Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers | Video on TED.com.
Very cool video. I like the idea of minimizing calculation when it comes to higher level math. However, I can’t help but think that students should be able to do basic mental math – I cringe every time that I see someone reach for their calculator to do something like 1/2 * 2/3. These mental math skills are useful in one of the most common areas to use math – understanding statistics presented in the news.
This is cool. It was a TED talk by Ron Eglash that partly inspired my idea for a kids’ TV show centered around math.
“The Number Hunter” is (we hope) 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.
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,
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