Engagement: Here is a recently posted TED Talk by Arthur Benjamin on “The Magic of Fibonacci Numbers”, where he unpacks how mathematics can be inspirational (something he feels we don’t emphasize enough, that we focus on calculation and application more than inspiration). The video is 6.5 minutes long – nice exploration and explanation of number patterns! Talk was given in June 2013, uploaded November 2013.
Critical Thinking: There’s an amazing real-time map of births and deaths occurring globally, created by mathematician and software developer Brad Lyon. “What got me interested initially was simply curiosity about what the patterns of births and deaths might be like, based on the current rates….” What kinds of questions can your students come up with while watching this real-time map? What questions involve the Number strand? The Statistics and Probability strand? Patterns and Relations strand? What question could you explore with your students using this map? So many possibilities…
Connections: For those of you wanting to connect your students’ Youtube viewing time to mathematics (chuckle), have you discovered the PBSMathClub collection? One example is the “What is an Integer” video. Currently five videos are uploaded, and the PBSMathClub plans on creating and adding more.
If you’re wanting an app that encourages connections, try ThingLink. This is an incredibly simple to use app that allows you to take any image and embed music, video, text, links to other images or websites…anything you want, ThingLink will instantly create a link! Best part? This app is free!
Professional Learning: The Global Math Department held six different online workshops on Problem-Based Lessons during October. They drew in great people like the team from Desmos, Mathalicious, GeoGebra, and Robert Kaplinsky. If you missed those sessions and would like to view details and recordings of those sessions, the links to all resources are available here.
Ressources en Français: Calgary Bureau de l’Éducation a des collections de leçons de mathématiques, des fiches thématiques (nombres, régularités et relations, forme et espace, la statistique et la probabilité), et des sites web pour 1re à 6e années, 7e à 9e années, et 10e à 12e années. (On a plus de ressources pour les 1re à 6e années.)