Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Special Blog Assignment #1

world globe

1. Did you know about WolframAlpha? No.
2. Did you know about Google Squared? No.
3. What percentage of China's population is the population of the United States?
Less than 1 in 12500 people (0.008%)
4. What percentage of India's population is the population of the United States?
Less than 1 in 7519 (0.013%)
5. Now what do you think of the facts reported in Do You Know? I had never heard of Google Squared. Very fascinating.
6. Do you think WolframAlpha and Google Squared will be useful for you? for your students? Why or why not?
I think I need to have more time to discover the uses. But these tools are so amazing. I can see it being extremely useful in science and history. I think the students who love to discover would really appreciate the uses.

1 comment:

  1. Your percentages are way off. Try again!

    Ouida McDaniel understood the point of this exercise better than anyone else so far. Here is a portion of her post:
    "After looking at this information I believe that the statics that are reported in Do You Know? did not show the whole picture.  It is easy to be shocked that India has more gifted students than the U.S. has students if that is the only information that you are given.  But when you look at the population size of each country you see that the population is so much greater in India that it follows that they would have more gifted students.  India's population is almost 75% larger than the United States.  I think as teachers we need to teach our students to look at all the data so they get a clear picture of a topic not just a piece."