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## Our Favorite Blog Posts of 2011

### § December 27th, 2011§ 3 Comments- Add yours§ Filed under Flipped Classroom, From the Elevated Math Team, Math, Overcoming Fear, Teaching Math, The Best Posts§ Tagged Albert Einstein, Angry Birds, Barbara Walters, dyscalculia, Elevated Math Team, flipped classroom, Khan Academy, math, math anxiety, math phobia, New York Times, Steve Jobs

2011 will forever be significant in Elevated Math history.  Our iPad app was launched along our website and blog.   In Barbara Walters’ fashion, we decided to list the TEN MOST FASCINATING POSTS in 2011.  Oh, ok.  Fascinating is probably not the most accurate adjective, so how about if we list our ten favorites?

1. Angry Birds Can Teach Math was one of our most popular posts. It showed how to teach parabolas and quadratic equations with the Angry Bird game.  We followed this up with Use Angry Birds to Teach Math Pt 2, which includes a portion of the Elevated Math lesson.
2. A Case for the Flipped Classroom is a subjective examination of one the hottest ideas for teaching math that came out this year.
3. Making Math Relevant May Be the Key was also one of our most popular posts. It details how a teacher made math relevant to a class of potential drop-outs. § Read the rest of this entry…

## Use Angry Birds to Teach Math, Pt. 2

### § September 9th, 2011§ 1 Comment- Add yours§ Filed under From the Elevated Math Team, Teaching Math§ Tagged algebra, Angry Birds, Elevated Math, equations, graphing, Maryscott Glasgow, math, parabola, quadratic, Teaching

In the previous blog Use Angry Birds to Teach Math (see below) we shared a plan to introduce students to parabolas. Students can follow Bruner’s CRA teaching method from tossed-beanbags to the parabolas in Angry Birds to graphing-quadratic-equations in Elevated Math. The popularity of our blog post has inspired us to include an excerpt from the Elevated Math lesson. This lesson is part representative and part abstract. We have removed from the video the “autopauses” found in the iPad lessons so the video will flow better. This lesson, A14.1, continues for another 18 minutes and includes abstract activities for the students. Also, two subsequent lessons A14.2 and A14.3 further explore quadratic equations.

## Use Angry Birds to Teach Math

### § September 7th, 2011§ 7 Comments- Add yours§ Filed under Teaching Math§ Tagged Angry Birds, CRA Model, David Wees, Dennis Glasgow, Elevated Math, iPad, Jerome Bruner, Make Mathematics Fun, Mario, Maryscott Glasgow, Mickey Mouse, parabola, quadratic equations, quadratic relations, The MIT Entrepreneurship Review

As David Wees shares in his blog entitled, Make Mathematics Fun, “too many students spend a lot of time not enjoying themselves when learning mathematics.”  He challenges mathematics educators to make math accessible and more easily learned for their students.  Being up for the challenge, here is a suggestion.

Angry Birds is the largest mobile app success the world has seen so far. It is an interactive, animated projectile launcher that creates parabolic motion. The parabola is traced by the flight of the projectile (the bird).  In the app players use a slingshot to launch birds at pigs stationed on or within various structures.  The goal is to destroy all the pigs on the screen. The game is such a huge hit that The MIT Entrepreneurship Review predicts that the game will be bigger than either Mickey Mouse or Mario.  If  kids are that into it,  let’s change it from a mindless game to a vehicle for learning math.