Welcome to a post that will allow you to learn more about an amazing computational knowledge engine. It is a must read for any educator including those in the STEM fields. But first, in order to ensure you do not miss any upcoming valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Also, feel free to contact me about any conference, in-service plans, or PD you might wish to include me in. (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can learn more at the Booking Link. Thanks – Mike Gorman (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)
We all are aware of the term search engine, but how aware are you of the term computational knowledge engine? That’s right… a web engine that is built on the foundation of data and statistics. You see, Google is best termed an informational search engine… its strength is looking for facts and information. By now you may know that I am referring to Wolfram|Alpha. This computational knowledge engine claims, “to bring broad, deep, expert knowledge to everyone… anytime, anywhere!”. Wolfram|Alpha further states, “We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematization of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.”
I am a believer in this powerful computational knowledge engine and include it in many of my professional development talks and workshops across the country. It is especially wonderful in those STEM related studies, but I am learning that it is powerful in many other areas as well. Investigate how you can learn more about this wonderful classroom resource.
Free Webinar entitled “Dynamic Knowledge: Using Wolfram|Alpha in the Classroom“ at the Discovery Siemens STEM Academy on March 19 at 7:00 PM EDT – Learn how you can use Wolfram|Alpha in your very own classroom, regardless of your subject matter. Wolfram|Alpha covers subjects from math to chemistry and physics, even history and astronomy! Register Here. If you cannot make the webinar, or missed the date remember that you can watch an archived edition.
Ten Ways To Become More Familiar With Wolfram Alpha
- Learn how to search a wide array of categories at the Wolfram|Alpha Example Page. I will warn you that this page can be addicting and could possibly cause you to lose track of time.
- Take the Wolfram|Alpha Tour. Here you will learn and understand why Wolfram|Alpha was created, and how it can help your students
- Take a look at the basics. A quick and easy way to get you and your students started.
- Take a look at some examples including Wolfram|Alpha at Work, Home, School, and Play.
- Watch this engaging and informative screencast on how to use Wolfram|Alpha by Steven Wolfram.
- Check Out the Wolfram|Alpha Education Blog to get great ideas.
- Take a look at “10 More Fun Questions Kids Can Answer With Wolfram|Alpha” and “10 More Fun Questions Kids Can Answer With Wolfram|Alpha” You will see some interesting applications.
- Take a look at the Wolfram|Alpha Demonstration website for some neat ideas.
- Explore and learn about resources at the Wolfram|Alpha Educational Portal.
- Math teachers should visit this special free open source interactive Algebra book authored by K12 Flex and Wolfram|Alpha.
Thank you for joining me in this post dedicated to practical exploration of education in the 21st century. I hope you found new information for use in your school and to share with other educators. As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the resources! – Mike (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)