Now I rather like that and thinking it would be useful for my revision session this week with a GCSE (UK age15-16) class, decided I would simplify it so it was more suitable for my students. I changed the units to degrees and restricted the transformations more so it was more in line with our specification (these students are studying for a second GCSE in Mathematics – AQA Further Mathematics level 2).
Along came Desmos having seen the Twitter conversation..
Happy Easter 2017! (Click the link and WolframAlpha will tell you more than you wanted to know about Easter Sunday!)
Since it’s a holiday we should be relaxing! A conversation on Twitter(click the link for an updated post on Twitter) this morning reminded me of the excellent Set Game – a daily puzzle which is provided by the new York Times for age 6 – adult.
Because just a few minutes spent on Twitter can be very productive. Take this tweet from Craig Barton on an excellent resource – perfect for my Year 11 students revising for their GCSE module in the summer.
Being very selective in who you follow allows you to connect with teachers and other educators beyond your own institution.
My own solution – Evernote because its search facility is awesome (here’s why), even when I don’t tag resources all that well, Evernote finds them again! Evernote still features highly in Jane Hart’s Top Tools for Learning 2016.
Evernoteis the ultimate online notebook – an outstanding application for capturing just about anything you want from wherever you want and finding it again! I would recommend it for both teachers and students. Create a note using a phone or any web browser or use a desktop application. Evernote have created a clear guide to getting started.
As a teacher I use Evernote all the time and have a notebook for each class I teach as well as numerous other notebooks.
I also use Evernote shared notebooks as a way of sharing information, for example see Mathematics videos. Having used a shared notebook to share some useful resources with students at school, some students then created their own accounts.
The free version of Evernote is excellent and more than adequate for millions of users! (Millions of users has to be good – I don’t think Evernote will go away any time soon!)
For a simple way to bookmark favourite websites I like Diigo because I can then access my favourite sites from anywhere but lately, wanting to be sure of a backup plan – I have been sending all my bookmarks to Evernote courtesy of ifttt(if this then that).Using ifttt I can automate tasks such as sending my Diigo bookmarks to Evernote – there are many appletsavailable to copy.
A word of warning to Twitter users – don’t automatically thank someone for mentioning you in a tweet! If you take part in Twitter discussions your stream can suddenly turn into a constant ‘Thanks for the mention.’ series of tweets and I share Kelly Clay’s sentiments in his blog post that automating social media can make you ‘look like a jerk‘!