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19 November 2010

Teaching Kids Real Math With Computers

Watch this video, and see what you think - how are you learning math in school?

"http://www.ted.com From rockets to stock markets, math powers many of humanity's most thrilling creations. So why do kids lose interest? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming."

The transcript of the video is here,

"Conrad Wolfram is the strategic director of Wolfram Research, where his job, in a nutshell, is understanding and finding new uses for the Mathematica technology. Wolfram is especially passionate about finding uses for Mathematica outside of pure computation, using it as a development platform for products that help communicate big ideas." Read more about him at this link. His web page is here, and his Wolfram Demonstrations Project page is here. You might be especially interested in the "Kids and Fun" page.  Try this counting game on the web page.  You can download it to a Windows PC, too.