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Conrad Parker
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Ryan North and David Malki! photoshop war. Sillier yet than it sounds.
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Five-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus

Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math. Far too much of school maths is just mindless computation. It ends up putting people off ‘studying maths’ when in reality they’re just bored of calculating (which, to be honest, is boring for everyone). Of course there does need to be a basic threshold of arithmetic ability, but this doesn’t need to become a weekly chore.

There needs to be a larger emphasis on appreciating the thinking and logic that goes into mathematical concepts. Fewer people dreading an hour of sleepy arithmetic and more people looking forward to working out something brand new!

The Atlantic:
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/03/5-year-olds-can-learn-calculus/284124/

Image: Alexander F. Yuan/AP Images

#calculus #maths #education #mathmaticalconcepts  
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+S.Y. Park I did something similar. Mind you, I didn't fully understand calculus until I was taught it by some physicists when I was about 15 (the notion of limit of a sum vs antidifferentiation and how the fundamental theorem applies).

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Bored of watching rambling lecturers on youtube? This chrome extension brings the joy of speed-of-thought knowledge upload to caffeine addicts everywhere.
 
Faster video/audio playback can lead to better engagement, retention, and faster progress - science say so! A quick Chrome extension to help with the task: http://bit.ly/1mZ6NEL - built it for myself, figured others might find it useful also.

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Build a key heatmap of all your Vim keystrokes: http://bit.ly/1n4HWxs - fun stuff! I've long wanted to do this, but lack of a lexer was always my stumbling block... Now, if only it wasn't written in Haskell.. :)
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+Benjamin Russell Just paint the keyboard completely red. :)
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Australia depends on research, but governments repeatedly threaten research funds when setting federal budgets. This is short-sighted. Research funding can't be turned on and off like a tap and it needs secure, long-term public support. I have signed the pledge to respect research and call on the Government to do the same. Join me.
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Gesturing with Hands is a Powerful Tool for Children Learning Math

Children who use their hands to gesture during a math lesson gain a deep understanding of the problems they are taught, according to new research from University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology.

Previous research has found that gestures can help children learn. This study in particular was designed to answer whether abstract gesture can support generalization beyond a particular problem and whether abstract gesture is a more effective teaching tool than concrete action.

Full article at http://goo.gl/NrlLYV.

The research is in Psychological Science. (full access paywall)

Research: “From Action to Abstraction: Using the Hands to Learn Math” by Miriam A. Novack, Eliza L. Congdon, Naureen Hemani-Lopez, and Susan Goldin-Meadow in Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/0956797613518351

Image: A recent study from the University of Chicago Department of Psychology showed that use of abstract gestures is a powerful tool for helping children understand and generalize mathematical concepts. Credit Goldin-Meadow Lab/University of Chicago.

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Ever wanted to watch +Coursera videos faster than 2x speed? This chrome extension goes up to 3.0x.  You may need more coffee to keep up.

It works on any HTML5 video site, so it also lets you speed up lectures on Youtube.
 
Faster video/audio playback can lead to better engagement, retention, and faster progress - science say so! A quick Chrome extension to help with the task: http://bit.ly/1mZ6NEL - built it for myself, figured others might find it useful also.

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Looking for an awesome intro to Web Audio API? +Boris Smus has you covered: http://bit.ly/1nJdUzE - free book with lots of great demos!

Had a fun time playing with it over the weekend...
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New favorite HTTP/2 frame... GTFO: http://bit.ly/KWCDEi - aka, General Termination of Future Operation.

P.S. We can thank +Hasan Khalil for this gem. ;-)
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Education
  • Kyoto University
    PhD, 2007 - 2009
  • UNSW
    BE (Computer Engineering) BSc (Mathematics), 1994 - 2000
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Free Software developer / Algorithmic Trader
Employment
  • Tsuru Capital
    Derivatives Trader, 2010 - present
  • Renesas
    Linux multimedia specialist, 2008 - 2010
  • CSIRO Australia
    Software Engineer, 1999 - 2006
  • Pixar Animation Studios
    Contractor (sweep sound editor), 2000 - 2000
  • Fujitsu Australia
    Computer Programmator, 1995 - 1996
  • Wikimedia Foundation
    Contractor (oggz-chop, firefox), 2009 - 2009
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Sydney, Australia
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Singapore - Tokyo, Japan
Great beer, brewed on-site. Also very child-friendly!
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