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:
- Show, don’t tell.
- Introduce the task as early and concisely as possible.
- Climb the entire ladder of abstraction.
- Crowdsource patterns.
- 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 email@example.com.
2012 May 1. Here’s the feedback [pdf] from the academics at the conference.
Posted in presentation on December 19th, 2011 5 Comments »
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.
Posted in presentation on September 12th, 2011 8 Comments »
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.
Posted in presentation on August 31st, 2011 4 Comments »
I did a twenty-five minute presentation for Apple’s Summer Semester followed by two shorter tutorials. (“Analytic Geometry” and “Mathematical Storytelling.”) If you and I didn’t run into each other at one of my talks this summer, please consider this a good, quick summary of my recent work. Questions? Comments? Please let me know.
Posted in presentation on July 25th, 2011 8 Comments »
10:00AM PDT. It should be fun. If you can’t make it, Apple is archiving it and I’ll post the link later.
2011 Aug 28: You can access the webcast at this link. I’m the second speaker. I also contributed two tutorial: “Analytic Geometry” and “Mathematical Storytelling.”