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Robert Talbert
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Attended Dickson County High School
Lives in Allendale, MI
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I'm pointing it at the Riemann Hypothesis, but nothing is happening.
 
The PhotoMath app, originally released as an iPhone app a few months ago, is now available for Android devices. The app lets you point it at a math problem on a textbook and then solves it while sh...
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I've been playing with iHaskell via the Kronos Haskell app for the Mac this week and am very impressed. Basically these are iPython notebooks (they are even saved as .ipynb files) that run Haskell instead of Python. At GVSU we are contemplating a course for CS and math majors on functional programming, and this could well be the glue that holds it together. Will be playing around with these some more next week (Spring Break). 

Also: +William Stein I know it's your birthday today and I shouldn't be asking for things, but if these iHaskell notebooks could somehow become an option in +The SageMathCloud that would make my semester. 
Based on IPython Notebook and IHaskell, Kronos provides. immediate installation of Haskell and related tools; a beautiful notebook environment for editing and documenting code; an easy interface for external package installation; easy file management and exporting to multiple formats ...
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So yesterday, one of my favorite services, +IFTTT rebranded itself to just "IF", and spun off three new iOS apps called "DO Button", "DO Note", and "Do Camera". The DO Note app is interesting: It provides a text area for typing and then you can add hot buttons that fire off one of three IFTTT -- sorry, IF -- recipes that do something, like "Send to OneNote" or "Email me a note". And within the text field you can swipe to change the recipe. Seems handy if you're a person who sends text to a lot of different services. Curious though that it seems only available for phones, not for tablets at this point. 

EDIT: The apps are available for Android too. 
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I'm a system administrator so most of what I do is the exception not the rule (what can be automated already has been or is too secure to use a public system to interact with). It's just really hard to find something I want done exactly the same way, very often.

But I've helped my friends out with stuff like this: https://ifttt.com/recipes/collections/26-recipes-for-job-seekers
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I'm heavily invested in Evernote and extremely skeptical of most MS products. But it seems the OneNote developers are making a lot of legit improvements very rapidly, while Evernote seems stuck trying to sell laptop stands and post-it notes rather than improving its core software. Maybe I'll give OneNote a look. 
Microsoft has updated its cross-platform note-taking tool, OneNote, on iPad, adding two new features that make it easier to capture ideas naturally. The latest version adds handwriting ...
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Many thanks to my student +Kent Sinclair for bringing the IHaskell project to my attention. It's an effort to develop a Haskell backend to iPython so that you can do Haskell with all the pretty browser-based stuff you do with iPython. Unfortunately I am having issues getting it to install, but it looks very promising. And +William Stein I know you already have enough to do, but any chance this can be added to +The SageMathCloud ? 
IHaskell: Haskell for IPython : A Haskell language backend for IPython interactive shell and notebook.
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I also found this, which might work instead: http://www.kronosnotebook.com/static/html/haskell.html
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On Tuesday I did a 30-minute live chat with Magna Publications about the flipped classroom. The audio recording for that is available now. If you're interested in going deeper, I'll be doing a 40-minute workshop on March 26 on Best Practices in Flipped Learning and it would be awesome to have you along. #flippedlearning  
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Tablet update: I ended up going with the iPad Air 2 rather than the Nexus 9. Mostly for practical considerations: I'm familiar with the iPad and the iOS ecosystem and know what's out there and what can be done. The dealbreaker was that I never did find a real screencasting app or solution for the Nexus. So I'm setting the new one up now and goodness sakes, is it thin and light and fast. 
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After our email discussion I for d LectureNotes on the nexus. Seems to work pretty well :) 
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For those of us contemplating ways to use mobile devices in the university math classroom, this update to +The SageMathCloud is a pretty huge deal. I am sitting here using SMC on my HTC One android phone and everything works. 
 
I just upgraded SageMathCloud to CodeMirror version 5.0.  Amazingly, this major update supports mobile Android and iOS!  So now Sage worksheets, file editing, latex editing, etc., actually works on mobile (e.g., you can scroll, copy/paste, select by touch, etc.).  

