Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers | Video on TED.com

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From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming. Take advantage of computers to allow us to be more practical and conceptual - e.g. creating programs to demonstrate understanding of math concepts. Help our kids to 'feel' math. Need to bridge the chasm between school math and real world math.

Some highlights...

- MATH does not equal CALCULATING
- We need to take advantage of computers to allow us to be more practical and conceptual - e.g. creating programs to demonstrate understanding of math concepts.
- Help our kids to 'feel' math.
- Bridge the chasm between school math and real world math

http://computerbasedmath.org/

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