Ben, a Canadian educator on my Twitter list posted a link to this Mathematics in Movies site, developed by Oliver Knill from the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University. A great resource for maths teachers, particularly at secondary level, with each movie listed linking to the part of the movie with the math focus and a brief explanation of the mathematical aspects being considered. Each movie is linked in a variety of formats, for viewing on whatever device you may have, including mobiles.
Knill’s website is also worth exploring for anyone interested in the teaching of mathematics and the use of technology in this process. On the site Knill explores some of the pedagogical questions, especially in web pedagogy and the use of technology in teaching which he shares on a pedagogy page.
Thanks Oliver for making such a rich resource available! A classic example of how each of us as educators can enrich the profession by using technology to share what we know and do.
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Showing clips of movies with math in them is not directly using technology to teach mathematics concepts, but I do think it is an excellent way to draw in older students using technology. Many kids often say “Yeah, but what does this math have to do with real life?” These movie clips are a fun and entertaining way of answering that question.
Check out “Maths in the Movies” at http://www.malcfifty.blogspot.com
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