# Monthly Archive: December 2010

## Probably the funniest maths jokes in the world ever…

A selection of the best web comic jokes about maths doing the rounds at the moment. Who says mathematicians don’t have a sense of humour?

## Dividing Fractions- The Awkward Question

Image via Wikipedia You are negotiating the shark invested waters of the Sea of Misconceptions which nestles itself within the vast barren plains in the province of Understanding Fractions, and you reach the point where you tell them that to divide one fraction by another you turn the second one upside down and then multiply them. The class is...

## Mathematics and Multimedia Blog Carnival 6

Welcome to the Mathematics and Multimedia Blog Carnival 6! Many thanks for Math Hombre for passing on the baton from their excellent Fifth Edition. Six is a fantastic number, in fact, it’s a Perfect Number! It’s the smallest Perfect Number! Before we dive into the best December posts from the Carnival submissions I’m going to set you a challenge! All...

Has one of your pupils ever asked you why you have to halve the second difference of successive terms in a quadratic sequence to get the coefficient of the n^2 in the nth term rule for the sequence?

## No more guns and robots- using 3D imaging technology in the classroom

You are teaching 2D views of 3D shapes. You think that the best way to do this may be to give them a physical object to hold and rotate in their hands. That way they’ll easily be able to draw the plans and elevations, won’t they? So you hand out the Multi-link cubes for them to create their own 3D...

## Dropbox- making life a whole lot easier

Have you ever lost important photos, music or document files through your computer harddrive or memory stick breaking? If not, are your files at risk from these failures? Do you sometimes want to work on a file that lives on your work computer? If so, doesn’t it get quite challenging after emailing it backwards and forwards a few times to...

## Real Life Vectors- Planes Landing In Crosswinds

I had a real challenge trying to convince my year 11s today of the awe-and-wonder of vectors and how we could have achieved little as a human race without them. I explained how I used to design buildings taking advantage of the wonderful addition properties of vectors by taking all the forces on a building and summing them such that...

## ANNOUNCEMENT: We have been selected to host the Mathematics and Multimedia Blog Carnival! Call for submissions!

Great Maths Teaching Ideas is proud to announce that we have been selected to host the Mathematics and Multimedia Blog Carnival on 29th December 2010! This consists of a monthly publication of the best blog articles in cyberspace that discuss connections between mathematical topics, difficult to teach topic discussions, proofs of mathematical curiosities that are accessible by secondary school students,...

## Using ICT to enhance learning- the BIG debate! Here’s one idea…

This evening my department had a wonderful discussion about the potential future direction of ICT use within the department. Many people had lots of great ideas which filled me with enthusiasm and excitement of the opportunities to use ICT to enhance learning. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this recently as the day that pupils get their own...