Mathalicious

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Picture yourself in your Freshman year Math class.  The teacher is at the blackboard giving a lesson on radical expressions.  Everyone is bored out of their minds, and beyond confused thinking the same thing ... When in the world will I ever actually need to know this?!  Well, Mathalicious is here to change all that!

This great new resource for teachers aims to teach Math within the context of its real world applications; it takes all of those seemingly random steps and formulas out of text books and into the real world.  So, in order to learn more about equations and expressions, kids could use these mathematic principles in order to understand just how long they would have to run in order to burn off a delicious Big Mac; or students can get a better understanding of Moore's Law by analyzing video game console processor speeds.

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Earlier this year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Department of Education kicked off a first-of-its kind competition, called the Gap App Challenge, inviting developers around the country to submit ideas for apps that could help close achievement gaps in middle school math.  Mathalicous was one of the big winners because not only does the idea just make sense, this site does it really, really well.  With videos, Common Core alignment, lesson guides and handouts, Mathalicous does the grunt work and puts a super powerful learning tool into teachers hands, at a surprising low cost.  This is one you should definitely look into ...