Five great tools for math teachers

July 23, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Some kids love math. Some see it as a form of torture. Most are somewhere in between. If you’d like to reach out to students in the last two groups, consider using these five tools in class … Continued

Grant watch: Apply for these upcoming educational grants

July 22, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Check out these upcoming educational grants, as listed on Grant Wrangler. Last minute: Gladys Marinelli Coccia Awards — Deadline August 1 This award recognizes young (14 to 17-year-old) female social entrepreneurs who start enterprises for the common … Continued

Random roundup: Library of Congress

June 17, 2009

For this month’s random roundup, we’ve selected the Library of Congress, our nation’s storehouse of pretty much everything worth knowing. As you’d expect, a lot of great resources for teachers have been derived from the Library. See your tax dollars at work.

Monday by the numbers

June 15, 2009

This week’s MBTN features the art of persuasion, common literary references, and $125,000-a-year teachers. More after the jump.

Old school calculator: make your own slide rule

June 12, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS “Back in my day we didn’t have those fancy calculators,” my dad used to say. “We had to use slide rules.” Which was his way of telling me he wouldn’t be much help with my math homework. … Continued

WolframAlpha answers just about everything

June 4, 2009

Perform searches of computational knowledge BY JASON DON FORSYTHE WolframAlpha is an ambitious knowledge repository that functions similar to a web browser. It’s important to note the difference between a knowledge repository and a search engine — this isn’t a … Continued

An MIT education for free: MIT Open CourseWare

June 3, 2009

Looking for ideas or resources for your class? MIT Open CourseWare is there to help.  Yes, the same MIT that everyone hopes their engineering-focused little one gets into has created a free and open resource for anyone in the world … Continued