Tag Archive: Math

Oct 14

VIDEO: A Vision of Students Today

Came across this great video today made by Dr. Michael Wesch (Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology) at Kansas State University. Dr. Wesch studies how technology and social media affects students, society, and culture…The video goes on to say “If students learn what they do, what are they learning sitting here?” referring to the chairs in a lecture hall. There is a great old Chinese proverb that I have at the beginning of my teaching philosophy: “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand”.

Sep 18

Prezi: An eye catching presentation tool

Ever sit in a presentation and see the same PowerPoint theme you have seen over and over? Doesn’t that immediately take a little wind out of the presentation for you? Lots of us get sick and tired of seeing PowerPoint. Prezi (link), a Web 2.0 tool, is designed to be an alternative to PowerPoint…a significantly …

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Jul 15

Writing Math on the Internet

With the development of Google Docs (http://docs.google.com/), one has to do word processing on their computer less and less. Working online is usually faster (just a browser to load), and allows your data to be stored in “the cloud”–that is, online rather than on your computer, making the files more secure.

However, for mathematicians there has always been a problem with this–LaTeX. Many of us use LaTeX to write everything. Academic papers, tests and exams, assignments, and even worksheets and letters (my CV was even made in LaTeX). Because of this there has not been much opportunity to switch over to using Google Docs (or any other online office suite). But as more websites are being created, more Web 2.0 apps are being written, we have today some nice options.