Posts Tagged ‘logic’

Learn the history of computers!

August 5th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, August 5, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing

(www.computerhistory.org/revolution/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, where you can virtually explore the exhibit,”Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.” It’s an amazing, content-rich overview of the human endeavor to solve problems through tinkering, engineering, invention – as well as accidents and luck!


When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, and a sliding panel that displays all of the segments of the exhibit including: 

  • Calculators
  • Punched Cards
  • Birth of the Computer
  • Memory & Storage
  • The Art of Programming
  • Digital Logic
  • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  • Computer Graphics, Music, and Art
  • Computer Games
  • Personal Computers
  • The Web
  • and much more!

Click on any item in the sliding panel display to learn more about it, or click on the “bubbles” below the screen to follow the exhibit in sequential order. You can also click on the “Topics” tab at the top of the page to get a complete directory of what’s in the exhibit.  

Each section offers interesting text, photographs, and illustrations along with interactive tools for zooming in on objects to get a better look. 

Don’t miss the interactive “Timeline” that you can access from the horizontal tab menu at the top of each page. You could spend hours and hours perusing the information that includes biographies of people important to the computing revolution over the past 2,000 years.

Puzzled Logic for Young Thinkers!

June 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Monday, June 3, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AIMS Puzzle Corner

(www.aimsedu.org/current-projects/puzzle-corner/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, and non-readers will need assistance). 


AIMS Education Foundation (Activities Integrating Math and Science) offers hundreds of free math puzzles and activity pages designed to give students a fun way to develop divergent thinking, practice math skills, learn persistence, and be creative.)


Designed for classroom use, these puzzles can be used at home as well – and are intended for use OFFLINE. The puzzles “have not been assigned a grade level because the ability to do a puzzle varies more by individual than by grade.” When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of puzzle categories. Choose from the menu on the left side bar: 

  • Arrangement Puzzles – Move manipulatives or rearrange items according to specific rules.
  • Dissection Puzzles – Assemble geometric shapes to form larger figures, or break them into smaller figures.
  • Divergent Thinking Puzzles – Think in ways that defy typical assumptions.
  • Logic Puzzles – Make sense of paradoxes, move items safely across divides, or complete challenges according to specific rules.
  • Miscellaneous Puzzles – Paradoxes, games, magic cards, and more.
  • Number Puzzles – Arrange numbers according to specific rules, look for patterns, or manipulate them to get different solutions.
  • Toothpick Puzzles – Move, rearrange, and/or remove toothpicks to reach desired outcomes.
  • Topological Puzzles – Explore geometric properties not affected by changes in size and shape.
  • Visual Puzzles – Explain why optical illusions and visual paradoxes work.

Click on a category and a new page opens listing the puzzles and at the very bottom of the puzzle you can click the arrow to view the solution.

Free KenKen Math Puzzles!

May 6th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, May 6, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KenKen Math Puzzles

(www.kenkenpuzzle.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free KenKen math puzzles. What’s a KenKen? It’s a logic puzzle that mixes a Sudoku puzzle and arithmetic.

It was invented by a Japanese mathematics instructor, Tetsuya Miyamoto. His goal was to improve his students’ math and logic skills. As explained at the website: 

“KenKen is a grid-based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division-while also challenging your logic and problem-solving skills. By altering the size of a KENKEN grid, from 3 x 3 up to 9 x 9, and employing different combinations of the math operations, five different difficulty levels can be generated, and a seemingly endless number of puzzles. In a way, KenKen is like a game of chess: The more you think ahead to your next move and consider all the possible outcomes, the better you’ll get-and the smarter you’ll become!”

When you get to the website you’ll see the puzzles of the day. If you’re unfamiliar with KenKen, click on “How To Play” on the menu at the top of the page. You’ll not only read an explanation of how to play, but you can follow a step-by-step tutorial. Then, test your skills with the daily puzzles. 

Bookmark the site to return each day for the daily puzzles, or sign up (as a teacher) to receive the free newsletter and a set of KenKens will be emailed to you weekly.

Fun Math Games & Printables for Kids

April 1st, 2019

 

It’s Monday, April 1, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Math Games

(www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

We stumbled upon this ad-supported website that offers a wide variety of free, online, interactive math games, printable worksheets and quizzes, video tutorials and more!

This colorful site is user-friendly and engaging. Most kids will be enticed to try a game or two, or three, or more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and the featured math topics that include: 

  • Numbers – Fun challenges related to numbers, patterns, fractions, decimals, etc.
  • Geometry – Learn about shapes, grids, weights, angles, rotation, and more.
  • Facts – Read interesting math facts and trivia.
  • Videos – Watch educational clips that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and more.
  • Printable Worksheets – Includes addition, multiplication, fractions, etc.
  • Pictures – See math photos, images, and diagrams.
  • Printable Quizzes – Test your knowledge of division, decimals, money, basic algebra and more!

You’ll also find logic games, math riddles, board games, and math puzzles. This is a terrific resource that will enhance learning math. Bookmark it, to return often.

Challenging Mathematical Puzzles

March 11th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, March 11, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Nick’s Mathematical Puzzles

(www.qbyte.org/puzzles/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you’ll find a collection of more than 150 math puzzles that cover algebra, geometry, probability, number theory, trigonometry, calculus, and logic. They have been selected “for the deceptive simplicity of their statement, or the elegance of their solution.” While they will challenge your cleverness, the site founder Nick Hobson (who has a math degree and works in computer software) says, they “usually only require pre-college math.”

When you get to the site you will see an introduction. Above it is a menu bar that provides access to 160 puzzles. View the “Index” to see the names of the puzzles archived here. Click on any one, and a new page opens with the puzzle. You’ll see 1-4 stars next to each puzzle title that designates the level of difficulty, with four being the most difficult.

As mentioned at the website, “Explaining how an answer is arrived at is more important than the answer itself. To this end, hints, answers, and fully worked solutions are provided, together with links to related mathematical topics. Further references are provided with many of the solutions. The puzzles are intended to be fun, with an educational element.”

Tons of Math Games and Puzzles!

March 4th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, March 4, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Problem Site

(www.theproblemsite.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

WARNING! The math games and puzzles on this site are so engrossing, you may want to set a timer to keep you from neglecting other responsibilities!

This site offers educational games, puzzles, and problem solving quests. Some of the most fascinating puzzles and games provide a handy link for bookmarking your place so that you can return later. Use the menu bar at the top of the home page under “Games” to access:

  • Math Games – Use simple math facts, fraction reductions, and logic to solve the math puzzles. Younger children will enjoy the “Adders” game, which is a variable-speed, math facts practice game. Most of the games in this section are good for building and cementing fairly basic math and problem solving skills.
  • Word Games – Enjoy word scrambles, crossword puzzles with a twist, hangman and more. For a real spelling challenge, play “One of These” — and guess which of the words (in a list of five) is misspelled.
  • Daily Games – A selection of math and vocabulary-building problems that change on a daily basis — another good reason to bookmark this site.
  • Quizzes – Quite a selection of quizzes on all different types of subjects.

There is so much more on this site. Have fun! And don’t forget to set that timer!

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