Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Next 5000 days of the Internet

I love finding the video gems that Ted Talks has online. This one is about the future of the internet and how it will affect our daily lives. I would recommend this to anyone to watch and have their minds think about where we have come in the first 5000 days of the internet and where we might go in the second 5000 days.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wanna be an Air Traffic Controler?

When I was down at ASTE at the end of February, I attended a session hosted by the FAA on "First to the Future." It was mainly about a website called Smart Skies which leads to Line Up With Math where a teacher can have students practice being an air traffic controler while practicing math skills. They have worksheets, teacher guides, and an online simulator that is web based to put in to practice middle school math skills using the equaiton d=rt. It was a lot of fun trying to get the planes to land at their final destination without being to close to each other. There are also a couple of videos in Section A that are interesting to watch as well.

The Smart Skies also can take you to Fly By Math which is where you should start with your students as it goes over the basics of what you need to learn in able to be successful when doing the problems in Line Up With math.

Overall I would give this site a 5 out of 5 Stars for the amount of resources, overall appearence and usefulness of the website. This one is worth trying in your math classroom.