Now for Some Real User Power #MTBoS30 3 of 30
— Joseph Williams (@jswilliams) May 1, 2014
I enjoy math, thoroughly. I also enjoy design and technology. Recently I’ve had a wildfire like experience in processing and learning material through Geogebra and Desmos. I’ve been learning and experimenting with these much faster than I could possibly archive organize the material. I look forward to the upcoming extended break at summer to truly polish this material. Currently I’m feeling more like
This little presentation I had tonight was a breath of fresh air. It was a mixed crowd and we had a great time. About half mathies in the room, and half techies. It wasn’t a large crowd, so we had a casual, yet productive time. At around 2/3 of the way through the time allotted, one of those in the room inquired about the coding behind some of the applets. Others seconded the question, so then we transitioned from math to tech.
Technology geeks, myself included, often dive into the code and lose some of the social part of the experience. Working on the backend of a program experience too often is a lonely one. Talking about this experience in a real life, social platform was great for myself and them. I was able to reflect and process on my wildfire experience of learning, and from what it seems they were about to start their own versions of something similar.
On the other end of the screen, it all looks so easy.
Geogebra and Desmos both use clean user interfaces that allow for wide audience. Knowing some of the coding and design on behind the scenes still has it’s place though. Recently education has seen growth in the art of coding. It has become more accessible with drag and drops like scratch, tutorials and screencasts shared freely online, and organized movements from large institutions like Khan Academy.
Now I would like to throw another idea into the mix of developing a coding mindset. For those of you that know me, you could probably guess that I’m thinking of Geogebra (and Desmos as well). Tonight we talked about the object oriented code experience it offers, and it’s simplicity with design and interaction. To toggle a picture or make an object move, all you need is a slider control and some checkboxes. I’m not sure where this can go from here, but I like it.
If you haven’t already you should check out these online interactive tools. And when you do, look at them as tools for tech and coding, not just math.
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PS: bonus points if you get the geeky references.