TI-SmartView Drag and Drop

Here is a tip that I picked up at the Tablet presentation at AMATYC involving TI-Smartview. You don’t have to have a tablet to use this tip. It will work for anyone!

Watch the short video clip to see how to import the graphs and screen views you see in SmartView quickly into a Microsoft Word document (the video takes a few seconds to load, so be patient).

Now that I’ve seen it, it seems obvious, but I didn’t know you could do this, and so I’m guessing that not all of you did either!

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Tablet PCs and Slate PCs

I don’t have one… but I am sure considering it (and hoping that my college will buy me one)… these tablet and slate PCs (no keyboard) can be great for teaching math in a distance format. One of the AMATYC listservs has been having a lengthy discussion and one of the members gave us this link to a great article about tablet and slate PCs (thanks Jamie).

I attended a session at AMATYC on Tablet PCs given by Kristi Schmid (Columbus State Community College), and she just sent me her presentation on “The Evolution of the Chalkboard: The Tablet PC”. Here are a couple of screenshots from her presentation showing off what a tablet PC can do.

One more note, there is a pretty good rumor going on the Tech blogs that Apple has started work on a Tablet notebook of its own.

Also… coming soon, a technology review of the Wacom Bamboo auxillary tablet … under $100 in case you can’t convince your college to buy everyone (or anyone) a tablet PC.

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NSDL and MathDL

Here is a link to the presentation this morning from Bruce Yoshiwara and Mike Martin about NSDL and MathDL.

Interesting tidbits from this presentation:

  • You can search MathDL by a specific brand of software. So, for example, if you have Maple on your campus, but don’t know how to use it, you could search for Maple applications and find all the ones that are in MathDL.
  • They also mentioned the Convergence website, which is a site about the history of math.
  • They also talked about the Math Gateway, a portal to access the MathDL where you can organize your favorites into folders.
  • JOMA, DCR, and Convergence will be merging into one site/resource called the Journal of Online Mathematics (JOM) and will have an RSS feed (this means that the site will come to you via email or RSS if you don’t want to have to go to the site).
  • Mike showed us WebWork (out of the University of Rochester) which is an online homework platform for math and science. The system runs on moodle, which makes me think that it must be free to use, but I’m not positive on that. If anyone else knows, then please comment that in.
  • One final note: I was able to pull up their power point presentation on my phone and click through the slides while I watched the presentation (Bruce says he produced it as a pdf for the website, so that seems to work pretty well on my phone, which is a treo).

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And then there are the geeky t-shirts

Where else can you buy t-shirts like this but at a math conference? (okay, technically there’s the internet too, but it’s not like you’re going to see these at Kohl’s any time soon)

Here’s my pick for this conference (the geeky shirt that I bought):

If you missed the conference and didn’t get in your annual math t-shirt purchase, but now feel you need that conference exhibit hall experience, check out the Science TeeCher website, where you too can browse and purshase your own.

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Wolfram… 3-D Printed Math Solids

I stopped by the Wolfram booth to say hi and see what they are up to… of course, you know that I love using the FREE Wolfram Demonstrations in my classes and my online lesson videos. If you are unfamiliar with the Wolfram Demonstrations, they are interactive activities that are math based. So there are pure math, science, statistics, and computer science demonstrations. They usually have slider bars so that the parameters of the equations can be altered and the physical shapes, graphs, etc. change. I am really not doing it justice in this description… I’m getting pretty mentally exhausted!

Anyways, if you haven’t seen it, check it out. As of today there were 2,034 Demonstrations available on their site.

Here I am at the Wolfram booth holding one of these cool 3-D mathematical solids.

These were printed using a 3-D printer… no kidding… welcome to the year 2007! If you can create a 3-D object using Mathmatica, I guess there is some place on their website where you can submit your 3-D file and you can pay Mathematica to print it 3-D for you. Perhaps Wolfram can comment on how you can do this if this is something you want to do.

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