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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Modeling Annotated Wikis

Here are some more examples of how to solve exponential modeling problems. The problems are followed by detailed, annotated solutions. There are also a couple of exercises for you to try and, of course, the answers are provided.

Even if you don't need the practice spend some time looking over the material there. Look at how it's laid out on the page. Is it clear; easy to read and understand? If you were going to rewrite it how would you do it? Would you incorporate any pictures or diagrams? Would you have some kind of table of contents linked to the various parts of the page? Maybe you would split it up into several different pages?

Then head over to the Logarithms and Exponents page of our wiki. There are 3 (or 4; depends how you count) problems for you all to solve, as a class, collaboratively. Explain the steps you take to solve these problems. Some guidlines:

  • Show all calculations done. They should be annotated, so that another student who missed class the day the material was taught will be able to replicate your work.
  • Explain what the numbers mean? Interpret the results in light of the problem given.

Over the next week or two I will also add similar problems to the other sections of our wiki. Drop by often, work together, and have fun!

The dinosaur problem is there .... waiting to be solved ..... ;-)


At 4/20/2005 5:07 p.m., Blogger Terry Kaminski said...

I like how you have redesigned the Wiki. Each question is a prompt for the students. I think you should see more responses. I am curious to see what the student responses will be. If there are no responses by the weekend I might either answer one of the questions completely or partially answer a couple and see if that encourages some student responses.

At 4/20/2005 9:13 p.m., Blogger misterteacher said...

You are really doing some cool stuff. I thought I was innovative because I have my students using blogs, flickr, spreadsheets, and discussion forums, but wikis!! I just don't think they're ready for that yet. Keep up the good work.



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