We should not lose sight of the main purpose of education. Education is not about measuring or judging our children. Nor is it about meeting some arbitrary standard. Education should be about teaching them both the skills they need for life and cultivating a joy of learning that will give them the ability to pursue […]
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Brett Victor is one of those guys who is always leading the edge of design, and is almost always worth listening to if you get a chance. His recent talk at the MIT Media Lab really resonated with me. On the surface, his work is not directly related to education, because he is focused on […]
As we continue on… Given two unequal straight lines, to cut off from the greater a straight line equal to the less. Let AB, C be the two given unequal straight lines, and let AB be the greater of them. Thus it is required to cut off from AB the greater a straight line equal […]
A little video covering a few activities in our house that I captured this last month. Background music played by my son.
Proposition 2 gives us a technique for transposing a given line over to a given point. To place at a given point (as an extremity) a straight line equal to a given straight line. Let A be the given point, and BC the given straight line. Thus it is required to place at the point […]
Euclid’s Elements have been studied for over two thousand years. The first proposition in book I gives us a technique for constructing equilateral triangles. This proposition will be heavily used later in book one as a general technique for finding a point equidistance from two other points. Euclid Book 1, Proposition 1: (Proposition written below video) On a given […]
Something for the geometers… You may have to slow it down or watch more than once to catch everything, but Vi blends a hilarious history lesson with a very simple geometrical proof of irrationality discovered by the Pythagoreans.
There are two main approaches that have been taken with educational videos online. The first is to essentially take a traditional university lecture and video it. This can be done directly, just putting a camera in the back of a regular classroom, like MIT’s OpenCourseWare and most of iTunes U, or it can be done […]
This past year, Sebastion Thrun, a Stanford professor of computer science, began offering an online version of his class. The online version ran concurrently with the regular class and had enrollment, grades, and a final score. The only difference was that you couldn’t get Stanford credits for the online version. Over 160,000 people from around […]