Refresh your browser to get the new version.  You can confirm you're running the version by typing this into a Sage worksheet cell and getting 5.0.1 as output: javascript('print(CodeMirror.version)')
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Snow day for the kids and the Mrs has to work, so here's my configuration for the day. Macbook Pro running Sage in the background; iPad with keyboard riding shotgun. The spray bottle, if you're wondering, is to keep Angus the cat off my desk (and it doesn't normally work). 
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+Mike Gunderson I love the window in my home office. We have a split-level house and so the window is at ground level. I enjoy the outdoors and so if I must work inside at all, I prefer it to be where there's a big aperture to the outside. (But I also like not being out in the -10 degF weather we are having here this morning in Michigan!)
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New at Casting Out Nines: An update on the specs grading experiment, where I focus on how I'm doing timed testing. Timed assessment doesn't make a strong appearance in Linda Nilson's specs grading book, so I'm having to invent some of this as I go along, but I'm liking what's emerging. 
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Some states have laws that require closed-captioning on online course materials from the moment they are created, but this is the first I've seen of a federal lawsuit enjoining a university to provide closed-captioning. Those of us who create online course materials will need to follow this closely. 
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Education
  • Dickson County High School
    1985 - 1988
  • Tennessee Technological University
    Mathematics, 1988 - 1992
  • Vanderbilt University
    Mathematics, 1992 - 1997
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Mathematics, technology, education, family, faith, music, enjoying life.
Introduction
I'm a professor in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale/Grand Rapids, Michigan. I teach courses for mathematics majors, preservice mathematics instructors, engineers, and computer scientists. I'm also the department tech guy. Prior to coming here in 2011, I was at Franklin College in Indiana from 2001--2011 and at Bethel College in Indiana from 1997--2001. 

I received my PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1997 in the areas of algebraic topology and homological algebra. My advisor was Efstratios Prassidis. My dissertation dealt with algebraic equivalences between two different kinds of homology theories. These days, my interests lie in algebra, cryptography, mathematics education, and engineering education. I'm especially interested in educational technology and how technology can support active learning environments in the university classroom. 

I live in Allendale with my wife, three kids (ages 3, 6, and 8) and our cat. We're Christians of the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod persuasion. We're living the good life, with the beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan just 15 minutes west and a vibrant small city 15 minutes east, and a very cool job at one of the best public universities in the country in the middle. 
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Dad of three awesome kids. Husband to one awesome wife. Was an extra in "Ernest Goes to Camp".
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Mathematics professor
Employment
  • Grand Valley State University
    Associate Professor of Mathematics, 2011 - present
  • Franklin College
    Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computing Science, 2001 - 2011
  • Bethel College
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1997 - 2001
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Allendale, MI
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Hudsonville, MI - White Bluff, TN USA - Bargersville, IN USA - Nashville, TN - South Bend, IN - Cookeville, TN - Whiteland, IN
I've eaten here twice, once with a group from work and once with my family. Service each time was a bit on the slow side but friendly, at least. Food on the first visit was pretty good -- I had the turkey pita which was very tasty, but the wait staff forgot the side of chipotle mayo that was supposed to come with it. On the second visit I had the southwest chicken wrap which was bland and dry; my wife had the fajita wrap which had the opposite problem, so much liquid in the fajita that it was almost impossible to eat without sliming yourself. Overall I wasn't impressed with the food. I'd like to like Main St. Pub more, since I live and work in Allendale and it's one of the few nice sit-down places we have here, but they just really need to step up their game. This place could seriously benefit from a little competition. Put in a Chili's or a Friday's next door to this place and you'll have basically the same kind of dining experience but with better food.
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Best pizza in Hudsonville/Jenison area. I'm partial to the Hawaiian pizza, which has a delicious mix of sweet/salty in the ham and pineapple. My wife likes the deluxe. My kids could live off the breadsticks. Overall outstanding food at a decent price with good service.
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