$250,000 Global Education Challenge
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt recently announced that they will
give away $250,000 in cash and prizes to the best ideas that
"can become tangible tools to improve student outcomes across
the globe — both inside and outside the classroom."
The judging panel, which includes former Secretary of Education
William J. Bennett, seeks entries that are impactful, unique,
and adaptable. Entrants might suggest an idea for a software
program; a service for students, parents or teachers; a
classroom tool — or a completely new educational technology.
Prize money will be yours to keep and does not have to be used
for any specific purpose.
Each week through the July 15th deadline, Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt will also randomly select three entrants to win a $50
Amazon.com Gift Card.
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"At first I thought this problem would be hard because I am not
the greatest with fractions and cooking, but when I looked at
it more closely, it started to become more simple in my mind.
I realized all I had to do was...."
- Ames, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution
Wolfram|Alpha Gets You Ready for Summer
Query wolframalpha.com for "time to sunburn," and the
computational knowledge engine calculates how long your skin
can be exposed to the sun without burning based on your skin
type, geographic position, current time, the level of sun
protection factor (SPF) used, and how long you stay in the
sun. Read more about the sunburn calculator on the
W|A also crunches data on gas prices, airlines, and currency to
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Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour
"If there were a 2 year or 1.5 year Algebra I course, perhaps
this student might have passed the first time around — and
really have known enough to move on. You who are reading this
probably are saying — geeezzz, did she really have to say
that? It's exactly what we all know. I know that. I just felt
I had to get it in words. Forgive me in advance. But don't
forgive the people who are sitting behind desks making these
decisions instead of sitting in the classroom watching the
effects of them. I predict a huge increase in drop out rates."
- Sharon, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion
group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State
This blog explores how designers, statisticians, and computer
scientists use data to understand ourselves better, mainly
through data visualization. Started four years ago by a PhD
candidate in statistics with a background in computer science
and design, FlowingData posts have included
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How to win Rock-paper-scissors every time
Are gas prices really that high?
Sorting algorithms demonstrated with Hungarian folk dance
Think like a statistician — without the math
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