Technology in the Classroom Demos

Oliver Knill, March 29, 2011
Compare 2009.

1. Computer algebra systems

Demonstrations or animations.
Examples:
  1. Geometry
  2. Gas
  3. Vectors
  4. More templates

2. Animations

Done with Mathematics
Examples:
  1. Morley
  2. Wobbly table
  3. Catastrophes
  4. Pascal
Older examples:
  1. Pythagoaras
  2. Thales etc

2. WebGl

Not yet supported by all browsers but very exciting.
Examples:
  1. Crystal
  2. Julia
  3. Sphere
  4. Lorenz
  5. Life
Links: Plot3D, Fractal explorer, Aquarium Jelly, Ambiera, chrome, Histo, Giraffe.

3. HTML5

  1. Apple (2)
  2. Google
  3. Particle
  4. Linalg in browser
  5. Turning pictures
  6. Parallax

3. Applets

Java applets. Examples:
  1. Planimeter (2002)
  2. Line integral (2002)
  3. Catastrophe
  4. Chirikov (1999)

4. Flash

Flash. Examples:
  1. Curl/Div (2004)
  2. Torus (2004)
  3. Coin (2003)
  4. Spiders

4. Javascript

A robust technology without plugins. Examples:
  1. Online Quiz (2003)
  2. Javascript dynamics (1999)
  3. Javascript dynamics (1999)
  4. Gauss-Jordan (2001)

5. Multimedia

Useful to lighten up a lecture or review or a website. see Presentation Examples:
  1. Qkiki
  2. Data fitting (2007)
  3. Barbie (1006)

6. Graphics

One or two pointers how to produce graphics for handouts or overheads or worksheets. Examples:
  1. Povray drill
  2. Povray gear
  3. Marblebook

2 Graphing Calculators

Graphing calculators are self contained applications. They are cheap and do not need much time to learn. They are ideal for the classroom demonstrations Examples:
  1. Exhibit (2007)
  2. Examples
  3. Grapher examples

7. Discussion:

There is a plethora of possibilities. There is almost too much choice. Despite the dangers and risks, there can be a lot of benefits. Examples:
  1. pitfalls in teaching
  2. slides
  3. slides [PDF]