This is the main page for the September 2013 course, WOW! Multiplication.
Registration is closed, but participants and friends of adventurous math can still support to our cause. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive information about future courses.
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September 10: Registration is closed at 220+ people. Participants are discussing their Math Circle plans for the next week
September 6: Course members are crowd-sourcing a great questionnaire on multiplication worries and dreams.
September 4: 125 people from 15 countries requested to register.
September 3: We have 88 registered participants. Welcome to math adventures!
If you ever have any questions, email Moby Snoodles at moby@moebiusnoodles.com
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As with most of our courses, we have adapted the activities for all ages from toddlers to adults. Where young ones go on a scavenger hunt for pretty snowflakes and cool truck wheels, older kids build bridges from multiplication to symmetry, spatial transformations, and proportions.
WOW! Multiplication is a pilot study for a citizen science project for mathematics education. By actively participating in the course, you help us learn what support parents and teachers need to start informal Math Circles, and how to adapt materials for each learner’s unique needs. We are excited to invite you to contribute to original scientific research!
Does my child need to have times tables memorized for this?
Some question if the tables need to be memorized at all! But definitely not for this course.
Can my toddler participate?
Yes, our courses are for parents and teachers of kids of all ages. We will have tips for adapting the activities for younger kids.
Can I participate if I don’t work with kids?
Yes, you can get some grown-up friends together for a Math Circle. Math adventures aren’t just for children! We have done these activities at parent and teacher workshops, as well as professional seminars and conferences.
What is the price and what resources will I need?
You need the internet to participate, and usual household objects (paper, markers, toys) to do math. We encourage you to invite friends for the Math Circle part, because it helps the friends and motivates your kids. We will provide open media about multiplication.
You will have an opportunity to support our cause by paying for this course, at the price you name, from zero to infinity. The money supports Creative Commons open media, the studies in family math, and our courses and workshops. Large donations and small contributions are all welcome! We honor everyone who contributes at the supporter page.
What is citizen science?
Citizen science is research conducted by large groups of non-professionals, together with some scientists. In this course, participants will contribute to a pilot study in mathematics education. We are working on a tough question: How can mathematical topics be adapted to radically different students, mixed-age groups, and everybody’s diverse interests?
What is it all about?
What activities will I do?
Week 1, September 9-15
Week 2, September 16-22
Registration is closed, but participants and friends of adventurous math can still support to our cause.
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[…] WOW! Multiplication – an open course in September 2013 […]
Thank you for this class. I am really looking forward to it.
Sounds great! Looking forward to learning and participating.
Always up for trying new ways to get math-rich play going with my kids and friends
I plan to participate in this with my 9-year-old daughter, Joanna.
Hi Maria, I like what you are doing. Think about as you expand this open format course, that sometime in the future the possibility of doing a thread on folding circles. I do get tired of hearing the circle being used metaphorically with no interest in exploring what so far is considered only shape to identify and a means for 2-D construct and designing. I would be interested to talk with you about the possibilities of doing something together along these lines. Brad
I will be working with Group of lower ability / special needs year 5 children in the East E end of London where many children are Bengali speakers with English as second language And parents who have have limited experience of schooling themselves
I will try this, and if I find it helpful, then I will donate $20.
Hi Maria,
I am looking forward to the class. Nadia is 5 and I am starting over again. Hopefully, a little wiser this time :)
Sally Hinton
Looking for ways to make math fun for an unschooler early teen who has no desire to memorize multiplication tables and a mom have no desire to make him do it!
Hey Janice,
Not to make a crazy assumption about a male teen in 2013, but Minecraft is incredibly popular. So, use that! Give building layouts, like blueprints, and then have him review the blueprints and figure out the quantities required. You end up doing a lot of math: let’s see, I need 40 brick, 15 glass, and 12 glowstone per wall, there are 12 walls, so how many stacks of each will I need?
Then bump the challenge way up and make the challenge to build a calculator in MC using redstone. It’s possible, and tough! Give him a proof sheet to fill in show the machine can do the results.
This sounds AbFab! Will you be offering this open course again anytime soon? I actually started an interactive multiplication digital course with my 6 (almost 7) yr old today. Pretty good so far, but this seems MUCH better, and I think he would find it to be more engaging! Hoping that you are. Nice work!
Alahyo, we are working on turning our past courses and other content into ongoing self-paced learning/making experiences people can join any time. Meanwhile, check out the course space on the Ask platform for some ideas for your kid: http://ask.moebiusnoodles.com/spaces/201/wowmult.html