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I opened up the Computer-Using Educators annual conference in Palm Springs last month. That talk made its way online this week.

I started by describing why edtech presentations often make me aggravated. Then I described my “edtech mission statement,” which helps me through those presentations and helps me make tough choices for my limited resources.

BTW. I was also interviewed at CUE for the Infinite Thinking Machine with Mark Hammons.

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Michael Pershan:

LOL. Funny stuff!

High praise.

I’ll be giving a public talk at the University of Cambridge 25 March at 5:30PM on the state of math modeling in print curricula. The event is free but seating is limited. Grab your ticket and I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

The Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum invited me to give a talk last week on digital math curricula. I described how print curricula limit the experiences we can offer our math students and then I made five recommendations for designing experiences digitally:

  1. Show, don’t tell.
  2. Introduce the task as early and concisely as possible.
  3. Climb the entire ladder of abstraction.
  4. Crowdsource patterns.
  5. Prove math works.

Any questions or criticism, please don’t hold back in the comments. I also have limited availability for consultation on these kinds of projects. Drop me a line at

2012 May 1. Here’s the feedback [pdf] from the academics at the conference.

Stephen Downes wrote up a useful and comprehensive guide for getting the most value from your experience at conferences. Halfway through, he offers a lovely note on nervousness:

One more tip: love your audience. I know that this may sound weird, but it really does work. When you love your audience, when your focus is on how well you can give your gift to them, everything else melts away. Just remember: they are there to hear you (if your a keynote, they actually invited you and paid your way – how could you not love them? How could you have any doubt that they really want to hear what you have to say?

Agreed. Before I go in front of a group, if I remind myself how much I love the work we do and the people we work with, I have a blast. If I focus on performance and the mechanics of public speaking, I’m a wreck.

Also. 1 John 4:18:

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.

That Was Bananas

Many thanks to all of you who stopped by and contributed to a provocative session this Saturday. It was a real treat. If you’d like to see an outline of what we did, check out the digital handout. Next up is a nap. Next next up is some plan for all this footage.

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