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How to use WolframAlpha, the computational knowledge engine, and the implications for teaching and learning math in higher education.

How to use WolframAlpha, the computational knowledge engine, and the implications for teaching and learning math in higher education.

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  • WOLFRAM|ALPHAFacing the Future
    Fred Feldon, Coastline CCDenver, March 19, 2011
  • http://wolframalpha.com
    “computational knowledge engine”
    Introduced by Wolfram Research in May, 2009
  • $1.99 each
  • Is it controversial?
    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!
  • Will it change the way we teach?
    Yes! Teach for concepts, application and deep understanding!
  • Will it change the way we test?
    Yes! When it becomes pervasive exams can be open-book, open-Internet just like the real world!
  • How are you feeling about the latest in math, technology and education?
  • How are you feeling about the latest in math, technology and education?
  • “Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost.”
    -- W. S. Anglin, author of Mathematics: A Concise History and Philosophy, 1994
  • The problem isn’t that computers “dumb down” math; we have “dumbed down” problems! – Conrad Wolfram
    http://blog.ted.com/2010/11/15/teaching-kids-real-math-with-computers-conrad-wolfram-on-ted-com
  • “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.”
  • Old: Two Ways
  • New:
    Three Ways
  • 275 WolframAlpha IntermediateAlgebraActivities with Answers at
    http://scr.bi/bvrEV9
  • Where can you learn how to use WA? How do you keep up-to-date with the latest features?
  • Resources & Tools for Educators
  • The Community Forum
  • The Blog
  • SHOW ME THE MATH!
    From the basics to
    everything we teach
    in the two-year curriculum
    and beyond
  • Click on “Show Steps”
  • Note how WA automatically finds a nice viewing window for you!
  • Click on “Show Steps”
  • “Less is More”
  • Type in your students’ names
  • Thank You
    ffeldon@coastline.edu
    This presentation is available to download at
    http://www.slideshare.net