It’s official: I’m pursuing a Ph.D.
I’ve officially accepted an offer of admission to Stony Brook University’s doctoral program in biomedical engineering, where I’ll be continuing my research in medical physics and digital breast tomosynthesis. I’m very excited to embark on this next stage of my education.
With More iPads in Classrooms, Education Push Would Help Fend Off Android-Device Competition
Apple Inc., expanding its ambitions in education, joined the race to sell digital textbooks, hoping to get students to trade their book bag for an iPad.
The electronics company unveiled a new version of its iBooks digital book store that supports textbooks featuring quizzes, note-taking, study cards and other features, like the ability to interact with a diagram of an ant.
The service launched with a small number of high-school titles from McGraw-Hill Cos., Pearson PLC and others, with some from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt coming shortly. Textbooks for courses such as algebra 1, environmental science and biology will be available first, priced at $14.99 or less.
Some of my deepest mathematical realizations have come from analyzing data, and selecting the right tool from my mathematical toolbox. There are some tools that I never quite understood, but relearned when it was necessary to use them.
Seriously … why don’t math classes use computers? Excel, simple Python scripts, Mathematica / Sage, everything beyond the TI-83. Kids could be creating totally sweet visuals instead of cribbing formulae. And thinking instead of copying.
I can say from my experience teaching that giving kids some real data and having them muck around with it for an hour, was better than an hour of my lectures. (And guess what, they understood lecture better after they’d looked at real data.)
Why, why, why, why, why is maths education so senselessly, wretchedly bad?