12 Ways to Use The Times to Develop Math Literacy

12 Ways to Use The Times to Develop Math Literacy

Here’s one example:

9. Understand Our World

How do economic factors like per-person G.D.P.unemployment and percentage of people living in poverty affect countries like Egypt and Libya? How do these countries compare to the United States in these categories?

Choose a country in the news and check out its vital statistics using The Times’s Countries and Territories index or the C.I.A. World Factbook. How do numbers like populationG.D.P.area and birthrate affect this country’s current position in the world? Find a country with similar vital statistics and compare them on the numbers. How are these countries similar? How are they different? What additional factors might explain the differences?

Or, take a deeper look at the numbers for the United States in our lesson about interpreting Census data.

How to Burn CDs with iTunes


  • Create a new playlist in iTunes. Click the “Add Playlist” icon in the bottom-left corner of iTunes. This icon looks like a plus symbol.
  • Add songs from your iTunes library to your playlist. To do this, click the “Music” tab in the upper-left corner of iTunes. Drag the songs from the library onto the playlist tab in the left column of iTunes.
  • Click the “Burn Disc” button in the lower-right corner of iTunes. The files are burned onto an audio CD. (Make sure you’re burning an “audio CD” and not an “MP3 CD”.

WatchKnow – Free educational video resource

Free educational videos delivered over the Internet. Viewed any time, from anywhere.

We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to learn. The best way to make this possible, we believe, is to organize into one, super directory the hundreds of thousands of good videos currently available on the Internet. To make this a reality, we invite teachers, instructors and educators to suggest videos for inclusion into our directory, and then to review, approve, and assign those videos into appropriate categories using a wiki framework and philosophy. The videos are the highest quality found on the World Wide Web, cover all major educational topics from elementary to secondary schools (or age range 1 – 18), and are Kid Safe!

WatchKnow has indexed over 20,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7. Users can dive into our innovative directory or search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. Our Web site invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. We have had a tremendously positive response from educators to the website. If we continue to work together, we can create an incredible, free, educational resource for students across the world.”


Firefox settings on Mac

*This is a repost from Mr. MacLean’s blog post*

If you encounter problems trying to view websites on the Mac using Firefox, you may need to change your settings as shown:

1. Select Preferences from the Firefox menu:

2. Click on the ‘Advanced’ tab at the top and then select the ‘Network’ Tab below it. Click on the ‘Settings’ button.

3. Ensure that your settings match the ones shown below (including the checked box)

20 Google Doc Templates for use in Science and Math Classrooms

20 Google Doc Templates for use in Science and Math Classrooms

I’ve listed a few examples below, but please click the above link for the full post with the complete list.



  • Math Content Vocabulary Cards – students complete these cards by providing symbols, definitions, math representations, and synonyms for math terms.
  • Math Quiz – generates problems automatically and you can even set the ranges of the numbers to generate in hidden fields (addition, subtraction, multiplication, operators, and facts.
  • Spreadsheets – a simple document to kick start your use of Google Docs in class.

General Math or Science:

Smartphone Safety for Students (and Teachers!)

The following presentation is geared towards the military, but the premise is still highly valid for both students and teachers. With so many students utilizing smartphones and applications with geo-tagging and GPS, security and privacy are critical concerns that every family should fully understand.

Please take a moment to browse the presentation. Your phone may be transmitting information without you even aware of what data is being gathered! (I know, it sounds 1984-ish)