Carol Voderman’s The Maths Factor: What you need to know about new educational website (Glasgow Times)

Glasgow Times: Carol Voderman’s The Maths Factor: What you need to know about new educational website. “The Maths Factor site is designed to help teach maths skills through a variety of resources, with Vorderman featured in a number of educational videos, and has now been made available for free after schools were forced to shut their doors. The website is normally subscription based, costing users £2 per week to access content, but is currently available to use free of charge during the school closure period.”

Extremely cool teacher runs math lesson from home within ‘Half Life: Alyx’ (Mashable)

Mashable: Extremely cool teacher runs math lesson from home within ‘Half Life: Alyx’. “Extremely cool teacher Charles Coomber —who works for California’s Springs Charter schools, at the Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts — taught a lesson in angle vocabulary from his apartment set within the long-awaited new virtual reality first-person shooter from developer Valve. Half Life: Alyx dropped on Monday, years after the iconic original game was released in 1998, and its sequel in 2006.”

University of Sydney: How a first edition of Principia with Isaac Newton’s notes got to Sydney

New-to-me, from the University of Sydney: How a first edition of Principia with Isaac Newton’s notes got to Sydney. “While the original print run is estimated at between 250 and 400 copies, there are only 189 surviving first editions in the world and only four with annotations by the English mathematician himself. Of these four copies, the Sydney copy of Principia is the only one in the Southern Hemisphere and is held in the Rare Books & Special Collections at the University of Sydney library…. The University of Sydney copy of Principia has been digitised and is available online alongside other digital resources via the University’s digital collection.”

Lifehacker: How to Unlock Microsoft’s Free Graphing Calculator in Windows 10

Lifehacker: How to Unlock Microsoft’s Free Graphing Calculator in Windows 10. “While your math teacher (or your kid’s math teacher) might not let them lug a laptop into their calculus class, I still think it’s awesome that Microsoft is finally giving the good ol’ Windows Calculator a boost of geekiness. If you thought ‘Scientific’ mode was fun, you haven’t seen anything yet—coming soon, to Windows 10, is a full-fledged graphing calculator.”

Larry Ferlazzo: “Freckle” Provides Hundreds Of Articles In “5 Or More Different Reading Levels”

Larry Ferlazzo: “Freckle” Provides Hundreds Of Articles In “5 Or More Different Reading Levels”. “It’s an ‘adaptive’ platform where teachers can set up free virtual classrooms (it looks like it’s free to individual teachers, but schools and districts can pay for more features) and is supposed to differentiate in English, Math and Social Studies content. It was particularly struck by it having “hundreds” of the same articles written at different lexile levels.”

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Helping to Make Math “Graspable,” WPI Researchers Guide Design of Algebra Tool for Students and Teachers

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Helping to Make Math “Graspable,” WPI Researchers Guide Design of Algebra Tool for Students and Teachers. “Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have received a $185,085 subcontract for the second phase of design development and testing of Graspable Math, a digital platform that helps students learn algebra…. Students have traditionally worked algebraic equations by making notations on paper, but Graspable Math puts algebra onto tablet and laptop screens. Students click on or swipe numbers and symbols to solve equations and get instantaneous feedback on their actions, while teachers can monitor their work.”