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The "New" Medium of Computers, Connectivity, and Increasing AI Is Both Multimedia and Multi-message

Quoting Marshall McLuhan well-known statement:

The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium—that is, of any extension of ourselves—result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology. (Marshall McLuhan; Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar; 1911–1980.)

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Home and School Environment—and Games—in Math Education of Kids

Recently my close friend and co-author Bob Albrecht shared with me examples of a category of math problem used in some elementary school math classes. We are currently co-authoring a book on the use of games to enhance math education for K-8 students. (Note added 12/2/2012: See Moursund & Albrecht in Reference at the end of this entry for the title and a link to download the book.)

Add to 15: List as many ways as you can to use the numbers 1 through 9 to add up to 15, without repeating any of the numbers in a single equation. If you can, try to list all possible ways.

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What Should We Teach Our Kids about Various Handicapping Conditions?

When I was finishing high school, I took the State of Oregon vocational test. I remember doing quite poorly on the spatial reasoning and manual dexterity parts of the test. I recall that I received a report that suggested I should not plan to take more advanced math courses due to my spatial reasoning level of performance on these tests.

It is interesting to note that I had little trouble in completing a doctorate in math. However, throughout my life I have had considerable trouble finding my way around cities I visit and buildings I enter. In addition, I certainly am “klutzy” when it comes to manual dexterity.

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Some Thoughts about Why I Am a Slow Reader

I am a slow reader because I spend too much time and effort thinking about what I am reading.

Today I did some reading and thinking about creativity. It was a pleasure to find that several of the authors seem to see at least some of the world as I see it.

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Large Study Shows Females are Equal to Males in Math Skills

One of the signs of improvement in our educational system is that girls are now allowed and encouraged to do as well as boys in math. Back when I was growing up, girls were discouraged from taking advanced math courses in high school and from being math or science majors.

I recently read the following article:

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