Data Density

Following question driven by seeing a box of floppy discs in tech room. Question: How large would the floppy disk have to be to hold a hard drive of content? Facts: A floppy disk holds 1.44 MB The largest consumer hard drive is 2 TB Size of a desk? room? building? field? town? Extension 1: […]

Cake:Frosting (A look into a proper ratio of real math:cool tech)

With all the new technology in the classroom (see this post), I’ve been interested in trying out the new toys.  One of those toys is the 25 laptops (dell inspiron 11z, small and cheap) which are loaded up with some great software. For the Intro to Geometry unit, we go through the definitions, symbols, and nomenclature […]

Big Bad Wolf (a SBG tale)

I am the Big Bad Wolf. The students are some mix of the three little pigs.   They don’t know yet that I am the Big Bad Wolf, and they are building away at their houses.  However this story is a bit different because I’m going to tell them which set of houses that I’m […]

SMART Response (Clickers)

These worked great.  They integrate with the SMART notebook software, so they require a bit of tweaking when entering an assessment.  SMART notebook, even with math tools, requires entering any equations again… even if they were imported from Word or a google Document. <plea> Please, please will all this software get on board for equations.  Everyone go to […]

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Facts: ·         Humans average 2 words per second when speaking. ·         Humans average 60 minutes per day speaking. How many words will you speak in your (average) life of 75 years? (hint: break it down to smaller questions) This is the question that the Applied Math guys worked on yesterday. (I got the question from Number Freaking, […]

Track(ing) the tips

For the past two summers, I’ve worked at the oldest horsetrack in the country, Saratoga Racetrack. I work as a mutuel teller and my job has me selling and cashing bets. It’s an okay job, the pay is not high, but it’s quite flexible and it’s totally different from teaching and so the break is […]

My New Classroom

So I’ve talked about it before, but I was selected to be a guinea pig for a new 21st century classroom.  I’ll be teaching two classes in this classroom: Geometry Regents, and Applied Math (second half of year is called Consumer Math).  The Applied/Consumer math will consist of mostly PBL (project based learning), while Geometry will have […]