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STEM: The New Core Curriculum

Posted by Greg Geiger

Jan 19, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The Needs of Future Ready Students

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic were long considered by schools to be the Core Curriculum, and with good reason. In an agrarian society, at a time when our nation was still developing, and with a relatively small literate population, the most economically and socially responsible thing a state could do is teach the populace to read, write, and compute basic mathematical problems. This education allowed early entrepreneurs, who may have only have had a primary school education, the skills to buy and sell, communicate and consume, and maintain personal and professional financial records. These skills still make up the backbone of a good education, but we are teaching our students to read, write, add, and subtract at earlier ages. So what do we do with our students after they have the ‘Three R’s’? Are they ready to live and compete in a technological and global 21st Century? Simply put… no.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, STEM

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

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