Here are some objects to think with to get you started.
Pack a lunch, fire up a colortini and watch the pictures as they fly through the air!
Seymour Papert’s Mathland
Read Gary Stager’s Personal Road to Reinventing Mathematics Education.
Conrad Wolfram’s TED Talk
Constance Kamii Direct vs Indirect Ways of Teaching Number Concepts at Ages 4-6
A comprehensive lecture explaining Piagetian ideas showing that although number concepts cannot be taught directly, they can be taught indirectly by encouraging children to think.
- Arithmetic Games with Playing Cards
- Lining-Up the 5s – A Card Game
- Kamii Game Cards to download and print
- Kamii on Games over Worksheets (article)
Videos Suggesting a Potential MicroWorlds (coding) Activity for Constructing Understanding of Fractions
“Debbie” from the research of Idit Harel
Minds-in-Play from the research of Yasmin Kafai.
Math in the World (A beautiful view)
The Beauty of Math in Coral and Crochet by Margaret Wertheim at TED.
Stephen Wolfran’s Introduction to Wolfram Language
Important Articles by Stephen Wolfram
- What is a Computational Essay?
- How to Teach Computational Thinking
- High-School Summer Camp: A Two-Week Path to Computational Thinking
- Machine Learning for Middle Schoolers
- Two Hours of Experimental Mathematics
All of these links are live at cmkfutures.com/wolfram
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.