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Cool Math in Real Life: The Mathematics of Investment & Making Your Money Grow Faster

Posted by Chris Brida

Mar 8, 2016 6:30:00 AM

There’s a saying—money doesn’t grow on trees.

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Topics: Teaching & Learning, STEM, Innovation, Inspiration, Educational Technologies

Cool Math in Real Life: The Mathematics of Buying a House

Posted by Chris Brida

Jan 6, 2016 7:00:00 AM

In my last blog, I discussed three fundamental concepts in Shark Tank—valuation, royalties and profit margins. These concepts are super important for making your watching experience a little bit more wholesome (like a good chicken noodle soup…or something).

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Topics: Teaching & Learning, STEM, Innovation, Inspiration, Educational Technologies

Cool Math in Real Life: The Mathematics of Shark Tank

Posted by Chris Brida

Nov 3, 2015 6:30:00 AM

 

If you haven’t ever seen it, Shark Tank is quickly becoming one of the most popular reality shows on television. On the show, hopeful entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to “sharks” (which the show describes as self-made millionaires and billionaires and includes Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Ashton Kutcher, and Draymond John).

The entrepreneur can only make a deal if they receive their funding amount. The sharks often counter with offers of their own which include a lot of information sometimes: ($150,000 for 30% of the company plus a $0.75 royalty on each sale…what!?).

Embedded within the show, and also, as the show reveals, within the business world at large, are many different examples of math. I’m going to focus this blog on three: Valuation; Royalties; and Profit Margin.

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Topics: Teaching & Learning, STEM, Innovation, Inspiration, Educational Technologies

The Tech Buy-In: 4 Must-Dos to Get Your Students on Board

Posted by Chris Brida

Oct 22, 2015 6:30:00 AM

 

If you’ve seen a kid lately, you probably haven’t seen their face. It’s been buried into their phone or tablet or computer for going on the last six hours. Their thumbs move at an incredible pace as they rattle off text after text, win the next level of the mobile game that’s most current, and scour Instagram for pictures.

Let’s face it, technology has changed the way we interact with the world (and it’s not just our students, as you read this on your device…).

What is interesting, however, is that despite kids’ willingness to constantly be on their mobile devices, it’s sometimes a more difficult sell in the classroom. In my own experience, kids have told me that they would rather “learn on paper” than utilize the technology at their disposal. So here I am thinking: when did our math classes become so old-fashioned? Do they have to be?

The answer is no, but in order to drive your class down the tech route, it is very important that we get the students to buy-in to technology as a method for becoming better math students. I’ve come up with a list of must-do’s in order to get this paradigm shift to happen.

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Topics: Teaching & Learning, STEM, Innovation, Inspiration, Educational Technologies, EdTech Insights

Show Me the Money: 6 Steps to Help Teachers Advocate for an EdTech Purchase

Posted by Chris Brida

Jun 29, 2015 10:11:00 AM


It’s that time of the year—budget time! Well, actually it’s not that time of the year because budgets are frozen, but it’s the time of year to start thinking about what you might want for your classroom next year. And I’m not talking about pencils and paper, I’m talking about technology.

You’ve gone to all the tradeshows, your colleagues have told you what’s good, and now you just need to convince your principal to make an investment in you and your classroom. I’m very purposeful about my use of “investment” here, because that’s what EdTech is. You aren’t just throwing money into a wishing well and hoping for something good. Instead, you’re going through a very deliberate process and asking your principal to make an investment in the success of your classroom.

So now what? You want it, but how do you get it? There’s a process that I think is tried and true (I’ve tried it once, and it worked!) that I want to share with you about going through the procurement process with your principal.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

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