Great Read: Teaching Guide for Japanese Math Curriculum

Japan has been well-known for its high achievement in Mathematics, particularly in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

I had been in Japan for the past one year  and had been studying their curriculum, observing classes, as well as reading elementary school textbooks (yes, I can read and understand Japanese a bit.) Since some of the books have English translations, I was able to have a glimpse at how they develop mathematical concepts. And I can say, that their textbooks are the best among all that I have read so far.

For teachers who want to take a look at how Japan develop mathematical concepts, I strongly recommend that you read the following Teaching Guides for the Japanese Course of Study (the term used for curriculum). You may not agree with me, but I believe that can learn a lot from these documents.  Continue reading

TED-Ed’s Interactive Periodic Table

TED-Ed has recently created an interactive Periodic Table where you can view videos about every element. This project was a collaboration of TED-Ed and Brady Haran of Numberphile. Once you click the video, you can view experiments as well as explanations from experts and teachers about the element.

This is a must view for students taking Chemistry as well as Chemistry teachers.

Interactive Periodic Table

The video below explains about Hydrogen.

Please share to your fellow students and teachers.

Einstein’s Documents now Online at Digital Einstein

Starting today, you can now access some of the many papers left by Albert Einstein at Digital Einstein, an open access website for the collected papers of the man himself. This website publishes papers from the Einstein Papers Project edited by Diana Kormos-Buchwald, a professor of Physics and the history of science at the California Institute of Technology.

digital einstein

Albert Einstein (via Wikipedia)

Currently, the website contains about 7,000 pages of 2,900 unique papers (13 volumes, also published already in print) written in the original language and with English annotations. The documents include his scientific papers as well as his personal life such as letters, postcards, notebooks, and even diaries.

According to the website, Project Einstein is planning to present subsequent volumes two years after publishing the books.

H/T: NY Times

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