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More Xtranormal Math Movies (Grade 9 Thom)

Take a few minutes to watch Matt’s animated movie on fractions in the real world! Matt and his fellow grade nine classmates were asked to think about the value and importance of having knowledge and skills related to fractions. The students were then charged with the task of writing a persuasive script involving two characters, and then using to create a short movie.Literacy, technology, critical thinking, and numeracy all rolled into one for this learning experience!

Impressive job, Matt. Thanks for sharing your work with the world!

By the way, did you know grade nines at Balfour Collegiate also did an Xtranormal project involving Exponents? They were even featured on the Xtranormal blog. All the “power” to them!


Khan Academy: A Great Resource for Numeracy Instruction

Teachers, tutors, students, and just about everybody are bound to find uses for The Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is a collection of 2000+ instructional videos/ micro lessons on mostly math and sciences. The Academy is a not-for-profit educational organization created by Salman Khan, who has has captured the admiration of Bill Gates.

I like the idea of using the Khan Academy as a supplementary resource for numeracy instruction. The collection of videos and the self-paced activities certainly don’t replace the curriculum and/or sound instructional strategies; however, they sure are handy to have in your back pocket. The big advantage here is a the ability to draw from the huge library of videos to reinforce concepts and allow students to watch and then re-watch the steps to solving problems. Students can access the videos from home and school using computers and mobile technologies. Some educators have used the Khan Academy to experiment with flipped instruction or inverted instruction. The learners watch the videos as their homework and then the following classroom period is used to practice new skills. The jury is still out on this one.

Melanie Little, mathematics teacher and VP at Douglas Park School, raves about The Khan Academy. Little uses the micro-lessons to review and introduce new skills and concepts. According to Little, the use of technology helps to engage her learners and shows them multiple ways of taking on math problems. “It’s like having another teacher in the room” says Little.

University of Regina Problem-Solving Workshop

U of R Problem Solving Workshop – First Session Monday September 21st

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Regina is
once again offering a series of free problem-solving sessions aimed at
interested students in Grades 7 to 12.

The focus of these sessions is twofold. First and foremost, they are an
opportunity for students with an interest in mathematics to meet each other
and be exposed to a range of mathematical subjects that would not be covered
in the standard high school curriculum.

The sessions also contain a strong problem-solving component. Students will
work through a variety of mathematical problems in order to better
understand specific problem solving strategies and to work toward
participation in mathematics competitions such as the University of Waterloo
Mathematics Contests or the Saskatchewan Math Challenge.

The problem solving sessions are being held on Monday evenings, from 6-8 PM,
in the University Riddell Centre room RC 285.

Session dates for this semester are:
September 21st, October 5th, October 19th, November 2nd, November 16th, and
November 30th.

As always, attendance is free. If you are planning to come to one or more of
these sessions, please send us an e-mail so that we know how many copies of
problem sets and other work material to bring.

If you have questions or wish to attend the sessions, you can contact
Patrick Maidorn at or 585-4013.

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