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Mathematics – the app

October 29, 2014 Leave a comment

A while ago I blogged about the Wolfram Alpha app, which I love and which has been the limit of my mathematical apps on my phone since. I haven’t really needed anything else. The other day, however, I was on the play store trying to find a decent app which would allow me to type maths easily. I failed in my search (if you know of a good one for android do let me know!) but I did find this app called “Mathematics – for android” by daboApps.

The app was free so I downloaded it (along with many others) to see what they could do. Most of them I deleted fairly quickly, but this one is one I feel could be extremely useful. It does some of the things Wolfram Alpha does, but it isn’t a like for like, there are things WA does that Mathematics doesn’t, and vice versa. Here is a screenshot of the menu screen:

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What you can’t see are two sections titled “Calculator” and “Calculations”. Which are excellent high powered calculators.

There are also many other functions that I’m just beginning to explore. There functions section will plot and solve polynomials, differentiate, integrate etc:

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It will solve equations, even systems of equations:

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The stats section has these tests:

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Which seem easy to use. I’ve not managed to fully explore yet but I had a little play:

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So far, I’d certainly say it isn’t bad at all for a free app!

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One year on….

July 3, 2013 Leave a comment

This time last year I was expecting the birth of my daughter. It was her due date, although she didn’t arrive for a fortnight. Towards the end of the day I had taught my top set year 7 class about Pythagoras and wrote this blog before heading to a team meeting.

I set up the WordPress as I was really enjoying reading other teachers blogs and gaining a lot of ideas from them. I hoped that by writing my own I would be able to pass on my ideas to help others. That first post was a short one, and I didn’t write my second until December! I didn’t know how the blog would evolve or what I would post about.

One year on my posts can mostly be defined into four categories.

Pedagogy

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These are posts about the teaching of maths, including reflections of lessons and ideas on feedback, marking, vocabulary and other such things involved in teaching the greatest subject there is.

Resources

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There is some cross over here, but the resources section holds links and reflections on resources I have developed and/or used in lessons.

Education Policy

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These are posts looking at the education policy in the UK and often include my ideas of how I would like to see it improved.

Commentary

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These are post which involve my reflection on the wider life involved in schools, they include posts on school productions and other such things. Including this post that I wrote after seeing one of the most amazing productions I have ever witnessed.

I have enjoyed blogging this year, and hope to write many more as I continue to develop my own classroom practice. And for those who were wondering, the Year 7’s did manage to work it out.

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