Category Archives: Math

Improving access to education by making Braille textbooks cheaper and easier to produce

Currently, textbooks are converted to Braille by trained people who manually re-type the printed version — a process that is time-consuming and expensive. It’s just one of many challenges visually-impaired students face. While text-to-speech technology can alleviate some pressure, many visually-impaired students need to “feel” a textbook to learn, not unlike non-impaired students who need to stare at a formula

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Study shows even average person can see beauty in complex math

File photo courtesy: Unsplash. You don’t have to be a mathematician to appreciate beauty in complex math, according to a new joint study by researchers at Yale University and the University of Bath. A group of volunteers with limited math backgrounds were asked to compare mathematical proofs to landscape paintings and classical piano pieces. It was found the participants were

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1 in 5 college students takes math courses that repeat what they already know

This article was written for theconversation.com by Frederick J. Ngo, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It has been republished in full under a creative commons license. Although going to college offers the promise of engaging with new ideas and learning new skills, when it comes to math, the experience can sometimes be like high school

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In Canada, Ontario students continue to struggle with math

Photo courtesy: Unsplash. In Canada, Ontario students continue to struggle with math, according to a recent report in The Toronto Star. Standardized test results from Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) for the 2018-2019 academic year show that only 58 per cent of third-grade student achieved standard scores, equivalent to an A or B. Literacy results are also declining

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How was math discovered?

This article was written for theconversation.com by Linda Galligan, associate professor, University of Southern Queensland. It has been republished in full under a creative commons license.  If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au. How was maths discovered? Who made up the numbers and rules? – Bianca, age 12, Strathfield, Sydney. We are

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6 ways to help your child love math

Photo courtesy: Pixabay This article was written for theconversation.com by Sue Johnston-Wilder, Associate Professor, Mathematics Education, University of Warwick and Davide Penazzi, Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Central Lancashire. It has been republished in full under a creative commons license. There is a widespread perception that mathematics is inaccessible, and ultimately boring. Just mentioning it can cause a negative reaction

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Teens are dropping math class. Here are 3 reasons to stick with it

Photo sourced from Pixabay and edited by We Rep STEM. This article was written for theconversation.com by Rachel Wilson, a senior lecturer of research methodology / educational assessment & evaluation, and Deborah Chadwick a lecturer. Both are from the University of Sydney. This article has been re-published in full under a Creative Commons license. The numbers of secondary school students

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