Twitter (quite rightly!) suggested I might like to follow IsThatABigNumber. The aims of the site are as follows:
- Put numbers in context
- Promote numeracy
- Share number facts
- Develop Number Sense
Exploring the menu at the top, note as well as the home page, we have other options, we could ask for example how big is 5km? The question returns a very comprehensive answer with comparisons to many other numbers! I do like the various quotes that appear randomly, as I was exploring I saw (very appropriate for someone responsible for Assessment) from Charles Babbage: “Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all”.
Other options as you can see include conversion, we could convert 1cm to 1 m (though I can already do that with WolframAlpha which returns rather more comparisons, and can also do it myself, I hasten to add!). Alternatively look at some random Number Facts or an interesting option – try a quiz.
On the home page we can the site is in its early stages, (the authors welcome feedback). Numbers in the News is a good idea. I wish the authors well – promoting numeracy just has to be a good thing!
On the subject of big numbers, I have recently completely checked and made major updates to my post on Standard Form resources.