Category: Future of Learning

Don’t get WolframAlpha Implications? Try these examples.

Wolfram|Alpha is a “computational search engine” built by Wolfram Research (the developers of Mathematica). W|A (pronounce this as “walpha” if you’d like) is similar in appearance to the search engines that we are used to and easy to use. It’s not that W|A will replace other search engines, because it won’t. It’s more of a missing piece in the search engine puzzle. W|A provides a collection of data, formulas, computations, and interpretations that are different from other search engines. Although the media has stressed data-driven examples (for example, type your first name to see a graph of the frequency of that name over time), the ability of W|A to function as a combination of CAS and natural language computational system is stunning. Let me illustrate with a couple of examples for you to try yourself.  Simply follow the links below to see how W|A handles these search requests: • 126 (make sure to click on “other historical numerals”) • convert 125 m^3 to gallons • sphere r=7 cm • Line (2,7) and (3,1/2) • Solve x^2-6x=16 (make sure to click on “show steps”) • 4 – x^2 • Triangle 7,8,9 • x^2-y^2=9 • limit x->3 (x-3)/(x^2-9) (again, make sure to click on “show steps”) • integral (x^2)sin(x^3) (“show steps”) • sum 1/n^2 • New York City, Chicago • convert 78 to base 5 There are several differences between W|A...

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What if there was a Google for Math?

What if you could go to a free and readily available website and enter an equation, an expression, a question about math, a request to analyze data, or anything else, and the site would answer your question, elaborate on it, give you all the steps for the mathematical work, etc.? Did that make you uneasy or excited? Well, ready or not, it’s going online at 7pm CST today, and I think we ought to pay some attention to this. Wolfram Alpha You can watch a screencast about Wolfram Alpha here. It does have the potential to seriously wreak havoc on the way we teach math today if students can simply copy all their work from an A.I. website.  Whether you think that it’s time that somebody forced a change, or whether you think it’s just hype and not really a threat, I think we should all be aware that after today, it exists. Possibly Related Posts: ESIL: A Learning Lens for the Digital Age Taking the Algebra Out of College Algebra Reimagining Calculus Keynote Group Exploration in Math Elaborations for Creative Thinking in...

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SmartBook of the Future

Buzzing from my thoughts about Kindle yesterday, here’s a little glimpse into what the near future might look like … I am making dinner while listening to a SmartBook on my Google Universal Player. I have a great insight about how what I’ve just heard applies to a course I will be teaching, so I speak into the microphone that is part of my earpiece and tell the book to pause. After I clean my hands, I pull out the device and can see the text of what I just listened to on the screen. Using the touch features...

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Future of College Students

Coming to colleges in 12 years – students whose learning experience was like this. Smart Table – Touch. Learn. Together. Will we be ready? Possibly Related Posts: ESIL: A Learning Lens for the Digital Age Bringing the Real World to Your Math Class Every Day Reimagining Calculus Keynote Adjuncts shouldn’t have to fix a broken system Financial Aid, WGU, and...

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