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May 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Mathpix” Solves Handwritten Math Problems


I’ve previously written about the PhotoMath app, lets you point your phone at a math problem on a textbook and then solves it while showing all the work involved.

Now, though Jill Berkowicz, the great Ed Week blogger, I’ve learned about a new app called Mathpix that supposedly does the same thing – but with handwritten math problems.

Here are a couple of videos showing it in action (since the math equations shown in the video are way beyond me, I have no idea about the quality of the app’s work – I’d love to hear feedback):

May 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Video: Jo Boaler On Learning, Mistakes & The Brain

I’ve previously posted about Jo Boaler’s work (see Great New Video: “When People Make Mistakes Their Brains Grow, More Than When They Got Work Right”).

Thanks to Dan Meyer, I learned that her TEDx Talk was just posted today. It’s titled “How you can be good at math, and other surprising facts about learning” and it’s definitely not just applicable to math.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning:

February 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: “You Don’t Need” Algebra & Geometry

Who Needs Advanced Math? Not Everybody is the headline of a New York Times interview with educator Andrew Hacker.

I am very sympathetic to his position. I just wish he cited the source for some of the statistics he cited, like this one:


Does anybody know the source of that number?

I received an answer to the above question via Twitter:

And what do you think of his position overall?

August 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Khan Academy & Pixar Unveil “Pixar In A Box”


Thanks to John Fensterwald, I initially heard about Pixar In A Box, a new project unveiled by Khan Academy yesterday:

its new online curriculum Pixar in a Box analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. Created with middle and high school students in mind but available to everyone, Pixar in a Box’s interactive exercises, in-depth video lessons, and hands-on activities are an informative addition to Khan Academy’s extensive educational resources.

I’m not a math teacher, so can’t say much about the quality of the program. However, I can say that the videos seem much, much better than the usual Khan fare.

Here’s a an introduction to the Pixar In A Box:

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts About The Khan Academy.

July 31, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

You Can Now Create Your Own Activities With Amazing Math App Desmos


I am amazingly ignorant about math, but a zillion math teachers tell me that Desmos is the best math app out there, which I shared in recent ASCD Educational Leadership article, Apps, Apps Everywhere: Are Any Good, You Think?

Dan Meyer has just shared the Desmos unveiled a new feature – the ability for teachers to create their own activities on the site.

I don’t understand any of this, but I’m assuming this makes Desmos even better!

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