the project on your blog, I’d very much appreciate it. If you have any questions, please let me know.
    Thanks in advance for your help,
    Stephanie
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/564889170/the-number-hunter-promo

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