Archive for January, 2010

Chocolate mushroom package

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Ruth gets chocolate from an international sweet shop in Birmingham. This Japanese pack seems to contain mock mushrooms with chocolate caps and biscuit stalks. I love the typography on the back of the package…

Some of the details appear to be telling a story (aimed at children?)

And the teacher figure appears in red on the back [...]

Five number summary

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Download a two sided handout on finding the five number summary for a set of data

The five numbers are the maximum, the minimum, the median and the upper and lower quartiles. This set of numbers can tell you about the central tendency of your data, the spread, the extreme values, and provide low order information [...]


Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

...that have solidified his believe that the PC industry needs to move away from just selling hardware and towards a service-based model that could be used to establish an educational infrastructure. “It’s all about long-term, sustaining relationships,” he told me, something that mobile phone companies have been practicing for years.

Alan Kay on the Apple Tablet [...]


Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Electricity costs less than 10p per kilowatt hour. You can charge quite a few laptop batteries for that, so I assume the notice was to do with health and safety, or encouraging people to move after their latte.

I see a lot of small odds and ends of space like this around the cities I visit. [...]

Ninjawords dictionary

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Online dictionary has no adverts and is fast

Post to twitter from command line

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Works in the Mac OS terminal, and on Linux if you install curl.

#! /bin/sh
curl —basic—user “username:password”

—data-ascii “status=`echo $@|tr ’ ’ ‘+’`” “” > /dev/null

Update of something I found from 2007, when twitter was using a different [...]

Workshop number questions

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Download a one side worksheet with some workshop questions on number. Some symbolic questions (equivalent fractions, multiplication) and some word problems (VAT increase).

The main phase of the lesson was about probability. Packs of playing cards, coin tossing, and a discussion about smoking cessation, the National Health, and individual behaviour versus averages. Good stuff, and I’ll [...]


Monday, January 4th, 2010

Click for a 1280 by 1024 desktop wallpaper image with a January 2010 calendar on it.

Data module mind map

Monday, January 4th, 2010

I’m using maps to plan lessons more and more. This one is getting a bit out of hand with the links between topics!

More workshop questions

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Download a pdf file with 20 questions about number topics.

This will get people back into the groove after the holiday. I allow about 30 minutes for this kind of worksheet. I have back up activities for the more confident students.

Guess the angle

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Can you guess where the postcard photo was taken from? I’ve been printing calendars. Back to work Monday, kicking off with the data handling module.