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The $8 Billion iPod: Rob Reid

by on June 8, 2012

“Some dispassionate, quantitative reasoning could really bring a great deal to the debate [on copyright law]” – Rob Reid on Copyright Math™. This fun TED talk shows how you can play with numbers, even in a context like the entertainment industry’s perspective on content theft.

Thus begins humor author and Rhapsody founder’s TED talk on Copyright Math™, which breaks down the numbers from the entertainment industry to examine its perspective of content theft.

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Linking Music and Math: Music-based Math Curriculum Shows Quantitative Results

by on June 7, 2012

“If students don’t understand fractions early on, they often struggle with algebra and mathematical reasoning later in their schooling,” – Susan Courey, assistant professor of special education at San Francisco State University. A recent study found that kids who learned fractions through a music-based curriculum outperformed peers in traditional math classes.

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3 Subtraction Activities For Family Fun Night

by on June 6, 2012

When your child is learning, and perhaps struggling with, subtraction, one way you can help is exploring the concept of subtraction as both difference and take away.

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How to Help Your Child Learn Subtraction; Part 2

by on June 5, 2012

Yesterday, How to Help Your Child Learn Subtraction, Part One covered subtraction as takeaway, difference, and counting back from (also known as counting down to). Today, we’ll discuss subtraction as regrouping, borrowing or carrying over as well as offer tactics you can use to help your child learn this core arithmetic concept.

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How to Help Your Child Learn Subtraction; Part 1

by on June 4, 2012

Is your learner struggling with subtraction? One of the reasons subtraction is so challenging is that there are many different ways to think about it. If kids don’t have a strong grounding in number sense and subtraction, advanced math topics and problem solving skills more difficult.

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Want More Fun Math Games? Look Here!

by on June 3, 2012

We’re never too old (or young!) for fun math games! We’ve pulled together two games (including those we can play on browsers) to share with you, basing our recommendations on the following: (1) Challenging experiences that facilitate learning; (2) Players can interact with math directly; (3) Game design is grounded in research.

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Keith Devlin: The Way You Learned Math Is So Old School

by on June 2, 2012
Math Class from http://www.flickr.com/photos/goaskaliceithinkshewillknow/398352730/

The way we do math has changed, driven by our changing needs as a society. Math is now taught based on a need to understand the number system and its meaning.

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Vi Hart, Doodling in Math: Sick Number Games

by on June 1, 2012
Pascal's triangle, modulo 3

Mathemusician Vi Hart gives us a glance over her shoulder as she doodles, walking us through Ulam Spiral and Pascal’s Triangle.

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You Asked… Motion Math Answers

by on May 31, 2012

Recently, Motion Math participated in Maker Faire, an amazing all-ages celebration of creativity. We hosted a booth in the DIY Learning Pavilion sponsored by EdSurge and had a great time connecting with parents, teachers and kids (some of whom even coded their own game level). We were curious about what other people wondered about math, so we offered a board for parents, teachers and other makers to stop and ask their big math questions.

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Math Morning Brainteaser: Fill in the Blanks

by on May 30, 2012
Motion Math: Wings giveaway

Try this brainteaser and you could get a full version of Motion Math: Wings, our latest math game!

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