Hands on mathematics
I hope it's alright, but I am moving your post from the header part of this page to an active discussion thread. This way the wiki software will keep track of responses, and when we want we can end this thread and start a new one (click on "Start a new discussion"), which will then display at the top of the list. It keeps things organized. Below is your original:
- Hi Alison,
I am interested in creating a resource on Hands on Mathematics activities using different strategies like paper folding, geoboards, unit cubes etc. You must have visited my blog [Planet Infinity]. On my blog, I have posted many such activities, but I want to create an organised open resource for students.Rashmi Kathuria--Rashkath 04:44, 29 September 2011 (UTC)}}
Here is my reply:
Great idea. And great blog. You have many good ideas; these will make wonderful contributions to WE and it'll be good to get them organized so people can find them. I have created a category for statistics activities which includes hands on activities in statistics (similar to what you are talking about, I think). What I've done is make a page for each activity. I've tried to title it with the math concept it most clearly utilizes and then something about the activity. For example: Point estimation - German tank problem.
I have a lot more suggestions for organization. For example, check out how the Portal:Mathematics page links to a main Statistics page which leads to an Intro stats page which has a listing of topics and activities which I and others have created. And note that topics and activities could be linked to from more than one main maths area (that's the beauty of a wiki).
I started very simply (back a few years ago now), with just one activity. Maybe that's the first step. Create a page for just one activity, put everything about how to do the activity on the page, and then we'll work together to get it linked up with some sensible organization. What do you think?
Hi Alison, I visited the page Statistics_activities and understood the organisation idea. Pretty good! What I have with me is samples of some paper folding activities for teaching geometry and some activities on verifying algebraic identities. Please let know how to proceed further. Regards Rashmi--Rashkath 08:05, 30 September 2011 (UTC)
I've seen your page on Grade 9 hands on mathematics. Using the cube blocks to help students understand the concept is a useful activity. I will add a post to that page's talk page as to my thoughts on how to title such a page and some thoughts on what to include.
Hi Alison, I liked your idea. I will recreate the main page and put the titles like algebra, geometry etc. I have created separate pages for cubic identities. It is in a developing stage. Transferring content from pdf to a wiki page will take time, as I need to upload individual pictures stepwise. Yes, i will do that also. Please share if there is some short cut for this.--Rashkath 04:41, 2 October 2011 (UTC)
Glad you are making headway with the project. I don't know of a way to batch upload the images. It is time-consuming. Often when I need/want an image I do a search on commons.wikimedia.org first to see if there is something I could use directly (we can use these images as if they are loaded to WE...makes it really easy). But I doubt images which would suit your needs would be already available.