Real Life Math or Window Ad?
Windows come in many shapes and sizes. Some commonly used shapes for windows are circles, rectangles, squares, triangles, pentagons, and octagons. Source: www.pella.com
One of those amazingly horrible attempts at making something “real world” in a textbook. This is a high school math textbook. The source for this staggering information is a website that sells windows. And they double down on their insistence that windows make this content relevant and useful to today’d hip teens by using windows in two examples.
Remember aspiring teen window makers, you can use the reflective property of congruence in your future job interview!
flickr photo shared by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons) Minor Thoughts on Computational Thinking Probably obvious stuff but I’m trying to jot things down for my own reference. The first thing one ought to know about computational thinking/programming is that there are many correct paths (although some are betterBetter can be very relative . . . than others). This is true for just about anything but I think people think technology will be much more . . . binary. Searching for cleaner paths can be kind of fun. Computational thinking is powered by vocabulary. Vocabulary, like in language, is closely tied to concepts (maybe analogies). Having never heard of the range function, it didn’t occur to me that it existed . . . let alone that I should use it. To make it work properly I need grammar but just knowing the word exists and means something starts to change things for me. It brings to mind setting up programming challenges much more like Dan Meyer’s 3 Act math lessons . . . with the scenario really begging for the addition of a particular concept but letting students struggle with it rather than providing it ahead of time. A Path This is a little bit of real-life progression which demonstrates how one […]
One of the moreMany? overlooked aspects of working with faculty around technology integration is speed- that is moving quickly from an idea/dream to working functional reality. Joy/playfulness is high on that list as well (and probably plays into speed) but I’ll focus on speed for the moment. It’s essential that working with a faculty development/ed tech group be the antithesis of the many monumentally lethargic interactions that characterize other institutional engagements. It ought to be agile. It has to be energizing. “If we have an idea, 10 minutes later we’re trying it out,” Mika says. “It’s like improv.” From a from an interesting WIRED article h/t to Enoch. I think that’s why WordPress has been so successful- it’s a flexible (but not overwhelming) platform that gets you 90% of the way to most destinations really quickly. It’s been interesting to see the possibilities around speed and flexibility keep moving. Talking to Tim Owens the other day about Sandstorm and the ability to spin up virtual just-about-everythings in the blink of an eye and maybe only for the moment. This is the opposite of the pattern of movement that has typically occurred in institutions. To that end, I’m playing with this NMC session description that focuses on the things we’ve been using to get things done quickly. A campy, meme-ified, high-speed […]
Imagine all your life you’ve only eaten cold dog food. Day in, day out, that’s what you’ve come to know and expect. One day, someone comes along and gives you some warm dog food. It is quite an improvement. Warm dog food seems great. The bar is low. Your expectations are low. Education gets served a lot of cold dog food and, occasionally, when we get some warm dog food it seems great because we’re comparing it to the poor quality products and services usually categorized as “educationalI think this is why whacky fonts and clipart are seen as such great options to improve crappy worksheets/ppts..” Think about educational videos, ppts, educational video games, the LMS etcI’m sure you can add some more.. The bar is set amazingly low. When we see bad, but not bottom of the barrel, it seems decent. It is education after all. What can we expect? They did warm the dog food up for us. We need to start comparing our products to things people use and participate in when they are not coerced and when they feel they have options. Things involved with learning don’t have to be of poor quality. We see people learning and enjoying themselves in real life all the time. We know what good media is. We don’t have to […]