Sunday, February 10, 2008

Alegbra in the Real World

This blog entry is dedicated to my colleague, Jeremy the math teacher, who has to constantly answer the question, "when are we ever going to use this?"
In my bumbling around the Internet today I found a website with videos about Algebra in the Real World.
On The Futures Channel there are videos accompanied by lesson plans about using Algebra in the "real world."

Applications for Education
The Futures Channel has come to the rescue of Math teachers who are constantly asked the question, "when are we ever going to use this?" On the Futures Channel there are many lesson plans and lesson ideas relating math (and other subjects) to current "real life" situations. And by "real life" the Futures Channel doesn't mean just converting recipes like my high school Algebra book did. Check out the Futures Channel today and stop answering the question, "when are we ever going to use this?"

For more Algebra lesson plans that involve real-world scenarios check out Dan Meyer's free 38 week Algebra curriculum.

Free Technology For Teachers: Mediated Cultures- What will you do this semester?

Mediated is a project of Michael Wesch's designed as an exploration of the role of emerging media in cultures. Last week I shared with you Wesch's extremely popular and thought provoking video about today's student. (Click the word video to watch it).
Today I came across a simulation activity Wesch does with his anthropology students to explore the systems of the world over the last 500 years. While the activity is designed for college undergrads it could easily be adapted for high school students. Watch the introductory video below and then visit Wesch's website to learn more about the activity.