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WOLFRAM|ALPHAFacing the Future<br />Fred Feldon, Coastline CCDenver, March 19, 2011<br />
http://wolframalpha.com<br />“computational knowledge engine”<br />Introduced by Wolfram Research in May, 2009<br />
$1.99 each<br />
Is it controversial?<br />Yes! WA shows the answer--and explains every step in English--to any math problem from any cours...
Will it change the way we teach?<br />Yes! Teach for concepts, application and deep understanding!<br />
Will it change the way we test?<br />Yes! When it becomes pervasive exams can be open-book, open-Internet just like the re...
How are you feeling about the latest in math, technology and education?<br />
How are you feeling about the latest in math, technology and education?<br />
“Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explor...
The problem isn’t that computers “dumb down” math; we have “dumbed down” problems! – Conrad Wolfram<br />http://blog.ted.c...
“Math educators are spending 80% of their time teaching how to do calculations by hand. But math has been liberated from c...
Old: Two Ways<br />
New:<br />Three Ways<br />
275  WolframAlpha IntermediateAlgebraActivities with Answers at<br />http://scr.bi/bvrEV9<br />
Where can you learn how to use WA? How do you keep up-to-date with the latest features?<br />
Resources & Tools for Educators<br />
The Community Forum<br />
The Blog<br />
SHOW ME THE MATH!<br />From the basics to<br />everything we teach<br />in the two-year curriculum<br />and beyond<br />
Click on “Show Steps”<br />
Note how WA automatically finds a nice viewing window for you!<br />
Click on “Show Steps”<br />
“Less is More”<br />
Type in your students’ names<br />
Thank You<br />ffeldon@coastline.edu<br />This presentation is available to download at<br />http://www.slideshare.net<br />
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    1. 1. WOLFRAM|ALPHAFacing the Future<br />Fred Feldon, Coastline CCDenver, March 19, 2011<br />
    2. 2. http://wolframalpha.com<br />“computational knowledge engine”<br />Introduced by Wolfram Research in May, 2009<br />
    3. 3. $1.99 each<br />
    4. 4. Is it controversial?<br />Yes! WA shows the answer--and explains every step in English--to any math problem from any course at any level that we teach at the community college!<br />
    5. 5. Will it change the way we teach?<br />Yes! Teach for concepts, application and deep understanding!<br />
    6. 6. Will it change the way we test?<br />Yes! When it becomes pervasive exams can be open-book, open-Internet just like the real world!<br />
    7. 7.
    8. 8.
    9. 9.
    10. 10.
    11. 11. How are you feeling about the latest in math, technology and education?<br />
    12. 12. How are you feeling about the latest in math, technology and education?<br />
    13. 13. “Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost.”<br /> -- W. S. Anglin, author of Mathematics: A Concise History and Philosophy, 1994<br />
    14. 14. The problem isn’t that computers “dumb down” math; we have “dumbed down” problems! – Conrad Wolfram<br />http://blog.ted.com/2010/11/15/teaching-kids-real-math-with-computers-conrad-wolfram-on-ted-com<br />
    15. 15. “Math educators are spending 80% of their time teaching how to do calculations by hand. But math has been liberated from calculation. Instead we should be teaching how to ask the right questions, how to model the real world and how to verify our formulations.”<br />
    16. 16.
    17. 17. Old: Two Ways<br />
    18. 18. New:<br />Three Ways<br />
    19. 19. 275 WolframAlpha IntermediateAlgebraActivities with Answers at<br />http://scr.bi/bvrEV9<br />
    20. 20. Where can you learn how to use WA? How do you keep up-to-date with the latest features?<br />
    21. 21. Resources & Tools for Educators<br />
    22. 22. The Community Forum<br />
    23. 23. The Blog<br />
    24. 24. SHOW ME THE MATH!<br />From the basics to<br />everything we teach<br />in the two-year curriculum<br />and beyond<br />
    25. 25.
    26. 26.
    27. 27.
    28. 28.
    29. 29. Click on “Show Steps”<br />
    30. 30.
    31. 31.
    32. 32.
    33. 33. Note how WA automatically finds a nice viewing window for you!<br />
    34. 34.
    35. 35.
    36. 36.
    37. 37.
    38. 38.
    39. 39.
    40. 40. Click on “Show Steps”<br />
    41. 41.
    42. 42.
    43. 43.
    44. 44.
    45. 45.
    46. 46.
    47. 47.
    48. 48.
    49. 49. “Less is More”<br />
    50. 50.
    51. 51.
    52. 52. Type in your students’ names<br />
    53. 53.
    54. 54.
    55. 55.
    56. 56.
    57. 57.
    58. 58. Thank You<br />ffeldon@coastline.edu<br />This presentation is available to download at<br />http://www.slideshare.net<br />
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