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Friday, May 15, 2009

Wolfram Alpha and the Future of Knowledge: Teaching Tools

Teaching, learning and knowledge generating tools are being created at a mind-boggling pace. Trying to keep up? Take a deep breath, things are about the change again!

What to say about Wolfram Alpha and its "New Kind of Science"? This computational knowledge engine, which launches this evening May 15th 7:00 PM CDT, could be the equivalent of a "Big Bang" in the way we generate, think about, model and store knowledge. WA's capabilities are straight out of Star Trek. It will add a Proton Phaser to every teacher's toolkit, but also raises the bar on how we'll teach kids to "do the math" and learn the skills and reasoning before they reach for a calculator or online shortcut. Links to the project include:

A video that demonstrates how WA works
The Project Website: Introducing Wolfram Alpha
Latest developments from the Project Blog
Join in this evening's launch here.

For even more information take a look at Wolfram Science. Be sure to visit the music and ringtone generator. Everyone ready for the tele-transporter?

Another intriguing resources we came across this morning:
The Fischbowl an online staff development blog for Colorado teachers that contains some valuable information links and thinking thru of teaching challenges. A link to the daily feed from Fisch's blog is included in our blog roll to the right of this page.

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