A Introduction for Geometry Adventure (a beginning work-in-progress)


Dear Joanne, (January 3, 2011)

I am totally new to Wikispaces! I just taught myself last week... using your Geometry Class as a first example.

http://www.wikispaces.com/

The students probably know way more about this stuff than me.

This could be a very educational interactive fun class/school Geometry Learning Project.

It definitely engages students to explore a lot and create their own shared projects.

Geometry is very visual and constructive: Seeing, Doing, Learning, and Making

with the entire world at their keyboards and Skype and your smart board in the classroom.

Very quickly, they could be designing, writing, and making their own Geometry books and wikispaces.

Allen


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Note: If you do NOT have a textbook to use with your students,

this link is a free online excellent HS Geometry Textbook with interactive lessons:

http://www.mathopenref.com/site/about.html


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Automata - Toys that Move The first make-it-yourself projects could be based on simple single-cam

hand-made mechanical toys you build and engineer/imagineer with ordinary arts & craft supplies like:

cardboard (boxes), wood dowels, foam, colored felt, colored paper, tape, wire, and glue, etc.

It is fun and learning practical "making skills".

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2. The Disney Lion King Broadway Production Education Video Series

Start with The Best: The behind-the-scenes professional arts and crafts production, documenting every aspect

of the world-famous Julie Taymor Broadway theater show on the Disney Channel and youtube videos:

http://www.lionking.com/education

2.1 There are 10 brief visually-stunning and skills-specific episodes including: costumes, choreography, music,

film adaptation to stage, masks and puppets, sets and lighting, roles of children actors, an actor's preparations

and performance, themes and characters.

2.2 Included is a free PDF download 40-Page Teacher's Guide with in-depth Projects-Based-Learning activities

in the classroom and your communities.

2.3 Now you can "design and make" your own physical, digital models, or life-size:

theater sets, characters, costumes, masks, puppets, animations, music videos, dance performances, posters, etc.

Might as well start with The Best: The Lion King Puppets

https://hsgeometryadventure.wikispaces.com/Puppets+and+How+to+Make+Them

2.4 Our foundational STEAM (science technology, engineering, arts, math) PBL Curriculum Unit

[Engineering of Everyday Things]

and alphabetical topics list will help you Imagineer your Projects. Creative geometry is fun, now make it...


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and here is a different kind of "dance" of geometry:

Red Silk Dance ("Magic Carpet") by Daniel Wurtzel, 1 million+ views

Now you can explore our HS Geometry wikispace... Pages are alphabetical on the left... and enjoy the adventure...


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And this is just some outline ideas for you:


1. Engineering of Everyday Things: The foundational STEAM PBL discovery learning curriculum unit of this wiki.


1.1 "Engineering for the Other 90%"


1.2 "How to... Instructional Essay Writing", the second foundational STEM PBL discovery writing unit of this wiki.


1.3 "Patents -- Google Search" the online free encyclopedia of 7 million patents, an amazing PBL discovery

learning resource


& "Patently Apple " an expert daily blog about Everything Apple, with concise commentary and excellent visuals.


1.4 "The Khan Academy" http://www.khanacademy.org/

"Learn anything for free forever": K - University and beyond (lifelong learning)...

Here is the HS Geometry curriculum, for example:

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/geometry



2. A Geometry and Engineering Timeline:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engineering including:

2.1 History of famous mathematicians/scientists/engineers and their contributions

2.2 A related history of discoveries and inventions

2.3 20th century advancements in math, science, and engineering

2.4 21st century current developments, trends, and predictions

2.5 Geometries in the future and the future of geometries


3. Scale and Dimension in the Universe

3.1 The "Powers of 10" video examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fKBhvDjuy0

3.2 Nano to Astro: How small is small and how Big is Big...?

3.3 The convergence of sciences and society: "The Singularity is Near"...

--- example article from March 3, 2017:

http://www.kurzweilai.net/programmable-shape-shifting-molecular-robots-respond-to-dna-signals



4. Nanotechnology and the Future of Life Forms (very advanced learning): professional level

4.1 Richard Feynman Lecture: "There is Plenty of Room at the Bottom"

4.2 Eric Drexler's Blog An MIT graduate student who changed the world:

An Engineer/ Visioneer for the 21st century...

4.3 The Foresight Institute: NanoTechnology in Silicon Valley, California and worldwide...

Most Avanced professional-level research consortium and free online newsletter...


5. Your Geometry Textbook and Other Examples

High School Geometry Textbook by Harold Jacobs, "Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding"

5.1 If you don't have a textbook to use with your students,

this link is a Free entire HS Geometry Textbook/Interactive Course to use online:

http://www.mathopenref.com/site/about.html

5.2 http://www.khanacademy.org/

"Learn anything for free forever": K - University and Beyond (Lifelong Leaning)...

Here is the HS Geometry curriculum, for example:

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/geometry

5.3 Chapter Summaries and Weekly Updates

5.4 Homework Assignments and our Homework Club


6. Online Resources and Student Projects

6.1 Geometry Software: User Forums, Facebook Communities, and Blogs

for Geometers: Students,Teachers, Practitioners

6.2 GeoGebra, Google Sketch-up, Blender, Geometer's Sketchpad, etc.

6.3 Google Earth, Worldwide Telescope, etc

6.4 Google Patent Search-- 7 Million free teacher and student accessible Patents with official Text and Diagrams!

6.5 3D Printing technology

6.6 Paper-Engineering and model-making: origami websites:

6.6.1 Origami Resource Center (K-12)

http://www.origami-resource-center.com/

6.7 Make Magazine: http://blog.makezine.com

6.8. Youtube videos and Geometry Screen Savers

etc.